Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, also high in protein and iron! This pumpkin puree is good to start with when you introduce pumpkin to baby for the first time. Babies will love it for sweetness. Babies can start eating pumpkins for 6 months and they will love it for the sweetness. Start feeding this puree plain with pumpkin alone and later you can add apples, pears, bananas or even sweet potato to make it wholesome.
When to introduce Pumpkin for babies:
Pumpkins can be introduced to babies diet from 6 months as it makes a great first food for babies. When you introduce pumpkin to your baby, start with pumpkin puree, after 7 months mash the pumpkin or cut into tiny pieces & offer in a small amount.
Select sweet tasting small pumpkin for a baby food. It should be more firm and tender. You can steam or bake the pumpkins as per your convenience.
Now Let’s gets on to check how to make pumpkin puree recipe for babies.
- Pumpkin - ½ cup chopped
- Water - as needed
- Sterilise the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
- Wash pumpkin in running water well. Then peel the skin off from the pumpkin with a peeler and remove the seeds. Then chop them into equal size small cubes. Steam the chopped pumpkin pieces in a steamer for 15 minutes. Once the pumpkins are steamed, it will be soft and transparent. Now blend it with little water to a smooth paste in a blender. You can steam it with Idli steamer plate by adding a cup of water or pressure cook it with a cup of water for 2 whistles. For both steaming and blending, I use
- Philips Avent Combined Steamer and Blender
- Generally, pumpkin doesn’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- Steaming is a healthy option for baby food than pressure cooking. So I prefer steaming using an Idli pot or steamer.
- Steam 1 chopped Apple or pears along with pumpkin for variation.