Plums are some of the fruits that do not have to "wait" too long to enter the diversified menu of the baby. Being good friends with the digestive system, the plums are served to the child from an early age, so that its fragile body strengthens, grows and develops as harmoniously as possible.
Find out the exact age at which you can introduce plums into the baby's diverse diet, how to choose the most delicious and healthy ones for him, but also in what form you should serve them, to enjoy all their benefits! Take inspiration from the wide range of recipes we suggest for baby age!
When is it fed?
The general age at which it is recommended to introduce plum among the solid foods offered to the child is 6-8 months. However, there are parents who do not have the patience until then to give the baby a tasting plum, introducing it at the same time or immediately after the banana, apple, pear and peach.
It is not necessarily wrong, as some pediatricians recommend it earlier than 6 months, but the digestive and intestinal activity of the baby should be carefully monitored after consuming this fruit.
Plum has a strong laxative effect and can be harmful if the baby has a sensitive stomach or is prone to various digestive disorders (there is a risk of severe diarrhea).
Always ask the pediatrician for the right age at which you can enter this food into the child's menu!
What vitamins and minerals contains?
First of all, plum is a rich source of fiber and substances with laxative effect, becoming a valuable food for children who have a slow bowel transit and are frequently constipated. But beyond the high fiber concentration, plum has also proved to be an important source of iron.
Apart from these star-nutrients, there are other vitamins and minerals that the child can benefit from after consuming this fruit:
- Vitamin A;
- Vitamin B complex, especially B9 (folic acid);
- C vitamin.
Besides the laxative effect and the improvement of digestion, plum also offers other benefits and curative and prophylactic properties for the child's body:
- fight anemia;
- protects the central nervous system;
- prevents obesity;
- energizes the body and strengthens the immune system;
- prevents liver disease;
- Improves skin health.
How do you choose good plums?
Plums, like apples or pears, are part of the category of fruit for the care of which many pesticides are used. For this reason, doctors have begun to recommend the consumption of organic fruits in children. But it is not a general rule, but it remains only a personal choice of parents.
Markets and shops abound in a variety of plum varieties, both indigenous and imported. Some are larger than others, darker or lighter in color and have a round or oval shape. Even if native varieties are considered the healthiest, no matter what kind of baby you choose, it is important to pay attention to some details when you buy them:
- the color to be intense and bright; no matter if they are red or purple, the plums must have a vivid color; it must look fresh, not worn;
- the bark must be intact, without blemishes, bumps or other traces or stains;
- to have a slightly soft consistency, but to remain strong (it is considered wrong that if they are softer, they are ripe).
And dried plums can be offered to the baby, representing a delicious option for desserts and various foods.
What tables do you introduce?
The plum joins the other fruits recommended at the beginning of the diversification and is served at the snacks at the beginning of the day - at 10:00.
More than any fruit, you must respect the time distance between the plum and milk meals. Provide the child with prunes prepared at least half an hour before milk meals or two hours afterwards to avoid indigestible effects. Plum is one of the fruits that does not "reconcile" at all with milk, so it is best to avoid them in such combinations.
How do you prepare and serve it?
In general, the plum is served raw or in the form of juice, but at the beginning of the diversification it is better to be offered the baby thermally prepared, to be softer with his sensitive stomach. As cooking methods are recommended baking and steaming, as it helps to keep nutrients from the fruit.
At first, it is served as a pure puree, along with other fruits recommended for this age. At older ages, it may be served as finger food, as snacks, cut into slices or large pieces, so as to avoid the risk of drowning with food.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Plums are among the fruits that can be associated with a lot of foods and preparations. At the beginning of the diversification, they should be served with other fruits, the most recommended being apples, pears, peaches or bananas.
Even if they have a low caloric intake, the plums contain high concentrations of natural sugars, therefore, they must be properly dosed in the menu, in order to avoid hyperenergizing the body and its unpleasant consequences. In time, plums can be incorporated into other types of preparations, such as puddings, pasta or prawns, all recommended for young children.
Dried plums can be inserted in biscuits, baby buns or in various combinations of rice. Do not forget the sweets, jam or plum jam, which can be served, occasionally, on toasted bread with a little butter.
Recipes with plums for babies
Carrot juice, plum and grape
Nectarine, plum and biscuits
Cheese with nectarine and plum in oven
Avocado puree and plum
Cheese with plums and biscuits
At what age did you first offer your baby plum and why? How do you get used to preparing and serving it? What is your child's favorite plum preparation and what recipes can you suggest to vary the fruit menu of a baby? Tell us your opinions and recommendations in the comments section below!
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