Fruits that are good for Babies’ Growth and Development
Breastmilk remains the best source of nutrition for babies under 6 months as advised by medical professionals.
As soon as the 6-months exclusive breastfeeding is over and you're ready to introduce fruits.
It’s never too early to introduce healthy, nutritious foods to your baby’s diet, and vegetables and fruit are some of the best sources of vitamins and minerals available. With that in mind, here’s our guide to what we consider to be the best vegetables and fruit for your baby.
Apples –They are filled with pectin which is also known as soluble fiber which helps with constipation because they digest easily.
Apricots –Apricots contain iron, potassium and beta-carotene, they are also good sources of dietary fiber.
Avocados – Avocados are an excellent source of good fats that is unsaturated fats, which babies need for good development of the brain.
Bananas – Bananas contain easy to digest because of the good sugars in them. These sugars provide energy over a longer period of time.
Blueberries – They are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are good for your baby’s eyes, brain and urinary tract, and have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit.
Kiwi fruit – Also known as Chinese Gooseberries, these are rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium and folate.
Mandarins – A rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and babies love the taste of fresh, juicy mandarins.
Pears – Pears are very easy for babies to swallow. They are very helpful in the weaning process. They also help with indigestion.
Papaya – Very rich in vitamins C and E, soluble fiber and beta-carotene. It also contains enzymes that help with digestion.
Rock melon – A highly nutritious fruit, rock melons (also known as cantaloupes) are a good source of vitamin C, calcium and beta-carotene for healthy eye development.
Peaches – These are easy for your baby to digest, and are a great source of vitamin C.
Plums – Plums are a good source of vitamins A and C, and are high in fiber and low in cholesterol.
Apart from fruits, there are vegetables that are good sources of nutrients that children. E.g.
Carrots, sweet potato, squash, parsnip, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin and beans.
Be sure to try fruits one at a time to watch your child’s response to each of them. This way any potential allergy can be spotted on time.
If they’re just starting out on solids, it’s also a good idea to puree the fruits and vegetables mentioned above.