Thursday, January 19, 2012

First Foods - Prunes

Prunes or dried plums are a great first food because they are a natural laxative.   So for those babies struggling in this department prunes are a great addition to the diet.  Besides its laxative qualities it is also a great source of beta-carotene.


 If your baby is constipated, in addition to giving prunes it would be a good idea to stay away from BRAT.

B- bananas
R- rice
A- appples
T- toast

20 Prunes
Baby's usual milk

Pit prunes and place into a saucepan and add water to cover.  Boil for 15-20 minutes or until soft.  Take out the prunes and reserve the water.  Add prunes to your food processor and puree until you get a smooth consistency.  If too thick add some of the cooking water.  You may freeze in a silicone ice cube tray to serve later.  

To serve take out 3-4 of the ice cubes, defrost and add some of the baby's usual milk.  Prunes are great to mix with all fruits but if your baby is struggling with constipation try mixing them with boiled pears.

For another great recipe including prunes see the Pears, Prunes and Oats recipe.

Happy weaning!

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1 comment:

  1. Ah, prunes - I'll never forget taking my friend a bag of prunes for her constipated daughter and accidentally leaving them on a coffee table only to discover Leo (who was NOT constipated)had got hold of the bag he was about 15 months old and was merrily eating his way through them.......ooooh can certainly say they are a good laxative!


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