8 Health Benefits Of Guava For Babies

Guava For Babies

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Are you planning to wean your baby soon? Are you keen to tantalize your little one’s tiny taste buds by introducing your favorite fruit guava to him? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea.

As your baby graduates to eating solid foods, it is important to introduce him to the goodness of various vegetables and fruits. But is eating guava good for your baby? Read on to know more about guava for babies!

When To Add Fruits To Your Baby’s Diet?

The ideal time to introduce your baby to solid food is when he is around four to six months of age. Around this time, a liquid diet alone is not enough to provide your baby with all the essential nutrients for his growth. Fruits are one of the best ways to introduce solid foods to infants as they offer a variety of flavors and textures. They are also rich sources of vitamins and minerals that are vital for your baby’s growth and health. [1]

Things To Remember:

  1. Always serve fruits in the puree form.
  1. Begin with fruits that are soft such as bananas.
  1. Restrict your baby’s intake of acidic fruits like oranges as they can cause diaper rash.
  1. Introduce one fruit at a time. Watch out for any allergic reactions your baby may suffer from after consuming any new food. Discontinue feeding your baby the new food if he gets rashes or suffers from a tummy upset after consumption.
  1. Always consult your baby’s doctor before you introduce him to any new food.

[ Read: Benefits Of Oranges For Babies ]

Health Benefits Of Guava For Babies:

Guava is a fruit that offers many health benefits. Regular consumption of guava is good for eye health due to its vitamin A content. It is rich in vitamin C and thus helps prevent scurvy and provides relief from cold and congestion. Guava is a storehouse of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, and lycopene (in pink guava varieties) [2] and fights aging and cancer. Guava also contains folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamins B3, B6, and K, which are good for the development of the brain. [3] The rich fiber content of guava also boosts digestive health.

How Do Guavas Specifically Benefit Babies?

  1. Its sweet taste is likely to appeal to your baby’s palate.
  1. It provides him with ample vitamin C and other essential nutrients that can boost his immunity.
  1. It prevents constipation.

[ Read: Benefits Of Grapefruit For Babies ]

Tips For Serving Guava To Babies:

Guava contains tiny seeds, which can be hard on the delicate digestive system of infants. Consider the following points when serving guava for baby food.

  1. When you first introduce guava to your baby remember to go slow. Wait for a few days to watch out for food allergies before serving him the fruit again. Avoid introducing any other new food for the time being. If you notice that your baby is experiencing any discomfort after consuming guava, don’t feed him the fruit for a while. Do try to serve him the fruit again after some time. If the adverse reaction recurs, then refrain from serving him guava until he grows up a little.
  1. Limit guava consumption of your baby to once or twice a week only. Guava is acidic in nature and can cause diaper rash.
  1. Peel and cut the guava and soften the fruit in boiling water. Mash the fruit and put it through a sieve to remove all the seeds. It is now ready for your baby to eat. Begin by offering tiny bites of guava and increase the portion size as your baby begins to enjoy its taste.

[ Read: Prune Puree Recipes For Babies ]

Guava Recipes For Babies:

Here are two easy guava recipes for babies. Check out here how to make guava puree for baby:

1. Guava-Kiwi Puree:

Guava-Kiwi Puree

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You Will Need:

  • A guava
  • A Kiwi

How To:

  1. Puree half a guava as mentioned above.
  1. Peel and grate half a kiwi separately.
  1. Put kiwi pulp through a sieve to remove all the seeds.
  1. Mix guava and kiwi puree together and let your baby enjoy a delicious new flavor.

[ Read: Papaya Recipes For Babies ]

2. Guava-Pear Delight:

Guava-Pear Delight

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You Will Need:

  • A guava
  • A pear

How To:

  1. Puree half a guava as mentioned above.
  1. Peel and grate ¼ Pear separately.
  1. Put the pear pulp through a sieve to remove all the seeds.
  1. Mix the pulp of the two fruits together and serve.

Remember, it takes time and patience to help your baby develop a taste for the new foods. But it is important to introduce him to different food sources to safeguard his health and development.

Did you feed guava to your baby? Did your baby enjoy eating guavas? If you have any other interesting guava puree recipes, please share it with us.

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