Apples, like many other fruits, are a good source of vitamins and minerals that can support Your Child’s overall growth and development.
Recommended recipe: Cinnamon apples
This simple 3-ingredient recipe can be made in 15 minutes. Cinnamon adds a bit of fragrance and brings out the natural sweetness of the apples.
- 2 medium apples
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter (May be replaced with oil or dairy-free alternative)
- Peel and chop apples into small cubes.
- Melt butter in a pan on low heat. Add the apples to the pan along with the cinnamon.
- Cover the pan and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until the apples are fully softened. Make sure to stir the apples occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the pan.
You can store the apples in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may reheat them in the microwave before serving. They also taste great when served cold.
Why are apples good for Your Child?
Apples are a good source of vitamin C, which is important for the development and maintenance of healthy skin, bones, and connective tissue. They also contain other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, potassium, and calcium, that are important for a baby’s growth and development. Additionally, the fiber in apples can help with digestion and prevent constipation, which is a common issue in infants and young children.
What to consider
Make sure to remove the skin and seeds from the apple before giving it to Your Child, as these can be a choking hazard.
When can Your Child start eating Potato?
You can feed Your Child apples as early as the age of six months. Apples are easy to chew and swallow, making them a good choice for babies who are just starting to eat solid foods.
- Stir-fried apple puree: peel your apples and remove the core, and make sure to get rid of all the seeds before proceeding. Chop the apples and put them in a saucepan, add some milk or water, and put them on low-medium heat for 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. You can also add some cinnamon for taste
- Steamed apple puree: peel and roughly chop apples before placing them into a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water for 8-10 minutes, or tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender
- Apple slices: if you want Your Child to hold and feed themselves (baby-led-weaning), cut the apple into thin slices or small pieces that are easy for the little one to pick up and chew. Make sure to peel and remove seeds thoroughly
How much should Your Child eat?
WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age in addition to breast milk or formula. Initially, they should receive complementary foods 2–3 times a day between 6–8 months.
The daily calories distribution between milk and solid food are as follows:
Introducing new food
Try to introduce the food when Your Child is hungry, and try to keep it to one ingredient at a time to spot any allergic reactions. Learn more about introduction to solid food here.
If you do baby-led-weaning, make sure you know everything about the method, including knowing the difference between gagging and choking, and knowing what to do in case of an emergency.