Potatoes are easy to digest and loaded with vitamins and minerals that can helpYour Child develop gastrointestinal health, protects the liver, and provides a lot of energy for movement and growth.
Why are potatoes good for Your Child?
Potatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals for a baby’s growth and development. These include vitamins C and B6, potassium, and iron. They are also a source of complex carbohydrates, which provide energy for the body.
What to consider
It is essential to avoid giving raw potatoes to a baby, as they can be difficult to digest and may contain harmful bacteria. Also, be sure to remove any green parts from the potatoes, as these can contain a toxic compound called Solanine.
When can Your Child start eating Potato?
You can feed Your Child potato as early as the age of six months. Potatoes are easy to digest and can be mashed or pureed to the appropriate consistency for a baby.
- Puree potato: cook your peeled potato until tender for about 10 minutes, add milk and a little 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter, then blend until smooth. Let the puree cool before serving it to Your Child. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months
- Mashed potato: mash your cooked potato with a fork into a lumpy texture. You can add butter and a pinch of salt and pepper for taste
- Potato chunks: cut your potato into wedges or sticks, drizzle with olive oil, and put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they are golden and brown. Let the potato cool before serving it to Your Child
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.