When it’s time to introduce your baby to solid fruits, generally around eight months of age, you can’t just give them cut up into chunks of fruit, according to Baby Center. Unless you are giving your baby a very soft fruit like banana, the fruit needs to be softened so that the babies without teeth to chew can enjoy it. Cooking also breaks down the fibers of the fruit, making it easier to digest and prevents choking on hard fruit. Steaming is one of the best methods for cooking fruit as it preserve the natural nutrients of the fruit.
Things You'll Need
Peel and chop the fruit into bite-sized chunks.
Pour about two inches of water into the bottom of a steamer pot. You can use a regular pot if you don’t have a pot with a steamer basket.
Place a steamer basket into the pot. If you do not have a steamer basket, use a colander or sieve large enough to fit into the pot without touching the water.
Add the fruit and close the lid. Steam for 10 to 12 minutes, or until softened. Check often with a fork until they are ready.Cool the fruit completely before serving.
Consult with a pediatrictian before serving your infant fruit.
Always remove any seeds from fruits before you steam them.
References and ResourcesBaby Center: Age-by-age Guide to Feed Your Baby
Wholesome Baby Food: Commonly Asked Questions about Preparing Fruits & Vegetables for Homade Baby Food
The Vegetarian resourece Group: Wholesome Baby Foods from Scratch
Family Education: Infant Feeding Guide
ResourcesNew Parent: Pear Puree
Baby's Corner: Choosing Fruit for Baby Foods