Combining fruits and vegetables for baby’s puree is fun preparation for your baby’s tastebuds. Some moms are concerned about food allergies and tastes that do not go well together. There is a simple rule of thumb here: If you have fed your baby with the fruit and vegetable separately and there was no allergic reaction, then you are good to mix them.
Should you wait for 4 days before introducing new fruit and vegetable puree combo? If parents have a history of allergic reactions to food, then pediatricians would advise you to give it 4 days to wait and observe for your baby’s reaction to the food. Any newly introduced food for that matter especially when you are introducing solid foods.
Though there is no concerted scientific research on this “wait and see rule”, the rule of thumb here is to take caution. You have to wait, 4 days or more wherein you will be able to deduce immediately the possible culprit for the said allergic reactions like rashes, swelling or diarrhea. No, we would not have to wait to get these alarming reactions but instead we have to look out for the following food items that are considered as Topping the List of Foods that Causes Allergies such as peanuts (including walnuts, almonds and cashews), milk, egg, shellfish (especially shrimps), fish and soy.
It is advisable to give it when baby’s teeth are already well developed (say a year old or up) before introducing these foods. Also, do not fret when your baby has some allergies to one food or two, most also outgrow these allergies or intolerance to these foods. Just a helpful tip: introduce new foods late in the morning or about noontime so that you can immediately find reinforcement from your pediatrician or with emergency in the hospital if there are adverse allergic reaction.
We have already showed several mash-up ideas for the fruits and veggie purees. Things you have to keep in mind when introducing fruit and vegetable puree combinations:
First, You can combine those with similar colors, example squash (yellow to orangey) with carrots or with sweet potatoes. You can also combine avocado with broccoli.
Secondly, do not be afraid to mix them. Make it tasty and your baby should surely be wanting for more.
Third. Although you think they probably are not usually mixed together … say pears and cauliflower or strawberry and broccoli but you have to remember that baby’s tastebuds are tabula rasa (clean slate). This is a good time for them to explore.
Fourth, Never shy away from using herbs and spices. In small amounts at first. Let them explore on the aroma and tastes. Just take note on chilli and cayenne pepper, you can add it when they are already 8 months or a year older. Take note not to put salt and sugar. Better to use organic honey.
You can mix it and you can add water or breastmilk for consistency and varied texture and taste.
Hope you and your baby has a good start. Happy eating!