Papaya is rich in vitamin C, soluble fiber & aids digestion, so it’s an ideal ingredient in baby food. Papaya is a tropical fruit, inherently sweet so enjoyed by the babies. To select a perfect Papaya, look for the one with deep yellow and orange colors.
So, if you are asking yourself the question “Can my baby eat papaya?” The answer is yes! Papaya makes a great first food for babies above 6 months old.
1 medium Papaya
Breastmilk if required.
How to make Papaya Puree For Babies
Be sure to sterilize all the utensils needed for making the puree by boiling them in hot water.
Wash the Papaya thoroughly with water and peel of the skin with a vegetable peeler. Cut into wedges. Make sure you remove all the seeds of the Papaya and then cut into smaller pieces. If it’s a small papaya, you could also scoop it out easily.
For babies 6 months to 10 months, puree the Papaya in your mixer grinder so that there are no lumps. You can also run it through a sieve to be extra careful. Adequate breastmilk can be mixed into it until the desired consistency is achieved. It also adds extra creaminess making it easier for the baby to swallow.
To give your growing baby so texture, it is advisable to mash the papaya with a potato masher instead of pureeing it if the baby is 10 months or older.
You can try mixing the Papaya puree in combinations with other fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash or banana.
While it is always advisable to feed your baby fresh food, freeze the leftover puree for up to 3 months in a glass or steel container. To reuse it, you can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Or you could just use the remaining as a hair or face mask!
Breastmilk is best for baby. Please consult your pediatrician before introducing new foods into your child’s diet.