Peaches are safe to feed your baby at 6 months. Peaches are a terrific source of fiber and a good source of Vitamins A and C. Pears are a terrific source of fiber and Vitamin C and are also safe to feed at 6 months. Both are, of course, delicious.
Selection of Peaches and Pears
Select firm or slightly soft peaches with a nice fragrance. Color is important. Peaches should have a yellow or cream-colored skin, and most varieties also have a red blush. Stay away from peaches with any green color. Pears are usually sold green and turn yellow as they ripen. Select pears that are plump and firm, but not hard. Pears are ripe when they become soft and yield to gentle pressure.
Preparation of Peaches and Pears
- Carefully rinse your peaches and pears (3 each)
- Gently place peaches and pears in a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds – the idea here is to blanch the fruit. If the fruit is under-ripe leave in the water for a bit longer, up to a full minute. Save some of the liquid, as you may need it to adjust purée consistency.
- Remove the fruit from the pot with a slotted spoon.
- Place fruit into a ice bath (a large bowl half filled with water and ice cubes)
- Remove fruit peels with fingers or a paring knife
- Remove seeds and cube remaining fruit
- Place fruit cubes in a blender and purée away!
- Add reserved liquid as needed for proper consistency
- If necessary, push purée through a strainer to remove any remaining peels
- At this stage, if you think a portion will go uneaten, you could opt to freeze some in food cube trays (I suggest stainless steel ice cube trays) for future meals.
- For 6-month-olds the consistency should be smooth and lump-free, the consistency of thick cream – slightly thinner for beginners.
Healthy Extra: Wheat Germ can be added to the finished pear and peach purée for an extra healthy touch when your baby is 8 months old. Wheat Germ is so good for your baby, and for you! Wheat germ has Vitamin B, fiber, healthy fatty acids, tons of minerals, Vitamin E. It is also super easy to add to your baby’s meal. Just sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle on to the finished meal. Either toasted or natural wheat germ are ok to use, but store them both in the refrigerator. Recognize that the toasted wheat germ will last longer than the untoasted wheat germ. Kretschmer is a popular brand of toasted wheat germ and you can find it in the cereal aisle of your grocery store. Natural food stores would also be a great place to find wheat germ.