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It’s pumpkin season again and I’m here to tell you all of the reasons you should take advantage of pumpkin while planning meals for your little ones. Whether you’re starting with purees, or skipped to baby led weaning, this guide will inform you of all of the wonderful benefits that pumpkin has to offer.
Are there any benefits from feeding pumpkin to babies?
Oh totally! Pumpkin is a great choice for babies and is rich in lots of vitamins and minerals including;
Pumpkin is rich in fiber, making it a very suitable food for babies, especially when starting baby on solids. As their body needs to adjust while making the transition from digesting breastmilk and or formula, to purees and solid foods. Pumpkin can be used to help a relieve a constipated baby.
Another benefit of pumpkin for babies is that it contains a sufficient amount of magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for the growth and development of the skeletal system, as well as building and maintaining proper nerve function.
Pumpkin contains vitamin A, which is needed for a healthy immune system. Vitamin A also helps baby’s skin, vision and reproductive organs.
Vitamin K is necessary for the body to create various blood clotting proteins and bone building proteins and pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin K.
Pumpkins are a wonderful source of vitamin C, too! Vitamin C is the ‘repair and protect’ vitamin. Making it essential for your baby’s growth and development. Vitamin C helps keep your baby’s cells healthy to fight infection and disease.
Calcium is responsible for helping the body regulate heartbeat, and temperature, as well as build strong bones. Pumpkins are a great source of good calcium.
Pumpkins are also high in potassium. Potassium helps maintain a proper fluid balance in your infant’s cells. Potassium supports the growth and development of the muscular system, and regulate blood pressure.
What can I make with pumpkin for my baby?
There are lots of meals you can make for your baby using pumpkin, including
Pumpkin and Banana Puree
Pumpkin, Apple and Cinnamon Puree
Pumpkin Oat Bars
or just plain old Pumpkin Puree!
I recommend buying a fresh pumpkin and making your baby’s pumpkin puree by hand! I found a good recipe here that explains that process in full detail. Canned pumpkin truly just does not taste like the real thing. Your homemade pumpkin puree will be more nutrient dense than anything that comes out of a can. If you do choose to use canned pumpkin, make sure you choose organic.
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