The sweet taste of pears are often well liked by babies and they are nutritious. Pears are high in fiber, a good source of copper and rich in vitamins C and K, according to the George Mateljan Foundation. Prepare your own homemade baby food out of fresh homegrown or store bought pears. Not only will you save money over pre-prepared commercial baby food brands, you can assure your baby's food contains the highest quality and freshest ingredients.
Scrub cooking utensils and preparation surfaces with soap and hot water to reduce the possibility of contaminating the baby food with germs and bacteria.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water to avoid transferring germs and bacteria from your hands to the food.
Peel the skin off the pears using a potato peeler and remove the stems. Discard the skins and stems.
Cut the pears in half using a paring knife and remove the center cores and seeds. Discard the cores and seeds.
Cook the pear halves in a covered small pot filled with 4 teaspoons of water per pear, for three to five minutes or until the pears are easily pierced with a fork. The University of Maine recommends lightly cooking fresh pears before using them in a baby food recipe. Cooked pears are softer so they blend to a finer texture and are easier to digest.
Puree the pears and cooking water in a blender until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to obtain the desired baby food texture. If you do not have a blender, you can push the pears through a fine sieve and stir in in the cooking water.
Cool your homemade pear baby food to room temperature before feeding to your baby. Store excess pear baby food in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze the pear baby food in ice cube containers. Once frozen, toss the frozen pear cubes in a sealed freezer container. Defrost pear cubes in the refrigerator overnight, before feeding them to your baby.
Things You Will Need
- Potato peeler
- Paring knife
- Small pot with lid
- Blender or fine sieve
You can use canned instead of fresh pears if desired. Use canned pears that do not contain sugar or salt. You do not need to cook canned pears. Simply add the canned pears to the blender with 4 teaspoons of juice from the can and blend until smooth. Add more of the canned juice if necessary to obtain a thinner baby food texture.
Most babies can start eating pureed baby foods at four to six months of age, says Healthy Children, a service provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Each infant is different, however, so talk to your baby's doctor before starting solid foods. Introduce new foods gradually, one at a time, so that you can identify possible food allergies. Discontinue feeding foods that cause upset stomach, rash, digestive upset, or any other unsual symptoms and see your doctor.