Can babies eat mango?
Mangos are delicious and nutritious for people of all ages, but new mommas might be asking themselves, “Can babies eat mango?”
Yes, babies can eat mango! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when babies reach about 6 months old, they can start to be introduced to other foods outside of breast milk or infant formula. You’ll know your baby is ready to try new foods when they can sit with no support, they have good head control, and your baby opens their mouth and leans forward when you try to feed them.
By 7 or 8 months old, most babies are ready for a variety of foods from all the food groups, which includes fruit! Like all people, babies should be eating a rainbow of colored foods, so mangos are perfect for adding a bit of the yellow to your spectrum.
To make the transition to fruits like mangos, many moms opt for a mesh or silicone feeder. Moms can put fresh or frozen mango into a little feeder to let their babies chew on. Not only does it keep mess to a minimum, it helps introduce babies to solid and textured foods in a safe way.
It’s easy to mash up your own mango puree at home for your baby, and it only contains one ingredient: fresh mango!
How to make mango puree for babies:
- Choose a ripe mango by giving it a gentle squeeze – a ripe mango will have a little give.
- Wash your mango with water to remove any unwanted bacteria.
- Cut your mango into pieces that will fit into a blender or food processor. Learn how to cut a mango here.
- Put all your cut mango into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. To make the mango puree less chunky, add a little water.
- Put in a bowl and let your baby enjoy!