How do I give my 6 month old mango?

Answered by Kyle Floyd

As a sommelier and brewer, I may not be an expert in baby-led weaning, but I can certainly provide some guidance on how to give your 6-month-old mango. Mango is a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be a great addition to your baby's diet. Here are a few suggestions on how to introduce mango to your little one:

1. Choose ripe mango: When giving mango to your baby, it's important to choose ripe ones that are soft and easy to chew. You can gently press the mango with your thumb to check its ripeness. Avoid using unripe or overly ripe mangoes, as they may be too tough or mushy for your baby to handle.

2. Finger foods: At 6 months, babies are starting to develop their fine motor skills and can hold small objects with their fists. Mango slices can be a great finger food option for your little one. Cut the mango into thin, manageable slices that your baby can hold and explore on their own. It's natural for babies to explore and play with their food, so be prepared for some mess!

3. Pureed mango: If your baby is not ready for finger foods or you prefer to start with purees, you can easily make a smooth mango puree. Simply peel the mango, remove the pit, and cut it into chunks. Put the mango chunks in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. You can add a little or breast milk/formula to achieve the desired consistency.

4. Mixing with other foods: Mango can be mixed with other fruits or vegetables to add variety and flavor to your baby's meals. For example, you can blend mango with avocado for a creamy and nutritious puree. Mixing mango with yogurt or oatmeal can also be a tasty option. Be creative and experiment with different combinations to see what your baby enjoys.

5. Frozen mango: If fresh mangoes are not available or in season, you can opt for frozen mango chunks. Thaw the frozen mango before using it in purees or as finger foods. Frozen mango can be a convenient option, especially when fresh mangoes are not readily accessible.

6. Watch for allergies: As with introducing any new food to your baby, it's important to watch out for any signs of allergies or adverse reactions. Start with a small amount of mango and observe your baby for any signs of discomfort, such as rashes, diarrhea, or vomiting. If you notice any unusual reactions, discontinue the mango and consult your pediatrician.

Remember, every baby is different, and it's important to consider your baby's individual needs and developmental stage when introducing new foods. It's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician before introducing any new food to your baby's diet.

Mango can be a tasty and nutritious addition to your baby's diet. Whether you choose to offer mango slices as finger foods or make a smooth mango puree, it's important to choose ripe mangoes and watch for any signs of allergies or discomfort. Enjoy exploring this tropical fruit with your little one!