With around 1000 varieties of mango across the world, this fruit is liked by every age group in the world. Despite its varieties, the fruit is also good in appearance and taste. Mango is one of the best seasonal fruit that you can feed to your babies as an alternative when a baby gets bored with the same food routines.
Mango for babies Constipation
Majority of the parents might think that mango can cause constipation to their babies, but they don’t know which type is responsible for that. As I told you about its varieties, the less ripe one can cause constipation to your babies so, don’t feed unripe mangoes to your baby.
What is the ideal time to introduce mangoes to your babies?
As you all know that every fruit contains some pros and cons, and that’s same with this fruit as well. However, this fruit is ideal for a baby who starts eating semi-solid food. If you want to know that this fruit is not allergic for your babies, feed it to your baby once and look upon the later reactions or allergies.
If your babies are doing well with this fruit, then you can easily start feeding it to your babies. Moreover, you can also consult from any pediatrician as well.
Besides that, as this fruit is soft so you can easily feed this fruit to your baby even if he/she starts eating solid food at the age of 6 months. Somehow, the majority of the experts also say that the ideal time to feed this fruit to your babies is 8 month.
Also Read: Breast Milk Baby Food Recipes
Are mangoes good for your baby?
Yes, there are a bunch of nutritious aspects found in this fruit, and the delicious taste is also an important reason for its goodness. The vitamins and minerals that allow your baby to grow healthy are also available in this fruit.
Moreover, it also contains an amount of sugar and carbohydrate that let your baby spend the whole day without laziness. As you all know that this fruit is smooth in texture, they can be easily eat by your babies with or without mixing another fruit.
What are the health benefits of eating mango for a baby?
It’s an important part which a parent always wants to know. The king of tropical fruits has a bunch of essential health benefits that you couldn’t find anywhere.
1. Mango is good for your baby heart:
This fruit contains several nutrients good for your baby heart, which also keeps it healthy. The amount of magnesium and potassium available in this fruit keeps your baby pulses healthy, and its blood vessels relaxed. Moreover, it’s also beneficial for keeping your baby blood pressure to an ideal extent.
Have you ever realized that this fruit has also a capability to protect your baby’s heart cells against inflammation? Well, the reason behind it is the mangiferin antioxidant available in it.
2. Beneficial in constipation:
Mango is full of fibers and digestive enzymes that are responsible to keep your baby’s stomach good and prevent constipation. Moreover, the enzymes allow your baby to have an easy bowel movement throughout the day.
The enzymes mentioned above are amylases that breakdowns a large food molecule into small, so your baby can easily digest it. As I earlier said, unripe mangoes are the reason for constipation in your babies so, it’s good for you to not feed unripe mangoes to your baby.
Moreover, if your baby is suffering from diarrhea, then you can also feed this fruit to your babies because it has a good amount of water that can keep your baby hydrated.
Vitamin A is known as one of the factors to enhance anyone eyesight. If we talk about mango, one bowl of mango can fill up the 1/4th part in your baby body. Moreover, this fruit can resolve all the other problems that are related solely to your baby eyes including dryness, night blindness, corneal problems, etc. In short, this fruit is a jumbo pack for resolving almost all eyes issues of your baby.
4. Boost Memory:
Getting good grades in exams and having a good amount of knowledge in your brain is the wish of every age group. Every parent also wishes the same for their children too, and that’s all possible with this fruit.
The glutamine acid in this fruit, which is also generally known as an amino acid is very important for your baby brain development. This acid makes sure that baby brain functioning is going with good pace, and it also improves brain memory as well.
Moreover, it’s also been said that vitamin B6, which is also an effective thing to improve brain functioning is also found in this fruit.
5. Healthy Skin:
Whether you are feeding it to your baby or applying its pulps on your baby skin, the vitamin A in this fruit not only helps your eyesight but, it also makes your baby skin more moisture, and keeps it relaxed from the other skin complexions.
6. Keeps your baby hydrated:
Summers are the hardest weather for a parent if they have babies. The reason behind it is the amount of care you have to put for preventing your baby from sunstroke and other dehydration issues. The best thing about summers is that mangoes also comes in the same season. Moreover, this fruit can keep your baby hydrated and prevent all kind of sunstrokes so, you can easily take them along with yourself outdoors too.
7. Weight gain:
Keeping your baby in good shape is one of the hardest tasks in this world. I would not hesitate to tell you that when your baby starts growing its teeth, he/she cuts almost half of their weight.
Majority of the parents tries different things but, they couldn’t recover the weight for their babies. In this case, mango is the best option for your babies because the number of good calories available in this fruit is good in nutrition and can be easily digested or absorb by your bodies as well. This process leads your baby to a healthy weight gain process.
8. Improves blood in your body:
As we are growing in a society, where everyone used to listen to the traditional health benefits of any fruit or vegetable from their elders. I had also listened and pointed out it in my mind to let you know as well.
Eating some mangoes and drinks water after that can increase the amount of blood in your body. It helps your overall body health including digestion, eyesight, heart, anemia, weight, and brain.
Important tips before feeding mangoes to your babies
- Always try to bring ripe mango from the market. Because they are easily digestible and can be more effective then unripe.
- Unripe mangoes are good for humans but, the age varies to adults. Although unripe mangoes can cause constipation in your babies.
- “The more it’s good in smell, the more it will be fresh and sweet in taste”. That’s the theory of purchasing mangoes for your babies.
- Always try to wash it properly with water so, there will not remain any unhealthy particles in it.
- You have to feed a bit of mango to your babies and wait for 2 or 3 days to check any allergic issue.
How to store mangoes for your babies?
A list of dirty dozen foods was uploaded on ewg website for 2019 and mango is not included in the list. That gives us the insight that it doesn’t contain or attacks by any pesticides until and unless they are on good and fresh conditions.
Always try to pick a soft and rich aroma mango for your babies when you want to freeze it. Because they are good in taste and fresh as well. If we talk about storing this fruit, then you can easily freeze it for around 4 to 5 days, and 3 to 4 days in a refrigerator.
This allows you to feed this fruit 2 to 3 times within a week. Somehow you can also freeze mango for more than 5 days as well but, then you can only use it for making mango shake or smoothie.
20 Mango Baby Food Recipes
1. Mango Juice Recipe for babies
- 1 Mango.
First of all, peel and cut the mango into normal size pieces, and transfer it into a food processor. Add the desired amount of water and blend it until it gives you a smooth and thin texture.
With the help of a spoon or another tool, you can check the remaining pulp. If there are any pulp available, blend it again.
Note: If your baby is more than 12 months, you can also add sugar in it.
2. Mango Milk Shake Recipe for babies
- 1 Mango.
- Breast milk or formula milk.
To complete this recipe follow the procedure of the first recipe and only change water with milk. The thing that I want to share is to try to use breast milk instead of formula because it keeps your baby healthier. Somehow, you can replace breast milk when your baby reaches a fine age.
Moreover, using breast milk allows your baby to feel the sweetness of milkshake as sugar is prevented for less than 12 months age of the baby so, it would be worth to add it in the recipe.
Note: You can also add fresh honey in this recipe as well to keep the taste more delicious.
3. Mango Puree Recipe for Babies
- 1 Mango.
Peel and slice the mango into small slices, Transfer it into a bowl, and mash it with the help of fork so, you can get the soft and swallowable pulp.
Note: Following the same procedure, you can add other fruits in this recipe as well that are naturally soft, and doesn’t require steaming or boiling. Moreover, you can also store this recipe for 1 week in your freezer. It’s better to store it into small containers so, you can feed the desired amount per meal.
4. Mango, Apple and Carrot Puree Recipe for Babies
- 1 cup mango.
- 1 cup apple.
- ½ cup of carrots.
First of all peel and cut the ingredients and place it into individual bowls. Use a steamer or steam the ingredients by a traditional method.
Add carrots and steam it for 3 minutes, then add apple and mangoes, and cover the lid to let it steam until it gets tender.
Transfer the ingredients into a food processor, and blend it until it gives you a smooth texture. You can either add water or milk to thin its consistency.
5. Mango, Quinoa, and Apple Puree Recipe for Babies
- 1 cup Quinoa.
The first step starts by boiling the quinoa, so for that, you need 2 cups of water and 1 cup of quinoa. Take a saucepan, add water and quinoa in it, set the flame to normal and wait for the water to boil. When the water starts boiling, stir the quinoa, cover the lid, and boil it for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the apple into small pieces, and steam it for around 10 minutes. When all the procedure gets done, transfer the ingredients into a food processor along with mango.
Depending on your baby age, you can thin its texture by adding water, formula or breast milk, or the remaining steaming water of apple in it.
Blend the ingredients until it gives you a smooth texture.
Note: The ingredients can be reduced to your desired need. If you are preparing in good quantity, you can easily store it in small containers for around 3 months.
6. Mango and Chicken Puree Recipe for Babies
- 1/2 cup Mango.
- 1 or 2 chicken pieces.
- Olive Oil.
- Water or breast milk.
First of all, take a non-stick pan, add a bit of olive oil and chicken, fry it until the water of the chicken gets dry, and cover the lid until it gets tender. Transfer the chicken into a food processor, add mango pieces, add water or breast milk to thin its texture, and blend it until it gets to the desired consistency.
7. Mango, Apricot, and Pear Puree Recipe for Babies
- ½ mango (Peeled and chopped).
- 1 apricot (Remove seeds).
- ½ pear(Chopped).
- Water or milk.
Transfer the ingredients into a food processor, and blend it until it gives you an ideal consistency.
8. Mango, Pear and Yogurt Recipe for Babies
- 1 Mango (Peeled and Chopped).
- 1 Pear (Peeled and Chopped).
- Yogurt 3 or 4 Tbsp.
Transfer all the ingredients into a food processor, and blend it until it gives you a smooth texture.
9. Mango and Strawberry Yogurt Recipe for Babies
- 3 or 4 ripped strawberries.
- 1 slice of mango.
Cut the ingredients into small pieces and let it steam so the ingredients get tender. Transfer it into a food processor and blend until it gets to an ideal puree. Now add yogurt, and blend it again.
10. Mango and Banana Popsicle Recipe for Babies [+10 Month]
- 1 Mango.
- 1 Banana.
- 1 cup whole milk.
- 1 tbsp agave nectar.
Peel and chop mango and banana, and transfer it into a food processor. Add milk and agave nectar, and blend the mixture until it gives you a smooth texture. Transfer the ingredients into a Popsicle stick, and freeze it for around 1 or 2 hours.
11. Mango and Spinach Puree Recipe for Babies
- 1 Ripe Mango.
- 1 Cup Spinach.
The first step starts by steaming the spinach for 3 minutes. So for that, you need to pre-heat the saucepan by adding some water, when the water starts boiling reduce the flame to normal, put a steaming tray, add spinach, and cover the lid.
Meanwhile, peel and cut the mango into small pieces. Transfer all the ingredients into a food processor, and blend it until it gives you a smooth texture. You can also add water or milk to make the ingredient to the ideal consistency.
12. Mango, Cantaloupe and Cardamom Puree Recipe for Babies
- 1 cup mango.
- 1 cup cantaloupe.
- 1/8 tsp cardamom.
- Water or milk.
Add all the ingredients into a food processor, and blend until it gets to the desired consistency. For more thin consistency add a bit of water or milk, and blend it again.
13. Mango, Banana, blackberry, and Quinoa Recipe for Babies
- ¼ Mango.
- ½ Banana.
- 10 blackberries.
- ¼ cup Quinoa.
Peel and cut mango and banana into pieces, and transfer it into a food processor along with blackberries. Blend the ingredients to a fine puree. Meanwhile, soak quinoa in warm water for 10 minutes. When the soaking process completes, add it into the puree, and mix it well.
Note: You can add water or milk into the pure to make the consistency thinner.
14. Mango Puree Popsicles Recipe for Babies
- 1 Mango.
All you need is to peel and cut a mango into small pieces. Now with the help of fork or food processor, mash the mango to prepare a pure consistency puree, and pour it in the popsicles stick. Freeze the puree for around 1 or 2 hours.
15. Mango and Oats Pancake Recipe for Babies [Sugar-free]
- 1 egg.
- Few Mango slices.
- Pinch of salt.
- ½ cup oats.
Oats needs to be in powder form or else you can powder it yourself by blending it into a food processor. Add all the other ingredients according to your need into a food processor, and prepare a puree. Transfer the puree into a baby bowl, and add oats powder. You need to continuously stir the puree with a spoon when adding oats powder in it so, it can mix well.
Heat a non-stick pan, and reduce the flame to medium. Now add the mixture in it and shape it to a pancake size, cook both sides, drizzle the pancake with honey, and serve it.
16. Mango and Yogurt Lollies Recipe for Babies
- 1 cup mango puree.
- Greek Yogurt.
- ¼ cinnamon powder.
- 1 tsp vanilla essence.
Add cinnamon powder, vanilla essence, and a bit of honey into the greek yogurt, and mix it well. Now take a Popsicle stick, and pour mango puree and yogurt layer-wise into it. Leave it in the freezer for 2 or 3 hours.
Pouring the ingredients in layer-wise makes it look attractive, and your baby also loves it.
17. Mango and Sweet Potato Recipe for Babies
- 1 Medium size Cooked sweet potato.
- 1 Mango (puree).
- Pinch of cinnamon.
- Water or Milk.
Mash the potato with a fork, add mango puree, a pinch of cinnamon, and milk or water to make its consistency ideal. Mix the ingredients properly, and serve it.
18. Mango Muffins Recipe for Babies [12+ Month]
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour.
- 1 tsp baking soda.
- ½ tsp salt.
- 1 ½ cup of mango puree.
- ½ cup of honey. (You will need extra for drizzling as well).
- ¼ cup of coconut oil.
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence.
- ½ cup diced mango.
The first step starts with pre-heating your oven at 350F. Meanwhile, you have to prepare the mixture for muffins. First of all, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, and mix it well.
Take another bowl, blend mango puree, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add the mixture of dry ingredients you prepared in the first step, and mix it well. Moreover, add diced mango at the end, and stir it.
Pour the mixture in a silicon baking tray, and bake it for 20 to 25 minutes. Use the toothpick method to check that the muffins are properly cooked. Transfer the muffins when it gets cool down, and drizzle it with honey.
Note: You can limit the number of ingredients according to your own need.
19. Mango Rice Pudding With Coconut Recipe for Babies [10+ month]
- 1 Mango.
- 1 ¼ cup of coconut milk.
- 1 cup of water.
- ½ cup of grain rice (short).
- 3 tbsp agave syrup.
- 1 pinch of salt.
- 4 tbsp shredded coconut.
- 1 tbsp lime juice.
Take a saucepan, add water, 1 cup coconut milk, and salt to boil. When the water starts boiling, add the rice, reduce its flame, cover the lid, and leave it for 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, Check and stir the ingredients frequently.
Cut normal size half mango into pieces, add ¼ cup of remaining coconut milk, lime juice, and 1 tbsp of agave syrup. The next step starts with roasting the shredded coconut in a pan without any oil. Wait till the coconut changes its color to a golden brown, and gets aromatic.
When the first step gets done, turn off the flame, add 2 tbsp of agave syrup, stir, and transfer it in a baby bowl. Also, mix the shredded coconut that you roasted into the rice, and mix it again. Now add the mango puree into the same baby bowl where you add the rice. Top the bowl with diced mango, and serve it to your baby.
20. Baked Mango Chicken Bites Recipe for Babies [10+ Month]
- 1 cup oats.
- 100 ml of coconut oil.
- 50 g carrot.
- 30 g onion.
- 75 g Mango cubes.
- ½ tsp turmeric.
- 200g chicken mince.
The first step starts with soaking ½ cup of oats in the coconut milk. Take a food processor and add carrot, onion to properly chop it.
When the process gets done, add mango, soaked oats, turmeric, and chicken mince into the food processor, and blend it until all the mixture gets properly mixed.
In the end, add the remaining ½ cup of oats in the food processor, and now blend it properly until all the ingredients get properly mixed.
With the help of your hands shape the mixture to a meatball. Ready the muffin tray by spraying with oil. Put the meatballs on to the tray, and bake it for 20 to 25 minutes at 180 degrees.