Babies are one big mystery and if you're reading this you probably know what I'm talking about. Sometimes I wish parenthood came with a handbook because it would make those guessing moments a little easier.
Anyways, we've recently noticed our youngest, Lowen struggling to poop which caused him to have belly pains. You can normally tell when your baby has belly/gas pains because they'll arch their back and wiggle around trying to get it out. I also knew he was struggling because his poop was no longer smooth. Instead, it was like little rabbit pellets. I know that can be normal once you start introducing foods and solids so at his recent 6 month check up I asked what we should do for him. We already give him probiotics daily so the next step was to introduce foods that will help loosen his stool. The pediatrician told us a cool little trick to remember which foods would help with that. The fruits that start the letter "P" (for poop) help loosen stool; pears, plums, peaches and prunes.
I love making my babies food so it's no surprise that I put together some fun combination purees to help with constipation. I've been giving this to Lowen for a few weeks now and it has helped a ton! I've listed the puree combinations that were his favorite along with the products I use and love along with step by step instructions.
Here are the helpful products I use to make all the magic happen! I would recommend them all over and over again because I just LOVE them!
The Baby Bullet: The best thing created to make the perfect purée consistency. You can try other blenders but they just don't compare! The Baby Bullet ensures a smooth, creamy finish to any recipe!
Baby Puree Freezer Trays: These have been GREAT! I wish they were a little bigger to hold more food in a single hole but for Lowens age they work perfect. They have a soft silicone bottom which makes the food pop out easy and hassle free. I got these trays to put single purees in them such as apple, carrot, peach and then pop each one out to mix together to create unique combinations as I go. I just heat it in the microwave for a few seconds and its perfect! The purees last in the freezer for up to three months!
Sage Spoonful Storage Jars: I use these jars more than I use anything else in the house. I used these for lyrics baby food purees, put his leftovers in them, pack meals for on the go AND even use them to store dry snacks. Now, I'm using the same jars + I bought more to do the same with Lowen. They're the perfect container for any baby occasion.
I have listed the basic 1 ingredient purées that are super simple to make. Once you make these you can easily mix them together to create different combinations for your baby. I normally make a big batch and freeze them for later use. They are good in the freezer for 3 months. The more fruit you use the more water you will most likely need to add. Remember to add the water in slowly until you get your desired smooth consistency.
I bought a bag of Organic Dried Prunes from our local grocery store. Since they are dried you will have to rehydrate them, but don't worry it's super simple.
Get a saucepan and fill it with 1 cup of water. Add in the bag of prunes and bring to a boil.
Once it's boiling reduce it to low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Add everything into your baby bullet and blend. You may need to add more water to get a smooth consistency. I added an addition 1/2 cup of baby nursery water and it was perfect.
Make sure your pears are really ripe to the point where you can easily squish them. Peel/ cut the skin off and then discard. Next, cut around the core and add the pieces to your baby bullet.
Blend while slowly pouring in nursery water until it reaches a smooth consistency. You may not need to add much water depending on the ripeness of your pears.
Make sure your peaches are really ripe to the point where you can easily squish them. Peel/ cut the skin off and then discard. Next, cut around the core and add the pieces to your baby bullet.
Blend while slowly pouring in nursery water until it reaches a smooth consistency. You may not need to add much water depending on the ripeness of your peaches.
To create each of these combination purées follow the above steps for each individual fruit and then combine together in your desired combination. Here were some of Lowens favorites.