Childhood is all about the little experiences that end up shaping our adult lives. The idea is to make everything special and magical.
Something as simple as feeding pumpkin to your baby for the first time can turn into a special event, and perhaps even a family tradition years down the line.
Remember that the world is new to your baby and if you can involve them in any activity that will excite them, do it.
If your baby has just hit that 6-month mark and you have decided to introduce pumpkin into their diet, why not find new ways and recipes to make it special for them? In fact, why stop there?
There are so many fun things you can do to make your baby’s first pumpkin very special.
5 Ideas To Make Your Baby's First Pumpkin Extra Special
Pick the Right Time
First things first, you need to make sure your baby is the right age to have their first taste of pumpkin. The most suitable time to introduce pumpkin is when the baby begins to develop their milk teeth. This usually happens when a baby is 3 to 12 months old. According to UNICEF, 6-months is the best time to start introducing solid foods to the baby.
Visit A Pumpkin Patch
You can take a trip with your baby to a pumpkin patch so then you can capture that moment where they sat beside their very first pumpkin and then, hopefully, proceeded to eat it. Autumn is the best time to plan this activity. You can dress the baby in layers, so as not to fear the cold.
Make sure to wear your muddy boots for the event and expect the baby to catch some mud as well. For amazing photos, don’t forget to let your baby explore the environment around them.
A Pumpkin Costume
Another fun way to make the event special is by investing in a pumpkin outfit. If you are taking the baby to a pumpkin patch, they’d almost fit right in with the rest of the pumpkins. The costume will also make for some great pictures.
Baby in the Pumpkin
Halloween is all about choosing the perfectly sized pumpkins and carving them. However, many parents take this opportunity to place their baby in the pumpkin – with leg holes of course – and whip their cameras out. Just surf the internet for these impossibly cute, hilarious and heart-tugging photos and you’ll know what we mean. The best part about this is is that no matter how little your baby is, you can still make their first pumpkin memorable. These pumpkin babies also make some amazing props for Halloween family photos.
Pumpkin is packed with nutritional goodness that will improve your baby’s health. Make sure to pick an organic pumpkin so then it is not contaminated with pesticides. You also need to make sure that your baby likes the taste, so then feeding them pumpkin doesn’t become a constant struggle.
Fortunately, you can get creative here and try tons of different combinations to make the pumpkin special for your baby. Here are some of the best pumpkin recipes for babies:
- Pumpkin Puree
The simplest and most basic way to introduce pumpkin to the baby is in the form of pumpkin puree. All you need is 1 pumpkin, water, cinnamon and nutmeg. You can soften the pumpkin in two ways. One way is to bake the pumpkin and the other is steaming.
For baking, cut the pumpkin in half, deseed it and then place it on a baking pan with 2-inches of water. Bake it at 375° F for an hour or until soft. The other method involves peeling, cubing and steaming the pumpkin until soft.
Once the pumpkin is soft, scoop it out and mash it with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle on cinnamon and nutmeg and let it be your baby’s first pumpkin experience.
- Pumpkin Millet Porridge
Pack on the nutrients even more by preparing this pumpkin millet porridge for your baby. This recipe is best suited for babies who are 8-months and older. It’s easy too. Bring two cups of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of hulled millet and about 20 grams of pumpkin flesh. When it starts simmering, lower the flame and let it cook for about 40 minutes. You can add more water for the desired consistency. If the baby is 6-months old, you can blend the porridge for easy digestion.
- Apple and Pumpkin Puree
If your baby is a fan of apples, you can combine this red fruit in the puree for your baby’s first pumpkin experience. Peel, deseed and chop the pumpkin and apples, place them in a saucepan with water and boil until they are tender. Blend them, sprinkle on cinnamon and nutmeg and feed it to your baby.
- Pumpkin, Banana, and Peaches
Another amazing combination with pumpkin is that of banana and peach. Steam all of their flesh together until tender, then mash and mix. It’s a quick meal with tons of nutritional benefits.
- Pumpkin Kheer
Kheer is a South Asian dessert that can easily be customized for your baby’s first pumpkin taste. As a plus, adults can enjoy it too. Begin by peeling, deseeding and chopping the pumpkin, then steaming it for 15 minutes. Soak the almonds.
In half a cup of milk, add softened pumpkin and soaked almonds and blend them.
In a saucepan, boil ½ cup of milk, add the blend, sugar to your liking, add cardamom powder and let it simmer and cook for 7-10 minutes. When the kheer is thick, turn the flame off.
There are several methods used to prepare the pumpkin, including steaming, boiling, poaching and baking. Do whatever is the most convenient for you, or the way that your baby seems to like it the best. As a tip, don’t be disheartened if your baby doesn’t like their first taste of pumpkin.
It’s all about helping them develop a taste for it. Keep trying different recipes until your baby doesn’t spit all of it out.