If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen me making my own baby food. So far, Cayden has not had food that hasn’t been made from scratch. He still doesn’t know what store bought baby food tastes like because Steven and I had agreed during pregnancy that we wanted Cayden to eat fresh and organic.
Since he’s been teething for a few months now, I try to keep fresh made popsicles in the fridge instead of those frozen baby teething rings. I feel like it’s a better alternative because he spends more time numbing his gums with it and it’s also a healthy, sweet snack.
His favorites right now are the watermelon-strawberry and the mango ones. If you’ve got a teething baby, definitely try making these for them. If you’ve got a baby bullet, these are going to be so easy for you to make. I started using it everyday since Cayden was old enough to start on solids. I literally make all his meals with this thing and is the best investment in baby items you’ll ever make.
If you’re a busy body like me, a trick is to find a grocery store that sells fresh cut fruit so that you’re not having to spend that extra time cutting and peeling fruit. I do this for the watermelon part ‘cuz honestly who wants to cut up a whole watermelon each time? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Now this might sound like your stereotypical Latina mom but one of Cayden’s first fruits were mangoes. As it turns out, it’s his most favorite fruit. Knowing that, I keep these mango popsicles on deck.
Want to try it out? Here’s the how-to part. You’ll laugh at how easy these are.
For the mango popsicles you’ll need:
- 1 mango
- Baby Bullet
- Cutting board
- Baby popsicle molds. I use the Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Trays.
After washing the mango, use the peeler to get rid of the skin.
Cut the mango into small squares so that it’s easy for the baby bullet to puree.
Put the chopped mango pieces into the bullet and puree.
Dump the puree into the popsicles molds and into the freezer.
Sometimes the popsicles are tough to take out. I run the bottom of the mold under warm water to loosen up when I’m ready to give one to Cayden.
Now for his other favorite, you’ll need everything from the above recipe, just replace the mango with chopped watermelon and strawberries.
Because a teething baby can sometimes run a fever and make him feel a little under the weather, which then makes babies not want to eat, I make popsicles out of Pedialyte to keep Cayden hydrated especially for those moments.
How easy is that?
As much as I juggle daily, I love that these are not time consuming. I like to give Cayden options, so when I make a batch I like to do one tray, one flavor, and another tray, another flavor.
Another tip is to get at least two popsicle trays so you can have popsicles for each day of the week and two different flavors so your little one doesn’t get bored of the same thing.
If you’ve got left over puree, save that to mix in with a yogurt for you to snack on or save it for baby to eat as a breakfast meal with his or her own baby yogurt. I also found this awesome Mango Chia Pudding recipe by Kailey at Living Fresh Daily that you use can use your left over mango puree for.
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