Can my baby eat popsicles?
The short answer is NOT recommended. Unless you are making them at home, from scratch without additives, using only fruit and baby-friendly spices and herbs. Even then, you have first to consider your baby’s current development stage to determine whether their body is ready to handle the fruit.
You can introduce fruit to your baby between 4 to 6 months old. Suppose they do not have digestive issues. Always make sure the fruit is in its purest form when giving it to your baby. This is because fruit can be acidic, which can cause distress in the form of GERD or baby heartburn with your baby if they have a sensitive digestive tract.
Below are some ideas to consider when introducing popsicles to your baby’s diet.
Avoid giving your baby store-bought popsicles.
While popsicles make a great summer treat, it is important to consider what ingredients they are made of if they are store-bought.
Store-bought or prepackaged popsicles are usually loaded with additives and preservatives to increase their shelf life. These chemicals may not be good for your growing baby. It is not recommended to give your baby store-bought popsicles.
Make your own popsicles for babies.
If you want your baby to enjoy this treat, you can make your own from scratch. This is a fun activity that can include older children. Making your popsicles is the best way to ensure that the ingredients that go into your baby’s treat are pure and made to your baby’s needs. There are many recipes online on how to make popsicles at home, with directions on how to make the tasty treat with the fewest ingredients to share with your baby.
Food and homemade popsicles are best introduced between 4 to 6 months.
It is always very exciting to introduce your baby to new things. Food is no different. You are probably very excited about what sort of food you can give to your baby.
Solid food can be introduced to babies between 4 to 6 months old. It is important to gently start your baby on solids and observe how your baby responds to the food. Make sure to puree the food into a smooth consistency making it easier to digest for your baby. Remember that your baby has no teeth at this time, so it best to puree their food into a porridge consistency into something they can easily swallow.
The best way to know when your child is ready for solids is when they can sit unaided, can control their head, and they open their mouth when food is offered.
Keep your baby’s popsicles pure, but exciting.
Many cultures introduce spices to their baby’s diet when their baby starts eating. They do so in small amounts so that the baby’s palette can adjust to the new tastes. The spices and herbs added to the food are not highly concentrated but enough for good taste.
You can do the same too with your baby’s food and popsicles. This will make preparing food and treats for your baby a fun adventure. You can make your baby a mango popsicle using pureed mango fruit sprinkled with a dash of chill or paprika or leave it out depending on your baby’s preferences. It is important to respect your baby’s preferences when introducing new foods to their diet. This will keep mealtime fun, healthy, and your baby will most likely develop great eating habits and a great relationship with food.
How many popsicles can babies have?
Popsicles are fun. They are especially fun for your baby when they are teething because they provide relief for their itchy gums as their teeth come in. Babies love the feeling of ice on their gums when they are teething, and it might be tempting to keep giving your baby popsicles to help relieve their discomfort.
Remember that you are the parent, and you must control the number of popsicles you give your baby. One popsicle spaced out throughout the day is usually enough for your baby. You can intermittently use a clean teether in between servings.
Your baby might cry and become inconsolable but use this as a teaching opportunity to help them understand that acting is not an appropriate way to get what they want, and also things need to be done in moderation.
Reward them when they stop acting out.
Protect your baby from choking on a popsicle!
Always pay close attention to your baby when they are chewing something. At six months, they are learning to chew and swallow, and this can sometimes cause them to choke, especially with ice or popsicles because these become slippery in the mouth.
Allow your baby to lick the popsicle and always make sure they don’t “gum” off huge chunks when the popsicle becomes soft. If they do, promptly remove it from their mouth and break it off into tiny pieces that easily and quickly melt in your baby’s mouth upon contact.
Never leave your baby alone with food, especially popsicles, these are choking hazards, and it is best to be prepared for them and do everything you can to protect your baby.
Preventing and handling choking hazards:
It is important to get ahead of a problem rather than respond to it. When giving your baby popsicles or any food, remember that these can easily become choking hazards if not properly handled.
Always pay attention to your baby, do not leave them unattended when they have a popsicle in hand. It is nice, and while ice can melt, it can also choke your baby, blocking their airway. This is dangerous, and there are a few things you can do to prevent it from happening.
Make sure your baby is sitting up while they eat, do not give food to a baby that is lying down. It increases the likelihood of a choking incident.
Use their high chair or sit them on your lap when they are eating. It not only creates better eating habits but also helps your baby stay safe and avoid choking.
Learn what you can do if your baby chokes. This will help you and your baby avoids accidents. Baby first aid is important for any parent to learn and understand. It is a proactive response and will help you respond appropriately if your baby chokes on something.