Figs are highly nutritious fruits rich in fibers. And they grow plenty in the Middle Eastern countries like India. Though the benefits of figs for babies are unmatchable, they may not be everyone’s favorite. Especially if we talk about babies then mothers have to think hard about how to make this healthy food look appealing and taste amazing as well.
Don’t worry mommies, here we will talk about why and when you should provide figs to your baby. We will also give you an insight into the benefits of anjeer or figs and the precautions that need to be taken. So keep reading.
Yes, figs are completely safe and a highly required fruit for your baby. As figs are fiber-rich, they can keep your baby’s tummy clean. Use figs for constipation in babies and you will find the result overnight. Besides, figs contain lots of vitamins, protein, minerals, and antimicrobial agents. These will be needed for the growth and immune system of your baby.
The list of nutrients in a fig can go a bit long as it has so much in it:
So it is a wholesome meal for your baby.
Figs have numerous health benefits for babies. As mentioned earlier, figs are loaded with minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, which are all extremely important for the healthy growth and development of a child.
Here are some of the most important health benefits:
Fig juice can be extracted from a fig in any form, be it fresh or dried. The benefits of fig juice in babies are:
While you get fresh anjeer only twice a year in India, the dried option is always available in the supermarket. It contains health-promoting antioxidants and is an excellent source of fiber. Dried figs contain a significant amount of minerals like magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and vitamins like Thiamine and Vitamin K.
Dried figs for babies help with:
The soaked fig’s benefits are the same as the fresh ones. It helps the babies with:
You can introduce your baby to figs as soon as he/she crosses 6 months. In other words, you can also introduce figs to babies around the time you start introducing fruit and vegetable purees. The babies cannot chew at this time so you can make fig or athi juice for them. You can also make a fine paste and give them anjeer with milk.
Bite-size pieces of figs in baby food are a big no until the baby turns 11 months or they are big enough to chew the food well. Or else, fig pieces pose a choking hazard for babies.
And when your baby starts chewing solids, consider this as the right time to give a fig as food. Once the baby starts to like its taste, and you find fig is not causing any digestive issues, you can start using them in salads, and in savory dishes as well as in dessert dishes.
While choosing fresh figs from the market verify that it does not have any visible blemishes or cuts in its skin. And while buying dry figs check the packaging is intact or not. Don’t buy loose dried figs as they can have a lot of dust on them.
Fresh figs can be used for 7 days if you keep them in the refrigerator. Store them dry to avoid rots.
Preparing figs for your baby is not that difficult. There are varieties of recipes available online. We have also provided a few recipes below which you can try. Whether you blend the figs, use them in these recipes, or give them as a chunk if your baby can chew depends on the taste your infant develops.
So figs are highly beneficial but you need to be cautious about certain factors:
Do not provide dry figs raw to your baby as it has the risk of choking. Instead, make a puree or a shake.
If the baby has oral allergy syndrome or pollen food allergy then avoid figs.
It is recommended that you give them figs in small quantities and check if there is any adverse reaction or not.
Ripened figs are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add extra sugar. Babies will love its mildly sweet flavor. Here are two tasty fig recipes. You can use both fresh and dry figs for these recipes. For dry figs, pour some water on them to get the benefits of figs soaked in water overnight.
If your baby is below 8 months and you want to give them something new and healthy then try the basic fig milkshake. It is simple and quick to make. Your baby will love the new flavor. You can also try fig juice for a change.
Fig pancake is a yummy snack to give a baby from 11 months onwards. So utilize this chance and add some figs (in pureed form) while making pancakes. You can even add finely chopped figs as toppings ( that is, only if the baby is big enough to chew it).
You can mingle the taste of apple and figs together and the result will be delicious. Desserts are the favorite part of a meal for the kids and custard remains surely on the top.
Fig is a very common, and healthy fruit option. Due to these, it is popular and known in different regional names across India. Fig is known as Anjeer in Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarathi, and Marathi, while it is known as Dumoor in Bengali, Athipazham in Tamil, and Dimiri in Oriya. As the variety of its names suggests, figs can be cooked in as many ways. Try and experiment and let your baby enjoy it.