Though they look small and tiny, the nutritional value of peas is considerably high. This bright green vegetable is a great source of vitamins A, C and B1, and offer folate, phosphorus, iron, proteins and fibre. However, peas can cause gas in some babies, just like in adults, so you may want to wait a couple of months before introducing them to your baby. Just like with any other new food, do not forget to go by the 3 day wait rule for babies.
Though it is safe to introduce your baby to peas by the time he is 6 months old, some parents may prefer to delay till the baby’s digestive system is more mature – around 12 months of age. The best way would be to check with your pediatrician who would be able to advise you better.
Frozen peas are more readily available than garden fresh peas. Frozen peas also tend to cook easily, whereas garden peas require some work and time. You may also notice jars of canned peas, but they should not be used for your baby’s food as they contain salt and/or sugar. Though fresh peas are your best bet, frozen peas would also do the job equally well. If you are lucky enough to find fresh peas, shell them just before you decide to use them – preferably on the same day that you buy them.
Here is an easy green pea puree recipe for your baby.
Recipe Type: Baby food Category Puree Age: 4-6 months Cook Time: 3-8 Minutes Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Additional comments: Hot steamed peas when placed in ice-cold water is known to blend into smoother purees, with skin not being much of a concern.
Do consult your pediatrician if your baby has any food allergies and always follow the 3 day wait rule for introducing new foods to the baby