This post was most recently updated on November 30th, 2018
A simple butternut squash puree is a great choice for your baby’s first foods. Butternut squash is easy to digest and is a good source of beta-carotene and vitamin C for baby.
Why Will You serve Butternut Squash Puree to Baby?
Butternut is richer in fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and other essential nutrients. Its folate components make the baby’s heart healthy and fight against spinal cord related birth defects. Else, your baby will get the daily dose of Vitamin C from the butternut squash puree.
Follow our step-by-step instructions to make first butternut squash puree for your baby.
- Prep time: 5 mines.
- Cook time: 20 mines.
- Total time:25 mines.
- 1 small butternut squash.
1. Cut the squash in half with a sharp knife.
2. Scoop out seeds with spoon/knife.
3.Peel the squash and chop into pieces.
4. Now transfer them into a saucepan, add some water and bring to a boil.
5. When it starts boiling, shake the pan for even layering. Put the lid on, reduce heat to low and cook for 12-15 or until tender.
6. When cooking is done, turn off the heat. Allow cooling 10-15 minutes or until you can hold it without a problem.
7. When it’s cooldown, transfer into a blender with cooking water.
8. Blend until smooth. Add water as needed to reach the desired consistency. Puree should be runny (as its baby’s first food).
9. Now your butternut squash puree is ready to serve.
Benefits Of Butternut Squash Puree:
Butternut squash puree has its own perks and peaks to the health benefits. Let’s see some solid benefits of butternut squash.
- One cup of butternut squash is able to provide 500 mg of potassium which is beneficial to maintain a healthy blood circulation to your baby. A healthy blood circulation ensures a healthy body of the baby.
- Does your baby suffer from digestion problem often? You can serve the butternut squash to your baby. One cup of butternut squash serving has enough fiber to prevent constipation.
- Vitamin A fully loaded in butternut squash puree and can help to improve eyesight.
- Some essentials minerals such as iron, folate, zinc, and vitamin C is found in butternut squash. These are enough to make the baby’s bones stronger.
- Its vitamin C makes the skin healthier and prevents the dryness to the baby’s skin.
- If your baby is prone to common cold then its Vitamin C will prevent the common cold, cough, and other complications e.g. pneumonia.
- Butternut squash’s antioxidant has the anti-inflammatory effects to decrease inflammation in the skin and body.
How many Times To Serve Butternut Squash Puree to Babies?
You can serve butternut squash to your baby as the main meal for 3 to 5 times a day. If you want to feed other meal along with butternut squash then you can feed them also.