When opting to make your own baby food at home, knowing which vegetables to give to your baby and at what age is important. Cauliflower is a great vegetable that can be introduced to your baby from 8 months onwards. With home made baby food you have total control of what goes into your baby’s meals. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend that solid foods can be introduced to your baby from 6 months of age.
Can I Give My Baby Cauliflower? Answer: Yes from 8 – 10 months of age
Cauliflower is a very healthy vegetable which is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, foliate and calcium. It is also high in fiber, which will assist in maintaining regular bowel function in a baby. There are many benefits for a baby who is given cauliflower to eat. Cauliflower is comprised of an edible curd and has thick protective leaves which surround it. The leaves of a cauliflower are usually not consumed and are discarded prior to cooking. What you will also find is that cauliflower comes in a variety of colors with the most common being white. When you are selecting a cauliflower make sure that you choose one that is still enclosed in it’s green leaves as this prevents any bruising or spoiling of the cauliflower. To keep the nutrients in your cauliflower it is best to steam the vegetable.
Why Give Baby Cauliflower From 8 Months of Age.
Cauliflower can cause uncomfortable wind in babies. It is high in soluble fiber and as it is digested there can be an uncomfortable build up of gas causing your little one pain and discomfort.For this reason, when you introduce solid foods to your baby make sure that their first vegetable is not cauliflower. Generally, cauliflower is not easily tolerated by young and immature digestive systems. If you wait until 8-10 months of age, you will have an easier time of introducing cauliflower to your baby’s diet. Cauliflower is nutrient rich and a great vegetable to add to your baby’s diet in pureed form when the time is right. If you are interested in more information on pureed recipes for your little one you should read our review on 100 top purees.
Selection and Storage of Cauliflower
What you will find is that cauliflower is available all year round but they are at their best during the winter months. A cauliflower is ready for picking when the head reaches the desired size but also before the buds start to separate. If you go to the markets or stores to buy your cauliflower do choose fresh heads that have the appearance of a snowy or creamy white head, are compact and feel heavy in your hand. If you see features such as a grainy surface and separate heads this indicates the cauliflower is over maturity and if you see any green coloration this could be due to over exposure to sunlight.
Avoid cauliflowers that have a bruised surface as this indicates poor handling of the cauliflower and those that have dark color patches could be displaying a mold disease which is known as downy mildew. For best results, store your cauliflower in the refrigerator and have it set with higher relative humidity. If you store your cauliflower properly it should stay fresh for approximately a week.