Coconut is not only tasty, but extremely nutritious, containing B vitamins, iron, protein, phosphorus and zinc. It also promotes a healthy immune system and helps prevent infections. With that being said, we’re sure you don’t want your baby to miss out on the wonderful benefits of the coconut. However, there are a few things you should know before adding it to your baby’s diet.
The FDA has added coconuts to the list of tree nuts, however, allergic reactions are very rare and coconuts are still technically a fruit. However, you should consult your pediatrician before introducing any new foods to your baby.
You can introduce coconut at around 8 months of age. Ripe coconut meat may be harsh on baby’s gums and may be a choking hazard so try coconut water and milk as well as mixing it into other meals.
Sweet Potato Coconut Puree adapted fromWeelicious
2 medium yams, washed
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Poke holes in yams with a fork and bake for 1 hour. After allowing to cool, peel the skin off of the yams and place in your Baby Food Maker with the coconut milk and cinnamon. Puree until smooth. Cool and serve.