Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene, which is important for healthy growth. They are yummy and you can easily make a puree to introduce your baby to solid foods.
There are only 56 vegetables in the Nutrition Action Health Letter that are rich in fiber, folate, copper, calcium and Vitamins A and C. Sweet potatoes topped the list followed by raw carrots.
The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes
In the US, the difference is in the color, labeling, texture and marketing. If you see orange fleshed potatoes, it is a yam. Some say they are better for little babies because they are sweeter and moister. Besides, if you live in the South, yams are the most common type of sweet potatoes.
If you see lightweight, brown fleshed potatoes, it is a sweet potato. They are less sweet and more dry. Besides, the texture is just like the texture of regular potatoes.
How to Shop for Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are less contaminated with pesticides so it is up to parents whether or not to buy organic. However, when you shop for sweet potatoes for your baby, make sure you buy those without soft spots.
Sweet potatoes are easy to store, just put them in a dry and dark area and they can be kept for two weeks. Don’t put them in a refrigerator before cooking. When cooked, they can be kept in a fridge for 2 or 3 days. Sweet potatoes can be frozen.
How To Cook Sweet Potatoes For Your Baby
The easiest and quickest way to cook sweet potatoes is to bake them. By baking them, you bring their flavor while retaining nutrients, which is important for a child. You can also steam or boil potatoes if you prefer and then make a puree. If you need more ideas, here are some of our favorite sweet potato recipes for your little baby (perfect for 4-6 months old babies).
Baking Sweet Potatoes
Start by washing and poking holes in sweet potatoes with a fork. Take foil and wrap the potatoes. You don’t need to peel the potatoes when baking them.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, place your potatoes in it and bake until soft (it takes around an hour). Finally, remove skins when potatoes are cooled then scoop out the potato. Use water or any liquid that your baby likes to puree the sweet potatoes.
Boiling or Steaming Sweet Potatoes
Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into small chunks. Take a pan and put the chunks into it, then cover them with water. Steam boil until cooked, add water if necessary. That’s it! Mash the potatoes with a fork and add liquid to get the creamy consistency.
Microwave Sweet Potatoes
Wet and wrap sweet potatoes in a plastic wrap. Make sure it is safe for a microwave. Poke holes with a fork and microwave until done (it takes around 10 minutes). Use liquids such as water to make puree for your baby.
Some babies can be allergic to sweet potatoes. When you introduce your baby to them, don’t mix sweet potatoes with anything and wait for a couple of days to spot an allergic reaction. You can consult a pediatrician regarding solid foods if you’re not sure about the allergy.
How do you prepare sweet potatoes for your baby? Share your recipes in the comments section!