A healthy popsicle (or lollipop) makes a great way to cool down baby on a hot day. It’s also a tasty way to numb sore gums when your little one is teething!
If you’re thinking that your baby is too young to handle a popsicle, then you can simply try holding it for him, or simply crushing it in a bowl and serving it with a spoon.
These sugar-free popsicle recipes for baby are designed for little ones from at least 6 months of age, who have already been safely introduced to all their ingredients.
This recipe may be designed for babies – but its creamy deliciousness makes it ideal for EVERYONE to enjoy. In our house, we get through a LOT of these in the summer months! They taste decadent and luxurious but have absolutely no added sugar and are sweetened only by fruit.
1 large mango or 2 small mangoes, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped (more mango info here)*
2 very ripe bananas, roughly chopped
3/4 cup (6 fl oz) coconut milk
*You can use canned mango instead if necessary – use 1 can, preferably packed in juice not syrup, and drain well.
2 fresh peaches, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped*
8 fl oz (1 cup) natural yogurt (here’s a recipe to make your own)
1 very ripe banana
*Use canned peaches instead if necessary – use 1 can, preferably packed in juice not syrup, and drain well.
Momsicles are homemade baby food in every sense – because they are simply popsicles (or lollies) made from breastmilk!
Mummy Nadia from Brighton in the UK told us:
“I made some breast milk lollies for my little girl when she was 7 months old and teething. She couldn’t manage the stick, so I tried crushing them and feeding them to her with a spoon. Because she was teething and her gums were sore, she wasn’t keen on accepting the spoon – so I put the frozen breastmilk in her mesh feeder, instead!
It worked like a charm and now she gnaws away happily every time I offer it to her.”
This is an excellent tip!A Teething Feeder (from Amazon) is ideal for babies of this age, who are a little too young to cope with a regular ‘Momsicle’.
If you’ve never used a feeder before, the idea is that you place your baby’s food (or, in this case, momsicle) in the bag and all that goes into his mouth is whatever he can suck or gnaw through the mesh.
This makes it easier to give your little one foods that may otherwise present a choking hazard (like apples).
Simply fill an appropriate mold with breast milk and freeze until firm.
You can use regular popsicle (or lolly) moulds, although we suggest using molds that will produce a small popsicle. Large molds will require a lot of breast milk to fill and may be difficult for your baby to handle – meaning that much of your precious milk may be wasted.
Some parents make momsicles using a small container like the lid of a baby milk bottle, then putting in a dummy (or pacifier) and leaving it to freeze. This is a great method, as it is easier for your baby to hold on to the pacifier than it is to a regular stick.
If you are planning on using a mesh feeder for your momsicles, then simply freeze expressed breastmilk in an ice cube tray and the cubes will be just the right size to pop into the bag.