Our mango baby food recipes are quick, tasty and nutritious! Learn all you need to know about preparing homemade mango baby food for your little one.
Mango is one of our favourite fruits, because it doesn’t just taste wonderful – it’s bursting with nutrients, too!
Mangos are a great source of…
The high beta-carotene content of mango – evident in its vibrant orange flesh – is converted by your baby’s body to vitamin A. Rich in anti-oxidants, mango helps boost the immune system and can play a role in preventing serious diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Mangoes – and other foods high in vitamin C – help your baby absorb more iron from the foods he eats.
That means that it’s a good idea to serve mango with meat dishes, or with other iron-rich foods. This is a natural way to boost your little one’s iron intake and make sure that his iron levels are sufficient to meet his needs.
Mango is not considered to be one of the top allergenic foods – yet!
However, it seems that experts feel the number of people allergic to mango will rise as the fruit becomes more popular in parts of the world where it was previously not available, so it is currently classified as an ’emerging allergen’.
Mango allergy is usually a reaction to the sap of the mango tree or to the skin itself. Allergy to the flesh of the mango is less common. This is because the skin contains a chemical called ‘urushiol’ – the same chemical that’s found in poison ivy and sumac, both well known for their potential to cause a nasty reaction on contact.
The symptoms of mango allergy are varied, including redness, itching or flaking around the mouth, swelling of the face, throat or tongue (sometimes serious), runny nose, wheezing, vomiting and abdominal cramps.
You should – of course – always contact your doctor if you think your child is experiencing an allergic reaction to mango, or any other food.
More information about mango allergy
Your baby should not usually be given anything other than breast milk or formula for the first 6 months of life (see our guide to introducing solids for more information).
You may then wish to discuss with your doctor the best time for introducing mango to your baby, particularly if there is any family history of allergy. Some parents choose to wait to introduce mango to their babies towards the end of their first year, or at least wait until their little ones have been safely introduced to a variety of other fruits and veggies.
We don’t recommend mango as a first food for baby for several reasons…
When you do decide to offer mango to your baby for the first time, remember to serve it separately, following the four day rule, which will help you judge if it causes any problems for your little one.
There are lots of different types of mangos available worldwide and they tend to vary in appearance AND taste.
Some lower quality mangos can be really fibrous (almost hairy!) inside – and some have a peculiar chemical taste (these are referred to as ‘turpentine mangos’). Underripe mangos, too, can be very acrid.
But if that’s been YOUR experience with mangos up to now, don’t be deterred from this tropical treasure – you may find another variety far more to your taste (and your baby’s!).
Mango.org offers a helpful guide to the many varieties of mango available.
However, OUR favourites – and those of our little ones – are
We recommend them if you can get them – we think they have the best taste AND texture!
Choose a ripe mango to use on the day of purchase or a slightly underripe one to use a few days later.
You can’t tell if a mango is ripe by looking at it – some varieties still look green, even when they’re ready to eat. And others may have lovely red patches, but still be underripe!
DON’T put unripe mangoes in the fridge – they’ll never ripen! Instead, pop them in a paper bag, which will speed up the process.
Once your mangoes ARE ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator for 4-5 days – or peel and dice them, then freeze them for up to 6 months (although we suggest using them within one month for baby food).
No fresh mango available in your area? Learn more about using canned fruits and veggies in your baby food recipes.
Mangos are not the easiest things to prepare for eating! The flattish stone inside makes them difficult to cut as efficiently as you might like – and they’re so juicy they make quite a mess!
There are a few different ways to peel and cut a mango…
In general, no – mango is perfectly digestible and delicious served to your baby just as it is.
However, we have a page devoted to helping you decide whether or not to cook fresh produce for your baby here – Fruits and vegetables for baby – do they have to be cooked?
Mango puree (made by whizzing diced mango in the blender until smooth) is great served with pureed, mashed or chopped…
It also adds a healthy, tropical twist to veggie purees – ideal if your baby won’t eat vegetables!
Here are some more mango baby food recipes…