These 6 Baby Food Purees Will Help Relieve Baby’s Constipation with no fuss from your little one. You can serve these purees when your baby is backed up or 2-3 times a week to keep things moving on the regular. 

6 Baby Food Purees to Help Relieve Baby’s Constipation

Hands down, the question I get asked the most often by readers is ironically not about making or serving baby food, nope that would be easy. The question I get asked all the time is about what happens, or doesn’t happen rather, after the baby eats their delicious homemade purees – constipation. Granted, it’s not the most glamorous part of this blogging gig of mine;)

So if your little one hasn’t done their business in a couple of days and they are starting to get cranky and you are getting a little (errr… maybe a lot) panicked, take a deep breath. Let it out. Everything is going to be okay.

Let’s get down to the details. Your little has started on their puree journey and hopefully they are getting more in their mouths then on themselves (or you). You are excited that your baby is eating your delicious purees and your baby is happy and healthy. Then they start getting backed up and after a couple of days you start to worry. Then the next day you get panicked and start googling at 2 in the morning about how your baby hasn’t gone poo in 7 days and from your search results you are now convinced that they most likely have some rare stomach disease which leads you to stay up all night and worry. Hopefully, I am the only ridiculous parent that does this out there.

Trust me, your baby is just fine.

When you first start introducing purees or when you introduce a new food to baby, it is completely normal for your baby to get a little bit backed up. Their delicate digestive track needs a little time to process all the new nutrients, fiber and probiotics that you are giving it. This is all a good thing. Side note – this also happens with toddlers when they start binging on their new favorite food at every meal, so this will not be the last time your baby will get backed up. Does that make you feel better? Nope. Okay, moving on.

This is completely normal!

Don’t go into panic mood.

The first step to help baby get back to doing their business is to reduce the amount of their normal purees and add in 1-2 servings of a puree from the 6 listed below.

While I love and completely trust the Constipation Cure Puree recipe below to do its’ job, let me warn you that this puree is not for the weak of heart. It will definitely get things going and while you will love me for that, you might also curse me when it’s time to change your baby’s diaper.

What all of the 6 purees below have in common, is that they all have produce that starts with the letter ‘P’ in them – prunes, peaches, peas, plums and pears. ‘P’ produce helps get things moving down there all while tasting delicious so your baby will eat them. If you want, you can also add in a pinch of fresh ginger to any of the recipes below. Ginger is great for helping aid in digestion, calming an upset stomach and easing discomfort associated with constipation.

Signs of Constipation in Baby:

  • your baby’s stool is hard and dry
  • your baby cries when going poo
  • baby is unwilling to feed and is generally unhappy
  • your baby’s stomach is hard when you gently press down on it
  • your baby’s stool has blood in or on it

7 Easy Cures for Constipation in Baby:

  1. Stop serving foods that can cause constipation (potatoes, cheese, bananas, rice cereal, pasta) and start serving purees loaded with fiber.
  2. Serve purees with produce starting with ‘P’ – prunes, peaches, pears, peas and plums. These P produce help relieve constipation in baby and aid in baby’s digestive tract (see recipes below).
  3. Start to re-introduce purees that are easy to digest, such as avocado and sweet potato purees.
  4. If baby is older then 9 months, you can sprinkle a small pinch of ground flaxseed into any puree or finger food.
  5. Make sure baby is getting enough water in during the day. Aim for 2-4 ounces in the morning and in the evening. This is in addition to the breast milk, formula or milk (for toddlers) you are already giving them.
  6. Give your little one a warm bath to help them relax their digestion organs.
  7. Start doing baby tummy exercises to get things moving. Place baby on their back and taking both legs in your hands, bend their legs towards their belly button and make a circle with their knees in a clockwise direction. You can also gently press on their tummies about 2 inches away from their belly button starting at the 9’oclock direction and moving to the 3’oclock direction. You will want to gently press down roughly 1 inch into their stomachs. Repeat both exercises around 10 times each.

Pears + Prunes + Cloves (Constipation Cure Puree)

This is the puree I would always turn to when my baby was constipated. It will definitely do the job, so don’t go too overboard when serving this, a little goes a long way. Just a warning;)

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Pear, Prune + Clove Baby Food (Constipation Cure Puree)

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This baby food recipe is a tasty puree that will cure baby constipation right up!
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Fennel, Peach + Pea Puree

This is a great puree filled with fruits and veggies that will help relieve baby’s constipation. You can also sub out the fennel for some pears if you need some more help to get things going down there. Another great option, is serving just a classic Pea Puree to baby.

Fennel, Peach + Pea Baby Food Puree

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This Fennel, Peach + Pea Baby Food Puree is a sweet green puree with a fun licorice twist from the fennel.
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Roasted Pear + Dates Baby Puree

This puree is probably one of my all-time favorite purees because it just tastes so dang good and any baby will happily gobble it up. You can also sub out the dates for prunes if you are so inclined.

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Roasted Pear + Date Baby Food Puree

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Filled with wholesome roasted pears, dates and a squeeze of orange for a little zest!
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PEAR BABY PUREE

This simple pear puree is great for mild cases of constipation in baby. You can add in 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of fresh ginger to help ease digestion pain.

Pear Baby Puree (Stage One)

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This smooth and creamy homemade Pear Baby Puree is a wonderful first puree for baby – easy on the taste buds and great for their growing bodies!
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Pumpkin, Yogurt + Prune Puree 

You can use frozen pumpkin if fresh is not in season or if you can’t find either fresh or frozen pumpkin you can use organic canned pumpkin puree but it will not have as many nutrients in it. You can also substitute in butternut squash for pumpkin in this recipe as well.

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Pumpkin, Yogurt + Prune Baby Food Puree

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A fun seasonal baby food puree that takes only 15 minutes to make and is packed with vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, protein and iron just from the pumpkin.
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PEAR + BLUEBERRY BABY FOOD PUREE

This puree is loaded with so many nutrients that you should probably just serve this to baby at least once a day anyway. Bonus, that it helps with constipation and digestive problems.

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5-Minute Pear + Blueberry Baby Puree

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This 5-Minute Pear + Blueberry Baby Food recipe is a simple and delicious baby food puree filled with fiber, antioxidants, folate and potassium for the win!
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More Purees to Relieve Constipation

Looking for even more purees to relieve baby’s constipation, then check out these purees.

grid of baby food purees that help ease constipation.

Get the recipe: 6 Baby Food Purees Will Help Relieve Baby’s Constipation

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These 6 Baby Food Purees Will Help Relieve Baby's Constipation with no fuss from your little one. You can serve these purees when your baby is backed up or 2-3 times a week to keep things moving on the regular. 

Ingredients 

Pears + Prums + Cloves Baby Food Puree

  • 2 pears, cored and roughly chopped
  • 4 dried prunes, pitted
  • 1 cup hot water
  • pinch cloves

Fennel, Peach + Pea Baby Food Puree

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 cups peaches, fresh or frozen, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen

Roasted Pear + Date Baby Food Puree

  • 3 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 5 dried dates, pitted
  • 1 orange, juiced

Pear Baby Food Puree

  • 6 pears
  • 1/8 tsp cardamon or fresh ginger (optional)

Pumpkin, Yogurt + Prune Baby Food Puree

  • 1/2 small pie pumpkin (roughly 3 cups), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup full-fat plain yogurt
  • 3 dried prunes, pitted

5-Minute Pear + Blueberry Baby Puree

    • 2 cups pear, chopped (roughly 2 pears)
    • 1 cup blueberries

    Instructions 

    Pears + Prums + Cloves Baby Food Puree

    • Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches of water, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
      Place the pears in a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.
      Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the prunes and hot water, and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain.
      Add the pears, prunes and cloves into blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding reserved water in 1/4 cup increments, if needed.

    Fennel, Peach + Pea Baby Food Puree

    • On a cutting board, chop the base and greens off of the fennel, then roughly chop the bulb of the fennel. 
      Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Place the fennel in a steamer basket, cover and cook for 7 minutes. Add in the peaches and peas, cover and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the fennel is easily pricked with a fork. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
      Transfer all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until you have reached your desired consistency, adding the reserved water in tbsp increments if needed.

    Roasted Pear + Date Baby Food Puree

    • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
      Place pears on the baking sheet, put into the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly. 
      Meanwhile, place the dates in a small bowl and cover with hot water, let sit for 10 minutes. Drain. 
      Transfer the pears and dates to a blender or food processor. Add in the orange juice. For a Stage 2 Puree – puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth, adding in water in tbsp increments if needed. For a Stage 3 Puree – pulse in 10-second increments until ingredients are completely mixed together yet still chunky. Serve warm for an extra special treat.

    Pear Baby Food Puree

    • Prep: peel and roughly chop the pears.
      Combine: place the pear chunks, spices (if using) and water into a medium saucepan, cover.
      Cook: heat on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.
      Transfer: let cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the pears out of the saucepan, leaving the excess water behind, and place in a blender or food processor.
      Blend: turn on the machine and blend for 1-2 minutes until you have your desired consistency. If your pear puree is too thick, add the leftover cooking water in 1/4 cup increments.
      Eat: serve to baby or freeze for another meal.

    Pumpkin, Yogurt + Prune Baby Food Puree

    • Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Place pumpkin into a steamer basket over boiling water, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, or when you can easily prick the pumpkin chunks with a fork. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
      Meanwhile, place the prunes into a small bowl and cover with very hot water for 10 minutes. This will let them plump up and become tender. Drain.
      Place the pumpkin, yogurt and prunes into blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth, adding reserved steamer water in 1/4 cup increments if needed.

    5-Minute Pear + Blueberry Baby Puree

    • In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a steamer basket, place the chopped pear, cover and steam for 3 minutes.
      Add the blueberries on top of the pears, cover and steam for 2 more minutes.
      Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth and blueberry skins are completely pureed. Serve and enjoy!

    Notes

    Age: 4 months and up
    Yield: roughly 12-25 ounces depending on recipe. 
    Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 4 months (this and this are my favorite freezer storage containers).
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    I am not a medical professional, these recipes have just helped me with both of my girls when they got constipated. If your little one has been constipated for longer than 10 days are has a severe case and nothing seems to be working, then please call your pediatrician right away.