This Pears, Prunes + Cloves Baby Food recipe is a tasty puree that will help cure baby constipation right up! An easy puree made with fresh pears, prunes and cloves. Great for 6+ months.

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Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Constipation Puree for Baby

Got a little one that is backed up 😳?

For most parents, a baby’s constipation can be a troubling concern, especially because symptoms usually appear at 3 am. 

While baby’s little bellies might be going MORE MORE MORE for all of the new delicious foods you are serving them, their delicate intestines might be saying WHOA THERE COWBABY, EASY DOES IT ✋!

It takes a while for a baby’s digestive system to catch up with its stomach, so while a backed-up baby is unnerving, it is nothing to completely freak out about.

Because both pears and prunes are packed with fiber and contain the sugar alcohol sorbitol, which acts as a natural laxative, they help get things going down there in a completely safe and gentle way.

And while I am calling this the Constipation Cure Puree 💩, you can really make and serve this puree anytime because it is soooooo good.

Sweet pears are steamed until just tender and then pureed with re-hydrated prunes and a dash of cloves to make a delicious puree that will help baby become more regular.

REASONS TO LOVE THIS CONSTIPATION PUREE

  • creamy and smooth
  • aids in digestion and eases constipation in baby
  • nutrient-dense – high in fiber and vitamin K and a good source of and vitamin C and antioxidants. 
  • baby food for 6 months and up
  • freezer-friendly
  • fast to make – done in less than 20 minutes
  • tastes great – baby will love it
Cutting board with pears, dried prunes and cloves.

Ingredients

  • Pears: are a great fruit to add into a constipation puree as they are full of two types of fiber that will gently get things moving for baby down there. You can use any pear variety you have on hand: Bartlett, Concorde, Bosc or Comice will all work.
  • Prunes: are used in this constipation remedy as they have a high sorbitol content which acts as a gentle laxative for baby.
  • Cloves: is a great addition in this puree as it may help with the production of gastric mucus and fiber that is good for digestive health.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Chop: Core and chop pears. 
  2. Steam: 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 10 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
  3. Soak: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the prunes in hot water, and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain.
  4. Blend: Add the pears, prunes and cloves into a blender or food processor.
  5. Puree: Start on low speed and work the blender up to high speed for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth, adding water from the steamer in 1/4 cup increments, if needed.
  6. Eat: Serve to baby, or freeze for later.
Bowl of constipation puree on a teal napkin with produce scattered around it.

How much to serve to baby

If baby is backed up, I would start small with serving 1-2 ounces of this puree during the day, and continue to serve this to baby until they are regular. If needed, you can work your way up to 3-6 ounces a serving. I recommend always serving this to baby during the day, as it will give baby the rest of the day to get things going down there… aka… no big blowout during the middle of the night.

HOW TO STORE BABY PUREE

REFRIGERATOR

You can store this puree in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

  • Let the puree cool. 
  • Transfer puree to an airtight container and place in the fridge. I like using these smaller 4-oz containers so you can have a single serving at your ready. 
  • If using larger containers, make sure you use a clean spoon to scoop out the amount of puree needed for a feeding, do not warm up the entire container if you don’t plan on feeding it all to baby at once.

FREEZER 

This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.

  • Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight. 
  • Pop out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stasher bag for future reference.

Need more information on how to store your baby foods – head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!

Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name and date you made it. Take it from me, you will completely forget when and what is in your freezer by the end of the week;).

Bowl of constipation puree on a teal napkin with produce scattered around it.

ADDING CLOVES AND ADDITIONAL SPICES

In this recipe, we are adding in a pinch of cloves to help aid in digestion, but feel free to use the following spices instead – nutmeg, cinnamon or freshly minced ginger (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card).  

Tip on Spices: I have always added in spices to my baby food purees, but you can add or leave out spices in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will taste amazing. 

Tips

  • Do Not Peel: a good amount of the fiber in pears is contained in the peel, so it is best to leave and steam the pear with the peel on. Once you puree the pears, the texture will be smooth.
  • Baby-Led Weaning: if you are doing baby-led weaning, you can make this recipe as-is but instead of pureeing you can pulse the ingredients into a chunky puree and serve to baby on a self-feeding spoon.
  • Freezer-Friendly: this puree is completely freezer-friendly and is a great puree to make and then freeze, so you can defrost a small portion on the spot when needed.
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Get the recipe: 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!

Ingredients 

  • 3 medium pears
  • 4 dried prunes, pitted
  • 1 cup hot water
  • pinch ground cloves (roughly 1/8 tsp)

Instructions 

  • Prep: Core and chop pears.
    Cutting board with chopped pears.
  • Steam: 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 10 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.
    Steamer basket with pears.
  • Soak: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the prunes to the hot water, and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain.
    Small bowl with dried prunes and hot water.
  • Add: Place the pears, prunes and cloves into blender or food processor.
    Blender with steamed pears, prunes and cloves ready to pureed.
  • Puree: Start on low speed and work the blender up to high speed for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth, adding water from the leftover steamer water in 1/4 cup increments, if needed.
    Blender with pureed pears, prunes and cloves for baby.
  • Eat: Serve to baby, or freeze for later.
    Teal bowl with yellow spoon with pear, prune and clove baby food puree inside.

Notes

Age: 6 months and up
Yield: roughly 12 ounces
Serving Recommendations: If your baby is backed up, I would start small with serving 1-2 ounces of this puree during the day, and continue to serve this to your baby until they are regular. If needed, you can work your way up to 3-6 ounces a serving. I recommend always serving this to baby during the day, as it will give baby the rest of the day to get things going down there… aka… no big blowout during the middle of the night.
Other Spices: instead of the cloves, feel free to use 1/8 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, or freshly minced ginger. 
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 4 months.
 
 

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