Benefits of apricot

High amount of Vitamin A in apricot is important for cell development. It is important that your baby takes enough Vitamin A for healthy development. For this reason, prenatal vitamins that you take during pregnancy contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Vitamin A fights against infections as well. Thanks to its benefits apricot protects your little gourmet against diseases.

Another benefit of apricot is that it regulates intestinal activity. When most babies start eating solids, they suffer  constipationDigestive system does not understand what to do with these whole new foods after taking breast milk for that time. It takes time to get used to it. At this point, dried or fresh apricot will come to your rescue. Give your baby apricots and plenty of water for a few days to relieve constipation problem.

You can give home-made apricot jam to your little ones even though sweets are not good for them.
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Keep in mind

You can keep apricot in fridge for almost a week.

You can boil the apricot in a pot with very little water. Or you can cook it with steam.
If you keep hard apricots inside a paper bag at room temperature, you will see them grow ripe within a couple of day. But don't wait for green colored apricots to grow ripe, they will not.

If you are going to use dried apricot, try to use the ones that contain sulfur, in other words sun dried apricot. Sulfur may cause allergy. Also it is rich in sodium. Sulfur is not used when growing dark colored dried apricot.
Nutritional value per 2 medium sized apricots;
Vitamin A - 674 IU
Vitamin C - 3.5 mg
Vitamin B1 - .04 mg
Vitamin B2 - .01 mg
Niacin - .21 mg
Folate - 3 mcg
Potassium: 91 mg
Phosphor: 8 mg
Magnesium: 4 mg
Calcium: 5 mg
Sodium: 0 mg.