Frequently Asked Questions – When can you introduce strawberries to baby? Whether you’re starting your baby on purees or are doing baby-led weaning, strawberries are a wholesome and enjoyable first food for your baby! When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age for purees and or after 6 months for baby-led weaning.
- Some of the developmental milestones your baby needs to reach in order to start on solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat ( see my guide here ).
- Before you start your baby’s feeding journey, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
Are strawberries a choking hazard to baby? Yes, strawberries can be a choking hazard, depending on how they are served and the developmental readiness of your baby. To minimize the risk of choking, serve soft and ripe strawberries in age-appropriate forms.
- For babies under 6 months, serve mashed or as a puree.
- For ages 6-9 months, you can serve them whole (stems removed), larger than a golf ball size.9 months and older can have quartered or thinly sliced strawberries, and if the pincer grasp has developed, you can serve them diced.
- Never leave your baby unattended while eating.
Are strawberries a common allergen? Strawberries are not one of the top eight food allergens, so it’s not a very common allergy; however, a small percentage of children do develop an allergy due to a protein in the anthocyanins (what gives them their red color) in strawberries, making white strawberries more tolerable, but many do outgrow it.
Can I give my baby raw strawberries?
How to prepare strawberries for your baby – If you’re going the spoon-feeding route, you can serve up strawberries in purée form by blending them until smooth. Families following baby-led weaning (an approach that involves introducing solids in the form of soft, gummable finger foods instead of purées) will need to prep strawberries as a finger food.
Luckily, that’s easy to do: For babies 6 months and up, ripe, juicy strawberries are soft enough that you can serve them raw. All you really need to do is hull them and slice into age-appropriate pieces. (Watch for underripe ones, though. Aside from not being all that tasty, their firm texture could pose a choking hazard.) The tips below can help parents determine how to serve strawberries at different stages, but keep in mind that all babies develop at their own pace.
Speak with your pediatrician before beginning baby-led weaning, and talk to him or her if you have any concerns about your child’s oral-motor skills, chewing skills, swallowing skills or if you’re unsure whether or not your baby is ready for certain food preparations.
Do you boil or steam fruit for baby food?
Pureeing Table Food – Definition : Pureeing food means that you put it through a sieve or grinder to make it into a liquid-like, smooth texture. For a thinner consistency, add water or other liquids. Equipment : You can puree many foods from the family table for your baby by using a fork, potato masher, blender, strainer, food mill or baby food grinder.
Foods can be mashed with a fork or chopped finely for older babies. Safe Preparation Procedures : Follow clean, sanitary procedures in all food preparation and storage. Wash your hands, all surfaces and equipment with detergent in hot water and rinse thoroughly. Use separate utensils and cutting boards for animal foods (e.g.
meat and poultry) and non-animal foods (e.g. vegetables, fruits and breads). After cleaning food preparation surfaces, sanitize them by flooding the surfaces with bleach solution made from 1 teaspoon unscented chlorine bleach to 1 quart water. Allow solution to stand for several minutes, then rinse and air dry or pat dry with fresh paper towels.
Thoroughly rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. While rinsing firm-skin fruits and vegetables, scrub them by rubbing with your hands or with a clean vegetable brush. Remove and throw away bruised or damaged areas where bacteria can thrive on produce.
Washing fruits and vegetables with soap, detergent, chlorine bleach solution, or commercial produce wash is not recommended, because they could be absorbed into the produce or leave a residue that could make some babies sick. Ways to Cook : Steaming and boiling are the best cooking methods to conserve nutrients.
Microwave cooking is acceptable, especially for vegetables. Do not add salt, seasonings, sugar, margarine, butter, lard, oil, cream, syrups, gravy, sauces or fat drippings to food for babies less than one year old. Foods taste differently to your baby than they taste to you. Rub a small amount of pureed food between your fingers to test for smoothness.
You may need to add some fluid (e.g. formula, breast milk, fruit juice, water or cooking water) to make it the right consistency. Foods to Use : Choose high-quality fresh (preferred), frozen or canned vegetables, fruits and meats. The United States now requires Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) to give consumers information about the origin of foods.
- The following foods sold in retail stores must have a COOL label: meat, poultry, wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans and macadamia nuts, and ginseng sold by designated retailers.
- However, these foods are not required to have a COOL label if they have been physically or chemically changed through a process such as cooking, curing or smoking.
Vegetables & Fruits : Wash vegetables and fruits well in clean cold running water. Before cooking, remove parts not to be eaten (inedible peels, seeds, pits). Edible skins and peels can be removed either before or after cooking. Fresh-cooked vegetables and fruits can be pureed with no added salt, sugar, fat or other unnecessary additives.
To minimize vitamin loss, boil fresh vegetables or fruits in a covered saucepan with a small amount of water. Or, steam them until just tender enough to either puree, mash or eat as a finger food. Canned or frozen vegetables and fruits may be pureed, also. When using commercially processed canned or frozen items, check the ingredient label to avoid extra sugar, salt, fat, and other unnecessary additives.
Commonly Pureed Vegetables & Fruits: Ripe mashed bananas; applesauce; dried, cooked prunes; fresh pears and peaches, soft-cooked and pureed; potatoes; sweet potatoes; winter squash; peas; asparagus and green or wax beans. Do not serve citrus fruits or juices until the baby is one year old.
High-Nitrate Vegetables to Limit: A baby under six months old should not eat home-prepared high-nitrate vegetables, including: beets; broccoli; cabbage; carrots; celery; collard greens; lettuce; spinach and turnips. It is best to wait until your child is a year old before feeding them these vegetables.
Limit to no more than one to two tablespoons per feeding. Nitrates in these foods can change to nitrites, which bind iron in the blood, making it hard to carry oxygen. This may cause breathing difficulty and may even make the skin turn blue. Meats : Remove all bones, skin, connective tissue, gristle and fat from meats, poultry and fish before cooking.
After cooking, remove tough parts and visible fat. All meats, poultry and fish should be well cooked to kill harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. Baking, boiling, broiling, braising, roasting, stewing, poaching and steaming are good cooking methods, but frying is not. Cook food until soft and tender and it reaches a safe temperature, according to a meat thermometer.
Refer to HGIC 3580, Cooking Meat Safely for more information. Cut cooked meat into small pieces or thin slices and puree. Warm meat is easier to blend than cold meat. Do not cook food in an oven at a temperature below 325 °F. Do not heat pureed meats in the microwave, because hot spots in the meat could seriously burn your baby’s mouth and throat.
- Before you feed your child hot dog wieners, luncheon meats or deli meats, thoroughly reheat these meats until steamy hot.
- Let them cool before serving.
- Reheating destroys Listeria, a foodborne bacteria that, if present, could make your infant sick.
- Eggs : Buy refrigerated eggs with clean, uncracked shells.
Store them in the original carton in the main section of the refrigerator, not on the refrigerator door. Use eggs within three to five weeks after getting them home and putting them in your refrigerator. Hard cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm and not runny, and then separate the yolks from the whites.
Serve only the yolks to babies less than one year old, because egg whites may cause an allergic reaction. To soften the yolks, mash them with some liquid, such as sterile water or infant formula. Make sure that eggs are not kept at room temperature for more than two hours, including serving time. Never feed a baby raw or partially cooked eggs or foods that contain them (e.g.
homemade ice cream, mayonnaise or eggnog). Pasteurized egg products, such as dried egg yolks that are used by some chefs and institutions, are extremely safe to serve your baby. However, pasteurized egg products contain some salt or sugar for stability if frozen.
Dry Beans & Dry Peas : Follow cooking instructions on the package label or a basic cookbook. Do not add seasonings, salt, or fat to the beans or peas. Cook until soft enough to puree or mash easily. If canned beans or peas are used, drain the salty water and rinse them with clean water before pureeing or mashing.
Grain Products : Cook noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, barley and other grain kernels until very soft. Then mash, puree, or finely chop, depending on the baby’s development. Babies can choke on cooked grain kernels that are not mashed or ground. Unsafe Foods to Avoid : Do not give babies any baked goods or other foods that contain honey (e.g.
graham crackers made with honey or Honey Nut Cheerios®). Never add honey or corn syrup to your baby’s food, because it may contain bacterial spores that could cause a life-threatening illness or even death. Avoid canned food from dented, rusted, bulging, leaking or unlabeled cans and jars. Do not feed your baby any home-canned food except fruits.
In addition, do not feed them raw fruit purees, because some raw fruit can carry pathogens and is a food safety risk. Therefore, you should heat the puree of raw fresh fruits (e.g. apples, peaches, pears, melons and other soft fruits) to about 180 °F, or to a simmering temperature, and then cool.
Should I steam fruit for baby?
Steaming Time For the Fruits and Veggies – As I mentioned above, it’s recommended that most fruits and veggies (even soft ones) are steamed (or cooked) before serving babies who are 6-8 months. If your baby is older you can experiment with using fresh blueberries, peaches, pears, pineapple and mango that hasn’t been steamed, so long as the fruit is ripe and soft.
Sweet potato: 12-15 minutes Apple: 10-12 minutes Asparagus: 7-13 minutes Blueberries: 5-10 minutes Peach: 2-4 minutes Pear: 10-12 minutes Pineapple: 5-10 minutes Mango: 5-10 minutes
Frozen fruit and veggies also work for these recipes. You’ll likely just need to steam them a bit longer.
Are strawberries too acidic for babies?
Foods That Cause Diaper Rash – When babies start eating solid foods, the frequency and content of their bowel movements changes. All those new foods can make diaper rash more likely, especially in babies 9 months or older. Acidic foods such as citrus and tomato-based sauces are often to blame for irritating baby’s skin and creating a red, sore ring around the anus—and often around the mouth as well.
Here are the top four foods that cause diaper rash: Citrus fruits and juices: These items are very acidic, which can be tough on baby’s digestive system, Things to avoid include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and juices made from any type of citrus. Tomatoes and tomato-based products: Tomatoes are another highly acidic ingredient that can exaggerate symptoms of diaper rash.
Your baby should also avoid spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, ketchup, and anything else that has a tomato base. Strawberries: Even though strawberries have a pleasing flavor, the acidity of the fruit can irritate your baby’s digestive system. Pineapples and other tart fruits: Just because pineapple is acidic doesn’t mean baby needs to avoid all tropical fruit,