When can I introduce berries to my baby?
Berries can be a healthy part of your child’s diet soon after she begins to eat solid food, usually when she’s around 4 to 6 months old. But if your baby has chronic eczema or a food allergy, talk to the doctor first. Berries aren’t one of the top allergenic foods, but they can still cause allergies.
How do I give my baby blueberries for the first time?
Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency. For chunkier blueberry puree, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash the blueberries with a potato masher instead of pureeing it.
Why can’t babies have strawberries?
Berries, including strawberries, aren’t considered a highly allergenic food. But you may notice that they can cause a rash around your baby’s mouth. Acidic foods like berries, citrus fruits, and veggies, and tomatoes can cause irritation around the mouth, but this reaction shouldn’t be considered an allergy.
Do blueberries need to be cooked for babies?
Packed with antioxidants and fiber, blueberries are a wonderful food for babies and toddlers—and they are so easy to turn into a simple blueberry puree that doesn’t even require cooking.
Can blueberries be given to babies?
Blueberries can be pureed for younger babies. If your baby is a little older and has some experience with solids, you can mash blueberries for them instead. Make sure the berries are broken up, since the whole berry is a choking hazard. Additionally, don’t add sugar, salt, or other seasonings to your baby’s food.
Are unripe blueberries poisonous?
Unfortunately, this small berry has a dangerous side. If eaten unripe— when the husk is a bright red color—the berry can be poisonous. This is because the berry contains high amounts of solanine when unripe, a poison that causes gastrointestinal issues when consumed.