Fruit is often thought of us one of the more healthy things you can eat, along with vegetables, but babies play by a different set of rules, so let’s do a rundown on what kinds of fruits are good for your baby, and which ones should be avoided.
If you cruise the Gerber aisle at the local supermarket you’ll see a virtual smorgasbord of different fruits, all pureed to a liquid consistency so your baby can easily digest them. That’s important to keep in mind if you’re going to make your own baby food at home, or if you’re wondering which fruits are easily digested by your little one.
It’s easier to memorize which fruits your baby can’t have, because many fruits are fine as long as they’re properly prepared beforehand. Citrus fruits are generally a no no during the first year, as the acid they contain can be hard for your baby to digest and can lead to complications like rashes as well.
Can I Give My Baby Fruit? Answer: Some Yes, Some No.
You’ll want to test each new fruit you give you baby to check for any allergies. The best way to do that is to give them the fruit with other foods that you know they’re fine with. That way if there’s any reaction to the fruit you can single it out and know what the culprit is. You’ll want to check not only for an immediate reaction, but also a digestive one, to see if they’re able to process it with no troubles. This can include making sure they don’t have indigestion, or diarrhea or constipation.
Fruits That Are OK
Here are some fruits that are considered to be approved for trials to see how they respond: strawberries and other berries, but be sure to check for allergies on these. Apples are generally considered alright, but steer clear of apple sauce and apple juice as they usually contain extra sugars that your baby might have trouble with. It’s more a process of trial and error, and the best way to go about it is to get your own blender that’s fit to make baby food with and experiment with fruits you think they’ll like. Keep a list of the winners and now you’ve got a go-to plan.
Fruits That Are Not OK
As was stated above, you’ll want to avoid giving them citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes. These fruits are typically too harsh for baby, and they can lead to stomach upset and even cause a diaper rash flare up. These are typically thought of us something you can give to them after the first year. You’ll also want to avoid very tart fruits like pineapple, which is also very sugary.
You’ll also want to be sure not to give them any exotic fruits like passion fruit, mango, or any fruits you pick up while traveling in other countries. Stick to the regular fruits that are grown locally or at least as domestically as possible. And it’s also a good idea to spend the extra dollar or two and buy organic. You can even find organic frozen fruits these days for just a bit more than the regular fruit. This can make a big difference on your baby’s health, and can also help keep allergic reactions at bay since there won’t be any herbicides and pesticides used.
Don’t Forget the Veggies
Vegetables are often thought of as the healthiest thing for us, and while they’re not as glamorous as fruits, they also don’t contain the sugar that many fruits do. Your baby will still get a kick out of trying new flavors of vegetables, and many times there won’t be as much concern over allergic reactions.
You’re doing a good thing by feeding your baby wholesome foods like fruits and vegetables from an early age. Try your best not to be bullied into buying only pre-processed baby food and try your hand at blending up your own versions. Fresh fruit that you puree yourself is about 100 times better for your baby than the jars you find in stores, especially if you go organic.