Kiwi is a yummy fruit, but can be slightly acidic, making you wonder if you should give it to your baby, and if so, when. It’s hard to overlook some of the healthy benefits it provides, especially antioxidants, but what’s good for mommy and daddy does not mean it’s good for baby.
There’s not a lot to worry about as far as allergies go, this is not a food that ranks highly on any allergy scale, but your baby might show a sensitivity to it, especially if they exhibited similar symptoms to similar foods. The acidity makes rashes a possibility, so when you do introduce this to them, do it in small doses at first to see how they respond to it.
Once they’ve given you the all clear that they like it, this is one fruit that you can give to them with some regularity. It’s got a good amount of fiber in it to help keep them regular, and it is naturally sweet so they will probably look forward to it. Kiwi also mixes well with strawberries, so if they’ve been given strawberries successfully in the past you now have a double dose of yumminess.
Can I Give My Baby Kiwi? Answer: From 8 Months
It’s usually safe to introduce this to your baby at the 8 month mark and beyond, as long as they haven’t given you a reason to think that they can’t handle it, and as long as this coordinates with their own progress. Each baby is different when it comes to what they can have and when. It also depends on how you’re handling the breastfeeding, as you may still be relying primarily on that at the 8 month mark, and solid foods aren’t on the menu.
Making the Introduction
How you introduce foods to your baby makes a big difference in how they will respond. You should give them the kiwi when no other new foods have been given to them at the previous meal. Then you let them try a little bit and see how they react. If you notice that they are having a stomachache, or if they spit it up later, or have a loose bowel movement later, you can narrow it down to being the acidity of the kiwi.
If your baby doesn’t respond well to it when you first give it to them, that doesn’t mean they can never have it again. Try it again in a few months and see how it sits. You’ll be surprised how fast they develop and what they’re able to handle later on that they couldn’t at first. Of course there’s no need to rush things, they’ll eventually be eating whatever the family is eating and sitting at the dinner table, so enjoy this time with new tastes almost every day and soak in these moments.
Fruits to Avoid
There are some fruits that you just don’t want to give to your baby before they’re ready. These are fruits that are notorious for causing stomach upset or other problems. Strawberries can be very allergic to some babies, so test this out very carefully when you finally do give it to them. You also want to avoid citrus fruit, because of the citric acid it contains.
You should also take it easy on all sweet fruits, because even though the sugar is natural, and not the same sort of sugar they put in Oreos, it still elevates their blood sugar levels, and you want to keep those at healthy levels. Because they’re sweet your baby will want to keep eating them, as opposed to something more savory, or something with less taste like broccoli. That’s why you have to be careful with fruits.
It’s good that you are taking the time to research new foods before giving them to your baby. Trial and error has its place, but if you can do your best to avoid mishaps before they happen you are taking that extra step as a parent that is going to make all the difference to your baby’s development. So keep doing your research, and keep giving your baby wholesome foods, and you’re doing all you can to be a great parent.