Pineapple is so sweet, sour, and yummy all at once, but is it something baby can enjoy?
As parents, we want to ensure our children are being fed with nutritious foods that are beneficial to their overall growth and development. When our babies are ready for solid foods, usually around four to six months of age, we cannot wait to watch them enjoy new tastes and textures.
After our children have mastered the first stage of baby food—the very runny, very bland fruits and vegetables—and after they have mastered sitting up with support and using their fingers to grasp food, they are ready to tackle finger foods. To ensure our babies are getting wholesome finger foods, we tend to lean towards small fruits and vegetables.
While fruits and vegetables are an essential part of your baby’s diet, not all of them are particularly good for your baby to enjoy at such a young age. Some fruits contain acids, known as citric acids. These fruits include oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, nectarines and grapefruits. While these fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that are great for your baby’s growth and development, the acids may be too rough on your child’s digestive system.
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So what about pineapples? While some people tend to classify pineapples with the aforementioned list of fruits, pineapple is actually not considered a citrus fruit. However, it does contain some citric acid, so while it may not be as acidic as the others, it still may be hard on your baby’s digestive system. Consuming citric acids typically results in a rash.
If your baby is very sensitive to new foods, it is best to hold off introducing pineapple into their diet until after his or her first birthday, as even the small amount of citric acid found in pineapples may upset their digestive system.
If your child is not sensitive to new foods, you can give your baby a small piece of a pineapple around eight to ten months of age. You should, however, limit it to a small piece to see if there is a reaction. Though not as acidic as other fruits, it may still cause a reaction in your child.
If you have given your child a pineapple and have not noticed any negative side effects, you can continue giving pineapple to your child. You can serve it alone, or mash it up and add it to some of your child’s favorites, such as yogurt or oatmeal.
Some children may be allergic to pineapple. When you first introduce pineapple to your little one, make sure to either serve it alone or with another food your child has already enjoyed. It is always best to wait three days in between feeding your child new foods. This way, if your child does have an allergic reaction, you will know which food caused it.
When your child starts solid foods, it is always best to serve them foods that have been mashed, pureed or cut up into very small pieces. You should make sure the pineapple you feed to your child is cut up into very small pieces or mashed. Even if your baby has mastered eating finger foods, pieces or pineapple that are not cut small enough can easily get lodged in your child’s throat, causing your child to choke.
Remember, pineapple is not considered a citrus fruit and is perfectly safe for your child to consume around eight to ten months of age. Even though pineapple does not contain the same amount of citric acid as other fruits, it still may be hard on your child’s digestive system. If your child is prone to having a sensitivity to new foods, you may want to hold off on introducing pineapple to your child’s diet until after his or her first birthday. If your baby tolerates pineapple, it is a great food to add to their diet. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients and is great for growth and development. Just make sure to cut it up into small pieces or mash it up and serve with another food.
Remember, if you have any questions about introducing solids to your child, feeding your child pineapple, or possible food sensitivity in your child, it is always best to consult with your child’s pediatrician. He or she will be able to further discuss your concerns and answer your questions in more thorough detail.