Berries can be a healthy addition to your child’s diet when he or she begins eating solid food, usually between the ages of 4 and 6 months.
You should consult your doctor just in case your child suffers from a chronic condition such as eczema, and you know your child has a food allergy.
When Can A Baby Have Strawberries?
Strawberries are so easy to puree and are a fantastic treat for babies between 4 to 6 months old. Strawberry puree can be made from either fresh or frozen berries. Older toddlers can have quarters and whole strawberries as long as they are supervised.
Strawberry Puree For Babies
Strawberry puree is the safest way to feed little ones strawberries as a whole, as chunks can be a choking hazard.
Buy And Select Strawberries
When babies are over six months old, strawberries can be pureed easily.
Fresh or frozen strawberries can be used to make a strawberry puree.
In the summer, buy fresh berries, and in the winter, buy the frozen berries.
Strawberry fruits are uniformly red and do not have any marks of green or white.
Pick strawberries with no bruises, nicks, or other external imperfections when you are shopping for fresh strawberries.
It is a good idea to make sure you buy organic strawberries since they are part of the “dirty dozen”, which is a list of the foods that have the highest pesticide residues.
You can get 6 whole strawberries to make 4 oz of strawberry puree.
Wash The Strawberries
The best way to prevent bacterial contamination is to wash strawberries with 30% water and the same amount of vinegar.
After rinsing it with cool water, be sure to let it dry.
Getting strawberries ready for slicing requires removing the stems from each strawberry and cutting each half lengthwise into quarters.
Underripe and frozen strawberries should be steamed
If you have beautiful ripe berries, then you can skip this step.
Putting strawberries in a steamer and cooking them for three minutes will bring out the best flavor from the fruit.
After draining strawberries, cover them with a colander with cold water for a few minutes, which will stop the strawberries from cooking further.
The Strawberries Can Either Be Pureed Or Mashed
Blend or process until smooth. To reach desired consistency, just keep adding water in small amounts.
Instead of pureeing the strawberries, mash them with a potato masher for a chunkier puree, which is ideal for babies over 10 months.
Puree Strawberry And Serve
If you have berry puree that is a little tart add it to oatmeal, yogurt, or mashed-up fruit and veggies.
This will lessen the tart flavor for your baby and also introduce new textures at the same time.
Freezing Strawberry Puree
The strawberries can be cooked using a steamer, and leftovers can be refrigerated for no longer than 3 days in BPA-free containers.
Any spares can be frozen for up to three months. Refrigerating your food overnight will defrost it.
It is always a good idea to talk to your pediatrician about introducing a portion of new food to your child, especially if he or she has food allergies.
Allergies To Berries
Besides allergies, you should stay on the lookout for the following things:
- Choking. If your baby has not eaten other finger foods successfully and has not yet developed teeth, wait to give her chopped-up pieces of whole, raw berries. Using strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other berries that you buy, make sure you wash, cook, puree, and strain these at home properly.
- Pesticides. It is also possible to find pesticide residues on conventionally grown strawberries, so you may wish to purchase organic berries instead.
Berry seeds may be difficult for some babies to digest. Seeds in a dirty diaper are nothing to worry about. It just means those seeds passed harmlessly through the digestive system of your baby.
Serving Strawberry With Yogurt
You can use finely chopped berries and add some thick good quality yogurt that is safe for the baby.
This will give your little one a good hit of protein.
If you want to be a little more creative, you can add some ricotta or even cottage cheese.
This can be served to your baby on a piece of toast or spread on some waffles, or just given on its own with a spoon.
Strawberries contain fiber, which promotes a healthy gut, and folate, which fuels a baby’s metabolism, metabolic energy, and antioxidant activity.
Strawberries contain vitamin C, which is extremely beneficial for babies and helps their bodies absorb iron from plant-based foods.
There are omega 3 fatty acids in the strawberry seeds that are beneficial to the nervous system, brain development, and vision.
Strawberries are a fruit that has over 55 polyphenols which are compounds that work as anti-inflammatory antioxidants to keep the whole body healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Berries for Babys
What Is The Safest Way to Give Berries To Babies?
Serving strawberries to older babies cut up is quite safe as long as they are small chunks and you supervise while they are eating.
How Many Strawberries Is Safe For A Baby To Eat
Younger babies can have 4 berries per serving, and older toddlers can have up to 8 berries per serving.