At about age six months, when babies begin to eat semi-solid food, it is good to introduce a wide variety of foods so that babies can begin to enjoy a range of foods. This increases their acceptance of many varieties of food at a later stage.
If you are thinking of introducing juicy strawberries to your baby, it is a good idea as strawberries are high on antioxidants and Vitamin C. Strawberries are packed with benefits under their skin. For instance, they have loads of Vitamin C and this can be a boon for babies as it helps healing, battles infections and also builds collagen. Potassium in strawberries helps support muscle function, keeps heart rhythm in check. The folate present in strawberries enhances blood cell formation. The fruit is packed with fibre as well as antioxidants.
What Is The Right Time To Introduce Strawberries To Your Baby?
New moms may wonder if babies will like the taste of strawberries. Some of them worry if strawberries pose a risk of choking or cause an allergic reaction. Expert dieticians have certified that the skin of strawberries are really fine and therefore will not cause choking. Like the introduction of any new food, strawberries too can be introduced in lose doses. In the beginning, it is good to give a gap of a day or two after the baby has eaten strawberry and any changes in bowel movements or skin can be observed. If there is a family history of allergies, it is advisable to consult a doctor before introducing strawberries to your baby.
It is a good time to start strawberries for babies once they have begun eating solid foods, which is from age six months. The crucial part is to keep the texture of the strawberry appropriate for the baby’s stage.
Ideally you can start your baby on pureed or mashed strawberries when they are six months old and have begun other solids. You can move to finely chopped strawberries once the teeth appear. Older babies can chew upon bigger pieces of strawberries.
The High acidic content in strawberries could cause reactions in some children, yet this should not be a reason to avoid this fruit altogether. The key is moderation in giving this fruit to children. Parents must exercise caution to not overdo eating or giving their children strawberries. If babies have this fruit in excess, it can cause an upset stomach due to the presence of too much sugar and fibre.
Strawberries may trigger allergies in children. Babies who have a family history of food allergies or asthma should consume strawberry only after consulting a doctor.
Strawberry Infant Meal
You can make a delicious fruit salad with a variety of fruits like apple, peach, and strawberry by dicing them into small pieces and adding a bit of yoghurt before you serve it to your baby. Alternatively, pureed strawberry can be mixed into an infant cereal to make it more nutritious.
Strawberries Are Good For Babies Because:
- Strawberries support muscle development as it contains Vitamin B, C and K in adequate amounts
- Helps digestion due to the presence of fibre
- Boosts immunity due to the presence of minerals like potassium, manganese and copper that boost immunity.
- Strawberries are rich in phenols which can protect against cancer.
Strawberries can be given to babies in a way that is easily chewable or capable of swallowing. For older babies, the strawberries can be chopped into chewable pieces. If the baby is just six months sold, it is better to puree the strawberry and then feed the toddler. As is the rule, when you introduce a new type of food, even with strawberry, you can wait for two to three days before you repeat the food again after giving the baby the new food for the first time.
Before introducing a new food, even strawberries, it is better to consult your doctor to see how the baby is reacting to the new food. If there is a family history of allergic reactions to certain food, it is better to consult a doctor before introducing the new food.