Raspberries are a great soft first fruit for babies. If you’re looking to learn how to safely prepare and serve raspberry for babies, this resource will help!
Raspberries are great for babies as they are naturally sweet and soft for gummy mouths. They also break apart easier than other fruits like strawberries or bananas.
Benefits of raspberries for babies
While sweet and soft for littles, these berries also have the added benefit of being nutrient-packed! Here’s what WebMD says on the topic.
- Contain potassium and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as maganese.
- High in antioxidants
- Great source of vitamin c.
- Source of fiber to aid digestions (8 grams in one cup!)
How to prepare and serve raspberries for a baby
We love raspberries for babies since they are perfectly soft and sweet, but they can be confusing because of their smaller size. Here’s how to properly and safely serve with fruit.
Purees are an easy way to serve the fruit, since for some babies the seeds can be off putting. Since they are sweet, they pair well with less desirable veggies in a puree. This is especially true for those with iron, like spinach, as the Vitamin C in strawberries helps the iron be properly digested.
Fresh or defrosted frozen berries tossed into a blender or food processor should blend easy without liquid. If it gets stuck, add a bit of water or breast milk.
Practice baby led weaning with purees by offering preloaded spoons!
Mashed is an easy and safe option since they are so soft! This makes the berry crazy simple to mash. It also helps if you’re nervous about the small fruits.
Simple take your berry and mash with the tines of a fork.
Feed to baby on the tray, allowing them to use their hand and fingers to pick up and feed themselves. Alternately, give baby preloaded spoons with the mush.
Whole and Halved
If your baby has their pincer grip mastered, a whole berry might be a good option. I highly recommend skipping hwol berried until at least 12 months to avoid any choking issues.
Instead, simply break your berry in half or into quarters. This will make a shape less likely to be choked on.
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