Baby led weaning peaches are great for introducing to your little! Naturally soft when ripe, sweet, and packed with fiber, peaches for baby are a great way to add more solid options to your baby’s diet.
Peaches are a wonderful addition to your baby’s diet. When searching for great first foods for your baby, they’re the perfect texture for little gums and add some great value to your child’s growing body.
Benefits of peaches for babies
When starting solids with your little, we’re looking for nutrition-packed first foods. Apples are an amazing option!! Here’s what healthline.com says about peach benefits for infants.
- Packed with vitamins like C, A, E and K
- Can help allergies by helping prevent the release of histamines.
- Lots of fiber, both soluble and insoluble to keep baby regular
- Antioxidants to promote good health.
How to prepare and serve peaches for a baby
Peaches, when ripe, are the perfect texture for babies to gum and enjoy without much help.
But as always, we need to make sure we’re serving the fruit appropriately in order to keep our littles safe.
While purees are often decreed to not be “baby led weaning” by definition, I’m a believer that they can be incorporated to fit your family’s needs and comfort levels. Read more about purees vs baby led weaning here.
You can learn all about making purees here, but basically gram some fresh or frozen, defrosted peaches and blitz them in your blender or food processor. I love that you can choose a smoother or textured puree.
Feed to baby on the tray, allowing them to use their hand and fingers to pick up and feed themselves, or give baby preloaded spoons with the peach puree.
Fresh, super-ripe peaches are great for feeding to baby! Halve your peach, then serve 1/4 or 1/8 slices to baby, depending on the size of their hand and your comfort level. If your baby is having trouble holding on to the peach, try leaving the peel on. If your baby is gagging on the peel, try without the peel! It’s a lot of trial and error to find what works best for you.
You can also offer defrosted, frozen peach slices, which will have a great, soft texture for gummy mouths,
Another great, easy option is canned peach slices or halves! They’re inherently soft and ready for toothless mouths and generally super sweet. Just make sure that when you’re at the store you choose some with no added sugar in their own syrup. Also make sure when you’re looking that “No Added Sugar” means no fake sweeteners as well.
If the canned peaches are too slippery, dry off your peach slices with a paper towel or roll in crushed cereal before serving.
Place your pitted on parchment paper and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so. Cool before serving!
Try with a sprinkle of cinnamon (or brown sugar and cinnamon for a grown up one!) for a fun twist.
I love smoothies for kids of all ages, and can add a great touch of sweetness to a veggie smoothie! Make sure whatever else you’re putting into your smoothie is something your kiddo has already tried and shown no allergies to. It’s also great for practicing how to use a cup or straw.
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