Strawberries for babies: When can babies eat strawberries?
Strawberries are one of the most beloved and recognizable fruits in North America — in fact, they're grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada.
Chances are, your baby will love strawberries, too! Here’s what you need to know about serving strawberries to your baby.
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Can babies have strawberries?
Yes, babies can have strawberries around 6 months when they begin eating solids. Choose bright red berries with the green caps still intact. Make sure to rinse well and check for mold before serving.
Are strawberries healthy for babies?
Strawberries can be a healthy and delicious addition to your baby’s diet. They contain important vitamins and minerals for their health as well as fiber and water. Plus, they’re easy for most babies to eat.
Strawberries: nutrients for babies
Like all fruit, strawberries are packed with good-for-you nutrients. Strawberries in particular are great sources of vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. Additionally, they contain fiber, water, and carbohydrates needed for energy.
Research shows nutrients found in berries, including strawberries, may benefit overall heart health, help regulate blood sugar and protect against cancer. While most of these studies are done in adults, it’s likely berries have lifelong benefits, starting in infancy and childhood.
When can babies eat strawberries?
You can introduce strawberries to babies around 6 months of age, when they begin eating solids. Make sure to consider your baby’s age and feeding abilities and serve strawberries in a way that is safe.
Can babies between 6 to 9 months old eat strawberries?
Yes, babies between 6 to 9 months old can eat strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps to absorb plant-based forms of iron. This makes them an excellent fruit choice for this age group. Serve strawberries in a puree — or cut up for baby-led weaning.
Can babies between 9 to 12 months old eat strawberries?
Babies can continue eating strawberries between 9 to 12 months old. Around this time, babies develop their pincer grasp and will be able to pick up small cubes of strawberries using their fingers.
Can babies over 12 months old eat strawberries?
Yep! Babies over 12 months old can eat strawberries as well. Continue cutting strawberries in small cubes until their biting skills have improved. As your baby becomes a toddler, you can start to serve sliced strawberries.
How to introduce strawberries for your baby
Strawberries are typically eaten fresh, but they can also be enjoyed in a smoothie, in jam, or added to yogurt or oatmeal. Before serving strawberries — or any fresh produce — to your baby, check to make sure it’s not moldy and rinse it thoroughly with cold water. Rinse strawberries right before eating to keep them fresh longer.
Serving strawberries for baby-led weaning
Babies can begin eating strawberries when they start baby-led weaning. Slice berries lengthwise to make strips that are easy for your baby to pick up using their palm. Make sure berries are soft and ripe. Once your baby uses their pointer finger and thumb to pick up food, you can serve in small cubes.
Strawberries puree for babies
Strawberries can be easily served as a puree, either store-bought or homemade. This no-cook version is simple to make and can be mixed in with other purees such as oatmeal or yogurt. Once your baby advances from purees (around 8 to 9 months), serve strawberries cut into small cubes.
Are strawberries a common allergen?
Strawberry isn’t one of the top allergens, but it’s possible for your baby to have a strawberry allergy. Oftentimes, people who have a birch pollen or apple allergy also have an issue with strawberries.
The warning signs of a strawberry allergy include:
Skin rashes (such as hives)
If you suspect your baby may have an allergy to strawberries, contact your pediatrician right away.
Are strawberries a choking hazard?
Strawberries aren’t considered a high-risk choking food, especially when served in a safe size for babies.
For young babies, start serving in a puree or in strips for baby-led weaning. Around 8 to 9 months, begin serving in small cubes. Ensure berries are soft and ripe so they are easy for your baby to chew.
Strawberries for babies FAQ
Q: Can I give strawberries as a first food?
Yes, strawberries can easily be given as a first food, served either in a puree or cut in strips for baby-led weaning. They also help with absorbing iron, a high-priority nutrient for babies starting solids.
Q: Can babies eat strawberries every day?
Babies can eat strawberries every day, but aim to include as much variety in your baby’s diet as possible. Chances are if they enjoy strawberries, they’ll like other berries, too.
Q: Do strawberries cause constipation in toddlers?
Strawberries don’t typically cause constipation in toddlers. In fact, strawberries and other berries will likely help relieve constipation in toddlers due to their fiber content. Make sure to serve berries and other high-fiber foods with adequate amounts of water.
Q: Are strawberries good for teething babies?
Strawberries can be a great food for teething babies because they’re soft and easy to chew. You could also try serving frozen strawberries in a silicone feeder for teething relief.
Note: The content on this site is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice from your doctor, pediatrician, or medical professional. If you have questions or concerns, you should contact a medical professional.