Strawberries are a delicious, and nutritious, fruit that can be enjoyed by babies right from the beginning of foods.
Nutrients in Strawberries
The most beneficial nutrient for babies in strawberries is vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, which is one of the most important nutrients for your babies.
One of the most helpful recommendations when it comes to feeding your baby is to include a vitamin C rich food in meals whenever you can. This will help to maximize your baby’s iron intake and keep them thriving.
Other important nutrients for your baby which can be found in strawberries include fiber, folate, and iodine, among others.
How to Serve Strawberries to Babies
Strawberries are a great food for babies to eat right from the beginning of foods.
Strawberries for 6 month old babies
If your baby is starting foods using a baby led weaning style of eating, you can simply give them a large (larger than their mouth) strawberry to gnaw on. The key to this, however, is making sure that your strawberry is actually ripe.
A ripe strawberry will smoosh easily between two fingers, making it safe for babies. Locally grown strawberries that are picked when they are ripe often pass this smoosh test.
More often than not, strawberries found in grocery stores are picked and shipped before they are ripe, and they are too hard to serve whole safely to your baby.
If your strawberries are too hard to serve whole, simply cutting them into long, thin spears will make them safe for your baby while also allowing them to pick them up.
Strawberries for 9 month old babies
Once your baby has their pincer grasp down, you can simply cut the strawberries into bite-size pieces for them. You can also continue to serve soft strawberries whole, or however the rest of the family is eating them at that meal.
Strawberries for 12 month olds and up
Once your baby is 12 months old, they can often handle strawberries however you are eating them yourselves.
Continue to monitor strawberries for ripeness. As your baby gets more proficient at eating, they can handle foods that are harder.
There is no firm date for when a toddler can handle an under-ripe strawberry. Simply do your best to assess their developmental readiness to handle slightly harder foods and serve strawberries along these same lines.
Strawberry recipe ideas
Strawberries are extremely versatile and can be served raw as a side to a meal or snack, or simply as a topping to a dish like cereal or oatmeal. They can also be served in savory dishes throughout the day.
Here are a few ideas:
Strawberry Salsa from Cookie and Kate
Babies can have spicy foods just like the rest of the family. However, for those first few months or before you have gotten them used to spice I would recommend cutting down on the jalapeno in this recipe. Omit the honey or maple syrup for kids under 2. By using ripe strawberries you will negate the need for this, as well!
Strawberry Balsamic Chicken from Gimme Some Oven
Strawberry Bruschetta Grilled Cheese from Foodie Crush
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love a good twist on a grilled cheese sandwich. For this, make sure your brie is pasteurized for babies and toddlers. Check out this post for some other great baby-friendly cheese options to use in this recipe.