How to introduce fruits into baby's diet ?
Has your little one just turned 4/5 months old? Along with vegetables, fruits are the first diversification foods that baby will be able to discover. How do you choose the right varieties? How to prepare them? Babybio explains everything you need to know about introducing fruit into baby's diet.
When to offer fruit to baby?
Fruit can be consumed by baby at the beginning of the dietary diversification process - between 4 and 6 months, according to the pediatrician's recommendations. Their naturally sweet taste makes them a very popular food for infants.
How to introduce fruit?
Start with cooked fruit purees
At 4/5 months, an infant's digestive system is not yet mature enough to eat raw fruit. And baby obviously doesn't have enough teeth to eat fruit in pieces!
The first fruits should therefore be offered cooked, finely blended without pieces and without added sugars - except for the banana, which can be eaten raw, as long as it is ripe and mashed. At Babybio, we have concocted delicious organic fruit purees for baby, to be discovered from the beginning of the food diversification: little jar with pears from Provence, little jar with apple from Aquitaine, apricot from Occitanie Céréales.
From 8/9 months (depending on the child), baby will be able to start eating raw fruit (crushed); the fruit must then be peeled and well crushed (prefer ripe fruit).
Introduce one fruit at a time
It is recommended that you introduce fruit to your baby's diet gradually (one at a time); this allows you to check your baby's tolerance to each variety, but also helps him or her develop taste.
During the first week, start by giving your child only one piece of fruit per day (at snack time or at lunch, for example). Gradually increase the quantities to 50/65 grams per day, then to 100/130 grams per day around 8 months of age (the weight of a small jar), and to 200/250 grams around 9/11 months. Finally, between the ages of 1 and 3, your little one should ideally eat 3 to 4 fruits a day. To help him eat this amount of fruit, vary the flavors and combinations of fruit with Babybio fruit purees!
What fruit to give baby?
From 4/6 months
At the beginning of food diversification, infants are particularly fond of bananas, apples and pears. But there's nothing to stop you from introducing your little one to other varieties, making sure you give preference to fruits such as peach, apricot, mango, quince (in reduced quantities to avoid constipation), plum or pineapple (its acidity may however put off some children). Discover also our blueberry (from 4 months), strawberry, raspberry or clementine purees (from 6 months).
From 12 months
Between the ages of 1 and 2, your child can eat most fruits, including exotic fruits. Of course, it all depends on his preferences. However, wait until your child is 18 months old before offering him nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.) because of the risk of allergies. Discover our kiwi-mango and coconut milk gourds or our apple-blueberry-strawberry jars!
At Babybio, fruit for babies is available in small glass jars, or in a gourd format that is easy to carry outside (ideal for a picnic or a snack at the nursery!). Among our offer, several recipes are made with organic fruits grown in France according to the requirements of organic farming. Find online several advices on food diversification as well as all our ranges with good organic fruits directly available for purchase!
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