{into the mouth of babes} Strawberries, Even for Babies

May 4, 2010

Photo: CaptPiper

The Hungry Baby has been eating up a storm but, though he’s already eaten foods that I held off on the first time around (e.g., leafy greens, pineapple, cheese), I hadn’t yet given him any high allergen foods like eggs, berries or nuts. I keep talking about giving little ones without a personal or family history of allergies everything (except honey and foods you’d avoid during pregnancy, like unpasteurized cheese) from the 4-6 month get-go, so it was time to put my money where my mouth is.

I cannot tell a lie. I felt a twinge of trepidation as I washed strawberries for my 6-month-old. Who wouldn’t? We’ve been told forever to hold off on strawberries until 12 months. But, I kept reminding myself: if he’s allergic, he’ll have a reaction now or at 12 months, and it’s better to know now. I would go slowly and everything would be fine.

And fine he was! I mixed strawberries with banana and yogurt, both of which he’s had before so I know he’s not allergic. For the first time since his eating adventure began, I went slowly, watched carefully and made sure to avoid other new foods all day so that I could isolate for strawberries. The verdict is positive. He loves strawberries and his body thinks they’re fine, too. And, now, with the west coast strawberry season here and easy coast season about to begin, I know that he’ll be able to enjoy delicious, farm-fresh strawberries with the rest of the family. We’re all very excited!

Oh, and while your’e at it, if you want to use your baby’s Strawberry-Banana mash for the rest of the family, try throwing it in a smoothie, mixing it with plain whole milk yogurt or oatmeal (both of which the baby can enjoy, too—just puree the oatmeal if your baby isn’t managing chunks yet), or make this Banana Strawberry Butter for toast or pancakes!

P.S: Those of you who have been following me since the days of ChowMama know that I’m a huge proponent of organic eating. I try to buy as much as I can—everything, when possible—organic, but know that others can’t or don’t feel as strongly about it. That said, strawberries are among the Dirty Dozen, the 12 most pesticide ridden food. In fact, they rank as the 3rd “dirtiest” in 2010. If possible, especially when feeding little bodies, try to buy organic strawberries.

2 Responses

  1. DailyChef says:

    Congratulations! Strawberries are so good – glad Hungry Baby is not allergic!

  2. Erin says:

    I’m so glad you posted this. I just introduced my hungry boy to strawberries a bit ahead of schedule, and I felt nervous, too. But I really didn’t want him to miss the strawberry season this year, and he did great!

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