Since raspberries are bite-sized, delicious, and nutritious, you may wonder if your baby can have these ruby-red berries. This article will answer that question and more.
Overall, raspberries are safe for your baby once they are at least six months old. Make sure the raspberries are washed thoroughly and prepared in the appropriate texture for your baby’s age.
Let’s talk about the safety of raspberries for your baby, how to prepare them appropriately, allergen risks, and more.
Can Babies Eat Raspberries? Are They Safe?
Your baby can safely eat raspberries once they are at least six months old. This is because it is recommended to exclusively breastfeed your baby until they are at least six months of age.
However, if you are not exclusively breastfeeding, your baby may be developmentally ready for solid foods once they are between four and six months of age (source: Cleveland Clinic). It is essential to make sure you are preparing raspberries in the appropriate texture for your baby’s age — more on this below!
Overall, raspberries are a safe and nutritious first food that can provide essential vitamins and minerals. Additionally, berries are rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which can keep your baby’s immune system healthy (source: United States Department of Agriculture [USDA]).
Antioxidants also protect your baby from oxidative stress and inflammation since they prevent damage to the cells from harmful free radicals in the body.
Can Babies Eat the Seeds in Raspberries?
While regular seeds should not be fed to babies because of the choking risk, babies can safely eat the tiny seeds present in raspberries. In addition, raspberry seeds are often hard to digest, so you may even notice them in your baby’s diaper, which is entirely normal!
Do You Have To Cook Raspberries for Babies?
You do not necessarily need to cook raspberries for babies. It is up to you!
To decrease the risk of bacteria causing foodborne illness from the berries, make sure you wash them thoroughly under clean running water (source: United States Food & Drug Administration [FDA]).
Cooking the raspberries will further decrease the risk of them containing foodborne illness-causing bacteria. However, even if you cook the berries, they should still be thoroughly washed first.
Can Babies Eat Whole Raspberries?
Babies should not be given whole raspberries until they are in the finger food stage, which typically begins around nine months old (source: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital). Even at this stage, make sure the berries are relatively soft. Additionally, make sure they have been thoroughly washed.
It is also essential to avoid cross-contamination between your fresh berries and any food that commonly contains harmful bacteria, such as raw meat, eggs, seafood, or fish (source: FDA).
Therefore, use separate bowls, cutting boards, dishes, and more. Also, thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw meat or other foods that may be high in bacteria.
When Can Babies Eat Raspberries? At What Age?
As briefly mentioned above, your baby can safely have solid foods around four to six months of age. Typically, when your baby is ready for solid foods, they will sit upright in a high chair on their own and have good head support for extended periods (source: Cleveland Clinic). They will show interest in the foods you are eating.
How to Prepare Raspberries for Baby: By Age
Let’s discuss how to safely prepare raspberries for your baby once they become ready for solid foods (source: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).
- Four to six months old: Puree the raspberries to a thin watery texture.
- Six to nine months old: Puree the berries in a thicker consistency; mash with a fork.
- Ten to twelve months old: Provide soft whole raspberries.
Once your baby is eating finger foods, raspberries can be an excellent option for baby-led weaning because they are easy to pick up and slightly soft. Therefore, you can provide these bite-sized berries to your baby to just eat on their own with supervision.
Can Babies Be Allergic to Raspberries?
While berries are not known to be a common allergen, your baby can be allergic to any food, including raspberries. Signs of an allergic reaction to foods include hives, itching, swelling, wheezing or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, and more (source: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).
Therefore, when introducing any new food, provide it one at a time in small amounts. So, if an allergic reaction were to occur, you would know which food potentially caused it.
I hope this article was informative and helpful in describing how to feed raspberries to your baby safely.