It can be an exciting time as your baby starts to explore the wonderful world of food and all that it has to offer. To establish healthy eating habits early on, start offering her a variety of fruits and vegetables when she's a baby. However, since choking is a big concern for babies, you should wait to feed your baby certain foods, such as pineapple, until she transitions out of purely pureed foods.
You can start offering your baby small, soft, shredded pieces of pineapple when she is between 8 and 10 months old. According to Ohio State University, your baby is allowed to eat the same foods as your family is eating, as long as it’s cooked, soft and in small pieces, by the time she is 10 to 12 months old.
Not only can you feed pineapple to your baby around 8 to 10 months, you can make it a multisensory experience when you introduce it to her. Let her feel the outer spiny skin of the fruit and listen to the sound as she scrapes or taps the outside. You can encourage her to smell it, too. Then let her taste the juice and shreds of the fruit.
Shredding the pineapple will make it small enough for your child to eat. You can add pineapple to other foods to make it easier to eat or more palatable if she seems like she doesn’t like eating it by itself. Mixing pineapple shreds with yogurt or baby cereal works well. Even adding it to shredded chicken or mashed sweet potatoes will do the trick. You can get creative with your mixtures. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a serving size of about 1 tablespoon of a food when you first introduce it, but don’t force her to eat it all if she doesn’t want it.
Choking is one of the main concerns when it comes to food and babies. You shouldn’t feed your baby large chunks of any food, including pineapple. Pineapple is safe to eat if it is soft and shredded into very small pieces. Steam the pineapple for a couple of minutes if it seems too firm for your little one to gum easily. After you cut up the pineapple and serve some to your little one, you must refrigerate the uneaten fruit in an airtight container to help prevent food-borne illness. If you leave cut produce, such as pineapple chunks, out at room temperature, it can start to grow harmful bacteria. The refrigerator should be set to 40 degrees or below.
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