Ask the Dietitian: Can My Baby Have Raw Fruit?

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on August 2, 2010

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Q: Is it okay to for my 6-month old to eat peaches? All the resources I’ve read says to cook fruit first.

A: When I researched introducing solids I found little data to support when to introduce certain foods, including the need to cook fruit. Feeding babies really comes down to common sense. You want to meet their nutrient needs and provide them with textures and tastes that are appropriate at different stages.

For example, apple sauce is good for a baby as raw apples are too hard. Once babies get older and can use finger foods you can grate apples without the skin.

At 6 months soft, ripe fruit without the skin is the perfect food. Fresh fruit not only tastes better but it prevents babies from getting constipated. Summer is the perfect time to try soft fruits with babies. For younger babies mash/puree it and spoon feed and for older babies cut it up into small pieces as finger foods.

See our Infant Feeding Guide for details on what to feed baby when.

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The information on this site is for educational purposes only and does not take the place of medical advice. Please verify with your healthcare provider.

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Susie August 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm

After age 1 year, a great snack to try with them is Gudernoobs made by WooHoo Foods because they are vegan and raw and are high in omega-3s!

Moondancer August 8, 2010 at 5:48 am

I gave raw fruit to my daughter when she was a little over six months old. With the harder fruits (apples, pears, nectarines, etc.) I simply pureed them in a food processor. It was convenient and cheaper than the jarred baby foods in the store. It was fresher too, since after it was pureed, I feed it to her. Oh, I cannot forget the most important things, it was nutritious, and tasted delicious too! :)

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