The simple avocado has taken social media by storm in the past few years. The tell-tale rich and creamy texture is coveted by millennials and health-conscious instagrammers the world over, appearing on toast, in guacamole (yes it costs more, but it is #worthit) and even in baked goods.
So why am I AVO-cating for you to feed your baby this popular fruit? Although some “health gurus” may call it a superfood with “healing” abilities, as a dietitian I go for the facts. First, avocados are packed with healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and contribute nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Babies need more fat, making the avocado a perfect “bang for your bite” food for baby. Not only that, the soft texture makes it just right for beginner abilities. Move aside hipsters; it is time for baby to take over this trend!
Want to know how to serve avocado to baby safely? Watch the following video or keep reading for tips!
BLW is contraindicated for babies at risk of dysphagia, such as babies who have an anatomic disorder (cleft palate, tongue tie), a neurological disorder (developmental delay, hypotonia, oral hypotonia) or a genetic disorder. Follow-up by a health professional (doctor, pediatric registered dietitian) is necessary for babies at risk of anemia such as babies born prematurely, babies with low birth weight (less than 3000 g), worries related to growth, babies born to an anemic mother, baby for whom cow’s milk was introduced early and/or a vegan baby.
*Cusson and Labonté, Baby-Led Weaning Conference, June 2018, Nutrium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
How to Prepare Avocado For Your Baby
Step 1: Choose an avocado that is ripe, but not too ripe! Remove the top stem; if it is bright green, that means it is ready to eat.
Step 2: Use the safe cutting method! Cut through the avocado to the pit, making sure to make a cut spanning the entire way around. Then, make a cut to separate it into quarters using the same method.
Step 3: Gently press on each quarter. They should fall away easily if your avocado is ripe.
Step 4: Remove the peel and cut the quarter in half. Serve to baby as is!
Before doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with your baby, it is important to proceed safely by contacting a pediatric registered dietitian. Among other things, make sure that:
- your baby is ready and does not start too early
- your baby is sitting at 90 degrees
- you do not place food in his/her mouth with your fingers
- the environment is calm during meals
- you offer the right foods to your baby (always test the texture of the food in between your tongue and roof of your mouth)
- you watch your baby eat at all times
- you contact a pediatric registered dietitian to make sure you are proceeding safely
Tell us how you serve up this healthy fat to your baby in the comments section!