Avocado baby is a wonderful first food to offer your baby, usually around 6 months. It is rich in good fats and provides a variety of nutrients that help your baby grow healthy.
It is not recommended to offer your baby an unripe avocado because it can be a choking hazard, especially when there are bits of peel still attached to the skin. A ripe avocado will be darker in colour and yield to gentle pressure.
A great way to serve avocado to your baby is as a puree, or to mix with other fruits such as bananas and strawberries. This fruity puree is easy to make in a blender or food processor, and you can add in a little liquid if the consistency is too thick for your baby.
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If your baby is a little older and is starting to use their fingers, you can cut a slice of avocado into small cubes or long thin sticks for them to hold. The wavy shape helps to reduce the slipperiness of this fruit and it is easier for them to pick up with their fingers once they have started to develop their pincer grasp.
Another option to serve avocado is as a sandwich spread. Mash the avocado with a little bit of greek yoghurt, ready brek, or milled chia seeds. You can then spread it on a lightly toasted bagel or toast bread strips.
If you are looking for a delicious fruity puree, try this recipe for avocado and pears! The pears are sweet and soft, so they will blend beautifully with the avocado. You can also add a few slices of apple to this simple fruity puree for extra vitamins and minerals.