For a nutritionally complete and tasty meal for your baby food beginner, avocado is the ideal food. They provide more than 25 essential nutrients, including fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins...
For a nutritionally complete and tasty meal for your baby food beginner, avocado is the ideal food. They provide more than 25 essential nutrients, including fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
NOTE: The pit and skin of an avocado can be toxic to pets - so please make sure you dispose of them safely.
IMPORTANT: Although allergy to avocado is rare, your baby is at an increased risk of experiencing an allergic reaction to avocado if he has a latex allergy.
It seems a strange connection - but avocados contain substances called chitinases. These substances are associated with the latex/fruit allergy syndrome and they increase in avocados that have been treated with ethylene gas to encourage them to ripen more quickly. Organic avocados that have NOT been treated have a reduced allergenic potential.
If your baby has a latex allergy, you should probably avoid avocado during your baby's first year and discuss the introduction of avocado with your child's doctor.
Slice open an avocado and spoon its creamy flesh straight into your baby's mouth.
To make it more manageable for baby's very first meal, spoon it into a bowl and mash it with a fork. For a smoother texture still, you can purée it in a food processor. If you are introducing avocado to your baby after the recommended age of 6 months, you shouldn't really need to add anything to thin the consistency. But if you do feel the need to make it a bit thinner, just add a little breast milk or formula as you mash or purée the fruit.
Note that the tannin in avocado can cause it to become a little bitter when cooked. If you wish to include avocado in a cooked dish, add it just before serving.
NOTE: When you’re travelling with your baby, avocado makes an ideal ‘fast food’. An unpeeled avocado doesn't need to be kept cool and can simply be sliced and served to your baby when you're out and about.