If you haven’t read FAQ’s and Things To Keep In Mind about Feeding Babies yet, that would be a great place to start first!
Mashed up avocado has been one of my girls’ favorite baby foods – that has transitioned to be a favorite food in general as they grow into toddlerhood!
Both of my big girls will eat avocado right out of the shell with a spoon to this day – that makes this mama very happy!
Avocados are full of nourishing, filling fats and are very gentle to digest for most babies. As baby ages into toddlerhood, creating a taste palate for avocado can transition to them loving to dip veggies in guacamole, or spread avocado mash on sandwiches or crackers.
Here is how I prep avocados for my babies to taste!
Avocado for baby
- Ripe avocado
- Scoop out a couple teaspoons of avocado into a bowl.
- Use a fork to mash it up and add splashes of breastmilk or melted coconut oil (could do water if you wish) to make it the consistency/smoothness you want. (You could also use a blender if you wish)
- I don’t batch up avocado. It turns brown with air unless you squirt some lemon on it, and I don’t like having citrus in my baby’s foods for a while. I do use the Ziploc Air Lock Vaccuum to keep the cut avocado fresh though! It works great! Between my other daughters, myself, and the baby we do usually go through a whole avocado in one sitting, but if I only need the little bit for baby I air lock it up and it stays great for a couple days in the fridge! You can also use any leftover avocado to make guacamole for the bigger kids (or mama!) or spread on sandwiches.
- It can take up to 15 attempts of a new food for baby to accept the new food! This is the same for all first foods! If baby makes a funny face at first, don’t give up! They are getting used to new tastes, textures, and feelings in their mouth! Give them a chance to learn how this feels, how to use their tongue, etc!
- Watch baby for a week during those first introductions of the avocado. If you see any weird diaper action going on, redness around the mouth, or rashes on the skin, you will want to stop – this is the same with any first foods introductions. Try the avocado again in a month and see what happens.
- THIS is a great first foods chart to give you an idea of what to follow when choosing first foods for your baby if you are wanting to follow the WAPF guidelines for feeding babies.
- Read THIS for common FAQ’s and thoughts to keep in mind about feeding babies!
Have you tried avocado with your littles? What did they think?