When Can Babies Eat Kiwi, And Recipes To Try

As the baby crosses the six-month mark, parents are definitely excited to see their little one grow. But they’re also confused about how and what solid foods to offer to them, along with breastmilk. Out of many delectable fruits available out there, kiwis for babies are a good choice, thanks to their nutritional profile and texture. Naturally, the primary choice of first foods for babies, but what makes kiwi special. Delve into this post to learn more about the nutritional value, health benefits, possible side effects of this fruit. We also bring you some interesting kiwi recipes for babies.

When To Introduce Kiwi To A Baby?

If the baby shows diaper rashes introduce kiwi between 10 and 12 months.
  • The introduction of kiwis to babies is recommended between the ages of eight and ten months due to their acidic nature.
  • If your baby has shown any food allergies or diaper rashes earlier, consider introducing the fruit between 10 and 12 months.
  • In case your family has a history of kiwi food allergy (1), seek doctor’s advice before introducing your baby to kiwi.
  • Even though its acidic nature prompts mouth rashes or bottom rashes, the fruit is generally not a high allergy risk. In fact, kiwi fruits are power packed with nutrition that may aid the appropriate growth and development of your baby.

Nutritional Facts Of Kiwi

Kiwifruit, fresh
1.00 2 inches
69.00 grams
Calories: 42
GI: low
Nutrient Amount
vitamin C 63.96 mg
vitamin K 27.81 mcg
copper 0.09 mg
fiber 2.07 g
vitamin E 1.01 mg (ATE)
potassium 215.28 mg
folate 17.25 mcg
manganese 0.07 mg

Health Benefits Of Kiwi For Babies

Kiwis help in boosting the immune system of babies.
  • Kiwis are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, fiber, folate, and antioxidants.
  • One serving of kiwi fruit for babies offers 230% of recommended amount of Vitamin C per day, which helps in boosting the immune system., increasing iron absorption from other foods, and healing wounds.
  • Kiwi aids digestion, provides relief from constipation and is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. It offers 16% of the RDA for fiber.
  • The fruit is rich in phytonutrients, which repair DNA, and protect against few cancers.
  • According to the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), around 6.0 to 6.4% of children aged zero to four years were affected by asthma. Interestingly, kiwi is believed to prevent asthma, lower fat in the blood, and reduce blood clot risk in later stages of life.
  • Kiwi provides 10% of the RDA for folic acid and 10% RDA for Vitamin E.
  • The fruit is also a source of calcium, iron, chromium, copper, potassium, magnesium, and zinc (2).
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When To Avoid Offering Kiwis For Baby?

Babies may develop allergies around the mouth after eating kiwis.

Refrain from offering kiwi to the baby if he shows allergic reactions to papaya, latex, sesame seeds, and pineapple as the allergic reactions to these foods tend to be linked with kiwi too. Allergy to kiwi is also commonly seen in people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Few fruits like kiwi, orange, raspberry, and strawberry may irritate the skin around your baby’s mouth when she eats it. This is common when she has eczema, but it is not harmful.

Symptoms indicating allergy towards kiwi include the sore mouth, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or vomiting. Severe reactions include breathing difficulties and wheezing. Symptoms may appear around two hours after eating the culprit food. To check the way the baby reacts to kiwi, do introduce any new food in the previous meal and do not mix it with some other new food. Feed only little amounts first. Go ahead only if the baby is not showing any related allergies. Do remember that it is best to consult your doctor before introducing any new food to your baby.

How To Choose And Store Kiwis For Babies?

Select firm kiwis and wait until they turn soft.

Picking organic kiwi is always good. However, kiwi is not among those fruits, which get contaminated due to pesticides. Do not select the ones with bruised skin, have visible indentations, are squisher-softer, or have damp spots. Pick a firm one and wait until they turn soft. To select the kiwifruit with sweetest taste, hold it between your thumb and forefinger and check if it yields to gentle pressure. Place an unripe kiwi in a paper bag with a banana or apple or pear to ripen the fruit within two days. Kiwis can be stored for three to four weeks in a refrigerator or a week on the counter.

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Fresh Kiwi Recipes For Babies

Kiwi Recipes for babies

1. Kiwi Puree

You Need:

  • 1 kiwi

How To:

  1. Peel the kiwi.
  2. Blend or puree it in a blender. This serves as an easy baby food recipe.

2. Kiwi Puree In Combinations

Kiwifruit can be slightly acidic, so trying it in combination with pureed banana is a good idea to feed it to your baby for the first time. This will help in developing the taste, and your toddler would want to have more of it. You may also try kiwi puree combinations with apple or pear puree. Your baby would love the combination of apple, kiwi, and pear.

You Need:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 banana or apple or pear

How To:

  1. Peel and chop the fruits.
  2. Blend or puree them in a blender.

A mother shares that she offers her baby mashed kiwis added to brown rice cereal (mixed in hot water). She says, “Daddy fed baby kiwifruit while he was having it. Baby kept on approaching her daddy, asking for more after tasting it. This is the body language to express her liking to one food. Hence, this weekend, kiwi fruit is added to her diet (i).”

3. Kiwi Salad

You Need:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1 pear, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 banana, peeled and diced

How To:

  1. Toss all the fruits in a bowl and add your favorite coatings like wheat germ or crushed cereal. This snack can also serve as a finger food option for those practicing baby-led weaning.
  2. You could also blend them all together in the processor to make it into a puree and add yogurt on top.
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4. Kiwi Avocado Monster

You Need:

  • 2 ripe kiwis
  • 1/2 cup cubed mango
  • 1 ripe avocado

How To:

  1. Peel and slice the kiwi.
  2. Peel and pit the avocado.
  3. Mix all the ingredients and blend them together.

5. Creamy Kiwi Dessert

You Need:

  • 1 small kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 4 fl oz (1/2 cup) natural yogurt
  • 1 drop vanilla extract

How To:

  1. Mix the ingredients together, puree the mixture, or mash thoroughly.

6. Tempting Tropical Mash

You Need:

  • 1 small kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 slice cantaloupe , peeled and diced
  • 1/2 ripe banana, sliced

How To:

  1. Mash all ingredients together and serve a sweet, nutritious tropical treat!

7. Kiwi Baby Stew Recipe

You Need:

  • 4 ripe kiwis, peeled and cut
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or grape juice

How To:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a medium pot.
  2. Place the pot on low flame for 10 to 15 minutes until kiwi turns soft.
  3. After removing from heat, puree or mash it.

8. Kiwi Fruit Popsicles

You Need:

  • 12 ripe kiwis, peeled
  • 2 cups apple juice

How To:

  1. Puree kiwi in a blender until the green flesh is pureed and black seeds are intact.
  2. Add apple juice to the mixture and mix well.
  3. Fill the popsicle molds and place them in the freezer.

* This recipe is a great way to beat the heat during warmer months. The tasty treat and the cold popsicle greatly helps soothe inflamed gums of your teething baby.

9. Kiwi Tropicana Baby Blast

You Need:

  • 2 ripe kiwis, peeled
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup papaya, peeled and chopped

How To:

  1. Mix all the ingredients and blend them well.
  2. Serve cool.

10. Tropical Oats

You Need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 kiwi fruit, ripe, peeled and diced
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup apple juice

How To:

  1. Mix water and apple juice in a pan and boil.
  2. Add kiwi and oats to a pan, stir well.
  3. Boil once again and reduce the flame.
  4. Cook until it thickens or cook for ten minutes.
  5. Stir in mashed banana.
  6. Serve warm.

Article written by Baby Plumbing

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