Unlike other berries that are not recommended for babies until around 12 months of age, most authorities agree that blueberries are the exception, and may safely be introduced at 8 months. This is really good news, because blueberries are nutritionally superb and make a great, ultra-convenient snack. They can even help baby’s finger control and concentration skills as he or she picks them up one-by-one!
Blueberries are good for baby (and you)
These wonderful berries feature on the list of ‘super foods’, because they are packed with good things. They contain high amounts of anti-oxidants, and are an excellent source of fibre and vitamins A and C. Research also indicates that blueberries help to reduce cholesterol.
Hints on buying and storing
- Buying organic blueberries is recommended, as they are one of the ‘dirty dozen’ foods with a high possibility of pesticide contamination.
- Choose berries that are not too soft, with good dark colouring and no bruising.
- Blueberries store well – their deep colouring helps retain nutritional values and avoid oxidisation.
- Wash well and dry, then store in an airtight bag – in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips on cooking
No need! Just wash well, then use as a finger snack or crush slightly to include with other foods.
Ideas for ways of including blueberries in your baby’s meals:
- Add to homemade baby cereals – rice, oatmeal (porridge), barley, quinoa, mixed grain.
- Mix into apple, pear or plum purees, or mashed banana.
- Add to plain yogurt.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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