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 antioxidants, 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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