Let’s talk how to serve avocado to babies in a ways that they can feed themselves!
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What’s the deal with avocado? Why do parents choose it for babies?
,Why do we suggest serving it like this? We recommend starting with strips of food that baby (6+ months) can pick up, put in their mouth at the back gums, learn to chew and swallow. No, it’s not a choking hazard to serve whole foods at this age - their gag reflex will take over if they don’t chew the food well enough! If you’re uncomfortable with whole foods, you can always start with smashed avocado.
Even though many babies can figure out chewing and swallowing avocado, holding it is another story. That’s why the whole top row offers ways to make avocado less slippery.
Of course, we don't want baby eating the skin, but that's usually the part stuck in their tight grasp as they're eating the avocado piece poking out of the top of their fist.
You can also use avocado to add texture to something that's difficult to pick up or something dry, like salmon or quinoa. Simply load it on a NumNum GOOtensil and hand it to baby for them to put in their own mouth.
If you do avocado toast, make sure the bread doesn't have any large seeds or honey baked into it.
One important note: make sure the avocado is soft so that baby can chew it with their gums (it should be fork tender). If you need to ripen your avocado more quickly, place it in a paper bag with another piece of fruit like an apple to speed up the ripening process (apples release lots of ethylene gas that expedite ripening). Make sure to fold the top to trap the ethylene gas, and in a day or two your avocado will be perfectly ripe!