Strawberries for Baby – 10 Easy Ways

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Learn how to prepare strawberries for baby in 10 delicious and easy ways! As yummy superfoods, strawberries are a great first food for babies 4-6 months and up. Serve them as a baby food puree, as a solid for the finger food stage or for baby-led weaning.

Graphic for post - strawberries for baby - purees or baby-led weaning. Images are in a grid with hands showing off the different foods.

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Strawberry Baby Food

Who doesn’t love a fresh ripe strawberry? 🍓

And by no means, do we want baby to miss out on tasting and (hopefully) enjoying such a scrumptious fruit!

Below you will find all the information you need to know about when you can introduce strawberries to your baby as well as how to serve them to your baby regardless if you are making them purees, doing baby-led weaning, a combo of both or are in the finger food stage! Because no matter where you are at in your feeding journey, your baby definitely needs to experience the magic of fresh strawberries.

First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on handsafe storagehow to know when baby is ready for solidshow to introduce pureesthe best first foods for baby, and more! If you are doing Baby-Led Weaning, then be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more!

In this guide, you will find:

  1. Reasons to Love these Strawberry Recipes
  2. Benefits of Strawberries for Baby
  3. When to Introduce Strawberries to Baby
  4. Are Strawberries a Choking Hazard for Babies?
  5. Are Strawberries a Common Allergen?
  6. How to Serve Strawberries to Baby
  7. Roasted Strawberry Puree
  8. Simmered Strawberry Puree
  9. Beaba Babycook Strawberry Puree
  10. 2-Minute Strawberry Puree
  11. Strawberries for Self-Feeding
  12. Strawberries Combination Purees
  13. Mashed Strawberries, Carrots and Beans
  14. Chunky Strawberry Puree with Yogurt
  15. Strawberry Oatmeal
  16. Storage Instructions
  17. Tools Needed
  18. Tips
  19. Recipes
Hands holding fresh strawberries.

REASONS TO LOVE THESE STRAWBERRY RECIPES

  • delicious baby food purees – 4-6+ months
  • great for baby-led weaning – 6+ months 
  • also great for the finger food stage – 9+ months
  • full of essential nutrients for baby
  • different ways for baby to eat – spoon-fed or self-feed 
  • easy to make
  • purees are freezer-friendly
  • can use fresh or frozen strawberries

BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES FOR BABY

Strawberries are super healthy for a number of reasons:

  • Nutritious: Strawberries are full of important vitamins and minerals that benefit our health. They are high in vitamin C; in fact, one cup contains about 180% of the recommended Daily Value for kids, making it an excellent source of this vitamin. They’re also a good source of fiber and contain potassium, folate, and numerous antioxidants.  A majority of strawberries are made up of water, so they are a great food to keep your baby hydrated. 
  • Health Benefits: Due to the many nutrients in strawberries, they have been linked to heart health, cancer prevention, digestive health, immune health, blood sugar stability, and reduced inflammation. 

Frozen vs. Fresh Strawberries: if fresh strawberries are not in season or in your budget, frozen strawberries would be a great option for you. They are nutritionally similar and easy to find in most grocery stores.

Bowl of fresh strawberries.

WHEN TO INTRODUCE STRAWBERRIES TO BABY

Whether you’re starting your baby on purees or are doing baby-led weaning, strawberries are a wholesome and enjoyable first food for your baby! When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age for purees and or after 6 months for baby-led weaning. Some of the developmental milestones your baby needs to reach in order to start on solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby’s feeding journey, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.

ARE STRAWBERRIES A CHOKING HAZARD FOR BABY?

Yes, strawberries can be a choking hazard, depending on how they are served and the developmental readiness of your baby. To minimize the risk of choking, serve soft and ripe strawberries in age-appropriate forms. For babies under 6 months, serve mashed or as a puree.  For ages 6-9 months, you can serve them whole (stems removed), larger than a golf ball size. 9 months and older can have quartered or thinly sliced strawberries, and if the pincer grasp has developed, you can serve them diced. Never leave your baby unattended while eating.

ARE STRAWBERRIES A COMMON ALLERGEN?

Strawberries are not one of the top eight food allergens, so it’s not a very common allergy; however, a small percentage of children do develop an allergy due to a protein in the anthocyanins (what gives them their red color) in strawberries, making white strawberries better tolerated, but many do outgrow it. Cooking strawberries will denature this protein, so people with allergies may still be able to enjoy strawberries in a jam, sauces, and baked goods.

HOW TO SERVE STRAWBERRIES TO BABY

There are several different ways to prepare strawberries for your baby! You can make them into a smooth puree, a combination puree, a chunky puree for stage three, mashed and spread on toast or whole for baby-led weaning or a finger food. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to serve them:

Stage One Purees

  • Roasted Strawberry Puree
  • Simmered Strawberry Puree
  • Beaba Babycook Puree
  • 2-Minute Strawberry Puree

Stage Two Purees

  • 6 Delicious Combination Purees

Stage Three Purees

  • Mashed Strawberries with Carrots & Beans
  • Chunky Strawberry Puree with Yogurt

Baby-Led Weaning or Finger Foods

  • Strawberries for Baby-Led Weaning or Finger Foods: whole, quartered, sliced or chopped (6+ months)
  • Mashed Strawberries with Carrots & Beans
  • Chunky Strawberry Puree with Yogurt

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