Can Babies Have Pumpkin Pie?

a slice of pumpkin pie before being prepared for babies starting solids

Do you want to give your baby some pie this Thursday? We do!

There’s only one reason not to serve your baby pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving and that is sugar (or honey, which you must absolutely avoid until after baby’s first birthday). Back to sugar: Most recipes for pumpkin pie call for ¾ cup granulated sugar. Per serving, that works out to be about 20 grams of sugar per slice.

But do you want to know what else has about 20 grams of sugar per serving? Mangos. Apples. Pears. Peaches. Now, of course, these fruits offer a host of vitamins and nutrients along with fructose—which is an important distinction—but baby is far more likely to develop a sweet tooth from eating fruit bars than from going at one slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

So our take? Go for it. Holidays are a special time and chances are it’s the only day of the year you’re going to serve your baby pumpkin, which, by the way, is loaded with vitamin A and absolutely essential for growth, vision, immune function, bone health, and more. In terms of serving it, let baby scoop it up with their palms and go at it or pre-load a spoon or fork and hand that over. Pumpkin pie is soft and does’t need any modification for baby to be safe.

p.s. Most crusts will be fine for baby to munch on but if it makes you nervous, simply take it away and let baby go at the filling. A little whipped cream on top is fine, too.

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