Apricots may be introduced as soon as baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age. Eating apricots can have a laxative effect, so while this fruit can be a terrific food when baby is constipated, take care to not overdo it.
Sun-kissed harbingers of warmer weather to come, apricot is one of the first stone fruits of the growing season to show up at markets. There are so many kinds of apricot to try, some golden and spotted with pink freckles, others deep orange and blushed red on the side of the fruit that faced the sun. Unlike other stone fruit, apricot’s sweetness is balanced with a hint of acidity, a flavor combination that shines in savory cooking like Moroccan tagine or Pakistani biryani and adds nuance to sweets like Armenian doshab and Greek baklava.
Kalani, 7 months, eats a halved apricot.
Max, 11 months, eats sliced apricots.
Cooper, 23 months, eats a whole apricot, with coaching from his mother on how to eat around the pit.
Yes. Apricots contain plant compounds called carotenoids, some of which the body converts to vitamin A to support healthy eyes, immunity, and skin. The stone fruit also offers small amounts of essential nutrients (iron and zinc), antioxidants, and both soluble and insoluble fiber, which help diversify the microbiome, support digestion, and relieve constipation. Eating apricots can also cause abdominal bloating and gas, so while this fruit can be a terrific food when baby is constipated, take care to not overdo it.
Many apricots are sprayed heavily with pesticides. To minimize exposure, wash the fruit well before serving to children and if it’s possible for your budget, consider buying organic for this particular food. Frozen organic apricots can be an economical option.
In general, aim to choose fresh or frozen apricots over canned. If fresh or frozen apricots are not available, look for canned apricots packed in water or natural juices and do your best to avoid apricots in syrups, which are typically high in added sugars. Only have canned apricots in syrup? Try draining the apricots of their syrup and rinsing them before serving to remove excess sugar.
★Tip: When shopping, smell apricots: sweet fragrance is a sign of ripeness. The deeper the aroma, the riper the fruit.
No. Fresh, ripe apricots are not a common choking hazard though dried apricot certainly poses a risk. Apricots also contain a hard pit that should be removed before serving babies and toddlers, as the pit can be a choking risk. As always, make sure to create a safe eating environment and stay within arm’s reach of baby at mealtime. For more information on choking, visit our sections on gagging and choking and familiarize yourself with the list of common choking hazards.
No. Although serious allergic reactions to apricot have been reported, apricot is not considered to be a common food allergen. A history of severe reactions to other stone fruits in the absence of pollen allergy may increase the risk of serious apricot allergy. Individuals who are allergic to almonds and other fruit in the Rosaceae family (apple, pear, cherry, nectarine, and peach), or who have Oral Allergy Syndrome (also called pollen food allergy syndrome) may also be sensitive to apricots. Oral Allergy Syndrome typically results in short-lived itching, tingling, or burning in the mouth; it is unlikely to result in a dangerous reaction. Cooking and peeling the fruit may help reduce reactions for those who are sensitive.
As you would do when introducing any new food, start by offering a small amount during the first few of servings. If there is no adverse reaction, gradually increase the amount served over future meals.
No. Dried fruit is a choking hazard as it is tough to chew and is also a form of condensed fruit sugar. If a recipe or dish you’d like to share with baby calls for dried fruit, try rehydrating the fruit in warm water and then mincing the rehydrated fruit and folding it into the dish.
Every baby develops on their own timeline, and the suggestions on how to cut or prepare particular foods are generalizations for a broad audience.
Offer ripe, soft apricots cut in half with the pit removed. Leave the skin on, as it will be easier for baby to hold and help the piece stay together. Baby can then scrape the flesh from the skin, or munch and take bites. If baby takes a too-big bite, stay calm and let baby try to spit it out. If the piece of fruit baby is eating gets too small or makes you uncomfortable, simply replace it with a new half. If you'd prefer to cook the fruit before serving, by all means, do so. Just wash, halve, and remove the pit, then put in a sauce pan and cover with water. Simmer until soft and serve the whole half or mash. Rolling cooked fruit in ground nut, breadcrumbs, or hemp seeds can help add grip.
Try serving pitted, ripe apricot cut into thin slices or bite-sized pieces with the skin on or off. Rolling the fresh fruit in finely ground nut, almond flour, breadcrumbs, or finely shredded coconut can aid self-feeding by adding grip to the slippery food. If you’d like to continue with stewed apricot halves (with the pits removed), by all means do so.
Offer slices or bite-sized pieces of ripe pitted apricot with the skin on or off. If you’d like to continue with stewed apricot halves, feel free to do so. Expect some too-big bites to happen and for the toddler to fumble a bit as they figure out how to take manageable bites.
At this age, many toddlers are ready to go back up in size to apricot halves. Keep the skin on or peel it if you like – just be sure to remove the pits before serving. You can also try serving a whole dried apricot (pit removed) if you feel the child has developed the biting, tearing, chewing and swallowing skills needed to eat dried fruit. Dried fruit is a choking hazard so trust your gut and wait to serve whole dried apricot until you feel your child is ready and coach your child on how to take bites from each piece.
If you feel comfortable, consider offering your toddler a whole apricot. We recommend you eat one at the same time to demonstrate biting into the apricot and how to avoid the pit. Take a few bites and then show your toddler the hard pit on the inside. Tap it with your finger and tell them “I am eating around this hard part.”
If your toddler inadvertently puts the pit in their mouth, step one: do not panic. Remember that a pit can be safely swallowed whole or may engage a strong gag reflex to move it forward and out of the mouth. Kneel next to your toddler and demonstrate sticking your tongue out and say calmly: “Spit that out please.” Put your hand under their chin while you demonstrate. If needed, put a pit in your own mouth, show it on your tongue and demonstrate spitting it into your own hand.
How to prepare apricots for babies 6 months+
How to prepare apricots for babies 9 months+
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1 cup (180 grams)
6 months +
1 medium-sized apricot (50 grams)
1 teaspoon (3 grams) ground pistachio
This recipe contains a common allergen: tree nut (pistachio). Only serve to a child after this allergen have been safely introduced.
Wash and dry the apricot. Cut the fruit in half. Remove and discard the pit.
Cut the apricot into age-appropriate sizes.
Sprinkle the ground pistachio on the fruit.
Serve and let the child self-feed by scooping with hands. If you’d like to encourage the use of a utensil, simply pre-load an age-appropriate fork or spoon and rest it next to the food for the child to pick up. Alternatively, try passing the pre-loaded utensil in the air for the child to grab from you.
To Store: Cut apricot keeps in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2 days.
Apricot pairs well with hearty meats like brisket, chicken, duck, lamb, and pork; earthy nuts like almond, hazelnut, and pistachio; and nutty grains like freekeh, Khorasan wheat, quinoa, and rice. Seasoning from bold spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger and assertive fresh herbs like basil, chives, and mint bring out the sweet-tart flavor of apricot. Don’t forget cheese—apricots and cheese are a classic pairing!
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