Avocado

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Age Suggestion: 6 months +
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Common Allergen: No
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An avocado sliced in half getting prepared for a baby starting solid foods

When can babies eat avocado?

Avocado may be offered as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is usually around 6 months old. Soft when ripe and nutritious, avocado is a wonderful first food.

Kalani, 6 months, eats avocado with hemp hearts.
Callie, 10 months, eats avocado with her fingers.

Is avocado healthy for my baby?

Absolutely. Avocado is a popular first food for babies, and it’s easy to understand why. The fruit is easy to prepare and rich in healthy fats babies need. In addition to cell-protective fats for brain development, avocados are high in B-vitamins, vitamins C and K, folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, and fiber. Truly a baby superfood.

Is avocado a choking hazard for my baby?

Avocado is not including among common choking hazards but must be ripe to be safe for your baby to eat. Ripe avocadoes should be soft—but not mushy—in texture and may be served in large sticks or mashed on a pre-loaded spoon.

For more information on choking, visit our section on gagging and choking and familiarize yourself with the list of common choking hazards.

Is avocado a common allergen?

No, though people who have Oral Allergy Syndrome (also known as pollen-food allergy) may have reactions to avocado.1

How do you prepare avocado for babies with baby-led weaning?

6 to 9 months old: To safely prepare avocado for your baby, first peel the fruit and remove the pit. For first-time eaters, you can mash the flesh and serve on a baby spoon or quarter the avocado flesh and offer it to your baby in the air. If the avocado quarters are shooting out of your baby’s hands, roll the pieces in plain breadcrumbs, ground nuts, hemp seed, or dried coconut flakes to add texture that will help your babies grip the fruit. Just beware that wheat and nuts are common allergens and it would be wise to start off in very small quantities. 

9 to 12 months old: At this age your baby’s pincer grasp (where the thumb and forefinger meet) is developing. As such you can move down in size to small, bite-size pieces of avocado. Rolling the pieces in hemp seeds, coconut, or breadcrumbs will aid grip. You may also pre-load forks for your baby to encourage utensil use.

12 to 24 months: Continue to serve bite-size pieces of avocado and incorporate liberally in your cooking. Later in this age range, after your toddler has mastered the use of their spoon, try serving avocado “boats” with a spoon: just halve an avocado in its skin and serve in the skin for your child to scoop from.

For information on how to cut food for your baby’s age, hop over to our section on Food Sizes & Shapes.

★Tip: Avocados start to ripen once they’re picked from their tree. If you need a rock-hard avocado to ripen quickly, place it in a brown paper bag with a banana, which will release ethylene gas that speeds up the ripening process. 

Recipe: Brain Boosting Guacamole

Ingredients

  • Avocados
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Low sodium, thin rice cakes

Directions

  1. Halve two avocados and remove the pits.
  2. Scoop out the flesh into a small bowl. Add a small pour of olive oil and a squirt of fresh lime juice. Mash well with a fork.
  3. Serve in a bowl that suctions to the table so your babies can easily scoop up the guacamole with their hands. If they’re just starting solids and not ready to grip foods on their own, serve the guacamole on a pre-loaded spoon.

Flavor Pairings

Avocados are quite versatile but pair especially well with chicken, fish, lime, mango, mint, and tomato.

  1. Raap U, Schaefer T, Kapp A, Wedi B. Exotic food allergy: anaphylactic reaction to lychee. Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Hannover Medical University. (2007) [website] Retrieved November 25, 2019.