When can babies eat plums?
If ripe, skinless, and soft (or cooked to softness), plums may be served as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months old. Plums and other firm, slippery fruit can be a choking hazard, so be sure to check out how to prepare them safely.
Are plums healthy for baby?
Yes. Plums have some potassium as well as vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain antioxidants and soluble fiber, which help diversify your baby’s friendly gut bacteria, support the colon. Plums come in many different colors, and each variety offers different benefits. For example, red plums contain the lycopene (a free-radical scavenger), green plums contain cancer-fighting plant chemicals, and blue- and purple-skinned plums contain anthocyanins, an anti-aging nutrient that also helps maintain healthy blood. The only downside is that most of the nutrients are found in the fruit’s skin, which needs to be removed in order to safely serve plum to babies who are younger than 12 months old.
Are plums a common allergen?
Plums are not a common allergen. However everyone is different, and some people who are allergic to stone fruits may also be allergic to plums. Also, individuals with Oral Allergy Syndrome, also known as pollen-food allergy, may be sensitive to plums, though cooking the fruit minimizes the reaction for some.
Are plums a common choking hazard for baby?
They can be, especially if the plum is on the firm side. To minimize the risk, cook plums until soft and remove the skin or slice very thinly. As always, make sure you create a safe eating environment, stay within an arm’s reach of baby during meals.
★Tip: How do you know when a plum is ripe? Smell the fruit. It should have a sweet fragrance and the fruit should feel a little soft when pressed lightly.
How do you prepare plums for babies with baby-led weaning?
Every baby develops on their own timeline. The preparation suggestions below are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional, one-on-one advice from your pediatric medical or health professional, nutritionist or dietitian, or expert in pediatric feeding and eating. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.
6 to 9 months old: Offer whole halves of fresh plums if they are ripe, soft, skinned and pitted. If the plum feels firm, try cooking it (halved) until soft.
9 to 12 months old: Try offering fresh pitted plums cut into thin slices (with or without the skin). You may also offer cooked pitted plums served in halves with the skin removed. Once your baby’s pincer grasp develops, try cutting the fruit into smaller pieces.
12 to 24 months old: Try serving fresh, pitted plums cut in half with the skin on if you are comfortable with it. Watch your child as they eat: they may scrape the fruit from the skin, at which point you can take any large skin pieces away.
For more information on how to cut food for babies, visit our page on Food Sizes & Shapes.
Recipe: Stewed Plums
Age: 6 months+
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add a pinch of cinnamon and a small squeeze of lemon.
- While the water is coming to a boil, wash 4 plums and cut them in half to remove the pits.
- Add the halves to the saucepan and simmer until soft but not falling apart, between 4 and 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool completely.
- Once the halves are cool enough to handle, peel the skins and use the above safety suggestions to cut the fruit into the appropriate shape for your baby’s age.
- For a variation on flavor, try adding a couple of cardamom pods or star anise to the boiling water.
Plums and other bright stone fruits pair exceptionally well with brisket, duck, pork, and venison, as well as mascarpone cheese, oats, and pistachios.