When can babies eat raspberries?
Raspberries may be introduced as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age. Babies are typically drawn to red foods—it’s one of the first colors that they see—so red raspberries are a terrific way to introduce tart flavors to your little one.
Are raspberries healthy for babies?
Yes! Raspberries are loaded with fiber and vitamin C—an immunity booster that also helps your baby absorb iron to power healthy blood and brain development. Raspberries typically boast a fair amount of antioxidants, especially when picked at peak ripeness. Berries can contain up to 50 percent more antioxidants than when they are picked early, which is typically the protocol for berries grown on commercial farms for long-haul shipping to far-away grocery stores.1
If your budget allows, buy organic raspberries. New studies show that organic raspberries are higher in antioxidants, plus non-organic raspberries tend to be a high-pesticide food according to the Environmental Working Group.2 If you can’t afford organic, serve raspberries in moderation or opt for fruit that tends to be lower in pesticides, such as honeydew melon, kiwi, papaya, and pineapple. Also, frozen organic raspberries are just as tasty and often more affordable.
Are raspberries a common choking hazard for babies?
They can be, though it’s uncommon. When raspberries are big, ripe, and soft, it’s less of a concern, as babies will mash the berry between their fingers and gums as they eat. But if the berries are on the small and firm side, it’s best to flatten raspberries slightly (just press the berry gently between your fingers and that will do the trick. This also works for blueberries).
Are raspberries a common allergen?
No. Raspberry allergies are uncommon, though possible. People with Oral Allergy Syndrome (also referred to as pollen fruit syndrome) may be sensitive to raspberries.3
Note: It is common for babies to develop a rash around their mouths after eating acidic fruit such as citrus, pineapples, raspberries, and tomatoes. A rash around the mouth after contact with acidic foods is typically just a skin reaction to the acidity in the food and is rarely an actual allergic reaction. Acidic foods like raspberries may also worsen diaper rash, so refrain from serving these foods if your baby has a sore bum.
Read more on symptoms of allergic reactions.
How do you prepare raspberries 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: Mash raspberries into Greek yogurt. Encourage independent eating by pre-loading your baby’s spoon and handing the utensil over in the air or get messy with finger painting and licking!
9 to 12 months old: Gently flatten raspberries between your fingers and offer them as finger food for your little one to work their pincer grasp. If raspberries are very soft and ripe, offer whole berries if you feel comfortable with your baby’s eating and chewing abilities. A good rule of thumb: if the berry doesn’t easily give between your own two fingers, smash or quarter it before serving to your baby.
12 to 24 months old: Offer whole berries if they are ripe and very soft or continue to flatten by pressing the berries between your fingers.
For more information on how to cut food for babies, visit our page on Food Sizes & Shapes.
Play with your food! Encourage your baby to stick their fingers in the hole of raspberries. The activity will tickle them silly and is a great fine motor exercise!
Recipe: Raspberry Parfait
- Greek yogurt
- Flaxseed oil (optional)
- Wash the raspberries and pat dry. Add to a small mixing bowl.
- Smash the berries with the back of a fork. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt, plus a splash of flaxseed oil if you like, and stir to combine.
- Sona Skrovankova, et al. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity in Different Types of Berries. doi: 10.3390/ijms161024673 Retrieved June 14, 2020.
- Environmental Working Group. EWG’s 2020 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Retrieved April 26, 2020
- Kashyap, Oral Allergy Syndrome: An Update for Stomatologists. doi: 10.1155/2015/543928 Retrieved May 2, 2020.