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Avocados make ideal first foods for little ones embarking on the weaning journey, and can be prepared in a variety of ways for weaning babies as they develop their motor and chewing skills. Fantastic for both baby-led weaning and traditional weaning; we share a few ideas for preparing avocado for your weaning baby. 

 

Avocado for Weaning

Avocado makes a fantastic option for weaning babies due to the yummy flavour and versatility in preparation options. If you’re following a more traditional weaning journey, then avocado can easily be mashed, making it a great option for spoon-fed babies. 

For baby-led weaning or further down the weaning journey, slices and chunks of avocado can also be enjoyed in different sizes that baby can grasp in their hand. 

We love avocado as a weaning food, as it offers some incredible nutrition for little ones. Avocados contain healthy fats that support brain growth, as well as plenty of vitamins,  minerals and antioxidants that help to keep baby happy and healthy. 
 

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how to prepare avocado for weaning babies

How to Prepare Avocado for Weaning

There are a number of different ways to prepare and serve avocados for your weaning baby.

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How to Make Avocado Mash for Babies

This can be used for both traditional and baby-led weaning - it’s up to you if you spoon-feed the mash to your little one or let them work on their coordination skills with baby-led weaning - although this could get messy!

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  1. Cut the avocado in half. 
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado into a bowl. 
  3. Use a fork to mash up the avocado. 

If you make the mash into a smooth puree, this can be enjoyed from around 4-5 months old. From 6 months, the mash can be left a bit chunkier for baby-led weaning. For baby-led weaning, the avocado mash can be added to a slice of toast or flatbread for a self-feeding option. 

To make the mash a bit more exciting, and to keep baby interested and engaged in the weaning journey, you can try mixing some seasoning into the avocado. Black pepper, lemon juice and paprika go really well with avocado and can be enjoyed by babies from 6 months. 

Avocado Finger Food for Babies from Six Months

Finger foods are key to baby-led weaning, and while avocado might not seem like the obvious choice for finger food, there are a few ways it can be prepared for your baby to enjoy as such. 

In the earlier stages of weaning, finger foods should be able to be held by your baby in their fist, so the avocado needs to be cut into shapes to suit this. 

Avocados can be quite slippery, which can make it quite difficult for your little one to hold on to. There are a few ways to get around this: 

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Crinkle Cut Avocado Slices

Making crinkled edges on your avocado slices should make it easier for your little one to hold on to. This is suitable from 6 months. 

  1. Cut the avocado in half and peel off the skin. 
  2. Use a crinkle cutter to cut the avocado into slices, widthways. 
  3. Serve to baby on a plate. 

Coated Avocado Slices

Coating avocado slices in a crumb coating, such as bread crumbs, crushed baby puffs, chia seeds, or crushed nuts, adds texture to the avocado that makes it easier for your baby to hold on to. This is suitable from 6 months. 

  1. Cut the avocado in half and peel off the skin. 
  2. Slice the avocado into strips with a knife. 
  3. Sprinkle some of your chosen coating on a plate or board and roll the avocado strips in it. 
  4. Serve to baby on a plate. 

Skin on Avocado Slices

Leaving a bit of skin on the avocado slices makes it easier for babies to hold on to. This is suitable from 6 months. 

  1. Cut the avocado in half.
  2. Carefully cut the skin in half widthways, and peel off half of the skin, leaving half of the avocado with skin on. 
  3. Cut the avocado into strips lengthways, so half of the strip has skin on, and half does not. 
  4. Serve to baby on a plate. 

 

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Avocado Finger Food for 9 Months

At 9 months, your little one is likely more confident and capable with actions like bringing food to their mouths, chewing and swallowing. At this time, the avocado can be cut into smaller chunks, allowing them to practice picking things up with a pincer grasp (thumb and finger). 

Luckily, avocado is quite a soft and squishy ingredient when ripe, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern as a choking hazard. 

avocado prep for weaning babies

Here at Babease, we love avocados! If you would like an easier way of offering your little one the scrumptious tastes of avocado, you can shop our pouches which are packed with this flavourful ingredient.

Avocado Breakfast with Mango, Papaya, Pineapple & Oats

Avocado Breakfast with Yoghurt, Spinach & Oats

Avocado Breakfast With Banana, Blueberry & Oats
 

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