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First Foods: Hello Avocados!
March 13, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Making your own baby food is easier than it seems, especially if you think green. While apples and pears cook up quick enough, some foods require little more than peeling and mashing before serving. Such is the case with avocados. Baby will love the creamy texture of this easy-to-make first food, and you’ll feel good knowing she’s getting a dose of vital nutrients with every bite.

For years avocados got a bad rap as a high-fat food. While that is technically true, we now know there are good fats and bad fats. Avocados are a good source of folate—important for baby’s brain development, fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Moms and dads might want to add an extra avocado to the shopping list for themselves too, since those “good fats” avocados contain can help lower cholesterol and act as an anti-flammatory.

How to prepare avocado for babies

Stage 1 & 2— Look for very ripe avocados. Cut them in half length-wise, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh. Using a fork, mash to a very smooth, pureed-like consistency to serve to baby.

Stage 3 — Prepare using the same method for stage 1 & 2 servings, except mash the avocado to a chunkier consistency.

Finger Foods — Avocado is a great snack or addition to one of baby’s main meals. Make sure to select a ripe one that will be easy enough for baby to chew. To serve, cut in half lengthwise, remove pit and cut the avocado into bite-sized pieces.

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