By 12 months of age, most babies are ready to expand their diet and can enjoy a wider variety of fruits. At this stage, you can introduce more whole fruits in addition to purees. Here are some fruits that are suitable for a 12-month-old:
- Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. They can be served whole, sliced, or cut into small pieces.
- Grapes should be cut into small, bite-sized pieces to reduce the risk of choking. You can also slice them lengthwise.
- Kiwi is a nutrient-dense fruit that can be peeled, sliced, and cut into manageable pieces.
- Oranges can be peeled and separated into segments. Remove any seeds and cut the segments into smaller pieces to reduce choking hazards.
- Fresh pineapple can be cut into small, age-appropriate pieces. It’s a good source of vitamin C.
- Cantaloupe can be cut into small, bite-sized pieces. It’s a hydrating and nutritious fruit.
Mandarins or Clementines:
- These small citrus fruits can be peeled and separated into segments, making them easy for little ones to handle.
- Cherries should be pitted and cut into small pieces to prevent choking.
Peaches and Nectarines:
- Peaches and nectarines can be sliced into small, manageable pieces, or you can remove the skin and cut them into small cubes.
- Plums can be sliced or cut into small pieces after removing the pit.
- Mango can be cut into small pieces, making sure to remove the pit.
- Watermelon is a hydrating fruit that can be cut into small, manageable pieces.
Apples and Pears:
- By 12 months, many children can handle small pieces of raw apple and pear. Ensure they are cut into small, soft pieces to avoid choking hazards.
- At 12 months, you can offer small, bite-sized pieces of banana.
- Raisins are small and can be offered as a snack, but make sure they are chopped into smaller pieces for safety.
It’s important to continue monitoring your child while they eat to ensure they are chewing and swallowing food safely. Avoid giving whole grapes or other small, round foods that pose a choking risk. Also, pay attention to any potential allergies or sensitivities when introducing new fruits.