Kiwi for Self Feeding
Kiwi can be served to your baby, whether for baby-led weaning, which happens around 6 months of age, or during the finger foods stage at 9 months.
- 6+ months - Whole, Mashed or Puree: Whole kiwis are great for younger babies as they will have an easier time picking up the kiwi with their palmar grasp. You can leave the skin on the bottom to help your baby grasp it better without it slipping out of their hand. If serving mashed or pureed, give your baby a preloaded spoon to self-feed.
- 9+ months - Quartered or Chopped: You can quarter or chop kiwi into bite-sized pieces for your baby to pick up or serve on a preloaded fork. If your baby still has a hard time picking up pieces, you can still serve whole, or roll the pieces in chia seeds, hemp seeds, or shredded coconut to help them grasp it.
- 12+ months - Bite-Sized: Toddlers will have a more developed pincer grasp so will be able to pick up smaller bite-sized kiwi pieces.
Kiwi for Self-Feeding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1-2 servings
Age: 6+ months
- 1 ripe kiwi
Cut or peel the top half of the peel off the whole or half of a kiwi.
You can also cut a kiwi in half or quarters (lengthwise) and roll in hemp seeds or crushed puffs.
Age: 6+ months
Yield: 1-2 portions for baby
Puree for Self-Feeding: Yes, it can be done! You can offer purees and still allow your baby to lead the way with self-feeding.
- Place a few spoonfuls of purees directly on the tray or in a bowl for your baby to dip fingers into. Model how to dip your fingers into the puree and bring them to your mouth, to taste some.
- Offer your baby a pre-loaded self-feeding utensil and hold it out for them to grasp or set on their tray.
- Use a solid food as a dipper. You can also offer a soft stick-shaped piece of food, such as a soft roasted carrot or bread lightly toasted and cut into strips to dip into the puree.
Kiwis may be small, but they are mighty when it comes to nutritional value. One cup of kiwi contains:
- 185% of the daily value of vitamin C, making it an excellent choice to help support the immune system and help with iron absorption.
- An abundant of antioxidants helps reduce the risk of cancer.
- A high amount of fiber for a healthy digestive system and vitamins E and K for a healthy immune system and strong bones.