Peaches for Self Feeding
Peaches are a good food for your baby to self-feed, whether for baby-led weaning, which happens around 6 months of age, or during the finger foods stage at 9 months.
Whole, Thick Slices, Halved, or a Puree (6+ months): Thick slices will be easier for your baby to pick up at this age. If serving a halved peach, make sure it is ripe for the soft texture and take out the pit. You can roll the peach halves or slices in finely ground-up nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or shredded coconut to help your baby grasp it. You can offer purees and still allow your baby to lead the way with self-feeding by placing some spoonfuls directly on your baby's tray or bowl to let them explore on their own, or you can hand them a pre-loaded self-feeding spoon.
Slices or Small Chunks (9+ months): Bite-sized pieces will help your baby practice their pincer grasp. If they are too slippery, try leaving the skin on or rolling them in crushed coconut, hemp seeds or chia seeds to make them easier to pick up.
Peaches for Self-Feeding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1-2 servings
Age: 6+ months
- 1 peach (fresh or frozen)
Peel and cut in an age-appropriate way. If the peach is too slipper, roll the peach slices in finely ground-up nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or shredded coconut to help your baby grasp it.
Age: 6+ months
Yield: 1-2 portions for baby
Storage: peaches is best eaten right away.
Frozen Mango: if fresh peaches are out of season, you can use frozen. Place frozen peaches on a plate lined with several paper towels and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until soft and thawed.
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.
Peaches pack a powerful punch when it comes to nutrients for your baby.
- As a good source of vitamin C and A, peaches are a great immune-booster.
- They contain lutein, which supports eye health.
- Have phosphorus, which is crucial for building healthy bones and teeth.
- They are a good source of potassium, an important electrolyte that helps to regulate heart beat.
- High in antioxidants which help reduce the risk of certain cancers.