Homemade Baby Food – Raw or Cooked?

homemade baby food in a glass bottle is eco friendlyShould you cook food for baby?


It’s really up to you.

Homemade baby food can be served raw or cooked.  It’s less work for you to serve it raw (it’s also more eco friendly), and a lot of food is perfectly fine to serve raw.

If baby doesn’t seem to digest raw food, then cook it the next time you serve it, and see if it’s better.

What Can be Served Raw?

Any soft fruit (e.g. avocado, banana, peaches, nectarines) can be easily served raw.   If it feels soft and squishy (e.g. a ripe pear) then babies should be able to eat it raw without a problem.

Some food is of course too hard to serve until teeth arrive.

However, carrots, for example, could be served raw if you first grate them finely.

Baby Foods to Avoid

Well, OK, that title is slightly mis-leading.  You don’t have to avoid these foods, just be careful with them.

These foods have been shown to cause problems with sensitive babies.  It doesn’t mean you and your baby will necessarily have problems, not at all.  Just be aware when feeding baby these foods:

  •  Eggs
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Shellfish
  • Chocolate
  • Pork
  • Strawberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, lime, tangerine
  • Sesame seed / oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Yeast

Tip: use the Four Day Rule.  Give baby the new food, then feed only tried and tested food for 4 days (food that you give baby regularly with no upsets).  This Four Day Rule means that if baby gets an upset tummy, you know what the culprit is!

Tip:  Remember to always quarter cherry tomatoes or grapes before serving (because they’re a choking hazard).  Avoid popcorn and seeds for the same reason.

And of course, if you are in any doubt, always consult with your paediatrician.


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