Avocado is great first food for babies. It contains healthy fats, it’s easy to blend and make into a puree and it’s delicious. Learn more here.
Avocado is a popular first food for baby and for good reason! It’s full of nutrition that your growing baby needs, it’s easy to serve and most babies love it! That’s a win, win, win if you’re keeping score.
Avocados are incredibly nutritious! Not only are they chock full of healthy fats and fiber, but they also are a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
You’ll find vitamins C, E, K, B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Panthothenic acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and manganese in avocado.
Avocados are also high in heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (oleic acid). Oleic acid is the same fatty acid found in olives and olive oil and is considered a very healthy fat. Diets high in oleic acid show increased insulin sensitivity, betty blood sugar management and lower cholesterol levels. (source)
Growing babies have high fat needs, which make avocados a perfect choice!
Making avocado puree is super simple! Start by removing the peel and pit from the avocado. Place the avocado flesh in a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
If the puree is too thick you can add a little breast milk, formula or water to thin, starting with 1 teaspoon and adding more as needed to reach your desired consistency.
Another option is to make a chunky avocado puree by adding avocado chunks to a bowl and mashing it with a fork. This is great for stage 2 eaters!
For early stage 1 eaters, avocado puree is great served with a spoon. Once baby starts moving into stage 2 and 3 foods you can make fun combination purees (see ideas below) or add avocado puree to different foods like yogurt, smoothies and oatmeal. The baby oatmeal recipe would be delicious with a little avocado puree stirred in.
Here are some baby food combos with avocado that might be fun to try:
Avocado, peach, pineapple and kale is a great combo that I share in my stage 2 baby food combinations post!
Absolutely! Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber for your growing baby – and you!
Yes! Avocado is a great first food for baby when introducing solids. Most babies start solids around 4-6 months, but I would refer to your doctor on when to introduce solids to your baby.
Typically, no. Avocado is easily digestible for babies and the fiber helps regulate their little tummies.
Yes! I recommend freezing avocado for easy access to baby food. You can also throw the frozen avocado cubes into a smoothie to boost healthy fats and creaminess.
Olivia had silent reflux as a baby, but never really threw up. The one time I remember her throwing up is after I gave her 1/4 of an avocado, with the skin on. I kept the skin on the avocado so it would be easier for her to grip and it definitely helped in that regard.
While she didn’t eat the skin, she definitely had it in her mouth and something on the skin didn’t sit well with her and she threw up 3-4 times. So I personally don’t recommend serving avocado with the skin on for baby led weaning. There are other ways to make avocado more grippy like dipping avocado slices in hemp seeds or shredded coconut.
Avocado puree can either be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that open avocado will brown in the fridge, so freezing may be the best option. If you want to freeze, I like using silicone ice cube tray or freezer safe jars because they make it easier to thaw smaller amounts for serving to babies.
I recommend thawing frozen puree in the fridge the night before you want to use it, but you can also thaw it quickly with a warm water bath. It thaws quickly if you’re defrosting a small amount to serve to a baby.
Avocado puree is great for babies, but there are so many other ways for older kids and adults to enjoy it too. Here are some ideas: