Raisins: Safe for Babies?

My daughter is almost 10 months old. Can I give her raisins?

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A ten-month-old is still learning to coordinate her chewing and swallowing skills. Certain foods, such as raisins, will pose a choking risk.

Other foods on that list of foods for babies and toddlers to avoid are grapes, nuts, peanut butter, raw carrots and pieces of hot dog.

Raisins are a nutritious snack that you will want to include in your daughter's diet once she is old enough to handle them. They are a good source of iron, containing by weight as much iron as ground beef. However, because that iron is in the non-heme form, it's absorption is not as great as that found in meat. You can overcome this handicap by serving it with a vitamin C rich food such as orange juice. Also, by serving a liquid with the raisins, you will help to wash it off of the teeth, where it tends to linger due to its sticky nature. Raisins are also an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins, are a concentrated source of calories and provide both soluble and insoluble fiber. That's a lot of nutrition for such a small package.

Because raisins are a nutritious food that kids love, one way you can add them safely to your older baby or toddler's diet is to plump them by letting them sit briefly in a hot liquid to soften, and then cutting them up to add to cereals or baked goods. You can also cook raisins in water and puree to make a spread for graham crackers or bread.

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