Can my baby eat Dates

From +1 year

Are dates healthy for children?

Dates are usually dried and are very high in sugar, so this is definitely not something to give to your baby various times a week. Also, the chewy consistency makes it a bit difficult for little babies to eat, so wait with giving pieces of dates until your baby is at least 18 months old. However, they can definitely serve as a sweetener in desserts (replacing sugar, honey or other syrups).They're high in calories but also in fiber, vitamins and minerals. They're also rich in antioxidants so it makes them the best option as sweeteners in baked goods. But as stated before, try to avoid high amounts of sugar, and extremely sweet tastes as much as you can.

How to serve dates

You can incorporate dates in baked goods by blending them into the batter. This way, the chewy texture will not be an issue for your baby. From 18 months old you can give pieces of dried fruit, chopped up finely, to your child. You can also use dried fruit in warm dishes, like a moroccan tajine. Just make sure not to serve a whole date yet, since it's too big and chewy for small children.

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