Apple for Baby-Led Weaning – 4 Delicious Ways (6+ Month)


These 4 Delicious Apple Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning are the perfect finger foods for baby! They are healthy and easy to make. Great for 6 months and up!

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Apple for Baby-Led Weaning

Apples are full of essential nutrients and are a great food for baby!

Plus, apples are super easy to make into finger foods for baby-led weaning ­čľÉ !

Below ­čĹç you will find 4 of my favorite ways to serve apples to baby!

Looking for more easy baby-led weaning recipes? Then be sure to check out my favorite ways to serve avocado and banana to baby!

Reason to Love Apples for BLW

  • great for baby-led weaning ÔÇô 6+ months
  • also great for the finger food stage ÔÇô 9+ months
  • full of essential nutrients for baby
  • different ways for baby to self-feed
  • easy to make
4 colorful bowls and plates with 4 different ways to serve apples to baby.

When can babies eat apples?

Apples are a great food to introduce to baby at 6 months. Apples are bursting with essential nutrients for a growing baby. You can serve apples to baby as a smooth baby food puree or as a finger food for baby-led weaning. Either way is a great option, and one is not better than the other. The ultimate goal for the first 100 days of introducing solid foods is to serve as many flavors and textures to baby as possible.

Hand holding apple.

Benefits of Apples for Baby

Apples are full of essential vitamins and minerals for baby.

  • high in fiber to help build a healthy heart and aid in digestion
  • has a good amount of vitamin C, which is important for skin, eye, immune and brain health
  • are a great source of the mineral boron, which is important for building strong bones and supporting brain function
  • apples are a high-antioxidant food and have a very significant source of flavonoids that help combat free-radicals

BEST APPLES TO USE

I recommend using a sweeter apple such a Pink Lady or McIntosh, but really can you use any apple you prefer or have on hand. 

Here are some great options:

  • Pink Lady
  • Kanzi
  • Honeycrisp
  • Fuji
  • McIntosh
  • Jazz

The only apples that I have found are a little difficult to work with are Golden Delicious and Red Delicious (get too grainy and soggy) and Granny Smith (too tart), but other than that you can go with whatever you can find in your local grocery store.

Apple Tip: since apples are on the EWG dirty dozen list, I would recommend serving organic apples to baby if you are able.

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Are apples a choking hazard for babies?

Yes, raw apples can be a choking hazard for babies and children. For safe ways to prepare apples for baby, see my recommended recipes below. And always be near baby or toddler when they are eating apples.

How to prepare apples for baby-led weaning?

There are several different ways to prepare apples for baby. Here are 4 of my favorite ways:

  • Saut├ęd Apples Wedges with Cinnamon
  • Grated Apples
  • Steamed Crinkle-Cut Apples
  • Mashed Apples on Self-Feeding Spoon

The goal is to cook apples until they are soft enough for baby to eat (or gnaw on) yet still firm enough for baby to pick and self-feed. For babies 6 months and up using their palmar grasp, you can serve cooked apples in wedges, thick strips of steamed apples, or cooked apples mashed and served to baby on a self-feeding spoon. While it is completely safe to serve baby grated apples at 6 months, most babies are still working on their pincer grasp, and picking up tiny pieces of apple may be frustrating for some babies.

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