How to Cut Kiwi (for Babies and Toddlers)


Learn how to cut kiwi for babies and toddlers so it’s easy for you to  do and easy for the kiddos to pick up and eat!

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How to Cut Kiwi

My kids are kiwi super fans so we have it in our fridge most weeks. It can be a little slippery though, so learning a few different ways to cut it as kids grow from babies into big kids can be helpful.

How to Choose a Kiwi at the Store

When shopping for kiwi, look for ones that have just a little bit of give when you touch them. You don’t want them to be rock hard as that is a sign that they aren’t ripe and they will likely be unpleasant to eat. For this reason, I recommend choosing each one individually, rather than buying them in a prepackaged plastic container.

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How to Cut Kiwi Step-by Step

Here’s a look at how to cut kiwi. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full info.

  1. Trim off the ends.
  2. Cut off the rest of the peel around the sides.
  3. Slice.
  4. Or cut into bite-size pieces.

TIP: Kids can eat kiwi with a fork or their fingers, according to what they prefer.

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Kiwi cut BLW style.

How to Cut Kiwi for Baby Led Weaning

Kiwi can be a great food for the baby led weaning style of baby food. Since it is slippery when peeled, I recommend washing, then cutting into long pieces with the skin still on. This allows baby to hold the fruit without continually dropping it and still enjoy the fruit. (They will be able to sort of suck the fruit off of the peel so do make sure it’s very ripe and soft.)

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Halved kiwi with a spoon for eating.

Can I cut up kiwi ahead of time?

Kiwi doesn’t hold so well when cut up too far ahead of time as it breaks down, gets soft, and turns a darker color. I wouldn’t cut it more than 2-3 hours ahead of when you plan to serve it if possible. (Older babies eating kiwi as a finger food and one year olds may not notice this and the softness can be helpful for them, but older kids who are used to eating kiwi fresh may not love it after it sits in the fridge.)

How is golden kiwi different than green kiwi?

Ooh golden kiwi is so yummy! It’s usually less acidic and tart and mellower and sweeter in flavor. It’s a light yellow and is a very pretty color. We’ve even seen some golden kiwi with bright red centers that are stunning and fun! It’s sometimes called “Sungold” and has a smidge more Vitamin C.

Best Tips for Cutting Kiwi for Kids

  • Look for a kiwi that feels just soft when you gently squeeze it. If it’s rock hard, it’s not ripe and will very likely be too tart and hard to chew. If it’s too soft, it may fall apart.
  • Golden kiwi is usually a little less tart, so that’s a great option if you see it!
  • Cut kiwi is best served immediately. It softens a lot if cut up and stored in the fridge. (Younger kids may not mind that, but older kids probably will notice.)
  • To serve kiwi for BLW, leave the skin on so it’s less slippery and since into long quarters.
  • To serve kiwi as a finger food for babies 9+ months, dice into small pieces.
  • To serve kiwi with a spoon for kids over 2.5 or 3, cut in half and show the kids how to scoop out the fruit.
  • If you have leftovers, I like to freeze them in a freezer bag to add to a future smoothie.

If you have any questions on cutting kiwi or other fruit, please comment below and I’ll do my best to help!

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How to Cut Kiwi (4 Easy Ways!)


Description

Look for a kiwi that feels just soft when you gently squeeze it. If it’s rock hard, it’s not ripe and will very likely be too tart and hard to chew. If it’s too soft, it may fall apart. Golden kiwi is usually a little less tart, so that’s a great option if you see it!



Instructions

  1. Place the kiwi on a cutting board. Slice the ends off.
  2. Stand the kiwi up on one flat end. Slice down to remove the remaining peel.
  3. Lie the kiwi flat and cut slices.
  4. Serve or cut in half 18+ months and up) or dice it (9+ months) depending on the age and chewing ability of the child.

Notes

Cut kiwi is best served immediately. It softens a lot if cut up and stored in the fridge. (Younger kids may not mind that, but older kids probably will notice.)

To serve kiwi for BLW, leave the skin on so it’s less slippery and since into long quarters.

To serve kiwi as a finger food for babies 9+ months, dice into small pieces.

To serve kiwi with a spoon for kids over 2.5 or 3, cut in half and show the kids how to scoop out the fruit.

 

 


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