Raisins are popular as a snack or ‘finger food’ for children, but this is not appropriate for your baby while he or she is still an infant – pieces of cooked vegetable or fruit are safer as finger foods or snacks at this stage.
But raisins have good nutritional value because they
- are low in both fat and cholesterol,
- are high in potassium and iron,
- contain calcium and fibre (adding some pureed raisins to your baby’s food may help relieve constipation – though too many raisins can lead to diarrhoea!)
Rather than giving them as a snack, you can include them in some of your baby’s foods after he or she reaches 6 months of age, as part of your home-cooked recipes. Adding them to dishes that have quite a ‘wet’ consistency (rice cereal or pudding, oatmeal, or apple sauce, for instance) will soften the raisins, so they will puree very easily, or they can be soaked in warm water or milk until they soften, then pureed and added to other foods.
Organic raisins are better for your baby:
Raisins are dried grapes, and the list of “the 12 foods found most frequently to contain pesticide residues” – compiled by the Environmental Working Group – includes imported grapes. So if you want to include raisins in his or her diet, the best way to ensure your baby’s health is to buy organic raisins.
Organic raisins also contain no sulphites, or sulphur dioxide – preservatives used to maintain colour – which sometimes cause reactions, especially for those who suffer from asthma.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.