For several reasons, the introduction of sweet corn (or corn) is often left until around 12 month of age.

The main reason is that it presents a high allergen risk – especially if there is any family history of sensitivity. Also, in terms of nutritional value, corn is considered secondary to most other vegetables – being mainly made up of carbohydrate ‘starch’ which provides calories without other goodness.

A third reason is that kernels (niblets) of sweet corn are considered a potential choking hazard for a young baby. At 12 months, a baby is better able to chew – and having sweet corn kernels as a finger-food snack may even help with concentration and small motor skills!

Sweet corn is good for baby (and you):
The main nutritional value of sweet corn is as a high-energy food, as it is rich in carbohydrates and protein. Other nutrition is fairly minimal, but a developing infant does need energy foods – growing is hard work!

Hints on buying and storing:

  • Look for corn in the husk, which should not appear too dried out.
  • Check that the corn cob is firm, not ‘squashy’.
  • Pull the husk back a little at the top, to peep at the corn cob – it should look shiny and fresh.
  • At home, store in the refrigerator with the husk still on.
  • Use within 2 or 3 days.

Tips on cooking:

  • Remove the husk and cook whole – by steaming, or in a pan of boiling water – then shave off the kernels using a sharp knife.
  • Alternatively, shave off the kernels first (stand corn cob on one end, hold with a fork, and ‘saw’ carefully downwards), then steam or boil them.

Ideas for ways of including sweet corn in your baby’s meals:

  • Puree, or leave kernels whole, and add to cooked apple.
  • Combine with other vegetables – carrots, peas, courgettes (zucchini), green beans, white potato.
  • Add to cooked lentils or brown rice.
  • Include in chicken, pork or beef dishes.

Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.

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.

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