Cucumber may be given to your baby at about the age of 10 months, though it offers very little in the way of nutritional benefit, and often causes wind or tummy discomfort.

Older children often enjoy a refreshing piece of cucumber on a hot day, so a small amount of peeled, de-seeded, mashed cucumber may refresh your baby – but beware of giving too much!

Cucumber is good for baby (and you):
Mostly water, cucumbers are not entirely ‘nutrition-free’ as they are quite a good source of vitamins A and C. They also contain the minerals calcium – important for bone and tooth development – and potassium for brain function, muscle development, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Hints on buying and storing:

  • Choose a cucumber that is firm, with no damage or discolouration.
  • A soft, or slightly squashy cucumber is about to rot.
  • Cucumbers are available all year, but summer ones may be more natural – if they are hot-house grown they have less flavour.
  • Store, unwrapped, in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator.
  • Only cut them when you are about to use them – they last longer uncut.
  • Use within a few days of buying.

Tips on cooking:

  • Do not cook cucumber.
  • Peel, de-seed, and mash to combine with other foods.

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

  • Mix a little mashed or pureed cucumber with cooked apple.
  • Add to other cooked vegetables – courgette (zucchini), green beans.
  • Stir a little into plain yogurt for a really refreshing taste.

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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