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Hi, I am just curious if it is okay to feed my 8 month old strawberries through a mesh bag? I've read conflicting information on waiting till they are 1 year old.<br><br>
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Berries can be highly allergenic. I would avoid them (my kids have food allergies nad it just sucks, esp when they can't tell you how they're feeling (tummy hurts, tounge issues, hurts to swollow.))
 

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My dd LOVED strawberries at about 10 mo... She had no tummy issues, But they made her poor hinnie RED and blistered, looked like a 2nd degree burn. I never reallized just how acidic they are. I couldn't give her more than a nibble until she was out of diapers.<br><br>
I am waiting till ds is at least 1 to even try with him.
 

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we have done strawberries and blackberries without issue. there is no food allergy in either family that we know of.<br><br>
with that said, we don't give her 4 or 5 berries at a time. dd was 8.5 mo when she grabbed one off my plate.<br><br>
i will chop one up and lay it out on her tray for her and she will eat it.<br><br>
with some fruits, those mesh feeders can be a royal pain to clean....esp banana....<br><br>
they are pretty acidic so if you do start, start slow....<br><br>
mine loved em...
 

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Family history of food allergy doesn't matter. Neither of our families has food allergies but BOTH of our children do. We do both have environmental allergies in our families and that's what put our children at risk.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Family history of food allergy doesn't matter. Neither of our families has food allergies but BOTH of our children do. We do both have environmental allergies in our families and that's what put our children at risk.</div>
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children of parents with food allergies ARE more likely to have allergies themselves and vice versa, although as the pp said, there is no guarentee as sometimes children of parents with no food allergies do develop them themselves.
 

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I fed all my kids strawberries at this age and younger, but like freefly, too many can make their bottoms very red.<br><br>
I never used one of those mesh things, kids need to learn to eat food and discover different textures with their hands, mouth, feet...hair...whatever they do with it!
 

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we're waiting on berries until a year because i was allergic to strawberries in my youth.<br><br>
i only use the mesh feeder as a teether with frozen watermelon or frozen breastmilk... anything too cold to hold.
 

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we just introduced strawberries, after ds had some tastes of smoothies w/strawberry and there was no negative reaction.<br><br>
I just pull the stem off and hand him the whole thing. He has four teeth and goes to town, he's a total red sticky mess, but it is SO cute. he loves them
 

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I'm allergic to strawberries (No family history of food allergies at all, either), so we're still holding off. DD is 21 months old.<br><br>
Why feed ANYTHING through a mesh bag? Why not give her soft chunks she can mash and swallow all on her own? I've read those feeders actually deter self-feeding because they don't learn how to move food around in their mouth as easily, or something. Try a search on mesh feeders, maybe?
 

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We'll be waiting until at least a year (and likely longer, as he'll be a year in August, which is not exactly strawberry time) DS has allergies.<br><br>
And yeah, the only thing we've ever given DS in a mesh bag is breastmilk cubes.
 

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Does anyone know if it makes a difference whether the strawberries are cooked in terms of sore bottoms? I've always waited until 12+ mos but that thought occurred to me while reading these posts...
 

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History of allergies in me and intollerances to stuff I eat in DD, so we are being really cautious about highly allergenic foods, like strawberries.<br><br>
Like with most things relating to DD - we're applying the precautionary principle (aka, better safe than sorry) rule...<br><br><a href="http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/allergy.htm" target="_blank">This</a> is a great site for allergenic foods.<br><br>
ETA - the site I linked to above states that cooking strawberries (or any food) decreases the risk of allergies.
 

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I just gave my ds (7 months) a puree of bananas, mango and strawberry. He has had bananas and mango before, so if he'd had any reaction I know it would have been the berries. But I thought maybe blending it with lower acid fruits would help and it seemed to! He ate a couple ounces of it with no problem! He loved it, too! I'm going to have to make more...<br>
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Thank you, veganone!
 

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My son is three and has always eaten and loooved strawberries. He has also always had on and off diareah since he was about one. I finally realized it was strawberries ( sometimes it takes a while to figure these things out, and then it seems so clear) and no more poop problems! His mood has also considerably gotten better.
 
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