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My DD is 11.5 months old and JUST started actually eating solid food with lots of enthusiasm. Strangely enough, she grabbed a stalk of raw kale from the grocery cart tonight and chewed it to pieces, even in preference to other foods. I didn't think raw kale was even edible! I hadn't planned on giving her green leafy veggies just yet, since they seem difficult to chew. Does anyone see problems with giving chopped raw kale to a baby? Other than meat spaghetti (without the pasta), raw kale has been her favorite food. This is the second time she has stolen it from the cart.<br><br>
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~Carrie
 

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I don't know about raw kale (I wouldn't think it was a problem as long as it was well washed) but my dd loves cooked kale. We've had it in the garden all winter and I just steam it for her and put it in the food processor to chop and she loves it! I thought it was strange that she would eat it so easily, but sounds like your dd loves it, too!
 

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I don't know what it is about the green leaves. My daughter eats pieces of raw lettuce and spinach happily.
 

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My only concern would be that raw kale is pretty difficult to digest, even for adults. I'm sure it's not a big problem for your daughter to eat the raw kale, but you might find little undigested kale bits in her diaper! Does she seem fussy or gassy after she eats the raw kale? You could try wilting the kale a bit and see if she's still interested...<br><br>
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I would say if the kale is clean and organic , it should be ok in small amounts raw. I agree that raw greens are usually hard to digest especially in wee ones<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:<br>
My dd loves spinach cooked or raw but we have to limit how much she eats because if she has too much then she gets bad gas. I would just watch how she reacts after she eats it, and maybe try cooking it just alittle if the raw seems to be hurting her.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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