How to safely serve strawberries to babies

Sweet, delicious and full of nutritious goodness, strawberries can be introduced as soon as your little one starts eating solid foods. These bright little berries are a great way to add vitamin C to your baby’s diet, strengthening their immunity, as well as fibre to help with gut health. However, like many berries, they can pose a choking hazard for little ones. To make sure you’re serving strawberries safely, we’ve put together a guide on how to prepare this yummy fruit at each stage of the weaning journey.

Serving strawberries at different ages


6-9 months

When your little one is first old enough to try strawberries, you want to make sure they’re as easy to eat as possible. Whole strawberries pose a choking hazard until they’re able to properly bite and chew solid food, so it’s best to serve them in small, super soft portions.

We recommend slicing the strawberry into thin sheet-like slices for the first few months of weaning. Make sure that you can easily squash the slices between your fingers – if they’re too firm, it can be dangerous for your little one. Remember to remove the leaves and white tops before serving!


9-12 months

At around 9 months, or once you feel they’re ready, you can introduce your baby to slightly larger pieces of strawberry. While a whole berry is likely still too big for them, you can try cutting it into quarters instead. Or, if it’s a larger berry, slice it into eighths.

Again, be sure to remove the white tops and leaves before giving the strawberries to your little one.


12-18 months

To serve strawberries at this age, you can remove the tops and then finely chop the strawberries into small pieces. These can be offered to your baby as a snack, a side, or sprinkled on top of dishes such as porridge or yoghurt!


18-24 months

Once you feel your child is ready (usually around 18 months), you can slowly start to increase the size of the berries you’re dishing up. See how they get on with halved strawberries (still removing the tops before serving), and even start introducing whole strawberries.

Each child is different, so just keep an eye on your little one and introduce them to new styles only when you see they’re ready. You can always go back to a smaller size if you see them struggling.


24 months +

At 24 months, your baby is likely ready to tackle whole strawberries – tops and all!


Strawberry recipes


Please note…

You should always supervise your child when they’re eating.

The age ranges provided are a loose indication of the different stages your baby will go through when weaning, but every child is different. Your baby will show signs that they’re ready to take the next step.

For more recipes and ideas for your young child, subscribe to the eco rascals YouTube channel and browse our weaning recipes on the eco rascals website.

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