When can babies have lemon?

 

Lemons can be introduced as soon as baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months old. We only use a small splash of lemon in our baby blends. Lemons are acidic, so we start slow as acidic foods can be hard on little tummies if used in excess.

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Food Type: Fruit

Age Suggestion: 6 months +

Nutrition Rating: 

Common Allergen: No

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Is lemon healthy for babies?

When served in limited amounts, yes—lemons are healthy for your baby.

Lemons contain vitamin C, which helps our bodies absorb iron from plants and boosts our immune systems. If making your own baby blends at home, try sprinkling a few drops of lemon juice on your baby’s food, or mixing it into a mashed vegetable. The juice will enhance the dish and introduce sour flavor—an important taste for little ones to explore as they develop their palettes.

How to prepare lemon for your baby!

Every baby develops on their own timeline. The preparation suggestions below are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional, one-on-one advice from your pediatric medical or health professional, nutritionist or dietitian, or expert in pediatric feeding and eating. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.

6 to 9 months old: Keep it simple: add a squirt of lemon juice to foods that you have already prepared, such as steamed vegetables, chicken, or fish.

9 to 12 months old: At this age your baby may enjoy the fun of tasting lemon or limes on their own. To do so, offer a wedge of lemon, seeds removed, and take the opportunity to teach them the word sour.

12 to 24 months old: Continue to incorporate lemon into dishes as you like and serve wedges of lemons (seeds removed) alongside dishes that benefit from a little acid. And teach your toddler how to squeeze lemon on to their foods—they’ll love it!