• Bursting with Vitamin C.
• Help keep your baby cold and flu-free with the immune-boosting antioxidants in tomatoes.
• Paired with plant protein like lentils or beans tomatoes help with the absorption of iron.
• Tomatoes are great for boosting babies’ brain power!
• Lycopene in tomatoes can help protect your little one’s precious skin.
We have lots of ideas to help you include tomatoes in your little one's diet. Please scroll down for more information.
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Introducing tomato: Plunging tomatoes into a bowl of boiling water helps the skin to split, also making it easier to remove it.
Find ideas for introducing tomato to each age group below.
Introducing tomato at 6-9 months
Wedges of larger tomatoes are great to gum on.
Slices of beef tomatoes are perfect for two little hands to grab hold of.
Tomatoes roasted and blitzed make a super sauce for dipping and spooning.
For a smoother purée you can remove the skin and seeds until your baby is ready for more texture.
Introducing tomato at 9-12 months
Finely chopping tomato offers a new challenging texture. Add to mashed avocado for a less slippery consistency.
Passata or tinned tomatoes work well with cooked lentils for iron absorption.
Tomato paste/purée mixed with cream cheese is a delicious dip or spread on a rice cake.
Baby plum tomatoes quartered length ways are great for pincer practice.
Introducing tomato at 12-18 months
Cherry tomatoes quartered are safe to offer.
A fork for spearing the tomato chunks added dexterity and coordination.
Chunky salsa with some added zing makes tomatoes sing!
When using tinned tomatoes or passata make sure there’s no added salt or sugar.
Cherry tomatoes are a choking hazard-always quarter them for safe feeding.
Tomatoes are a challenging texture as the juice and seeds move fast and are quickly swallowed whilst larger pieces require oral dexterity to remain in the mouth to be chewed before swallowing safely.