I find many parents are nervous about raw foods when we talk about baby led feeding and how we skip using pureed food all together. Zucchini is great because it is a nice food to ease parents who are feeling a bit concerned, or have yet to do a CPR course, into feeding raw foods.
When zucchinis are eaten raw they are still quite soft. Providing this food in both it’s raw and cooked forms is a great learning experience for your baby. In addition, I recommend serving zucchini in different forms such as grated, “French fry” style, coins, half moons, etc. It can taste very different depending on how it is served and that can teach a baby a lot about food.
Our baby sucked his zucchini at first as he was drinking the water out of it. He spent a lot of time feeling the zucchini with his hands before he moved onto putting it into his mouth. He seemed to enjoy the zucchini in the grated and raw form over the cooked, however, continuing to offer zucchini in different forms remains very important.
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