Avocados are a great first food for your baby. They are an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids and have a higher proportion of this "good" fat than any other fruit except the olive. Yes, they are actually fruits, even though they are commonly thought of as vegetables. Try suing mashed avocados a a "vegetable butter", a replacement for butter that can be spread on crackers or sandwiches.
Equivalents 1 medium avocado = 1 cup
Age given at least 4 months
In Season year around, peak December through May
when selecting avocados, look carefully for damage, which sows up as soft dark spots in the skin. tan-colored patches are ok. when picked up, an avocado should feel heavy for it's size. if you're not going to eat the avocado for a few days, select and avocado that is firm, but not rock hard, and ripen it at home. if you plan on eating it immediately, select a ripe avocado as described next.
firm avocados will never ripen in the refrigerator - let them sit at room temp for up to 6 days. place them in a brown paper bag to speed ripening. avocados are ripe when they yield to gentle pressure and feel soft all over. another way to test for ripeness is to gently squeeze the whole avocado with all five fingers. (sing all five fingers prevents bruises) if they flesh feels like it is separating from the seed, the avocado is ripe. as avocados ripen, the skin becomes a darker green.s till another way to test for ripeness is to insert a toothpick in the stem end. if it moves easily, the avocado is ripe. avocados are easy to peel when they are ripe; they peel is hard to remove when avocados are under-ripe.
after ripened store the whole avocado in the refrigerator vegetable crisper for up to two weeks. your young baby will certainly leave avocado left overs. store cut avocados by leaving the skins on and keeping the pit in the uneaten portion. you can brush the fruit part with lemon juice (if baby is old enough for citrus) to keep it from turning brown. it's ok to eat the brown part, but you can easily scrap it off with a knife. wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
Freezing using the Food Cube Method
the easiest way i've found to freeze avocado in food cubes is this: take a sharp knife and cut avocado in half crosswise so that you have two "cups" remove the huge seed. use a spoon to scoop out the flesh from peel and place on a flat dish. use a fork to mash flesh on dish. spoon into ice cube trays and pat flat with your clean fingers. freeze up to 3 months. i suggest you give your baby 1-2 tablespoons for 1/2 to 1 food cube every day for some of the fatty acids she needs for brain development.