i live in france and they are rather anal cautious about all things baby related. They say not to give dried friut such as abricot or raisins until a year at least. I can't really find any reason for this apart from the fact that some dried friut contains a lot of fibre so could be difficult to digest. Do people in the uk give dried fruit from 6 months.
they are more of a choking hazard due to their size and shape (similar to peanuts I suppose) so if you give them stay close and montior how they are getting on with them. I think my two were around 9/10 months when they first had them
Dried fruit is as bad for teeth as giving sweets, it's pure sugar, fills them up with sugar, take their appetite away, gives them a sugar rush and rots their deveoping teeth, not to speak of encouraging a sweet tooth. Yes there is some fibre in them, fine if they're constipated, otherwise give them the widest berth you can.
I have been giving my 7 month old raisins - I didnt think anything (bad) of it and he loves them!
I must admit I do find it more difficult to find easy healthy snacks / finger food, esp. for 'on the go'. I give him things like bread sticks and rice cakes and bits of fruit & veg, but he does also get the occassional biscuit (Ella's Kitchen ones) or corn/maize snacks (Organix) which I dont think can be particularly healthy???!!
Any healthy alternatives wouldbe much appreciated!!