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bessie26 Thu 28-May-09 22:36:23

Possibly a silly question, but can I give beans/chickpeas etc to my 7month old DD?

I noticed that the Annabel Karmel meal planner doesn't have any recipes with beans in & I wondered if there was a reason?

My Rose Elliot book says you shouldn't give canned beans to babies under 8 months, but doesn't say why....?

izyboy Thu 28-May-09 22:43:34

Possibly indigestion cos of the skins. You could try a little mashed.

izyboy Thu 28-May-09 22:44:00

Maybe go for the low salt n sugar ones

Marthasmama Thu 28-May-09 22:47:07

Jane Clarke says you can introduce cooked chickpeas at 6 months and she seems pretty cautious. I have given dd (nearly 8 months) chickpeas but have taken the skins off just in case.

Overmydeadbody Thu 28-May-09 22:49:20

Yes beans are fine for babies, just make sure they are cooked properly if using from dried.

If you just mean baked beans I would avoid and make my own with haricot beans though, rather than buying the ready-made tins.

Overmydeadbody Thu 28-May-09 22:50:28

i used to make a sweet potato, chickpea and courgette mix for babies that was very popular. It combines the different tastes and textures really well.

ChocOrange05 Thu 28-May-09 22:54:05

The BLW book says they can have a small amount of baked beans (small because they have salt in them) so that would suggest beans are ok.

I guess they could present a choking risk, I ate some today and DS (6.5mo) wanted them but I was concerned he wouldn't be able to chew through the skin - he did with one but I was too worried to let him have any more.

That's just my thoughts - HTH!

FairMidden Thu 28-May-09 22:55:54

We found out the hard ay that while beans are a delicious and nutritious foodstuff, they must be reserved for lunchtime.

Beans with dinner always means a toddler waking up, kicking me in the head and farting in my face at 3am.

bessie26 Tue 02-Jun-09 21:17:26

brill thanks, think I'll get some chickpeas & try her on a bit of home made hummus (at lunchtime) - see what affect it has! grin

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