Coconut water is a healthy alternative to fruit juices and sports drinks. Is it a safe drink for babies?
One of the great foods for adults is coconut water. It is a refreshing drink that was most popular in the tropics that is low in sugar. It also has medicinal purposes for the treatment of dehydration and diarrhea, to name a few. The sale of coconut water has increased over the years. For example, Vita Coco, achieved about US$372 million in sales in 2015 while Zico earned US$102 million.
Your baby is growing so much and so is their palate. By the age of six months, they are on their way to trying new foods, including solids. While you are introducing different fruits, vegetables, and meats, you can consider fresh coconut. At first it can be difficult to chew the fresh chunks, so it can be added later as they advance through their favorite new foods. Coconut water is also good, and it can be added to rice, purees, and mashed foods. However, you will want to offer it a little at a time in a cup. If they fill up on coconut water, they will not have enough room in their belly for the other foods and formula they still need to consume.
It is not unusual for some people to use coconut water to mix baby formula. If you are considering this, check with your pediatrician to make sure that it is the right balance of vitamins and minerals for your baby's nutritional needs.
If you want to offer coconut water to your baby, treat it as a solid food and not as a water. You want to make sure that your little one can tolerate it. Early exposure, especially before they are six months old, can increase the risk of developing an allergy.