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Reasons to Feed Your Baby Applesauce

Can My Baby Eat Applesauce?

The ultimate answer is yes, you can give your baby applesauce. If your baby is at least four months old, sitting up without assistance, and your pediatrician has approved giving them solid food, then that includes giving your baby applesauce. Applesauce is actually a great option for your baby because the fruit has many nutritional benefits for your growing little one.

Why feeding your baby applesauce is good:

This tasty treat is packed with fiber and pectin, so it will help your little one’s digestive system work smoothly and help rid the body of waste. Without enough fiber in their diets, babies are more susceptible to stomach problems such as diarrhea or constipation, so it’s important that they are getting a good amount at each meal. Not only does it contain fiber, but also vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients that your baby needs to grow up strong and healthy.

Applesauce is naturally sweet, so giving your baby applesauce will be a tasty treat!

Things to Consider

There are a few ways to find or prepare applesauce when you decide you are giving your baby applesauce.

  • Premade baby food
  • Homemade purees

Purchasing applesauce

If you are purchasing a premade baby food from brands such as Gerber, BeachNut, Plum Organics, Happy Baby, and more, be sure to read the label carefully. When giving your baby applesauce at the age of four months or older, you want to be sure “apples” are the only ingredient. It is not recommended for babies under six months of age to have cinnamon in their food yet, so steer clear of any labels that include added spices until your pediatrician approves it.

One of the best things about premade baby food is that it is convenient, quick, and has a long shelf life. You can pop it in the pantry and stock up when you find a good deal, knowing it will stay fresh for a long time.

Make your own applesauce

If you decide to make purees from home, be aware of the consistency of the sauce. When mashing the apples, you want to ensure they are completely pureed with no chunks, and thin enough that baby can swallow easily. When giving your baby applesauce, be sure the sauce is thin enough to easily slide off of the spoon. If your mixture is too thick, try adding some formula or breastmilk (whichever your baby is drinking) a few teaspoons at a time until it is an almost fluid-like consistency. Once your baby is able to eat the thin applesauce without difficulty, you can slowly begin to make it thicker.

How to make applesauce for your baby

It is easy to make your own applesauce at home! With just a few steps, you will be giving your baby applesauce in no time.

  • Take your apples and wash and peel them. Be sure to remove the skin completely!
  • Remove the core and dice it into small chunks.
  • Put the apple chunks into a pot and cover with water. Be sure the water covers all the apples completely!
  • Next, boil the apples and water, checking periodically until they are tender. You can check this by taking a fork or knife and gently pressing it into a chunk.
  • Once you can easily pierce the apple and feel soft (soft enough to squish between your fingers), they are ready
  • Take your boiled apples and carefully blend or puree them in a processor.
  • Feel free to add a little formula or breastmilk, then store it in an airtight container in the freezer
  • When you’re giving your baby applesauce that day, pull it out and let thaw. Store leftovers in the fridge for 24 hours.

Things to keep in mind

There are some disadvantages when making your own baby food. It can take time to prepare, cook, and package small amounts of baby food, so if you have a busy schedule it may not be the best choice for your family.

Also keep in mind that store-bought baby food is premeasured, taking the guesswork out of how much you should be packaging or feeding, and allowing you a quick way to get baby fed when they become hungry.

Homemade applesauce can also spoil more quickly and has a higher chance of bacteria growth if not sealed, or stored correctly. If giving your baby applesauce that is homemade is important, take extra precautions in how you store it and know how much room you have in your fridge and freezer.

Your baby will love applesauce!

Apples are a great choice for baby’s first food. Giving your baby applesauce is a great way to introduce solid food, new textures, and provide them a nutritional option at mealtime.

Beginning in the early stages, your baby will enjoy the sweet, delicious snack, and as they grow, the familiar flavor can be added into rice cereal and oatmeal. Applesauce is also the perfect match to mix with veggie purees such as:

  • Carrots and apples
  • Zucchini and apples
  • Prunes and apples (perfect combination when your baby has constipation)
  • Sweet potatoes and apples

Plus so many more as the combinations are endless!

Another great thing to remember when giving your baby applesauce is that it can be used as a sugar substitute when baking snacks as they get older.

Applesauce can replace every cup of sugar with 1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, but remember to reduce the amount of liquid by 1/4 cup. Whether you’re making cookies, oatmeal bites, muffins, or more, your growing toddler will still be able to enjoy their favorite infant snack.

Once you have the okay from your baby’s doctor to try solid foods, applesauce would be a great food to begin with that your baby will enjoy.

Will feeding your baby applesauce impact his sleep schedule?

Absolutely! Feeding your baby applesauce can have an impact on his sleep schedule. But, unfortunately, many parents feed their baby applesauce without even considering that it may totally impact your baby for days to come.

Your baby’s diet will impact their sleep quality. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use this specific baby sleep schedule on nights your baby eats applesauce.

Can applesauce cause your baby to have nightmares?

Some parents believe that the ingredients in applesauce may cause your baby to have nightmares. You might be just as surprised as us to learn how much mayo impacts your baby’s sleep. However, there are ways to check if the applesauce ingredients are impacting your baby’s sleep. Check out that link to learn about applesauce’s powerful impact on your baby’s sleep schedule.

41 thoughts on “Reasons to Feed Your Baby Applesauce”

  1. My baby never slept well (especially through the night) until I started using the website SleepBaby.org – that website has been by far one of the best things I’ve ever got my hands on to get him to fall asleep quickly. Best time is 45 seconds from awake to asleep! Can’t imagine life without it! I heard about it through a kindergarten teacher who uses it to put to sleep a group of 30 children. Check it out! SLEEPBABY.ORG 🙂 Best of luck to you and your family!

  2. Went out to dinner tonight for my FIL’s birthday. My MIL was holding my 3 month old daughter who was fussing a little. My FIL’s response? “Want some applesauce?” As he spooned some in her direction. Fortunately my MIL stopped him because to be perfectly honest I wasn’t really paying much attention to what was going on since someone else had the baby so I finally had a chance to eat food that wasn’t ice cold. His response was “Well I guess that’s why I shouldn’t babysit.”

  3. My FIL is constantly like this too. He’s always wanting my six month old to eat whatever he has on hand. We mentioned at five months that she’s been eating cereal, with the implication that it’s baby cereal (at least, we thought that could go unsaid). He got so excited and started going on and on about all the cereal he has. My husband said, “Dad. She eats BABY cereal. Like… it’s mostly still breastmilk. She’s not eating a big ol’ bowl of Cheerios.” My FIL said, “I KNOW that!” My husband: “DO you?”

  4. I caught my FIL dropping iced tea sweetened with those artificial pink packets (he irritatingly calls them “pinkies” and expects wait staff to know what that means) into my one year old’s mouth with his used drinking straw. So not only was he giving him caffeine and artificial sweetener, but also his own saliva.

  5. Applesauce is okay for a 6 mo old, right?

    If I have a jar of applesauce in the fridge….ingredients are only apples, there are no added sweeteners or preservatives…is that okay to give my baby just like I would give him a jar of apples labeled as babyfood? He is 6 1/2 months. Thanks!

  6. sure, as long as there is nothing else added, its just like making your own baby food i would think….lots of people even give their 7 month olds table food if they can handle the texture, so i cant see any problem with applesauce…

  7. Oh yeah, that’s definitely okay. They say if you don’t wanna bake apples, buy the applesauce that has no extra ingredients added. It should say just apples and water, I believe.

  8. Yes! The natural applesauce is perfect! I make our baby food but don’t bother baking apples, because I just buy the natural jars. Much easier! I buy the individual natural cups for on the go.

  9. I also buy the individual cups of all natural applesauce for my baby. It is so much easier and cheaper in the long run!

  10. Be warned of Applesauce!!!!! Once your baby tastes it… they are hooked!!! hahaha My LO actually giggles at first taste. I just tried organic chicken and he wouldnt go for it… until I mixed it with applesauce!!! Luckily my mom makes it for me, but otherwise just be choosy with the brand and watch for additives. Have fun!

  11. I use regular unsweetened applesauce too. The texture is a little different from the baby applesauce but no big deal.

  12. If you are making homemade applesauce for your baby, you definitely need to cook the apples first. I recommend peeling them, cut into large chunks and put in a pot with water… just enough to cover the bottom of the pot. Cook until soft… it kind of works as boiling/steaming them and is much faster than baking.

    I just buy jarred organic unsweetened applesauce from Trader Joe’s. I found it’s more trouble than it’s worth to make myself and really, it seems cheaper to buy jarred.

  13. We also make out own baby foods in our food processor. Love it because it allows us to control quality of ingredients and buy lots of organics. We found it less expensive and easier to buy organic no sugar apple sauce at Costco than to make our own w organic apples.

  14. I actually find it cheaper to buy organic unsweetened apple sauce than to make it. So sometimes I just buy it, especially if it’s on sale.

  15. Does anyone give their baby apple sauce ?

    My pedi told me to feed her Gerber apple sauce because regular apple sauce has to much sugar well Gerber baby food have 12 grams of sugar and regular Tree Top apple sauce has 18 grams does any one feed their baby regular apple sauce?

  16. It’s the added sugar that is bad. Look at the ingredients, it should just be apples, water and maybe ascorbic acid. I switched to regular no sugar added around 7 months with my first.

  17. It says its sweetened naturally with apple juice concentrate. The ingredients say apples;consentrated apple juice;water and ascorbic acid(vitamin c)

  18. They sell ones with no added sweeteners at all. Look for those. It’s all I buy personally bc no one needs the added sugar.

  19. Naturally sweetened is still sweetened. Babies do not need applesauce. If you’re desperate to give her something for some unknown reason, start with stage 1 pureed apple baby food.

  20. It says its sweetened naturally with apple juice concentrate. The ingredients say apples;consentrated apple juice;water and ascorbic acid(vitamin c)

  21. They sell ones with no added sweeteners at all. Look for those. It’s all I buy personally bc no one needs the added sugar.

  22. I’m confused. Applesauce has no nutritional value. Have you read the label? Why would you feed those empty calories to a tiny baby?????

  23. Empty calories? Really? Do you not want to feed your baby any type of food? Fruit is not empty calories. If it is just apples and no sugar I don’t see why not! My children ate apple sauce, bananas, strawberries, blueberries. It’s not out of the jar, it homemade.

  24. Giving baby unsweetened apple sauce ? Hey so I have a 3month baby and was wondering when can I start giving him unsweetened apple sauce ? Just curious I’m a teen mom he’s my first baby 🙂

  25. Normally they start eating solids at about 6 months old. However, I would ask your pediatrician on your next visit. Sometimes they might be ready a bit earlier than that. 🙂

  26. I would ask your pediatrician. I was under the impression that solids (pureed) started at around 6 month but last week at our 4 month appointment my little guy got the okay to start early. I think readiness is determined by head control, ability to sit up and interest.

  27. General consensus is that their digestive system isn’t ready for solids until around 6 months. Occasionally a pediatrician will give the okay around 4 months, especially if baby’s already teething. I would ask your doctor before starting anything if baby’s younger than 6 months.

  28. No need to rush mama. I know lots of people are excited to try foods but its best when baby can sit up assisted in a high chair and around about 6 months. Lots of people want to start at 4months but I don’t feel there is any benefit to that because baby still needs formula/breastmilk as their main source of nutrition.

  29. Baby is still too young. Our pediatric recommends to wait until they are 5 months to start solids. We plan to start with cereal or oatmeal (something bland that can be mixed with formula or breast milk )

  30. There’s no reason to give it to them this early, so I wouldn’t. Might as well give a little more time… if baby shows a ton of interest between 5-6 no then I’d maybe offer a taste.

    Now for teething, I am about to bend the rules a little and start solids early, but I’m waiting for our 4mo appointment in a few weeks to confirm with the ped. That’s only to soothe her little gums though – I want to put some cold watermelon or apple (minus the skin) in a mesh fruit tether to soother her gums because that really works wonders and she’s teething hardcore. She will probably get a little juice out of them, but not much else. It’s just for comfort at this point.

  31. First time moms – once you introduce solids, your baby starts having normal stinky solid brown poops. The days of sweet(ish) smelling baby poops are over. That is reason enough for me to delay it!

  32. Not entirely true lol. I’m supplementing with similac alimentum and good gosh he can stink. He doesn’t poop every day but when he gets closer to having a poop he’ll pass a lot of awful smelling gas. By that I mean bad enough to make me gag lol.

  33. Too young, plus I wouldn’t start with fruit. It’s better to give them veggies and not so sweet things at first.

  34. Prob 4-5 months. They recommend starting with the less sweet foods like oatmeal & veggies but hell, pretty sure 3 of my kids first foods were licks of ice cream around 4 months 🤣 no judgment

  35. Purred baby apple food is applesauce. Applesauce is purred apples. Seriously, make your own apple sauce. Peel apples, cut into pieces. Cook for 20-30 min with a bit of water in a covered pot. When apples are squishy, remove. Use a blender or food processer to purée until smooth. Use some of the water you cooked the apples in if necessary. The end. Pure applesauce with no sugar. I really dislike applesauce but like it when I make it this way because of the smooth texture.

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