Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C helps to heal wounds, keep the immune system healthy, and is needed for normal growth and development and for helping the body to absorb iron. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage by free radicals.
When to give to your baby
Tomatoes make a good choice to introduce to your little one's palate once they start getting the hang of eating, and you are moving onto a more varied palate. We recommend to introduce your little one to tomatoes from around +7 months, however, every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure. To start off with, tomatoes are best given to your baby cooked as cooking the tomato reduces its acidity and thus is more gentle to the little ones’ tummy. Try adding a small amount to a dish to add flavour, increasing the amount you add as your little ones get used to the flavour. If you find your little one's skin has a reaction to the acidity of tomato, have a chat with your health visitor or Doctor for their advice. There’s no rush and it’s better to take your time with foods and try introducing again at a later stage if they don’t go down well at first.