Broccoli is considered one of the most suitable foods for the first complementary food. It is most often introduced after or together with courgettes and cauliflower.
Broccoli for baby food – at what age to add it to the diet?
You can start introducing broccoli into a baby’s diet even at a very young age. Starting at about 6 months of age. This is the age at which doctors allow children to be fed solid food. It is best served as mashed cabbage, crushed in a blender. Broccoli puree  is a very healthy product.
If industrial formula is used to feed the baby, cabbage can be introduced at 5 months of age.
Rules for introduction into the diet
Up to the age of 12 months, it is sufficient to feed the vegetable to children 2-3 times per week, replacing one meal with the product. At 1.5–2 years of age, it is recommended to increase the portion by 2 times, offering cabbage every day.
It is useful both raw  and as part of various dishes. After the age of 2, broccoli can be used in salads and as a side dish with meat or fish.
Every child has individual developmental differences. The following is general information, not a 100% recommendation. In order not to harm your child, we ask you to consult a specialist first. Before giving your child broccoli – consult your doctor or nutritionist!
How to introduce broccoli puree to complementary foods
Once a plan for introducing new foods has been drawn up, a plan for the first complementary food—vegetable puree—should be devised.
|Day||New product portion in grams||Portion of puree in teaspoons|
|First||3 grams||Half a teaspoon|
|Second||5-10 grams||1-2 teaspoons|
|Third||15 grams||3 teaspoons|
|Fourth||20-25 grams||4-5 teaspoons|
|Fifth||50 grams||10 teaspoons|
|Sixth||80-100 grams||20 teaspoons|
|Seventh||120-150 grams||30 teaspoons|
The first time the baby is given 0.5 tsp of pureed puree or 1 tsp of courgette mixture. If no allergic reactions , digestive disorders , or other negative symptoms occur the next day, the portion can be doubled.
Is broccoli healthy for babies?
This plant contains a large number of useful vitamins and trace elements. It contains a vitamin set of A , B6 , C , and K vitamins . Plus, it has folic  acid, zinc, and iron. All these minerals and elements are very important for the development and strengthening of children’s bodies.
In addition to the classic broccoli , there are several related plants. They are no less useful for children than our heroine. For example, – romanesco, which grows in Italy. The English love purple sprouted broccoli. And then there is rapini (or broccoli rabe), – it is also useful but more bitter.
Is broccoli a common choking hazard for babies?
There are many rumors that a child may have respiratory problems after eating broccoli. Let’s face it – this plant can cause such a reaction in very rare cases. At the same time, it is not on the list of banned products. In any case – consult a doctor beforehand. 
Is broccoli a common allergen?
Broccoli is recognized as a hypoallergenic product and is therefore suitable as the first complementary food, including for children who are at risk of allergies. American experts have investigated the allergenicity of broccoli as a complementary food and noted its good tolerability and digestibility. 
Despite the obvious benefits of broccoli for children, it is important to consider circumstances in which its consumption should be restricted:
- in the presence of digestive diseases (especially pancreatic diseases);
- when acidity is high;
- if you are allergic to the product.
Broccoli: selection and storage rules
The main points worth considering when choosing broccoli are
- Fresh produce retains the most vitamins (frozen produce retains only part of them);
- The colour of a good product is dark green (sometimes purple). A yellowish colour on the cabbage indicates that it is overripe;
- There should also be no sluggish inflorescences. And, of course, no dark spots or mold on the surface!
- Broccoli should be sold in its packaging: in food wrap or in a bag;
- Store the product in a container or bag in the refrigerator. The vegetable should be consumed within 3 days (maximum 5 days);
- If a longer storage time is required, the broccoli can be frozen. Before doing so, divide it into florets, rinse them, and dry them thoroughly.
Recipe: Lemony Broccoli for baby food
To prepare it, you need:
- Broccoli (one floret)
- Vegetable oil (olive oil is best).
- Rinse the plant thoroughly under running water then separate the stem part.
- Cook everything in a steamer. Cook until the cabbage becomes soft. At the same time, you can heat vegetable oil.
- Pour warm oil into a bowl. Then add some lemon juice. Mix everything thoroughly to make a sauce.
- Then cool the cooked broccoli and cut everything in half.
- After that, add the sliced vegetables to the bowl with the sauce. Stir everything well so that the sauce covers all the pieces.
- This dish can be served as a stand-alone meal or with something else.
We can say that broccoli in complementary foods is a godsend for mothers because it provides the baby with a lot of useful elements, is quite easy to prepare, and allows you to diversify the child’s diet and offer him lots of interesting and tasty dishes.
Video: Broccoli for baby food
Broccoli goes best with beef, parmesan and anchovies. Of fruits and vegetables, cauliflower and lemon.
Boil the broccoli in water for a short time - 5-7 minutes is enough.
Yes, you can. Cauliflower is good because it rarely causes allergies. It has a neutral taste and children are usually happy to eat it.
Seaweed should not be offered to children until they are three years old.
A good time to get to know the product is in the first half of the day. In case there is any reaction from the body, you will find out during the day and not at night.