peeling orange slices?

Jenny - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




Hello All,

My son just turned 1 and we tried oranges this week (He LOVED them!). I felt the need to peel each individual slice to expose the pulp for him because I was aftaid that if I did not he might choke. Is this really necessary? If I just cut each slice into chunks without peeling it, would that be OK?

Just wondering what y'all did for your kiddos.


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Jenny - posted on 06/11/2009




Thanks gals. Since my post, we have realized that oranges and orange juice gives my Ian diaper rash, so we are going to cut way back. I will try giving him unpeeled slices cut up and closely monitor him. However, maybe mandrin oranges from a can will be less acidic and make a better snack, so I will also try those.

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I do the same like you, Jenny. Just cut each slice into chunks and then she eats it. She loves it and has no problems with it.

Brittany - posted on 06/06/2009




When I introduced citrus to my daughter, we started with the things that were easy to peel for me (tangerines, mandarines, tangelos, etc) and the segments were so small, all we did was bite half of them off. At first, she sucked the pulp out herself and spit the rest out, giving it back to us. Now, she is fine with all the 'bigger' stuff like orange slices, but I still open one end to expose the pulp, just in case. Have fun!

Alison - posted on 06/04/2009




Here's what I found works best: cut the orange into wedges, then cut off the peel. These go down real easy and there is not much skin on them. It's a bit on the labour intensive side, which is not my style, but especially if you are concerned, it's worth it.

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We buy the little fruit cups of mandarin oranges...and Savannah loves them! No tough skin to deal with. Make sure you get the ones packed in 100% fruit juice by DOLE. Savannah LOVES THEM! She can't get enough. But i do have to warn you that she had a diaper rash the following day so I've reduced it down to 1/2 a fruit cup every 3rd day or could be combined with teething who knows but she really gets excited when she sees me pull one of those out of the pantry! :)

Alicia - posted on 06/04/2009




My son isn't a fan of oranges right now but the few times I have tried, I removed the rind, separated the sections and then broke each section into about 3 pieces. I think that way it was small enough to handle the tougher part. I am still a little hesitant but he seemed to be able to handle it. I just hope he starts liking them because I feel like we need some new fruits to spice up meals and snacks a little!

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