Q: Is it okay to for my 6-month old to eat peaches? All the resources I’ve read says to cook fruit first.
A: When I researched introducing solids I found little data to support when to introduce certain foods, including the need to cook fruit. Feeding babies really comes down to common sense. You want to meet their nutrient needs and provide them with textures and tastes that are appropriate at different stages.
For example, apple sauce is good for a baby as raw apples are too hard. Once babies get older and can use finger foods you can grate apples without the skin.
At 6 months soft, ripe fruit without the skin is the perfect food. Fresh fruit not only tastes better but it prevents babies from getting constipated. Summer is the perfect time to try soft fruits with babies. For younger babies mash/puree it and spoon feed and for older babies cut it up into small pieces as finger foods.
For more on appropriate early foods for baby, see the following post: