Naturally sterile, coconut water does not need to be boiled before serving to your little one. However, there are a few basic guidelines to follow as you introduce coconut water to your baby's daily feeding routine.
Fresh coconut water: Only the very best for your baby, use freshly extracted water from a green coconut when available. If fresh coconut water is unavailable, then you may opt for bottles or cartons of coconut water.
When using prepackaged coconut water always check for the date of manufacturing and the presence of preservatives. Choose pure organic coconut water from a company that takes in account the entire ecosystem and biodiversity of the area.
Strain: Fresh coconut water needs to be filtered to ensure large chunks or indigestible pieces have been removed before serving it to your little one. Coconut chunks pose a choking hazard to babies, which is why straining is vital.
Slow and steady: Introduce coconut water a couple teaspoons at a time, and then wait for a day or two between to check for possible allergic reactions. If your little one is not allergic and is not rejecting the taste, then you may give coconut water to your 6-12 month old regularly as a supplement to your baby formula routine.
Sometimes, when a family history of nut allergies is present, it is possible for coconut water to show as a cross-reactivity allergy with other food. It will be important to keep your eye out for the next several months for any new developments.
Storing coconut water for baby: Fresh coconut water should be used within an hour and should not be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature for later use. Storage of fresh coconut milk after this time might alter the taste and nutritional value.
For prepackaged coconut water, you may store it within an hour after opening the container or according to the directions on the outside of the bottle or carton.