We’ve all done it at some point in our lives: taken a bite out of a lip-puckering lemon!
The sour taste is not for everyone, and the bright-yellow fruit often gets delegated to lemonade, soda water, or lemon meringue.
The baby in this video is tasting the fruit for the first time, and it is captured in all its sour-face glory—to the amusement of the adults behind the camera. It’s unclear if the experience will deter adorable baby Norah, as she just keeps going back for more!
The video will surely make you cringe. It was taken from Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County, California, in July 2019.
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Norah’s mom later posted the clip on her Instagram channel, and many viewers reacted to the puckering baby.
“She keeps going back for more hahaha so cute omg,” wrote one person.
Another person advised against letting her eat the lemon slice. “She’s gonna get sick take it away,” wrote one woman.
While it might be amusing to watch, and a life lesson to boot (when life gives you lemons …), perhaps this last commenter was speaking the truth. Is it safe to feed a lemon to a baby?
We should be cautious when introducing a new food to an infant, explains Dr. Leah Alexander on the Mom Loves Best website. She recommends waiting until age 4 to 6 months to introduce first foods.
“If your baby is around 8 to 10 months and isn’t showing sensitivities toward new foods, you can offer some lemon,” she writes. “You can begin by giving them a small piece or extracting some juice and diluting it.
“However, the chances are your little one won’t be crazy about it. Babies usually don’t enjoy such a sour taste and tend to gravitate toward sweet, mild flavors.”
She recommends serving it on its own or else with a favorite food the child is used to eating, and to not serve it with another new food. That way, if there is a bad reaction, you’ll know the culprit.
The doctor adds, “If your little one enjoys the taste, you can continue offering them a small piece once a week. Lemon contains several beneficial properties. It also has a high level of acidity, though, so avoid giving it too often.”
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