My 15-month-old has at least a dozen teeth. Should they be able to chew and eat a tidbit of pineapple? What if they swallow it whole?

Yes, your 15-month-old should be able to eat pineapple without issues. The key is cutting the pineapple into small pieces in case they were to swallow it whole. The pieces of food should be no bigger than one-half an inch. Children should always be sitting down and supervised by an adult while eating. They should never be walking, running, climbing or laying down with food in their mouths.

What you feed your toddler now will help shape their eating habits in the future, thus it is important to give them a wide variety of foods from each food group. Toddlers love to explore and thrive on foods with different colors, textures and tastes. However, certain foods should be avoided until age 4. These foods can loosely be placed into three categories: hard, small foods (nuts, pretzels, popcorn, seeds, chips and chunks of raw vegetables), slippery foods (hot dogs, chunks of meat, whole grapes and hard candies) and sticky foods (chunks of peanut butter, gummy candies and marshmallows).

Feeding a toddler can be scary, frustrating, and difficult at times; however, it’s a great opportunity to connect with your child and have fun.


Lauren Rechtman Lauren Rechtman, MD, is a pediatrician at Children's National. She focuses on preventative healthcare for newborns through adolescents.

Subscribe to our newsletter and get free parenting tips delivered to your inbox every week!

Related Content

illustration of applesauce pouch
allergy-causing foods
baby asleep with a bottle
baby getting nose suctioned
baby in a car seat
baby refusing to eat
powdered infant formula
baby eating vegetables
little boy peeking out from behind curtain
mother talking to daughter
toddler feeding dog at table
dad comforting toddler having tantrum
Little girl lying on floor
toddler playing with phone
Crying toddler with older brother and mother
child crying
mom and daughter having a tea party
woman gives her baby a bottle
baby being spoon fed
0 replies

Leave a Comment

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.