The wonderful world of weaning means new tastes and textures for tots, but one mum’s decision to give her five-month-old rare steak has sparked fierce debate.

Mum Katie Harley shared a video of her daughter chowing down on her first steak, which was still pink in the middle. Katie said her daughter Eliza was ‘a big fan’.

Beef over baby’s steak

But the video soon attracted comments from people claiming the meat was far too rare for a baby to eat. Here’s a selection of the comments:

“That steak is too undercooked for an infant that age. It needs to be well done.”

“Undercooked meat for an infant? how is that safe?”

“Chef here. That meat is undercooked, only the outer is slightly cooked, it’s a rare steak. Cooked is when there is no blood in the meat.”

“Baby cannot digest meat that’s undercooked.”

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Katie defended her daughter’s dinner, saying the meat was not undercooked. “She can have rare steak,” Katie commented. “We’ve researched and discussed it with our pediatrician. If I’m comfortable eating it – I’m comfortable giving it to her.”

In Australia, the Department of Health recommends babies from around six-months-old eat pureed, well-cooked meat. While the Food Safety Information Council also recommends avoiding raw or undercooked meat, because of their potential to cause serious illness. Even for those doing baby led weaning, the suggestion is to only offer soft chunks of well-cooked meat.

Have you given your baby rare meat, or would you let them try it? Let us know in the comments below.  

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  • Don’t think this is a good idea. Babies can’t digest this food well.


  • I would never do that to my kids….


  • Interesting read


  • This is not something I’d do but I wouldn’t eat it rare myself. Looks like she’s researched giving her child rare steak and spoken with the paediatrician so she’s done all the right things. It’s the way she eats the steak herself anyway.


  • While I would never do this with my son, I can’t judge what others are doing with their kids, and its not my place to! She has spoken to a pediatrician prior to doing it, so she has made an informed decision


  • Well… is the child sick or dead? What do people think people ate back in the day? Pretty sure they didn’t give their babies powder as their only sustenance for months on end.


  • Meat is very hard to digest so not sure how a baby’s digestive system would handle it.


  • We just dont know the full facts to this one. She consulted a paediatrician who has okayed it. but was it explained that the meat would be not well done?
    Wouldnt be my first choice, but then I’m raising vegetarians anyway!


  • I don’t think I ever gave my kids steak like this. They are now vegetarians so this would revolt them.


  • No I didn’t, in fact it wasn’t even something that I considered. But this Mum has discussed it with her paediatrician and taken on the advice that matters.


  • I am afraid she is wrong feeding the baby meat that isn’t cooked if it looks like that, it makes me feel sick looking at it and she is wrong.


  • Reading the article, it says she spoke to her Pediatrition and did her research so I assume she wouldn’t have done if all the answers came back as ‘no don’t do it’.
    My kids didn’t eat rare/medium rare till they were 3ish.


  • I prefer my meat to be dead! That’s still mooing. It really isn’t about her being happy to eat it, it’s about her baby’s health and safety. I only hope the baby doesn’t get sick from eating that! My kids love chocolate, I love chocolate, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to give it to them all the time! And I’d be slightly concerned about the paediatrician thinking raw meat is alright.


  • It’s her baby not mine. If she has spoken to her paediatrician and they okayed it then so he it. Who are we to judge. I’m sure we all feed our kids something that someone else would question. If he baby is healthy, likes it and does not get sick then clearly it isn’t risky. In saying that, I would not feed rare steak to my kids until they are old enough to ask for it that way.


  • I would never feed my baby undercooked meat! Even pieces of steak are dangerous even if doing BLW – since hearing of a baby choking on a piece of steak I’ve always cut mine into pieces until the kids have enough teeth to chew it up themselves.


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