Yogurt is a yummy food produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. Cows milk is the most common type of base for yogurt, but milk from water buffalo, goats, ewes and even camels can also be used to make yogurt. Yogurt can be a yummy and healthy first food for baby, full of calcium they'll need for strong bones. Whole milk yogurt also contains an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals for baby. And because it has probiotics or the healthy bacteria, feeding your baby yogurt will help alleviate diarrhea when symptoms arise.
Yogurt is also a great source of protein. Because of it's culturing process, the protein is easily digested by little tummies. Most pediatricians recommend starting your infant on Yogurt around 7-8 months of age. Some pediatricians also recommend yogurt as a great first food (from 6 months+).
Selecting a whole milk yogurt is the most beneficial to your infant as babies need fats in their diets for proper growth. You may want to consider buying unsweetened, plain, pasteurized, made from whole milk and contains live cultures.
Some Ideas For Baby Yogurt Meals
When babies start eating solids, this is also the time that they can eat yogurt. It is best to mix yogurt (plain) with fruits or vegetables to feed your baby. Here are some ideas to help you make your baby's yogurt meals:
- Yogurt with applesauce and a dash of cinnamon
- Yogurt and blueberries
- Yogurt with peaches and bananas together (and separate)
- Yogurt with wheat germ and no other addition
- Yogurt and mashed avocado
- Yogurt blended with any fruit and water to create a baby-smoothie (using water makes for a thin mix that may slide through a sippy cup with ease)
- Yogurt mixed with sweet potato and cinnamon
- Yogurt and green beans and pears
- Yogurt mixed with carrots and peaches
WARNING: Giving baby yogurt can cause an allergic reaction in babies with milk allergies. Milk allergies occur in approximately 2 to 3 percent of all infants. Symptoms of milk allergy include diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, swelling and skin rashes.