When you’re first introducing babies to eating food, they can have unusual tastes, refusing something you’d think they’d love and chowing down on something you’re expecting them to hate, which can tempt you into just feeding them the things they already like. But it’s good for babies to eat a variety of foods, not just so that they get a balanced diet, but so they develop a palate that can appreciate all kinds of foods. It makes it less of a pain to take them to restaurants later.
One way we’ve been able to introduce our daughters to foods they don’t really like at first is by mixing them into a little bit of plain yogurt. Because the yogurt has a neutral flavor, it works equally well with sweet foods like bananas, or savory foods like squash or sweet potatoes.
Besides being something that babies seemed naturally inclined to like, yogurt has a lot of other benefits. Probiotic cultures make dairy easier for babies to digest, and less likely to be allergenic. Since babies need the healthy fats in dairy, opt for a whole milk variety. Steer clear of sugars by going with plain for the earliest eaters. And, as with any dairy products, we recommend that you use an organic yogurt, like YoBaby, which is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Organic is well worth it to keep that out of your baby’s system.
Image: our 8 month old savoring some plain yogurt with bananas
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