When can baby eat cheese and what type of cheese should you provide to baby?
As discussed in the Dairy Frequently Asked Question page, cheeses are normally offered to the non-allergic baby in between 8 and 10 months of age.
If your baby has a known or suspected dairy problem (either a milk protein or lactose intolerance) then you ought to wait to present cheese and other dairy when your infant is older. As always, you need to consult baby’s pediatrician about presenting cheese to your baby as generalities may not use.
Cheese is excellent for baby and offers calcium, “excellent” fats and protein too. You can present cheese to your baby by using the lighter tasting cheeses (Colby, Jack, Mild Cheddar) as well as by offering her cottage cheese. Cottage cheese can be a truly enjoyable and yummy finger food for babies.
If baby can not mash/grasp, melt cheeses over vegetables or add to veggie/meat purees. If baby can mash/grasp and has had Baby Finger Foods, cut cheeses into smidgens and offer to baby as a snack.
Cheeses might also be provided to your little one by means of the old classic grilled cheese sandwich or mac-n-cheese– again, this will be dependent on how baby is with mashing/grasping other foods.
The advantages of cheese are aplenty as it also consists of loads of dietary protein that helps to construct children’s muscles, bones, and other essential organs. Fussy eaters who miss out on this essential nutrient in meat or tofu can get their protein from yummy cheese that they make certain to love.
What about Soft Cheeses for Feeding My Baby, Are they Safe?
Cheeses such as Brie, Feta, Camembert, Roquefort, and Bleu Cheese are amongst those called “soft” cheeses. These cheeses are usually not cultured and in many countries, are not made from pasteurized milk; they are made from raw milk. Cream Cheese is not considered a “soft” cheese that you have to prevent because it is pasteurized.
Products made from raw milk may bring a bacteria called listeria. The occurrence of listeria in the United States is extremely low as the huge bulk of dairy products sold in the United States are either pasteurized or cultured. The “safest” types of cheeses are Home cheese, ricotta, cream cheese, processed cheeses and hard cheeses like cheddar and parmesan. As pointed out, cultured dairy items like yogurt are normally considered to be safe for both a baby and a pregnant woman. Check the labels on the cheese items you purchase and ensure they are either cultured or made from pasteurized milk products.
How can I feed my baby home cheese; do you have any “recipes” for providing baby home cheese?
Home cheese is an excellent option for dairy if your baby has actually been OK with yogurt and/or other cheese. The something about cottage cheese that you may be mindful of is the texture. For babies just starting on dairy, cottage cheese may not be an excellent choice as a first starter due to it not being as highly cultured as yogurt. For those infants who do not have a lot of experience with textures and bumpy foods, home cheese may not be a good starter for dairy is because of the texture.
You can puree cottage cheese and blend it with fruits and even veggies if you like. If your baby is doing well with texture and dairy such as yogurt, home cheese is among those foods that makes a great finger food (albeit a really untidy one).
Concepts & Types of Cheese for Feeding to Your Baby
Types of Cheeses: Colby, Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Parmesan, Romano, Cottage Cheese.
Constantly purchase Cheese from a Deli and ensure you buy complete cheese and not a “Cheese food product” such as Velveeta or those packaged cheese slices. While there is absolutely nothing awfully incorrect with these cheeses, we prefer our babies to have just natural real cheese without any synthetic colors or fillers.
Colby, Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Parmesan, Romano
- Shred it and offer is as finger food– it’s more affordable to buy a block and then shred it yourself however you can buy the pre-shredded cheese
- Melt it over baby’s veggies
- Melt it over some toast points, pita bread or any whole grain bread
- Stir it into baby’s rice and noodle dishes
- Add cheese to J&J’s Baby Meatballs
- Scramble egg yolks with shredded cheese for additional nutrition and included Yum.
- Grate some cheese over your baby’s meal to entice him to eat
- Cheese combined and baked into pancakes (most particularly Buckwheat pancakes) is really tasty. Add a vegetable to the mix for an additional tasty nutritious Cheesy & Vegetable Cake “meal” or treat.
Cottage Cheese “Recipe” Concepts
- Mix cottage cheese with your baby’s preferred fruit purée or fruit dices– we still enjoy peachy home cheese.
- Spread home cheese and fruit purée over toast, a bagel or bread
- Mash cottage cheese and avocado for a healthy “meal” or snack
- Home Cheese is yummy when mixed with noodles and some grated cheese for a “quick” Faux lasagna.
- Serve cottage cheese with a pinch of pepper and garlic or a pinch of onion powder and pepper
- Chop some (cooked) veggies and mix with cottage cheese– use mixed with rice or noodles if you desire
- Mix cottage cheese with lentils and beans
Remember, constantly consult with your pediatrician relating to presenting solid foods to your baby and specifically talk about any foods that may position allergy risks for your baby.
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