When Can a Baby Have Yogurt?

Most babies can have whole milk yogurt when they begin solids between 4-6 months of age. Unlike liquid milk, whole milk yogurt is generally well-tolerated. Whole milk yogurt is an excellent source of calcium for growing bones, as well as probiotics to support gut health and immunity. It also offers carbs, protein, fat, phosphorous, and B vitamins. 

Best yogurt options for babies

Plain whole milk yogurt is the best option for babies. Babies need the extra calories from whole milk yogurt. Babies should not have flavored yogurt because most varieties contain added sugar which is a no-go for infants. However, plain whole milk yogurt can be mixed with fruits such as mashed banana, smashed raspberries, or apple sauce to provide a hint of sweetness and improve acceptance. 

How to serve yogurt to babies

For those doing baby-led weaning (blw), you can offer yogurt to your baby on a pre-loaded spoon or let your little one self-feed yogurt from a bowl on their high chair. The latter is a little messier but there’s something to be said for giving your child the space to explore new foods. And truth be told, a yogurt facial is adorable on little ones! (Read more about the benefits of baby-led weaning HERE.)

A note on milk protein allergies

If your child is at high risk for milk allergy (i.e. you have a family history of food allergies or your infant has eczema), consult your pediatrician before introducing whole-milk yogurt. Milk protein allergy is one of the more common food allergies among children effecting 2-3% of infants [1].

References

[1] Warren, C. M., Agrawal, A., Gandhi, D., & Gupta, R. S. (2022). The US population-level burden of cow’s milk allergy. The World Allergy Organization journal15(4), 100644. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.waojou.2022.100644

[2] Flom, J. D., & Sicherer, S. H. (2019). Epidemiology of Cow’s Milk Allergy. Nutrients11(5), 1051. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11051051

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