As you may already know, Greek yogurt is taking the world by storm, and with good reason. Many are finding that the extra creaminess of Greek yogurt is more enjoyable that regular yogurt. Along with the super creamy texture, Greek yogurt has a nice tang and is less sweet.
Parents want to know, can babies have Greek yogurt or must they stick to feeding their babies regular yogurt? The good news is yes, babies CAN eat greek yogurt! There are a few things to keep in mind when feeding your baby yogurt however.
When Can Babies Eat Greek Yogurt?
The age for introducing babies to yogurt does vary with 8 months being the most often recommended age. Many pediatricians do say that yogurt at 6 months makes a great first food.
Full Fat Yogurt Only
Babies shouldn’t have low-fat or no-fat dairy products. Lucky babies, they need the fat and will benefit not only from the fat itself, but from the extra-creaminess that comes along with it! Pediatricians typically recommend that toddlers be switched to low-fat dairy products around the age of 24 months (2 yrs).
No Added Flavors
As with giving your baby regular yogurt, make it plain yogurt. You’ll cut down on the sugar and you’ll be able to make your own flavors, just for baby’s preferences and developing palate! Try mixing in blueberry, banana, apple or pear puree; you can even add veggies!
An Additional Benefit of Greek Yogurt for Babies!
Greek yogurt is strained more than its regular yogurt counterpart. This means that the whey (protein that those with dairy allergies may react to) and the lactose (many are lactose intolerant) content is far lower in Greek Yogurt. Your baby may find the Greek yogurt easier to digest.
Greek yogurt can contain double the protein of regular yogurt as well. It also has half the sugar (lactose) as regular yogurt. Double the protein and half the sugar, Greek Yogurt is a wonderful choice for babies!
Learn more about Yogurt for Babies on the Wholesome Baby Food page.