Puffs – they are our favourites, and we can’t imagine a world without them. If your baby is getting used to eating finger foods and purees, you might be wondering if it’s the right time to introduce them to puffs. But, before introducing anything to your little one, it is important to learn whether whatever you are introducing them to is safe and healthy or not because it is the babies we are talking about. So, should you feed puffs to your baby or are puffs safe for babies? Let’s dig in!
Are puffs good for babies? It depends, but it’s definitely a big no if they come packaged or made commercially. There are a number of reasons why packaged puffs are not good for not just you but for your baby too! In a recent study, it was found that not all products marketed for infant/toddler consumption comply with AAP recommendations and consumers should carefully consider them before introducing them to their children.
Here’s a list of the main ones below:
Packaged puffs are not good for your baby because they contain harmful baby puff ingredients, like synthetic flavourings, chemicals, arsenic, and added things that aren’t good for your baby. Since your child’s organs are developing, it’s always a good idea to go organic and eat naturally. Arsenic poisoning can impair your baby’s development and show growth defects in their later years, both cognitively and physically.
Brands try to use a fancy word for added sugar known as “cane syrup” or “organic sugar”. The problem is that added sugar may lead to a host of lifestyle conditions, like diabetes, heart attacks, and obesity. “Fruit juice concentrates” are also not recommended.
Most of the packaged puffs you get in stores are made from white grains and not whole brown rice or complete grains. They are processed, refined, and stripped of fibre, essential vitamins and nutrients. The result? You get just a white blob of crunchy mush with zero nutritional value to it.
Not all packaged puffs feature BPA-free packaging, and you know that plastic contains chemicals known to interfere with hormone regulation in your baby’s body. That’s altogether bad news!
Packaged foods, when left in the open air or original packaging, may quickly change consistency, presenting a choking hazard for children.
So, what puffs to give to your baby?
Try homemade puffs made with baby-safe and organic ingredients.
If you’re planning to introduce baby puffs to your little ones and want to make some at home, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our top two recipes on organic puffs for infants.
If your child is lactose-intolerant, this plant-based recipe is just what they need. It’s one of the best baby puffs healthy recipes for sure.
How to Make
If you’re trying to pack in serious nutrition, give your baby these green puffs, and they will go bonkers over it! – Just like we do.
How to Make
Here are some frequently asked questions about feeding puffs to your babies and what to know about them.
Choking is not normal response, and babies don’t choke on puffs. Gagging, however, is something that’s more common when they try to eat puffs for the first time. Since puffs easily dissolve in the mouth, there is a very low possibility of choking on puffs. However, if your little one gets easily choked or gagged by normal foods, it is best to consult your little one’s doctor whether or not it is the right time to do so.
Babies can eat puffs without teeth. All they have to do is munch up and down, using their mouth to mash the puffs until they melt and dissolve. But remember to introduce puff for babies when they have started on solid foods.
Eating puffs is one of the greatest joys in the world, and when you introduce your baby to it – there’s nothing like it. Make your own puffs at home, eat naturally, and your baby will surely enjoy it. And the best part? You eat guilt-free without worrying about what pesky ingredients are added to your puffs. Just make sure they don’t overeat and keep track of those calories to make sure your child grows healthy and beautiful.
1. Awadalla. N, Pham. T, Milanaik. R; Chew on This: Not All First Finger Foods Are Created Equal; Clinical Pediatrics; Sage Journals; https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0009922817733701; October 2017
This post was last modified on March 17, 2023 4:38 pm
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