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Bread is one of the most preferred breakfast options around the world, and many of us love to eat various kinds of bread. You may want to add this yummy food to your baby’s diet but wondering when and how to do so. Read on to find out when is the best time to introduce bread to babies, and more.
Is It Safe to Give Bread to Infants?
Your baby’s nutritional needs are of prime importance, and before you add bread to your baby’s diet you may want to know – is bread good for babies? Well, it largely depends on how old your baby is, and also, whether or not he is allergic to bread. Firstly, it is not recommended to give bread or any other solid foods to your baby before six months of age until and unless the doctor advises you to do so. Secondly, it is important to establish whether or not your baby is allergic to bread. And before you try hit-and-trial methods, we recommend you consult your doctor for the same. After your doctor gives you a heads up, you may safely add bread to your baby’s diet.
When Can You Give Bread to Baby?
When can babies eat bread and butter, you ask? Well, not before six months of age, and also, only after establishing that your baby is non-allergic to bread. Therefore, it will be wise to add bread to your baby’s diet at around 6 to 7 months of age.
Which Bread is Best for Babies?
The next question that may concern you is whether to give whole wheat bread, whole grain bread, low salt bread, white or brown bread to babies. Well, there are numerous options for bread available in the market nowadays, and it may make you all confused as to which is the best bread for your baby. There is no doubt that brown bread is power-packed with loads of nutrients because it is made with whole grains; on the other hand, white bread is ripped off many of its nutrients because it is made of refined flour. However, the high amounts of fibre in brown bread may not be suitable for small babies because it can fill their bellies and thus reduce their appetite, which means lesser room for other foods and other nutrients. Also, more amounts of fibre in the diet may hamper with zinc and iron absorption by the body. Therefore, it will be a good idea to give white bread instead of brown bread to babies, but it is important to remember that white bread has nothing much to offer in terms of nutritional benefits. Monitor the intake in either case.
How Much Bread Should You Give Your Infant?
As discussed in the above section, white bread is not rich in various vital nutrients, which are important for the optimal growth and development of a baby. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not go overboard by feeding large amounts of bread to your baby. We recommend adding small amounts of bread to his diet three to four times a week.
Simple Bread Recipes for Babies
So, you may be all excited to introduce bread to your baby and want to make it all yummy and appetising. Here we have some super easy to make and yummy bread recipes for your little munchkin:
1. Jam and Bread Fingers
Small babies may love the taste of jam, and this is a great sweet treat.
- White bread
- Any jam (mango, strawberry or mixed fruit jam; make sure you buy one with natural ingredients)
How to Prepare
- Take the bread and get rid of the sides.
- Cut the bread into long strips.
- Spread the jam generously on the bread.
2. Butter and Bread Fingers
This is a great savoury treat for your baby, and your baby can relish soft bread with some yummy butter.
- White bread slices
- Butter (you may take homemade butter too)
How to Prepare
- Cut the coarse sides of the bread.
- Spread a nice layer of butter.
- Cut the bread into smaller pieces.
3. French Toast
You can make it either sweet or savoury, depending on your baby’s taste preference. However, this recipe contains eggs and before you plan to give it your baby find out if your baby is allergic to eggs.
- Egg- 1 whole
- Bread – cut into small square or long pieces
- Sugar or salt to taste
- Butter for frying
How to Prepare
- Break an egg into a bowl.
- Whisk the egg nicely, add sugar, and mix well. Alternatively, put salt and mix well.
- Heat a pan and grease it nicely with butter.
- Coat the bread pieces with the egg mixture and place them on the hot pan.
- Cook nicely from both the sides.
- Serve warm French toast to your baby.
4. Peanut Butter and Bread Fingers
This recipe comes with the nutritional benefits of peanuts; however, ensure that your baby has no peanut allergies.
- White bread slices
- Peanut butter (homemade works well too)
- Some butter for toasting the bread
How to prepare
- Heat the pan and grease the same with butter.
- Toast the lightly from both the sides.
- Take off the flame; spread some peanut butter on the toast.
- Cut it into smaller pieces and feed your baby.
Alternatives to Bread for Babies
Families for whom bread may be a staple piece of their diet may wonder what other options are available that they may safely add to their baby’s diet, apart from bread. Well, there are many other healthier options that you may try such as:
- Pancakes made with buckwheat flour.
- Corn cakes or rice cakes.
Bread is good for your baby, but everything in excess may have ill-effects on your baby’s health. Therefore, add moderate amounts of bread in your baby’s diet. However, it is recommended that you consult your baby’s doctor before making any new inclusions in your baby’s diet.
Also Read: When to Introduce Solid Foods to Babies