These yogurt melts are great for babies with teething pains and to help Your Child work on their pincer grasp.
Why are they good for Your Child?
Full-fat yogurt (from any animal) is full of nutrients. It contains high levels of calcium for bone development, some vitamin A for the eyes, skin, and immune health, B vitamins for energy, zinc for immune health, and potassium. Yogurt is also a great source of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Be sure to use whole milk yogurt. Your Child needs lots of fat at this age to support cell structure, metabolism, brain, gut, immune, and nervous system development.
What to considerTry to keep tabs on Your Child’s overall dairy intake as excess dairy consumption is associated with iron deficiency anemia.
When can Your Child start eating yogurt melts?
You can serve Your Child yogurt at around the age of six months. Prior to 6 months, babies’ digestive systems may not be mature enough to handle the proteins and other nutrients found in yogurt.
Yogurt melts recipes
- Mix yogurt with fruit puree that Your Child has had before, until the ingredients are completely incorporated
- Transfer the mixture into a piping bag and cut the very end of the bag off. If your yogurt blend becomes too thin, put the bag back into the fridge for a couple of minutes to harden back up
- Squeeze small circles into rows onto a baking sheet. Then place into the freezer for 4 hours or overnight
- Take the melts off of the parchment paper and store them in an air-tight container
Before giving Your Child yogurt melts, allow them to sit at room temperature for 1-2 minutes to thaw slightly. If the melts are too hard, they may pose a choking hazard. You can also test the melting consistency of the melts in your own mouth before giving them to the little one. The yogurt melts can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 4 months.
How much should Your Child eat?
WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age in addition to breast milk or formula. Initially, they should receive complementary foods 2–3 times a day between 6–8 months.
The daily calories distribution between milk and solid food are as follows:
Introducing new food
Try to introduce the food when Your Child is hungry, and try to keep it to one ingredient at a time to spot any allergic reactions. Learn more about introduction to solid food here.
If you do baby-led-weaning, make sure you know everything about the method, including knowing the difference between gagging and choking, and knowing what to do in case of an emergency.