yogurt as baby food

Rita - posted on 10/28/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Is it ok to give a 6 month old yogurt? I have a relative who has been feeding her daughter flavoured and plain yogurt. She said it's good for the baby's tummy. Is it true?

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Shaye - posted on 10/28/2009

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My daughter can't drink milk but she can have yogurt so we make smoothies with rice milk and yogurt. My suggestion here would be to use plain yogurt only. Flavored yogurts, even those for kids, have added sugar. My daughter loves the yogurt as is and doesn't need it flavored but you could try adding a little baby food fruit puree. Also, go organic because regular yogurts use milk from cows that were given hormones and anti-biotics. There is a lot of research out there about how these hormones are affecting development/puberty. The reason yogurt is good for tummies is that yogurt has probiotics. You can also get powdered probiotics at an organic store to add to bottles. I did this from the start because most of your immune system is actually in your gut. The better your gut the better your immune system. I'd ask your doctor whether your child is old enough for the yogurt.

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Lydia - posted on 10/29/2009

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My daughter has been having yoghurt from about 4-5 months of age. She loves it. We try to stick to natural and unflavoured yoghurts to avoid extra sugars. Like others have said it is very good for their stomach and it does help when she is a bit constipated :)

Shilpa - posted on 10/29/2009

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It is fine to give yogurt but as 6 months old, my personally view is better to start off with plain whole milk yogurt. When daughter was 6 months old, used to mix the yogurt with fruit (pureed fruit). She still loves it now and she is 3!! It is very good for the stomach. It kills the bacteria expecially if suffering from constipation.

Jennie - posted on 10/28/2009

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Actually I believe that it is, in fact our pediatrician always said it was good too, and especially after they have been sick. Not while their sick but after, the live cultures help get the body back to functioning as it should.

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Yogurt is great for babies! Between 6 and 8mos is a good timeframe, if I recall correctly (my son is almost 18mos now). Whole milk yogurt is best for babies - it has probiotics (live cultures) that help even out the digestive system, as well as good fats and protein for little growing bodies! :) You can get YoBaby Whole Milk yogurt at almost any grocery store, Target, WalMart, Whole Foods, etc. I haven't really found many other whole milk yogurts out there, unless you get one of the big containers of the plain stuff, or make it yourself. My favorite resource for babyfood info is WholesomeBabyFood.com. I've actually posted links to it in several other threads, because I have yet to find a better site regarding solid feeding. Here is a link to their Yogurt page: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/tipYogu... Have fun with the yogurt (just make sure you have plenty of washcloths handy when you do)! ;-)

Nicolette - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have a 10 month old daughter and I have been feeding her flavored yogurt since 6 months. She loves it! There is a special kind just for babies...its called yobaby.

Mende - posted on 10/28/2009

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I was told not to start yogurt until 9 months of age. My understanding is their bodies are not yet able to digest it properly.

Kate CP - posted on 10/28/2009

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Yogurt is *awesome* for babies. It's got live, active cultures to help digest other foods, it's high in calcium, and you can find kinds that use whole fat with vitamin D. It's a great baby food. :)

Josie - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have been feeding my baby (11 months now) Yobaby yogurt since he was 5 months old. He loves it, he gets it for breakfast.

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