Eggs are protein-rich, inexpensive, and versatile. It’s no wonder we often get asked, “When can I feed my baby eggs?”. The old advice of waiting to introduce egg whites until babies are 1 year old has changed. But there are still some important age guidelines that are recommended. You’ve probably noticed that there’s a lot of rules when introducing your baby to solid foods and eggs are no different! Luckily, it’s not too complicated.
Yes! You Can Feed Your Baby Eggs
Eggs are an excellent first food. Yes, right from about 6 months onwards you can feed your baby eggs. The current advice for introducing solids foods is to offer iron-rich foods first. Then you can build up a repertoire of other foods like fruits and veggies.
Why Eggs Are Great for Babies
- Eggs are an iron-rich food
- They are an excellent (or eggcellent) source of protein. They are actually the standard that’s used to measure the quality of protein found in food
- They are versatile and can be incorporated into a lot of meals for baby
Aren’t Eggs a High-Risk Allergy Food?
Yes, it’s true that eggs are a common food allergen. The latest research is suggesting that this is exactly why you should introduce them earlier rather than later. There is some evidence that waiting until 12 months or later to introduce higher allergen foods may increase the risk of an allergic reaction. Or stated the other way around, introducing common food allergens soon after 6 months may prevent food allergy. And there is no evidence that introducing higher allergenic foods before 6 months offers any protection.
How To Feed Your Baby Eggs Safely
Now that you know the basics of introducing your baby to eggs, we are going to break this down a bit further. There are steps that every caretaker should take to ensure food safety – to prevent poisoning. Babies are more susceptible to food poison to it’s recommended to follow the below guidelines when feeding your baby eggs.
|6-12 months||Serve only eggs with both hard yolks and whites||Hardboiled eggs, eggs in cooked foods (e.g. baking), eggs scrambled well-done, firm omelets, fried eggs over-hard, hard poached eggs.
|1 – 5 years||Runny yolks are okay. Avoid raw eggs and eggs with runny whites.||All the examples from 6 – 12 months. And, over-easy fried eggs, sunny-side up fried eggs (with whites fully cooked), soft-boiled eggs (also known as eggs and soldiers, dippy eggs), eggs poached medium.
|5 years and older||Eggs with runny yolks and runny whites as well as raw eggs, prepared safely, are okay.||Soft scrambled eggs, eggs poached soft, French-style omelets, sauces made with raw eggs e.g. home-made Caesar salad dressing, home-made mayonnaise.|