Most babies start eating solids around 6 months. When is it OK to start adding yogurt into their diet?
While cow’s milk is off-limits until after the first birthday, yogurt can be included as a first food. Why? There are no worries about yogurt replacing breastmilk or formula as the primary source of nutrition in a baby’s diet. Drinking cow’s milk can send too many different minerals to a child’s undeveloped kidney and may cause problems with calcium absorption. Plain yogurt, however, is great for the immune system and makes a perfect first food, as long as there is no family or child history of dairy allergies.
Plain, whole-milk yogurt may not sound good to you, but it is the right food for a baby. Kids should not be given low-fat dairy until after age 2; they need the fat in their diet. Almost all yogurts, even “fruit” varieties, have sugar or artificial sweeteners, so find a simple whole-milk, unflavored yogurt or make your own in a yogurt maker.
Make sure never to sweeten yogurt with honey until after age 1, especially.
Most pediatricians agree that it is OK to start this type of yogurt with babies at 6-8 months, but please consult with your pediatrician before starting anything new. Always add only one new food at a time with babies, with a 3-day wait period, to monitor for any allergic reactions.