When can I introduce Eggs to my baby?

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When can I introduce Eggs to my baby?

Most pediatric resources agree that egg yolks are fine for baby to eat when baby is around eight months old. Please keep in mind that the egg whites should not be fed to baby before one year old. Eggs, particularly the egg whites, are one of the top eight of all allergens. Many studies that have been done on infants with egg allergies find that by the time the infant has reached age five, the allergy has been outgrown! This is good news as the egg is highly nutritious and an important part of ones diet!

If your family has a history of egg allergies, then it is probably best to wait until after 12 months old to introduce egg yolks. Ask your pediatrician for more information about egg allergies.

The best way to cook Eggs and Egg Yolks: scrambled and fried or poached and boiled.

Eggs Recipes for Baby

Hard Boiled Egg Yolks

1. Hard-boil an egg
2. Peel shell away and cut in half
3. Scrape or pop out the yolk
4. Mash the yolk and mix in formula, breastmilk, yogurt, applesauce or whatever you choose that is appropriate for your baby.
Hint – Hard boiled eggs will spin when they are fully cooked!

Egg Yolk Scramble

1. Crack a few eggs and separate the white from the yolk (you may use the shell for this or use an egg-separator)
2. Warm olive oil or butter in a frying pan
3. Scramble the yolk in a bowl with formula, breast milk, juice or whole milk and transfer to frying pan
4. Cook over medium heat, scrambling constantly, until thoroughly cooked.
Veggie Version: between steps 3 & 4 add a tablespoon of pureed veggies or pre-cooked soft dices of veggies, as you are scrambling the yolks

Veggie Eggs & Rice

1 or 2 hard boiled egg yolks
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1/4 cup of pureed or diced soft cooked veggies such as carrots, broccoli or even sweet potatoes
Combine all ingredients and mix well. If needed, puree or mash to your baby’s preferred textures.
Variation: Warm a frying pan with a bit of olive oil, crack an egg and separate the white from the yolk. Scramble the yolk in a bowl with formula, breast milk, juice or whole milk and transfer to frying pan. Add the veggies and rice and scramble the mixture; cooking until the yolks are done.

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