Introducing whole eggs to babies is a gradual process—one that also marks a major milestone in your child’s growth and development.
A lot of new mothers are probably wondering, “how old do babies need to be to eat eggs?” The answer is 6 months! According to Health Canada’s 2013 updated infant feeding guidelines, whole eggs can be introduced to babies at 6 months as a way to help prevent egg allergies.
Here are a few quick, endlessly customizable and delicious egg recipes for your baby at 6 months:
1. Mashed Eggs and Vegetables
We are so thrilled about this egg recipe for your baby. Eggs, like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, are the perfect way to hide something—in this case, a multitude of carrots and peas.
The charm of this recipe is in its simplicity. Here’s the breakdown:
- 1 hard boiled egg
- Vegetables (carrots, peas or both)
- Decent arm and shoulder strength (for the mashing)
- Boil or steam vegetables until soft
- Mash whole egg and vegetables into a smooth and delightful paste
- Serve with a smile
2. Veggies, Egg and Brown Rice
This yummy baby meal idea is one of many that are perfect for newly weaned babies. #Veggielicious
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup cooked and puréed vegetable of choice (broccoli, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes or peas—go bananas, really)
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mash to preferred consistency and texture.
3. Yummy White Bean Egg Purée
This is another great purée baby food combination. As a recipe that can be served either warm or cold, this recipe works as a great on-the-go snack or food to carry while travelling with your baby.
- 1 hard boiled egg
- 1 tbsp white beans
- 2 tbsp milk (whole milk, formula or breast milk)
- Purée all ingredients to your preferred texture
- Add more milk to achieve a lighter consistency
4. Mashed Hard boiled Egg
For mothers who want to keep it simple, nothing says fuss-free like an actual hard boiled egg for your baby.
- 2 eggs
- Place cold eggs in a single later in a saucepan. Cover with at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) cold water over top of the eggs.
- Cover saucepan and bring quickly to a boil over high heat. Immediately remove pan from heat to stop boiling. Let eggs stand in water for 12 minutes (large eggs).
- Drain water and immediately run cold water over eggs until cooled.
- Peel eggs, mash, and serve!
All in all, eggs add an easy-to-eat, tasty base to a number of other solid foods, and help protect your baby from developing an egg allergy—win/win/win! Want to know more? Check out our recipe page for other creative baby food ideas!