● Yoghurt contains probiotics that support a healthy gut and can help improve digestion, boost the immune system, and reduce the risk of certain gastrointestinal issues.
● A good source of vitamins, minerals and protein – all essential nutrients for growth and development.
● With calcium galore, expect your little one to develop strong bones and teeth.
● Yoghurts are easier for babies to digest than other dairy products, which can be beneficial for those who have difficulty digesting lactose.
We have lots of ideas to help you include yoghurt in your little one's diet. Please scroll down for more information.
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Introducing yoghurt: Go for plain, unsweetened yoghurt without any added sugars or artificial additives. And look for varieties containing ‘live’ or ‘active’ cultures for added health benefits.
There are different ways to include yoghurt in your baby’s diet, depending on their age and needs.
Find ideas for each age group below.
Mix some baby cereal with plain yoghurt, then add a pinch of cinnamon for extra flavour.
Offer soft finger foods like slices of banana, ripe avocado, steamed sweet potato or cooked carrot sticks and allow your baby to explore self-feeding using yoghurt as a dip.
Ease teething pain by freezing plain yoghurt in ice cube trays, then placing the cubes in a mesh feeder.
Set out bowls with different foods in – like mashed berries, tiny cereal pieces, slices of soft fruit, and steamed veggies – and let your baby mix and match whatever takes their fancy to their bowl of yoghurt.
Unleash your baby’s inner Picasso! Fill small cups with different flavours of yoghurt and add a few drops of natural food colouring to each. Watch as they paint their highchair tray with tasty swirls and squiggles, using their fingers or baby-safe paintbrushes.
Use yoghurt as an ingredient in pancakes or muffins – it will add moisture and a creamy texture.
Your baby is likely developing their self-feeding skills, so encourage them to practise using a spoon to scoop up the yoghurt and feed themselves.
Blend yoghurt with a variety of fruits and a splash of milk – maybe even a drizzle of honey – to create a scrumptious smoothie.
Make ice lollies by mixing plain yoghurt with mashed fruits like bananas, strawberries, or peaches, then pour them into a mould to freeze.
If you’re on the go during the summer: Try freezing yoghurt in a snack pot. Let it defrost on the go so it’ll be ready to eat by lunchtime, while also keeping your little one’s lunch pack cool.
Experiment with textures by adding small fruit chunks or muesli into the yoghurt. The contrast of chunky, crunchy and creamy will be a treat for your curious tot.
Mix plain yoghurt with herbs like dill or basil, plus a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, so your little one can dip away whilst exploring different tastes.