Giving babies their very first solid food is one of the most exciting tasks for a new parent.
Starting to eat a regular human meal is the sign that your baby is now entering a new phase in life. It shows that their bodies and systems are now ready and in need of further nutrients that milk can no longer provide.
Before giving a baby ground meat, why not try egg as their first source of animal protein?
An egg, even though rich in protein, also has allergens that may determine if your baby will be allergic to its properties. Getting infants exposed to such allergens early in life can show if they will be sensitive to egg allergens or immune to them.
Exhibiting allergic reactions is not always be bad for babies this early. Their fragile bodies can develop immunity against such allergens in the long run. If not, at least parents will already have an idea as to which foods their babies will be allergic to and to avoid in the future.
Since we are touching on eggs as the first solid food, how about some egg recipes for babies?
We will show you here 5 easy ways to introduce your baby to solid food with various ways of preparing eggs for them.
1) Boiled Egg Yolk
It is always advisable to start your baby on egg yolks. The yolk has less allergen than the white. Use this a handy tester to determine if your baby will be allergic to eggs.
Furthermore, egg yolks have choline. This is vital for the proper development of the brain.
- 1 whole egg
- 4 cups boiling water
- Pour 4 cups of water into a pot. Let it boil
- Place 1 whole egg into the boiling water. Do not cover the pot to avoid breaking off the egg shell
- Continue boiling the water for 15 minutes. If the egg spins when you move it with a spoon then it is already cooked. Remove the egg then rinse it with cool water
- Peel off the shell and slice the egg in half
- Scoop out the egg yolks for your baby. Set aside the egg white for yourself
- Mash the egg yolk on a saucer and add milk or a little drinking water to make its consistency nice and moist - dry yolk can choke your baby since it is hard to swallow
- Do not add salt or sugar. It’s best for babies to savor the real taste of the egg yolk
- Important Note: If your baby doesn’t exhibit any allergic reactions to the egg yolk after two days of introducing it to him, you can continue feeding him egg yolk along with other ingredients. By eight months old, if no allergic reactions to egg yolk is found, you may give your little one a whole boiled egg to eat.
2) Egg Yolk and Avocado
- 1 Boiled egg yolk
- 1 avocado
- Boil the whole egg for 15 minutesRinse in cool water then cut the egg into two
- Take the egg yolk and mash it onto a plate. Set aside
- Slice the avocado in half and scoop out the meat from one half of the fruit
- Mash the avocado in a bowl. Add the mashed egg yolk. Put some breast milk or cool water to add moisture to the mixture
- No sugar or salt should be added
- Important Note: You could try putting all the ingredients in a blender if you want a puree mix. By one year old, if no allergic reaction to egg yolk is found you may give your little one a whole boiled egg to eat.
3) Scrambled Egg
- 1 whole egg
- 1/2 cup of breast milk or two tablespoons of formula milk
- 1/2 cup of hot water (for formula)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Beat the egg into a bowl along with the milk. Make sure it is mixed thoroughly
- Heat the butter in the pan. Pour the beaten egg in and stir it constantly until cooked. Use medium heat for cooking
- If you are scrambling yolks for starters, just separate the yolk from the white and follow the same procedure for scrambled eggs
4) Mashed Egg Soup with Vegetables
- 1/2 sweet potato
- 1/2 medium sized carrot
- 2 boiled egg yolks
- 3/4 cup milk
- Slice the vegetables into small cubes
- In a blender, pour on the sweet potato, carrot and milk. Make a puree
- Mash the boiled yolks in a bowl. Pour the vegetable puree into the pan with the mashed yolks. Heat the pan and let it boil for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes thick
- Pour into a bowl and feed your baby after it has cooled down enough not to burn their tender mouth and tongue
- Important Note: Leaving the puree and just mashing the egg yolk more is another option if you don’t have time to make a soup.
5) Mashed Whole Egg with Apple and Banana
- 1 whole hardboiled egg
- 1 piece of banana
- Breast milk or formula milk
- Boil the egg. On a plate, mash the banana and set aside
- Mince the apple very thinly
- Remove the egg from the pot when it is boiled. Run cool water over it. Peel off the shell then mash the whole egg on a plate
- In a bowl, combine egg, apple and banana and mash them all together. Add some milk to smoothen the textureServe to your baby at once
- Important Note: You may also make a puree of apple and banana to make the consistency even softer.
Feeding babies their very first solid food is always a monumental occasion so try to make it as pleasing and enjoyable for them as possible.
It is hard to see infants suffer allergic reactions to egg but it is important to make them eat this food before testing them with other protein like meat.
Eggs have most protein allergens so, if their tiny body becomes resistant to these allergens early, feeding will be easier for both moms and babies.
We hope you have enjoyed these egg recipes and the important information you need to know about each dish. Experiment and make the most of giving your baby solid food.
Have a great time trying these simple egg dishes with your little ones.