Did you know you can put spices in baby food? A lot of parents are intimated by spices because it’s not something that is talked about often. When we started giving our daughter solids I was unsure about it.
I had heard breast milk contained flavors and spices of the food the mom was eating (read more on baby digesting flavors prenatally and postnatally), but did that mean our baby could eat spices in her food as well?
You always hear that babies in other cultures around the world eat solids sooner and are less picky eaters, could it be from early flavor experiences?
As always before you introduce any food or spice to your baby consult with your pediatrician. I love sharing my thoughts and research with Heart of Deborah’s community, but I’m a mom not a physician.
A few months after Izzy started solids we started adding spices to her purees. I noticed that a lot of store bought baby food was bland and to be honest after I tried it myself I thought “Yuck, no wonder she doesn’t like this!” We plan to do the same with our son who just started his first solid foods.
My husband and I love flavorful food and a lot of our favorite dishes include turmeric, cayenne pepper and garlic. Now that our daughter is older she loves flavorful food as well.
She will eat raw red onion and suck on a piece of lemon like it’s nothing! Spicy indian food is her favorite. I understand she is only one example, but I truly think adding spices to her food helped her become a more adventurous eater.
Today I want to share some of the first spices we used in our baby’s food along with some tips for adding spices to homemade batches of baby food.
List of First Spices in Baby Food
I’ve even heard of people adding curry to their babies food! With our daughter we decided to wait until 8 months to start adding spices.
I have heard of other mothers adding spices sooner, around 6 months. Your pediatrician can help you make this decision.
Practical Tips When Adding Spices:
- We only added a dash of spice at first. We started with a very small amount of the spice and slowly added more over time.
- We also waited to introduce 1 spice every couple of days. Many doctors still recommend doing this with first foods so we thought it would be best to error on the side of caution when it came to spices in baby food.
- When deciding what spice to add to what fruit or vegetable think about what you like to eat. Many people like cinnamon or nutmeg on their sweet potatoes. Your baby will most likely enjoy the same combinations you enjoy.