If the rest of the family is having lasagna, you might wonder if your baby can have some too. Since it is not the easiest dish to make, you probably want to get the most out of your efforts. But unfortunately lasagna is not something a baby should have, and we’ll break down the reasons below.
Depending on the type of lasagna you’ve made, the amount of fat and calories will vary. Unless you’re specifically following a healthy recipe for lasagna, it’s going to contain copious amounts of pasta, sauce, and cheese. Many lasagna recipes call for a meat of some sort, whether it is beef, or pork sausage.
Also included in most lasagna recipes are a concoction of spices, either a general blend of Italian seasonings, or a detailed list of different herbs like cilantro and oregano. The end result is you’re left with a dish that has so many different ingredients and spices, that is too sophisticated for a baby’s developing palate.
Can I Give My Baby Lasagna? Answer: Not Recommended
In their first year, your baby is still developing many very important systems. One of these is their digestive system, and this means they are best suited by foods that do not cause a lot of complications. The simpler the better, and the more wholesome the better, because they need plenty of vitamins and nutrients to develop properly. The ingredients in lasagna, while not necessarily unhealthy on their own, are not really doing your baby any favors.
Babies and Cheese
One of the reasons lasagna taste so good is because it is loaded with cheese. Not just one type of cheese either, most classic lasagna contains at least two different kinds. The most common are ricotta and mozzarella, but some recipes also call for Parmesan and other Italian cheeses like Romano to round off the taste. Most of us are aware of cheese being a potential food that causes constipation. It’s important to keep your baby regular, feeding them plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep things running smoothly.
BabyCenter breaks down when it’s alright to give your baby different types of cheeses. The consensus seems to be 6 months, but you have to keep in mind that if your baby has been diagnosed with a milk allergy you’ll want to avoid cheese products as well.
Tomato Sauce and Spices
Any decent tomato sauce is going to have its fair share of seasoning and spices. So while you may be thinking that the tomatoes used in the sauce will be supplying your baby with nutrients like lycopene, these benefits are canceled out by the potent herbs and seasonings used to make the sauce taste so good.
Long sheets of noodles provide the base to lasagna as well as the inner structure, and top layer. These are what lead to a high calorie count, as well as high amount of carbohydrates. And while you don’t have to put your baby on a low carb or no carb diet, nor do you have to count calories, you should be mindful of the caloric density of the food they are eating, and take into consideration the fact that they are getting a lot of physical activity.
Lasagna is one food that you can hold off on until after your baby’s first birthday, and then give it to them in smaller amounts, making sure that it is mashed up enough for them to eat it. You may also want to stick to vegetarian lasagna at first, because the meats that are typically used in lasagna contain their own blend of potent spices.
We recommend keeping a food journal as you go along, and it may be a good idea to introduce all of the ingredients that go into lasagna one at a time. This way you can see how your baby react to each one individually, and if they have an adverse reaction to any of the ingredients, you can simply omit them when you make the lasagna in the future.
Over time you’ll have a list of foods that you should and shouldn’t give your baby particularly, and you’ll be able to customize most any menu item to suit their unique makeup.