There is no better start to a long day than a great tasting, hearty breakfast that includes pancakes. Sometimes, a warm and filling entree is just what we need to kick off the day.
But what about our babies? Should they have a warm and filling breakfast too? Can they also enjoy the tasty and delicious foods we are having for breakfast?
If you are serving pancakes, you are in luck. Yes, your baby can have pancakes, but only when he or she is able to have finger foods. Most babies are ready for finger foods between eight and ten months of age.
In order to be ready, your child needs to be able to sit up with support and be able to pick small objects up with his or her fingers. Once he or she has mastered this, you can start giving pancakes to your child.
Can I Give My Baby Pancakes? Answer: Yes.
When your child is ready for finger foods, pancakes are a great choice. They are a very wholesome food. Most pancakes are made from eggs, milk and flour. As long as your child does not have a milk or egg allergy, pancakes are perfectly safe for them to consume. And by safe, it means plain pancakes are safe. Adding small chunks of food, such as blueberries or chocolate chips, may be too big for your child to mash in their mouth, creating a choking hazard.
Toppings or Not?
When feeding pancakes to your child, you should also try to serve them plain. Butter is not very healthy for your child to consume and does not offer any health benefits. Syrup contains too much sugar for your small child to consume. Too much sugar causes many major health problems for your child and has negative effects on your child’s teeth. If you do not want to serve plain ones, it is best to discuss it with your child’s pediatrician to find a healthy and safe addition to your child’s pancakes.
Because pancakes are large in size, you must cut them into very small pieces before serving them to your child. Since pancakes are soft, they are easy enough for your child to mash in his or her mouth. And since they are made with non-harsh ingredients, they are also easy for your baby’s digestive system to process.
Pancakes are also a great food because they are usually pretty simple to make and serve. Plus, there are many brands of toaster pancakes that can be pulled from the freezer and toasted when it is time to eat.
Though pancakes are not known to cause many allergic reactions, some people can have a reaction. When first introducing pancakes to your little one, it is always best to either serve it alone or with another food your child has already enjoyed. It is always best to wait three days in between feeding your child new foods. This way, if your child does have an allergic reaction, you will know which food caused it.
Even though pancakes are not well known to cause allergic reactions, the ingredients used to make them are. As we previously mentioned, if your child is allergic to dairy—milk or eggs—you should steer clear of pancakes until after your child’s second birthday. They also contain wheat, which is another popular food allergen.
If your child is old enough to start using utensils, pancakes are a great food to toss on a plate and have your child eat with a fork. Its soft consistency is easy for them to fork, making it a great (and nutritious) learning tool.
Remember, as long as your child does not have a wheat, milk or egg allergy, pancakes are a great addition to their diet when they are old enough for finger foods. Cut into small pieces, pancakes are great for them to feed themselves, whether using their hands or utensils. Feeding plain ones is the best way to go, especially when your child is young and just starting to eat finger foods. Adding foods into the them, such as blueberries or chocolate chips, can cause a choking hazard. Also, butter and syrup are not healthy for your young child.
As always, if you have any questions about pancakes, when or how to feed it to your child, you should consult your child’s doctor. He or she will be able to better discuss your concerns and answer your questions in more thorough detail.