Pizza has become such a staple to the American diet that for some it’s hard to imagine going long without it. Sooner or later you know your child is going to have some, it’s just a matter of when. You might be wondering if pizza cut into bite size bits might make a quick and convenient meal for your baby, so we’re here with the answer.
Most of the pizza that is consumed these days is not made by hand, but either ordered from a pizza place or cooked from frozen. This means that it’s going to be loaded with preservatives, industrial-grade ingredients, and additives like MSG to make it taste good. These should not have a place in your baby’s diet.
When the family is chowing down on pizza night, is it something you can give your baby a taste of, or are there ingredients on it that make it a no-go? You’ll soon discover that pizza is best saved until a later date.
Can I Give My Baby Pizza? Answer: Not Recommended
When you think about it, pizza is a rather complicated food for a baby to have. It’s a combination of several different food groups, with extra spices added for flavor. A lot of pizzas these days come with flavored crusts and other gimmicks, all of which add to this not being the best food for baby. And while some of us don’t count it in the column, it should fall under fast food if you ordered in, and maybe even junk food depending on the toppings.
Making your own pizza at home is one way to make sure that you’ve got the quality control on the ingredients used. But even then you should probably just let your baby gnaw on the crust. As they get older and can start to handle more complex foods, you can make them their own personal sized pizza using pita bread for the crust, and their favorite vegetables as toppings.
The toppings is where a baby will get into the most trouble. While tomato sauce has a lot of nutrients in it, it’s also very acidic and can give your baby heartburn and indigestion. Any meat topping you get on your pizza is likely to be too greasy, to fatty, and too spicy for your baby to have. Vegetable toppings might be alright, but you’ll have to make sure that each individual veggie has been introduced to your baby and they didn’t have a problem with it. They also have to be comfortable with solid foods, of course.
The cheese on a pizza is another cause for concern. It’s typically the case that anything adults are supposed to go easy on, babies should avoid as well. While cheese does have some nutritional benefits, it’s also high in fat and cholesterol and can lead to constipation. Since pizza is loaded with the stuff it’s not the best idea to your little one.
Pizza is loaded with spices and flavors. There’s seasoning in the sauce, spices in the meats, and sometimes even on the crust. While this makes it taste great, it also increases the chances that your baby will not respond well to it.
Pizza is also high in sodium and calories, both of which you should be on the lookout for with your baby. A high calorie diet for a baby is not a good idea because they don’t move around enough to burn off an excess intake. That’s why these sorts of foods are better to give to them later on, when their digestive system is more developed, and they’re running around burning a bunch of calories each day. They’ll also be talking so they can tell you what they like and don’t like.
There’s really no need to rush your baby on to foods that are best suited for older children. In their younger years it’s about nutrition, simplicity, and gradually broadening their palate with wholesome choices. With a complex food like pizza you aren’t doing them any favors. They may eat it up as if they like it, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for them.