Pudding seems like a pretty logical choice to give to a baby because of its consistency. It’s easy for them to gum up and swallow, and it tastes pretty good. It also comes in an assortment of flavors so you can see how they like different tastes like Chocolate, Vanilla, or Tapioca. But is this something that is recommended for your baby, and should you give it to them?
As your baby gets older and starts moving into eating new foods, you’ll often question just about anything that you’re ready to feed them. This is good, especially if it’s your first baby. You don’t want to feed them things first and then do the research later. That would be more of a trial and error approach to things. By checking first, it shows that you care enough to be concerned, as you should. In the case of pudding, there isn’t a lot of immediate harm that can come to your baby from feeding it to them, so this becomes a case of whether or not you think it’s OK.
Some moms will say that you can, and that their baby loves it. That’s all well and good, but it still doesn’t mean that you should give them pudding. You are the gatekeeper when it comes to what they eat, so why give your baby things that don’t help to sustain them, or don’t work to support their growth and development? Some make the case that pudding contains calcium, but so does a lot of other foods that don’t have as much added junk as pudding does.
Can I Give My Baby Pudding? Not Recommended
The reason we don’t recommend giving your baby pudding is because most people buy their pudding from the store, and this means that it will either come in Snack Pack form, or will require you to make it from a box of powder, adding milk to it as per the directions. In your baby’s first year, or even two, you want to be very selective of what goes into their system, as they’re body is developing and doesn’t need to be bombarded with all of the man made elements we find ourselves presented with. This means that unless you buy organic pudding made with organic milk and sweeteners, it’s probably not a good idea to give ordinary pudding to your baby.
In addition to pudding being a dairy product, you also have to give consideration to the different flavors. For example, chocolate pudding should raise a flag and be treated like you are giving your baby chocolate. Vanilla should also be inspected to see if it’s made with vanilla extract, or if it’s just artificial flavoring. Commercial pudding most definitely will be made with artificial flavors, even if they boast being made with real chocolate or vanilla.
What’s In Pudding
Pudding is mostly made with milk, and you might be thinking that this makes it OK to give to your baby, because after breast milk and formula they’re probably going to move on to cow’s milk. However, commercially bought pudding is made with industrial grade milk, and therefore it is subjected to all of the bovine growth hormones and additives, and also has been pasteurized. All of these things should be considered before just spooning pudding into your baby’s mouth.
Making Your Own Pudding
If you make your own pudding you get to have more control over what goes into it, and therefore you can be more selective about what your baby is getting. You can also use more natural items, including your own breast milk instead of ordinary milk, although most report that this doesn’t make very appealing pudding. It’s not as hard as you might be thinking, and as long as you have the right equipment, is something you can mix up in short order and serve to your baby as a treat.
However, even if you do manage to follow a recipe found online, it still begs the question whether you should even bother. Your baby doesn’t need putting, so why go out of your way to give it to them. Focus instead on foods that are proven to be beneficial to your baby, and you’ll be all set.