Rusks seem like a staple for many babies, they are handy to pop into your purse for emergencies and they are good for your baby too. Rusks are also often used for teething babies, they are a nutritional treat as well as soothing on your little one’s gums.
Can I Give My Baby Rusks? Answer: Yes
Baby rusks come in a variety of different flavors, sizes and textures. You are sure to find one that will suit your little one. When you purchase rusks you should be sure to check the ingredients to make sure they are suitable for your little one. Many rusks are made with completely natural ingredients but there are some which are not. Double check to be certain.
What are baby rusks?
Rusks are a very hard and dry biscuit that are given to babies to suck and chew on. There are also rusks made of rice cereal which are not as hard, they are softer on gums and can be eaten by your little one much more quickly. Sometimes rusks can be given to babies as a treat or to assist teething babies with pain relief from sore and tender gums. Many rusks help to soothe tender gums and promote natural development of your baby’s teeth. Due to the hard texture of teething rusks this will encourage biting and chewing, which of course is important for gum and jaw development in babies. All rusks will give infant age and or stage advice on the outside of the packet.
Never leave baby unattended with a rusk.
What to look out for when buying baby rusks
There are a variety of rusks available for babies, and it is up to you as a parent what you are looking for. If organic, natural produce is important to you it is a good idea to check the ingredients list as not all baby food is natural. Some of the more common additives which can sometimes surprise parents are added colors, added sugrds, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. These are all things you may want to watch out for when buying your little one’s rusks.
Many teething rusks are a great source of iron and calcium, with added vitamins which all work together to help build strong bones and teeth for your baby. Many parents use rusks as baby’s first finger food.
Why are rusks so good for babies
When babies experience teething pain, their gums will swell and baby will feel irritated, bothered, in pain, and show that they are not happy and are feeling distressed. Parents can provide teething rings, teething necklaces, topical gels, cold cloths to chew on or rusks to help their baby cope with the pain associated with teething. Rusks can assist in helping the teeth erupt through the gums as baby will chew and bite down on the rusk. Providing baby with organic teething rusks is a healthy way to go.
Make Your Own Baby Rusks
You could also make your own healthy teething rusks for your little one. They take about 2 hours to cook in a slow oven. If you are looking for more baby food recipes, check out our review of Annabel Karmels Top 100 Baby Purees. This will allow you to know what is in the food that you give your little one and remember never to leave your baby alone while eating.