When it comes to first foods, nothing makes my baby more excited than going to chow town on a good meal of wholesome yogurt.
When he sees me pull out the tub of yogurt, he does his little wiggle dance in his highchair – letting me know that he wants his yogurt and he wants it now.
And I am happy to oblige. After all, yogurt is not only yummy but also full of calcium and other goodies – exactly what your growing baby needs. And even better, he hoovers it down without me having to resort to
force feeding pretending the spoon is an airplane, and other
sneaky tricks to get him to eat.
The only thing I have to do is clean up his big yogurt grin.
You may be surprised to learn that there are many different ways to introduce yogurt into your baby’s diet.
Fortunately, I have done the hard work for you. Click the links below to be taken to my top picks. After all, why should your baby settle for second best?
Or keep reading from top to bottom. Like yogurt, this guide is full of good stuff.
Forget spoon-feeding your baby yogurt. Hands-free feeding is where it’s at. And yogurt pouches allow you to do just that. All the goodness of a tub of yogurt in an easy-to-use pouch.
Yogurt that comes in a pouch is typically runnier than your average tub variety. This is so that your baby can easily suck and squirt the yogurt from the pouch into his mouth. Think of it as a baby yogurt smoothie.
Perhaps best of all is the fact that you don’t have to keep these yogurt snacks refrigerated. I keep two in my diaper bag backpack at all times, just in case.
The only downside to disposable food pouches is that they are wasteful. Once your baby’s meal is done the pouch heads straight for the trash. But like disposable diapers, such is the price of simplicity. If this doesn’t sit well with you, why not mix up your own batch of baby yogurt and use a reusable baby food pouch?
Ingredients (Strawberry Banana Flavor)
I don’t know whether it’s the sight of Elmo and the other Sesame Street characters printed on these yogurt pouches or the Flavor. But when my baby sees me heading in his direction with one of these yogurt smoothies in hand, he wiggles with excitement!
The Ingredients have are USDA Organic Certified and come in a wide variety of simple flavors. Only two fruits are ever mixed at a time – great for fussy babies!
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With each BPA-free pouch containing over 4 ounces of food, your baby will be left with a full tummy. And if your baby can’t finish the whole yogurt smoothie in one sitting, you can simply screw the cap back on and save it for later. Just remember to refrigerate after opening!
Ingredients (Strawberry Banana Flavor)
If you have a fussy toddler who just won’t eat the good stuff then perhaps a more nourishing yogurt smoothie is in order. And HappyTot Provides just that.
Because HappyTot uses Greek yogurt, their yogurt pouches contain double the protein found in other brands that use plain yogurt. The gluten-free breakfast blends a mix of grains to provide both omega-3 and fiber while the Greek Yogurt blend contains both fruit and vegetables for Vitamins A, C and D.
The end result is a yogurt smoothie that is more like a whole meal, rather than a yogurt snack. The trade-off was that yogurt was further down the list of ingredients, meaning there was less of it per serving.
By far the easiest and most convenient way to get your baby to eat yogurt is by handing him a yogurt melt.
It turns out that when you freeze-dry yogurt, something magical happens. It turns into a soft, easy-to-handle snack. At a glance, it looks like a bite-sized yogurt drop. Perfect for your little baby.
While they certainly don’t resemble traditional a traditional tub of yogurt, they still contain all the active cultures, probiotics, and other goodness found in the thick goopy stuff that you know and love.
The best part about yogurt melts is since they don’t need to be refrigerated, you can take them anywhere as a mess-free snack. In the car, at the park, or at grandmas.
The reason they are called melts is because they dissolve in your baby’s mouth. My little one absolutely loves them. They are like baby crack.
Now you may be disturbed to learn that, sugar is often the second ingredient listed in yogurt melts. But if you glance at the nutrition facts, you will be reassured. Most melts contain 4g of sugar per serving. That’s a fraction of the sugar found in single serving of fruit purees.