If there’s one thing we love about cottage cheese for babies, it’s the texture!
Cottage cheese is typically creamy with lots of soft little lumps – just perfect for babies to mash with their gums and giving them the sensation of texture, but in an easy-to-manage form.
Cottage cheese is a mixture of cheese curds (these are the little ‘lumps’) and whey, formed by curdling cow’s milk, then draining it rather than pressing it.
There are different styles of cottage cheese available – some with large curds (often called ‘chunk style’ and great as a finger food), some small, some with the curds washed to make them taste sweeter and less acidic, and some with unwashed curds and a more ‘tangy’ flavour.
You can also buy cottage cheese with varying levels of fat, depending on the fat quantity of the milk used to prepare it. Whilst full fat/ whole milk cottage cheese is perfectly fine – even desirable – for babies (here’s why) – it’s a good idea to switch to a reduced fat variety when baby reaches 2 years of age.
Cottage cheese is a source of calcium. However, it’s not one of the best sources of calcium for babies – a cup of yogurt, for example, contains over twice as much calcium as a cup of cottage cheese.
So whilst cottage cheese is a useful addition to baby’s diet in terms of calcium intake, it’s important to include other calcium sources too.
Cottage cheese also provides some fats (dependent on the fat quantity of the milk it was made with), plus vitamin D, phosphorus (good for teeth and bones!) and selenium.
Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein – the reason it’s such a popular food with athletes!
Some varieties of cottage cheese are very high in sodium…
We recommend looking for low sodium brands when buying cottage cheese for baby (and the rest of the family, too!).
Cottage cheese can generally be introduced to your baby from 6 months of age, although it’s important to check with your doctor first, particularly if there is any family history of food allergy.
I was told to avoid soft cheese when pregnant – isn’t cottage cheese a soft cheese? Doesn’t that mean it may be harmful for baby?
The advice about consuming soft cheese during pregnancy relates to unpasteurized cheeses. Cottage cheese is usually made with pasteurized milk (check the packaging to be sure) and is safe during pregnancy and for your weaning baby unless – of course – a family history of food allergy or intolerance makes it unsuitable.
In many ways, cottage cheese can be considered a ‘fast food’ for babies – after all, it’s ready to serve straight from the container!
For some babies, the relatively bland flavour is what makes it appealing – but other tiny diners (ours included) might like a bit more pizzazz! So here are a range of ways to incorporate yummy cottage cheese into baby’s menu…
Freezing Cottage Cheese
We DON’T recommend freezing cottage cheese, because it changes the texture… and not in a good way! But, of course, feel free to give it a try if you wish – the texture may be suitable to YOUR baby’s liking, even if it wasn’t to ours!
We hope your baby enjoys these recipes – if YOU have any baby food recipes you’d like to share containing cottage cheese, then please send them in