Welcome to our eggs baby food recipes page, where we look at WHY eggs are such a healthy food for your baby and HOW to cook them in ways he’ll love!
When it comes to creating nutritionally superior baby food, no-one does it quite like Mother Nature!
Eggs are proof in point – perfectly portioned and with a delicate flavour that can be used effectively in sweet or savoury recipes, eggs are simply PACKED with nutrients that are particularly important for your growing baby.
Up until recently, medical experts have tended to recommend that babies under 12 months be given egg yolks ONLY, with the whites being introduced after baby’s first birthday.
This is because the white of an egg is more likely than the yolk to trigger an allergic reaction, which can sometimes be severe.
However, current research suggests that there may be no benefit in delaying the introduction of egg whites and that this will not prevent their triggering an allergic reaction in a sensitive baby.
Therefore, most medical professionals now recommend that babies be introduced to whole eggs – the yolks AND the whites – from 6 months of age, if there is no family history of food allergy.
Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you discuss the introduction of eggs with your child’s doctor.
Reactions to eggs can be very serious, so it is essential that your child’s doctor – who is familiar with your family’s medical history – advise you about the best time to include them in your baby’s diet.
Eggs are chock-full of high quality nutrients for your baby including…
Furthermore – and contrary to popular belief – eggs do NOT raise the body’s levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol, nor do they contribute to heart disease.
Whilst both the yolk and the egg white are nutritious (the protein level in the white only slightly higher), the yolks actually contain the bulk of the nutrients – good news if you decide to give your baby ‘yolks only’ at first.
Eggs from the grocery store tend to be clearly labelled with a ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date, so it’s generally an easy task to ensure that the eggs you are buying for your baby are safe.
If you buy them directly from a farm or other source where they may not be labelled, be sure to check that they are fresh and have been stored under refrigeration.
Some eggs have brown shells and some have white…
…but there is no difference between the two in terms of quality, nutrition or taste!
Whilst non-organic eggs are, of course, considered perfectly safe for consumption – particularly since safety procedures have been tightened to avoid contamination issues – many people prefer to buy organic eggs.
If available in your area, we really recommend giving them a try – aside from the better-known benefits of organic foods, we feel that organic eggs have a richness of flavour that’s absent from regular eggs!
Completely fresh eggs should be good in the fridge for up to one month – but be sure to store them in the back of the fridge (NOT the door!).
Your fridge door may have one of those handy egg holders in it, but it’s also the warmest spot in the fridge… not ideal for the storage of eggs at all, particularly those intended for your baby!
Eggs can be cooked in lots of ways, including boiling, poaching, frying and even baking!
Whichever method you choose, it’s very important to cook eggs THOROUGHLY for your baby – and that includes the yolk.
This post from our blog explains why it is NOT safe to give your baby undercooked eggs, even when the eggs are organic.
If you want to separate the egg whites from the yolks, then you have a few options.
If you’ve always cooked hard boiled eggs by boiling them continuously for 10 minutes or so, then you might be surprised to find that it’s NOT actually the best way to do it!
It tends to make the egg whites rather rubbery and unpleasant – and can also cause the outside of the yolk to go a little green.
Using the following method provides lighter whites (and uses less power!).
Hard boiled eggs should be stored in the fridge and used within 48 hours.
Can you think of an ingredient more versatile than the egg?
Thanks to their neutral flavour, you can add eggs to just about anything, supplying your baby with a valuable boost of nutrients with very little effort… and without his even noticing!
Here are some great ways to incorporate eggs into your baby’s daily diet…
Did you know…
…That eggs are great for mummy and daddy too?
Research has shown that eating eggs for breakfast really satisfies the appetite, preventing over-eating and snacking later in the day and contributing to weight loss!