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Toddlers (ages 12-24 months) need two or three servings of dairy a day, which is equivalent to 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 oz cheese, and 1/3 cup of yogurt. As your child begins to drink milk rather than formula or breast milk (after age one), 1/2 cup of yogurt can comprise one of their daily servings of dairy. Toddlers need about 700 mg of calcium a day. Most babies can start eating yogurt as soon as they start eating solids – around 4 to 6 months. Yogurt is an excellent choice for one of your baby’s early foods because it contains such nutrients as calcium, protein, and vitamins.

The best option is plain, unsweetened, pasteurized yogurt (regular or Greek) made from whole milk and containing “live cultures.”. If you’re wondering if your baby can have yogurt, most experts agree that 6 months is a good age to begin eating the creamy and yummy concoction. This is a good age because it’s around this same.

Yogurt is an excellent food for babies, and they can start to have yogurt as soon as they start eating solids, typically around six months of age. The instead question that pops in our head is why babies can have yogurt before cow milk, which is supposed to be given after 12 months. The reason behind this is that the active culture present in the yogurt like bulgaricus and thermophilus assists in breaking down the lactose and thus aids its digestion. Recent studies have shown that most babies can tolerate typical “first foods” around six months of age —and Momtastic’s baby food section says that yogurt can be introduced as early as seven. Many doctors suggest introducing yogurt between 9 and 10 months of age.

However, studies indicate that the timing of adding certain solids to a baby’s diet is not as important as once believed. In light of that, some pediatricians might recommend introducing selected yogurts as early as 6. When Can My Baby Start to Eat Yogurt? Most pediatricians recommend starting your infant on Yogurt around 7-8 months of age.

Some pediatricians also. A baby can eat plain whole milk yogurt at 6 months, or whenever they start solid foods. Follow the same advice when trying this food out as others and know that while cow’s milk is too hard for a baby to digest, yogurt is often much easier on the tummy. The age for introducing babies to yogurt does vary with 8 months being the most often recommended age. Many pediatricians do say that yogurt at 6 months makes a great first food.

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Older babies can eat yogurt.

“Your Baby's First Year Week by Week” by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
from Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week
by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
Hachette Books, 2010

Most doctors will green-light whole-milk yogurt, cottage cheese, and hard cheese by 8 months or so (or even sooner), and some will even allow an occasional sip of whole milk before the first birthday or a splash mixed in baby’s cereal (but ask first).

“What to Expect the First Year” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect the First Year
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Workman Publishing Company, 2014

Most infants enjoy yogurt around nine months.

“The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two” by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, James Sears
from The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
by William Sears, Martha Sears, et. al.
Little, Brown, 2008

Cow’s milk is not recommended for infants under 12 months, but cheese and yogurt are fine.

“Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler” by Jenna Helwig
from Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler
by Jenna Helwig
HMH Books, 2015

We recommend giving plain baby or whole milk yogurt or whole Greek yogurt and adding your own pureed fruit or vegetable to it (store-bought flavored baby yogurt often has unnecessary added sugar).

“The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers: Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More (For Parents, By Parents)” by Anthony Porto, M.D., Dina DiMaggio, M.D.
from The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers: Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More (For Parents, By Parents)
by Anthony Porto, M.D., Dina DiMaggio, M.D.
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, 2016

Children receiving yogurt for a period of 10 months (125 g/day during 5 days/week) showed a decrease in the incidence and duration of diarrhea and upper-respiratory infections [137].

“The Microbiota in Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology: Implications for Human Health, Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Dysbiosis” by Martin H. Floch, Yehuda Ringel, W. Allen Walker
from The Microbiota in Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology: Implications for Human Health, Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Dysbiosis
by Martin H. Floch, Yehuda Ringel, W. Allen Walker
Elsevier Science, 2016

Because yogurt is less allergenic and more intestine-friendly than cow’s milk, we recommend yogurt as the main dairy product starting from nine months of age.

“The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health” by Martha Sears, Peter Sears, William Sears, Robert W. Sears, James Sears, M.D.
from The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s Health
by Martha Sears, Peter Sears, et. al.
Little, Brown, 2011

Yogurt can also be introduced to infants at about 8–10 months of age [71].

“Development and Manufacture of Yogurt and Other Functional Dairy Products” by Fatih Yildiz
from Development and Manufacture of Yogurt and Other Functional Dairy Products
by Fatih Yildiz
CRC Press, 2016

This may reflect, however, the low-diet diversity at this young age and higher level of intake of yogurt among younger children (Williams et al., 2015).

“Yogurt in Health and Disease Prevention” by Nagendra P. Shah
from Yogurt in Health and Disease Prevention
by Nagendra P. Shah
Elsevier Science, 2017

At this age you can also start to slowly introduce yoghurt.

“Save Our Sleep: Feeding” by Tizzie Hall
from Save Our Sleep: Feeding
by Tizzie Hall
Pan Macmillan Australia, 2012

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  • Shouldn’t you strain the all the berry fruits before adding curd because the berries contain little seeds which is not digestible for the infants or toddlers! That’s my opinion because that’s how I make for my babies!