Walking past the shelves with baby food in the store, many parents want to buy something tasty for their child and pamper their baby. One of these delicacies can be considered baby biscuits. The information on the package indicates that it can be given from 5 months.
Most pediatricians believe that there is no need for children's cookies under one year old, and this is a whim of the parents. The fact is that sugar and additives are often added to cookies for children, which are not needed at this age, and cookies may also contain gluten, which is an allergen.
But if your baby tolerates many foods well, sometimes you can pamper him with cookies.
When to add cookies to your diet
According to the recommendations of the Research Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, cookies can be introduced into the children's diet no earlier than from 7-8 months. When soaking cookies in milk, the age of 5 months is allowed.
Cookies can become an additional source of nutrients and vitamins that are not enough in breast milk or formula. If your toddler has teething, cookies can help him learn to chew and relieve itchy gums.
Which cookie to choose
Nursing mothers and children with allergies are often recommended Zoological and Maria cookies as the most hypoallergenic products. However, reading the composition, in addition to flour and water, you can find egg white, condensed milk and other additives that cannot be called hypoallergenic.
The popular Malyshok biscuits contain milk powder, eggs and gluten. These foods are in the first place for the number of allergies. Twin brothers "Baby" with an identical composition: "Grow Big" and "Hippo Bondi".
More or less gentle composition of Hipp baby biscuits. It does not contain eggs and food additives, refined sugar is replaced by cane sugar, and vitamin B1 is present, which is necessary for the proper growth and development of the child.
Heinz biscuits can also be called gentle, but they contain vanillin, which can cause allergies.
You can bake the cookies yourself. However, pediatricians do not advise doing this, because special products are used for the production of children's cookies. In addition, at home, it is difficult to achieve a consistency that melts in the mouth.
So does the child need cookies?
Reading the ingredients on packages with cookies, you will almost everywhere find powdered milk and gluten, which most often cause allergies in children. Many manufacturers add sugar, which can ferment the intestines, causing bloating and discomfort.
Following the advice of doctors, you should not give cookies to a child under 8 months old. And if you want to give him something to nibble on, it is better to replace the cookies with soaked drying or choose a gentle cookie, having carefully studied the composition.