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5 Tips to Safely Introduce Eggs to Your Baby 

5 Tips to Safely Introduce Eggs to Your Baby

Eggs are an excellent source of high-quality protein, essential vitamins and minerals that are crucial for the optimal growth and development of your baby. It’s important to note that recent research has debunked the previously held belief that delaying the introduction of eggs to babies is necessary to prevent allergies or sensitivities. On the contrary, the Canadian Infant Feeding Guidelines recommend that eggs be introduced to your little one at six months of age to help prevent an egg allergy.  

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When your baby reaches important developmental milestones—like having good head control, sitting up with little support, showing interest in food and and eagerly opening their mouth when food is nearby—this may indicate that they are ready for solid foods. This is also the perfect time to introduce eggs as one of your baby’s first foods. 

Eggs are included in Canada’s Food Guide as part of a balanced diet. Ensuring a safe and enjoyable feeding experience for your baby involves prioritizing food safety. Here are some important tips to consider: 

  1. Cook eggs thoroughly. 
    It’s important to cook eggs all the way through to eliminate any potentially harmful bacteria. Fortunately, there are quick and easy methods you can try, such as scrambled or hard-boiled eggs. Just make sure both the white and yolk are fully cooked. You can also mix the cooked egg with a little bit of breast milk, infant formula or water when first introducing.   
    Note: Egg preparation techniques that result in runny, undercooked yolks such as soft-poached eggs, fried eggs with runny yolks and soft-boiled eggs, are not advised. It is not recommended to offer undercooked eggs to your baby.  
  1. Start with small portions. 
    Begin by offering small portions of eggs to your baby to allow their developing digestive system to adapt. Start with one to three teaspoons (5 to 15ml) of cooked eggs and let your baby determine how much they want to eat. Gradually increase the quantity as they develop a taste for eggs. This approach also helps you to monitor any possible allergies or sensitivities. 
  1. Offer both the egg white and yolk.  
    Provide your baby with the full benefits of eggs by offering both the white and yolk. The yolk contains protein, energy, fatty acids and nutrients such as choline, which is highly important for brain development and health. 
  1. Handle and store eggs properly. 
    Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw eggs. Store eggs in the refrigerator at a temperature of four degrees Celsius to keep them fresh and safe. If you prepare a large batch of hard-boiled eggs, cool and store them in the shell in a sealed container within two hours of cooking. These properly stored hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated for up to one week. 
  1. Prevent cross-contamination. 
    Clean all utensils, cutting boards and surfaces that come into contact with raw eggs thoroughly with warm water and soap. Additionally, keep raw eggs away from foods that will be eaten raw by your baby, such as vegetables or fruit, to avoid any potential contamination. 

Introducing solids to your baby is a nutritious and exciting milestone. By following these tips, you can ensure a nourishing and safe feeding experience. 

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For more information and for delicious egg recipes, visit eggs.ca.  

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