Introducing your babe to any new ingredient is overwhelming…Throw in small foods that could cause *any* potential choking hazards like seeds and the anxiety really starts to kick in. The flip side? Many seeds are an incredibly nutritious addition to your mini’s diets. Not to mention, they’re often found in other foods that your child is likely to encounter in later years. That’s why we’re here to break down the ins and outs of exposing your babe to these essential ingredients.
When can I introduce seeds to my baby?
As soon as your baby is ready to start solids, usually around 6 months, you can begin to introduce seeds. Be sure to introduce them in the ways recommended below and always consult with your ped on what’s best for your baby.
How do I introduce seeds to my baby?
At Little Spoon, we believe that the best way to introduce seeds is finely ground, blended or pureed with other nutritious ingredients to provide a balanced meal or snack. That’s why we incorporate our favorite seeds throughout our Babyblends and Smoothies menus.
What are the best seeds to introduce?
Many seeds are packed with nutrients and fiber, making them awesome for your little’s digestive health. They also can be rich in healthy fats and Omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients that are essential for brain development. Here are a few of our fave seeds here at Little Spoon:
Flaxseeds – Rich in fiber and high in Omega-3 fatty acids, flax helps keep things movin’ while providing essential fatty acids. Little Spoon’s Sweet Potato Apple Blueberry Flax Babyblend or Sweet Potato Carrot Cake Smoothie are both great options for incorporating flax into your mini’s diet.
Hemp seeds – A great source of magnesium and healthy fats like Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, these powerhouse seeds are known to help improve heart health, among other nutritional benefits. Find hemp in Little Spoon’s Broccoli Pineapple Banana Hemp Babyblend.
Chia seeds – High in fiber, protein, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, chia is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s important to let chia seeds soak and fully expand before introducing them to your babe. We recommend using Little Spoon’s Kale Avocado Green Apple Chia Babyblend, Cherry Berry Chia Pudding Smoothie or Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Smoothie.