Baby French Toast Sticks are a healthy, tasty way to introduce eggs to your baby. This protein french toast can be topped with fruit, peanut butter, hummus, yogurt or milk and is a great option for baby led weaning.
This post is in partnership with Egglands Best. As always, all opinions are my own.
Before we started baby led weaning with Camryn, I did allll the research. I read books and blogs and joined baby led weaning Facebook groups. I’m a questioner and I wanted to know all I could.
I was terrified of the idea of gagging and choking (and would continue to feel this way the first few months).
Everything is very overwhelming at first. Obviously, it’s intimidating to know which foods to start with.
And what about allergy foods – when do you do those? Shouldn’t you just wait so your baby doesn’t have a reaction?
There is a great deal of confusion about when to introduce eggs, and other allergen foods, to babies, for fear of causing adverse food reactions. However, the latest research actually encourages the early introduction of allergen foods (even the 2020-2025 dietary guidelines recommend this).
Believe me, I get that introducing allergen foods to babies can be a scary process. Especially if you have a family history of allergies.
Older recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggested that eggs should not be introduced until after age two in high-risk families.
This was based on evidence from two studies that were based on consensus rather than direct evidence.
After reviewing more evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends introducing eggs and allergen foods earlier, between 4 and 6 months, to lower the risk of food allergies.
The AAP concluded this with the statement that they “found no convincing evidence that delaying the introduction of allergens beyond 4 to 6 months has any significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease” (1).
A guideline released in 2010 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases supported the academy’s position.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology also acknowledges that studies are emerging that may support early introduction as being protective against food allergy (2).
Additionally, the AAP supports not limiting or restricting allergen foods during pregnancy and lactation (3).
One exception to no longer delaying the introduction to allergenic foods is for infants with older siblings who have a peanut allergy, as there is almost a sevenfold increased risk in the younger sibling.
Infants with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) should also exercise caution.
In these cases, infants should be evaluated by their pediatrician and a certified allergist before allergenic foods are introduced (2).
In all situations, I would advise consulting with your pediatrician before introducing solids to your baby.
Your pediatrician will be able to evaluate signs of readiness, as well as take family history and personal history into consideration when sharing personal recommendations.
If you do decide to introduce peanut butter, it’s good to start with baby friendly peanut powder, or something you can mix with breastmilk or yogurt.
In general, introducing the whole egg is safe, though some parents prefer to start with just the egg yolk.
This is because the egg whites are where most of the protein allergens are.
An easy way to incorporate cooked eggs into babies’ diets are to mash or puree them, and mix with breastmilk or formula.
For more flavor, you can also mash and mix with other soft foods, like avocado, bananas or sweet potatoes.
For older babies, consider serving it with toast, mixing it in with oatmeal, making egg muffins or baby french toast (recipe below).
Sometimes I’ll mash with or top with a tiny bit of cinnamon almond butter from my monthly Thrive Market delivery for more consistency.
This protein french toast couldn’t be easier. First, gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
You simply cut a hearty wheat bread into finger strips, dip it into the egg batter, and throw them on the skillet. So easy to make baby eggy bread.
These baby french toast fingers come together in absolutely no time at all and make a great baby led weaning food for 6 month olds.
And when you have a cranky or hungry baby (or hungry mama), you need something quick!
We like to make ours into little sandwiches and fun shapes with yogurt in the middle.
You could also top with hummus, peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or anything else.
These baby french toast sticks are already high in protein and flavor, but so versatile and go with many things.
I recommend topping them with this peanut butter baby food with spinach for more nutrients and to make it easier to grab.
You can freeze these for later. Place them in a single layer in a freezer bag. When ready to eat, microwave for 10-20 seconds and enjoy.
I like to top them with this cinnamon almond butter in my monthly order from Thrive Market!
Do you have any questions about allergies and babies?
Does your baby have any favorite foods?