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?
When To Introduce Eggs to Babies
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.
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).
Are There Cases Where You Should Wait?
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.
How to Start Incorporating Eggs into Baby’s Diet
I talked a little bit about our baby led weaning journey here. 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).
How to Make Baby French Toast
This protein french toast couldn’t be easier. First, gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
- 2 Eggland’s Best eggs
- 2-3 pieces of a hearty bread
You simply cut a hearty wheat bread into finger strips, dip it into the egg batter, and throw them on the skillet. These baby french toast fingers come together in absolutely no time at all. And when you have a cranky or hungry baby, you need something quick!
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!
- 2 Egglands Best eggs
- ¼ cup of baby’s usual milk breastmilk/formula/cow’s milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Sprinkle of ginger
- 3-4 slices of whole wheat bread, cut into finger shapes (thicker works better)
- 1 T butter or oil
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup blueberries
- Mix Egglands Best eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger in a small bowl.
- Cut pieces of bread into finger shapes (3-4 slices per piece of bread).
- Melt butter or oil over griddle or pan on medium temperature.
- Place bread pieces into egg mixture so they are coated with mixture and transfer to griddle.
- Cook 2-3 minutes on each side, or until each side is browned. Repeat with remaining sticks.
- Remove French toast and set on plate for cooling. Top with fruit, yogurt, hummus, peanut butter, syrup, etc!
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.
We like to make ours into little sandwiches with yogurt in the middle. You could also top with hummus, peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or anything else.
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