Baby French Toast Sticks are a healthy, tasty way to introduce eggs to your baby. This protein french toast also works as toddler french toast and can be topped with fruit, peanut butter, hummus, yogurt or milk.
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Before we started baby led weaning at 6 months with Camryn, I did all 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?
Hopefully this post will give you some peace of mind for your baby and toddler, because this is a great french toast for toddlers, too!
If you need more baby led weaning breakfast ideas, this recipe is for you.
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 (even the recent 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).
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.
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.
How to Start Adding Eggs To Baby’s Diet
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.
This french toast for baby is the perfect way to incorporate eggs, both the yolks and whites. Another 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. There are so many things you can do with sweet potatoes for baby led weaning.
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.
- cast iron skillet
- Stasher bags or reusable freezer bags
- Freezer friendly clear containers (so you can see what’s in them)
- Freezer friendly labels – these work great!
- Fun sandwich cutters – sometimes making food into fun shapes increase the odds of kids eating it
How to Make Baby French Toast
This french toast for babies couldn’t be easier. First, gather your ingredients.
- 2 eggs
- 2-3 pieces of a hearty bread
- yogurt (I recommend a full fat yogurt since fat is good for babies brains)
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 7 months.
And when you have a cranky or hungry baby (or breastfeeding hunger), 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, mashed sweet potato (so many ideas in these sweet potato recipes for toddlers), 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.
Yes, this is a great option for french toast for toddlers too. Feel free to use more syrup or honey with toddlers, or add more nut butter or toppings.
Once the french toast sticks cool, just store them in a stasher or freezer friendly bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, place in a microwave oven and cook until warm throughout or microwave for 10 seconds at a time. I recommend shorter intervals to make sure it doesn’t get soggy.
More Baby Led Weaning Recipes
- Baby waffles, made with spinach and sweet potatoes, and no added sugars.
- We also love these almond flour banana muffins and crispy roast parsnips. Both are easy for baby to pick up!
- 40+ ideas for healthy baby muffins filled with several fruits and veggies. These chocolate zucchini chickpea flour muffins are gluten free and have bananas and zucchini.
- Salmon zucchini cakes are also great for introducing fish (with hidden zucchini)
- And if you want any ideas of what toddlers eat in a day, check out this post on easy toddler meals and snacks with baby led weaning meatballs.
- 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.
I like to top them with this cinnamon almond butter in my monthly order from Thrive Market!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g
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