How many eggs per week should I give to my baby?
Is there a maximum number of eggs my baby can eat per week? No. However, there is a minimum number of times per week and the reason has to do with allergy prevention.
Of course, it’s best to vary the foods you offer to your baby and too much of any food isn’t ideal. Surprisingly, the cholesterol in food has little impact on blood cholesterol and eggs are healthy for your baby to eat regularly. So go for it! Eggs are super nutritious for both you and your baby.
Why did I choose egg as a first food?
- Eggs have a soft texture that’s perfect for beginner babies
- Eggs naturally contains vitamin D (good for immune function and bone health)
- Eggs are packed with high quality protein for healthy bones & muscles
- Eggs contain lutein & choline, nutrients that are essential for brain & eye development
Eggs are an all-around easy first food.
When should eggs be introduced? Isn’t my baby going to be allergic?
According to the Joint Statement by Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee (CPS), Dietitians of Canada (DC), the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), “common food allergens such as peanut, fish, wheat, milk products, soy and whole eggs, can be introduced from about six months of age. Several of these foods, such as iron-fortified infant cereals with wheat, fish and whole eggs, should be among the first solid foods offered because they are also a source of iron”.
We all know that eggs are a part of the top food allergens so you may be wondering if eggs are safe for a 6 month old. In fact, there is some evidence that is now showing that early introduction (around 6 months of age) may be beneficial. According to a the revised American Academy of Pediatrics policy published in March 2019, there is no evidence that delaying the introduction of allergenic foods, including peanuts, eggs, and fish, beyond 4 to 6 months prevents allergies. There actually may be benefits of introducing allergenic foods in the first year of life to infants when a while is developmentally ready: around 6 months of age (see report here).
How many eggs per week should my baby eat? Is there a maximum?
Actually, there is no maximum number of eggs per week that your baby can eat. But there may be a minimum! Here is the reason there is a minimum number of times per week you want to offer eggs to your baby, and it has to do with allergies. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Position Paper published in January 2019, once an allergenic food (like an egg) has been introduced successfully and your baby has shown no symptoms of an allergy, it’s important to continue to offer it regularly. Eating a small amount of egg a few times a week can help maintain your baby’s tolerance to eggs and actually help prevent allergy.
Here is my baby’s first time eating egg at 6 months of age:
You can see him exploring, squishing, touching and eating a tiny bit. That’s okay and totally part of the learning process. I offered it again a second time, 2 days later. The science isn’t clear about how many days to wait in between each food to watch for signs of an allergy. I decided to wait 2 days before offering it to him again. Watch me offer a strip of an egg omelette to my 6 month old for a second time:
Watch another video of a 6 month old baby (my oldest) eating a whole hard boiled egg for the first time:
How can I cook an egg so it’s safe for my baby?
Here is the recipe I followed to cook the egg offered in the first 2 videos about when my baby was 6 months old: 1 egg mixed with 1 tsp olive oil. Pan fry on medium-low heat until cooked through. Let cool and offer to your baby starting at 6 months old in strips. I actually cooked one egg on the first day, offered him half and kept the second half for his second time. Easy. You can also offer scrambled eggs, a hard boiled egg, a microwaved egg or an egg omelette to your baby.
Can you provide me with recipes containing eggs that are safe for my 6-month old who is developmentally ready to eat solids?
Here are some of my favourite recipes that contain eggs that are safe for beginner babies:
- Hard boiled egg recipe for a 6-month old
- My Apple Cake with Lemony Cream Cheese Icing (can also be made egg-free with ground chia seeds)
- My classic Banana Pancakes that are super soft for babies
- My Cherry Tomato Bites for babies
- My Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for babies
- For more recipes similar to these, download my free BLW mini-cookbook!
Can you provide me with a list of egg-free recipes?
- My No-Bake Breakfast Balls recipe containing oats, berries, dates and coconut
- kidswithfoodallergies.org to find egg-free recipes
How can I replace an egg in a recipe if my baby is allergic to eggs?
In most recipes, you can replace each egg by 1 tbsp (15 ml) of ground chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp (15 ml) of warm water. Substitution. Contact me if you have a question about a specific recipe of mine.
My Starting Solids Online Course
If you are a caregiver who is starting solids with your baby, it’s important to be informed about how to proceed safely. In my Starting Solids online course, I walk you through the process of safely introducing foods, whether you have already started offering mashed foods or not. You learn by watching 2-5 minute informational videos. You can ask me an unlimited number of questions in the course and I personally answer them very quickly. SIGN UP TO MY STARTING SOLIDS ONLINE COURSE HERE.
If you are a registered dietitian (RD)
This is important information we all need to be familiar with. In fact, I’m preparing an exclusive training for members of my International Infant Nutrition Network of Registered Dietitians (RDs) about the most recent evidence-based information about the introduction of allergens coming soon. When you join my Network, you get access to 9 additional CEUs exclusive to members of the network along with my support, a license to use all my material to teach workshops in your own city and much more. Learn more about the network HERE and complete the form at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in joining and I’ll be in touch with you soon! Enrolment is currently open!