There’s nothing sweeter than babies and toddlers trying new foods. Mine have always been so curious and excited to see what the next thing in the bowl will be. Even with four kids the cuteness has not worn off and we take so many photos of our little one eating in his high chair.
Because who can resist the faces they make while eating? It’s just as adorable when they don’t like the food as when they do!
Recently, our pediatrician said our baby was ready to try yogurt if he was interested. I was surprised he could already try yogurt–the first year is flying by!
My older kids love the Stonyfield YoKids organic squeezers so when they reached out and asked if we were interested in trying their new YoBaby yogurt with probiotics I immediately said yes!
Thank you Stonyfield for sponsoring this post!
Frozen Yogurt Popsicles for Babies
The baby’s face when he tried the YoBaby yogurt was hysterical. He was so confused at first, it wasn’t a fruit or veggie or cereal! It didn’t take him long to decide that whatever it was he loved it.
When I could tell his teeth were bothering him a few days later I decided to make him a treat–frozen yogurt popsicles for babies.
The were so creamy and delicious even the big kids wanted to eat them!
Baby Yogurt Popsicles
- silicone ice cube trays
- YoBaby yogurt with probiotics (any flavor)
- pureed fruit or veggie baby food
- small baby spoon
- silicone or mesh teething feeder for babies (we prefer the silicone ones but either will work!)
Use the baby spoon to spoon some of the Yobaby with probiotics into the ice cube tray. Next spoon a little of the fruit puree in. Top it off with another spoonful of the YoBaby yogurt. Stick the ice cube tray into the freezer for a couple hours or overnight until the yogurt is frozen.
Once the mini yogurt popsicles are frozen it’s time to give them to your baby! You can just set them on the high chair for the baby or toddler to pick up and chew on or place them in the teething feeder. The silicone teether feeder makes it easy for babies to hold and lets them chew on them without their hands getting too cold, but either way works.
Yogurt for Babies
Even if it’s not your first baby it can be hard to remember what food you can give babies when–maybe it’s the lack of sleep! That’s why I love that our pediatrician brings all of these things up at our visits.
I’m not alone in not having all the answers. In research conducted by ORC International and Stonyfield, at least one third of parents admit to feeding confusion during baby’s first months, and just over half feel overwhelmed by the varying opinions of early childhood nutrition.
Stonyfield has partnered with Dr. Tanya MD, FAAP and mother of three to share some tips for feeding babies! Read through them to discuss with your pediatrician or family doctor.
Tips from Dr. Tanya:
- Expose babies to healthy foods early on. To keep it simple, I have my list of trusted foundation foods that ensure your baby is receiving proper nutrients. Some of my foundation foods are eggs, prunes, avocados, fish, yogurt, cheese, nut butters, chicken, beans, lentils, berries, citrus fruits, green vegetables, whole grains, and water. Mix and match these foods as your baby becomes more and more comfortable with solids. As always, check with your pediatrician before feeding these foundation foods and modify as needed to accommodate any food allergies.
- Probiotics are beneficial for people of all ages, but especially babies. To protect your baby’s gut health, you want to ensure they’re getting enough probiotics. While naturally found in breast milk, probiotics are also found in yogurt, one of my foundation foods. Gut health is the foundation for overall good health as babies grow – and probiotics can help support a happy, tiny tummy. That’s why Stonyfield has added probiotic BB-12® to YoBaby® yogurt – the only organic yogurt made especially for babies.
- Safe dairy for babies under 12 months. The good news is babies as young as six months can begin eating yogurt, even if they’re breastfeeding. Not only is it a healthy option for little bodies, you’ll find infants love yogurt! Choose a brand made with organic whole milk, like Stonyfield Organic YoBaby.
- Natural sugar vs. added sugar. We need to understand the difference between naturally occurring and added sugar. Wholesome foods like milk, yogurt and fruit have naturally occurring sugar that is part of a healthy diet. Added sugar helps to give different flavors a sweet taste and is what you should be on the lookout for.
- Finger food. Don’t be afraid to put down the spoon and let your little one try feeding themselves with some nutritious finger foods. My favorite way to start is with some cut up berries. The soft berries are easy to pick up and feel gentle against their gums. As with all young babies, monitor their eating closely to avoid any choking.
Stonyfield YoBaby® was selected as number one pediatrician recommended refrigerated yogurt for babies 6 months to 2 years old*
* Source: IMS Health ProVoice Survey, 12/01/15 – 09/30/16
It’s hot down here in Florida and making these frozen yogurt popsicles for babies has been a great way to cool off and soothe sore gums. As you can see our little cutie loves them!
Starting to eat solids is an exciting time and frozen yogurt popsicles for babies are super cool. (See what I did there?) Anything you can do to make healthy eating fun is a great way to set them up with good nutrition habits for life!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Stonyfield YoBaby yogurt. All personal opinions are mine and my family’s alone. Dr. Tanya’s tips for feeding babies are a great starting point for a conversation with your pediatrician. Remember to consult with your doctor for advice specific to your baby and his or her needs.