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These yogurts now feature probiotics with the addition of the BB-12 ® strain and was selected as number one pediatrician recommended (refrigerated) yogurt for babies 6 months to 2 years old.
A few tips from pediatrician Dr. Tanya MD, FAAP and mother of three:
1. Safe dairy for babies under 12 months. Shopping for dairy can be confusing when your baby has stopped taking breast milk but is too young for cow’s milk. Choose a brand made with organic whole milk, like Stonyfield Organic YoBaby.
2. Exposing baby to healthy foods early. Introducing baby’s first solids is a stressful time for parents. To keep it simple stick to foundation foods: eggs, prunes, avocados, fish, yogurt, cheese, nut butters, chicken, beans, lentils, berries, citrus fruits, green vegetables, whole grains, and water.
3. To help 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. Stonyfield has added probiotic BB-12 ® to YoBaby. BB-12 ® has been shown to have a digestive health benefit when consumed regularly by promoting beneficial gut bacteria and regular, soft stools.
4. Natural sugar vs. added sugar. Most importantly, we need to understand the difference between naturally occurring sugar and added sugar.
- Wholesome foods like milk, yogurt and fruit have naturally occurring sugar that is a part of a healthy diet.
- Added sugar helps to give different flavors their sweet taste and is what you should be on the lookout for. Many labels don’t differentiate between natural and added sugar but will begin to in the near future.
5. 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 for them to pick up and feel gentle against their gums. You’re helping to develop their fine motor skills and introducing a new and delicious snack.