How many eggs is too many is a much-asked question in my weekly Q&A.
The question comes, I think, from the egg a day guideline for adults. And wondering if this is OK for babies too. After all, they’re a lot smaller! And the fact that eggs are one of the quickest and easiest weaning foods of all time. Every parent’s secretly hoping there’s no limit!
What’s so great about eggs?
- Easy to buy
- Relatively inexpensive
- Handy store cupboard staple
- A good source of protein, non-haem iron, Vit D and A.
- A great source of lesser well-known nutrients, choline and lutein, which are helpful for brain development
- No cooking expertise necessary
How many are too many?
There are no guidelines regarding the maximum number of eggs for babies. So, one a day is perfectly fine. But remember variety is critical. So if you’re serving eggs daily try to change up how you serve them.
Eggs and food poisoning
Babies under 12 months are especially at risk from food poisoning. Make sure not to offer your baby undercooked or raw eggs as there’s a risk of salmonella food poisoning.
Parent provides, child decides!
So, there’s no rule about how many eggs to include per day. You decide how often you want to serve eggs during the week, and what way you want to serve them. Don’t limit them to your baby’s favourite type. Parent provides. After that, it’s up to your baby to either eat them or not! Child decides.
Simple ways to change up eggs for your baby
- Boiled egg (well-cooked)
- Scrambled egg with spinach
- Veggie omelette
- French Toast
- Sweet potato pancakes
- Veggie egg muffins
- Fried egg (no soft yolk)
- Poached eggs (not runny!)
When can I introduce eggs?
You can introduce eggs at any time. Keep in mind though that eggs are potentially allergenic foods, so follow the safety tips on the safe introduction. Initially go for a well-cooked egg offered from a spoon, rather than as finger food. The easiest way to do this is to boil an egg for about ten minutes, then blitz or mash well and mix a little with a portion of food your baby is already eating without any problems like a vegetable, fruit or porridge. You can gradually increase the amount offered and then branch out into providing egg in any of the ways above.
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