I receive many comments and questions from moms asking how to deal with their baby not taking to meat – they’re concerned that they are not getting enough protein in their diet. Here’s what I tell them:
You can, and should, introduce protein to babies around 6 months. Up until now, they have been getting their nutrients from breast milk or formula alone. When they reach the 6-month milestone, their growing bodies need more protein. Babies actually have the highest protein requirement, per weight, compared to any other age group!
Meat-based proteins can be difficult for baby to love because of its texture. Texture is everything as baby is learning to chew and gum their food to break it down. We recommend animal sources of protein because they contain all the essential amino acids required for this rapid time of growth. All our savoury meals contain whole (or complete) proteins for this reason.
I’ve found that by mixing proteins with a silky smooth fruit, a vegetable purée or a prepared baby cereal, the success rate is higher. By including grains and pasta, we create more balanced meals and help build baby’s palate. There is an art to finding the right ratio between vegetables, fruits, protein and grains – we’re really good at this!
So when baby is ready for protein, our savoury protein meals can provide comforting tastes with just the right consistency, and as always, they are certified organic. They’re conveniently packed in pouches that make it easy to make protein part of your baby’s diet. Just pour into a dish, heat, and enjoy mealtime with the rest of the family.