can babies eat tofu???
we are vegetarian...husband is vegan. i'm looking into making our 9 month old baby's food (organic babyfood in stores is ridiculously expensive, plus i would like to know where my kids food is coming from...). i know the basics...what to buy/look for, HOWEVER i was wondering if anyone knows if baby can have tofu?? also, if anyone has any awesome babyfood recipes, feel free to share! thank you!!
I would imagine so, and upon doing further reading it seems that this article (http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/bnutrition/0,,3wfr,00.html) should answer your question. Apparently legumes are not normally listed as a reccomended food for infants for the reason that they are relatively difficult to digest, however tofu is a very processed form of soy and therefore easier to stomach. Another article states that most babies are ready to take on tofu at the age of 7-8 months, and seeing that yours is 9 months, I see no problem with sampling it to the little one.
Also, kudos to you for keeping your kid on a healthy diet. That doesn't seem to be a very commonly enforced practice these days ...
yes, as sunkid said, it seems like for an older baby is shouldn't be a problem. i know that you can make all kinds of delishous "puddings" with silken tofu. That might be fun to experiment with! Blend soften and cooked fruits and/or veggies in with the tofu. Sounds yummy....if i was a baby ;)
Both my children loved tofu as babies - though now I have to hide it in other things to get the older one to eat it. I used to puree it with sweet vegetables like parsnip or squash when introducing it, and then progressed to other fruit / veg mixtures.
Hope your children enjoy it!
I like the book The Super Baby Food Book it's got lots of great ideas. (also useful for older kids)
I cut tofu into small cubes as soon as they were old enough to pick it up and eat it. I never stopped serving it to them, so it is just like cheese or potatoes to an omnivorous child.
Babies will love tofu! I would recommend serving your child the silken type first in order to make swallowing easier. Good luck! :D