Learn which baby puffs are best for your baby and toddler, when you can introduce them, what to look for at the store, and how to buy puffs for babies with the most nutrition possible.
Puffs, and the pixie dust-like debris that they leave behind, seem to be a right of passage for babies and toddlers of this generation. They are easy for little fingers to pick up once the pincer grasp is mastered, they come in vibrant colors, fun shapes, and are a super easy snack to take on the go. Plus, they dissolve easily in baby’s mouth, making them a good early food with a low risk for choking.
When can you give your baby puffs?
Puffs baby food fill the aisles at most grocery stores and you can plan to pick up a container once baby can pick up smaller foods with their fingers—or their “pincer grasp”. This usually happens around 7 or 8 months.
Are puffs good for babies?
The nutrition info in baby puffs will vary from brand to brand, so you’ll need to read the labels. Most baby specific puffs are very low in nutrients because they are puffed and therefore full of air. They usually have a mild, yet pleasant flavor, and are a fine food to serve in the mix of a healthy diet.
Are puffs safe?
Many parents worry about whether a baby can choke on baby puffs, but they are formatted to dissolve quickly in baby’s mouth so the risk for choking is low. As with any food that you offer, keep a drink nearby and help baby to take sips. The liquid will help her move any food that may get stuck in her mouth around efficiently.
TIP: If your baby or toddler tends to push a lot of puffs (or any other food) into her mouth at once, be sure to limit how much you hand over and refill her highchair tray or bowl as needed.
Best Baby Puffs to Buy
These melt-in-baby’s-mouth puffs are fortified with extra vitamins and minerals to help make sure babies get the nutrition they need. They’re organic and come in 7 flavors including Apple & Broccoli, Banana & Pumpkin, and Strawberry & Beet.
This is another of the top brands of baby puffs that you’ll see in natural and big box stores. We love the simple ingredients and the range of flavors. And that they have both a fruit and a veggie in the mix.
With a sweet star shape, these puffs may be a little more available than the other organic brands—and are still made with whole grains and without artificial ingredients. We like the blueberry flavor. Gerber also makes an organic version.
This kind of puffs include quinoa, natural preservatives, and a mix of fruits and veggies. These are a nice option to have in the mix.
Healthy Natural Baby Puffs
In addition to the puffs that are made specifically for babies, I also love puffed whole grain cereal as a more nutritious option. They are a little crunchier, yet still dissolve fairly quickly. And try these once baby has mastered regular puffs if you’re at all worried about whether baby can handle the texture.
TIP: Look for these healthy puffs in the cereal aisle of your supermarket or big box store.
Homemade Baby Puffs Recipe
If you want to try making baby puffs at home, this recipe for Kale Apple Puffs from my friend Barbara looks like a great place to start.
How to Keep Puffs Fresh
Depending on how quickly you go through a container of puffs, you may want to transfer them to a tighter reusable storage container. They seem to get stale (and soft) fairly fast, especially when the weather is humid, so put them into a mason jar with a tight top or another container that seals well. Many of the containers they come in don’t have airtight seals.
When should I serve baby puffs?
You can pack puffs to take as a snack on the go—they are a relatively low-mess option to take on an airplane—or to pack as part of a daycare lunch. You can also simply serve them at snack time with other healthy finger foods including fruit, cheese, or veggies.
Tips on Serving Puffs to Babies
- Serve a small amount at at time if baby is putting too many into her mouth at once.
- Change up the flavors you buy to expose baby to a range of nutrients and flavors.
- Change up the brands you buy to avoid baby getting too hooked on only one kind.
- Try not to rely on them at snack time too exclusively since they are relatively low in nutrition.
- Don’t expect baby puffs to keep a baby full for that long—remember, they are puffed up with air!