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cheese for baby + toddlers 101

Learn how to serve cheese to baby, which varieties are easiest to eat, and which options are considered low-sodium.

Cheese for Baby

You can start offering cheese soon after a baby starts solids, or around 6 months, as long as it’s prepared in a way that’s easy for them to ingest.

Start Soft

Generally, you want to start with very soft cheese that is similar in texture to thick baby foods, such as ricotta, blended cottage cheese, or farmer’s cheese.

Finger Food Ready

Then, once a baby is ready for finger foods, you can do soft goat or feta crumbles and soft shredded cheeses like mozzarella. Then you can move on to little pieces or cheese slices.

What to Avoid

The main thing to keep in mind with cheese is that you want to avoid any that are hard or in large chunks, both of which could be a choking hazard.

Sodium in Cheese

Choose lower-sodium cheeses like goat cheese and whole milk mozzarella if you are concerned about sodium intake.

Offer very small pieces of soft diced cheeses in the 12- to 14-month range. Offer a whole cheese stick or slice, in the 16- to 18-month range.