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Bread for Babies and Toddlers

Learn how to prepare and serve bread to babies and toddlers to maximize safety and nutrition.
Course Baby Food
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 40kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • 1-2 teaspoons topping (such as mashed avocado, fruit puree, vegetable puree, peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, mashed fresh raspberries, smooth goat cheese, or farmer's cheese)

Instructions

  • Lightly toast the bread.
  • Cut into finger-size pieces (either 1-2 of your fingers).
  • Add a thin layer of your topping of choice. (If using a nut or seed butter, use a very, very thin layer.)
  • Allow baby to self-feed from 6 months if using the baby-led weaning style of feeding. Dice up into tiny pieces for kids over about 1 year.

Notes

  • Look for bread made with whole grains and without honey or large seeds or pieces of nuts.
  • Breads made with sprouted grains, alternative grains (such as spelt, buckwheat, or amaranth) can be great options.
  • Fermented breads, such as sourdough, are also great options.
  • For babies starting at 6 months, you can lightly toast bread and cut it into sticks about the size of 1-2 of your fingers. Add a spread on top in a very thin layer and offer to baby to self feed.
  • For toddlers over about 12 to 14 months you can offer very small pieces of lightly toasted diced bread.
  • For toddlers over about 16 to 18 months, you can offer sticks of bread for them to practice taking bites from. Use a fork to make a mark where they can put their teeth if this is a new skill to them.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5slice | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg