Can I feed my baby biscuits?
The simple answer to this question is yes.
Both adults and babies enjoy biscuits. They are the sort of food a baby loves to gnaw on because they are a tasty snack.
However, you should take the appropriate precautions to ensure the safety, health, and preferences of your baby.
Below is a list of factors to consider when you decide to give your baby biscuits:
Knowing the correct age or time to give your baby biscuits
Eight to twelve months is the time to introduce your baby to biscuits.
Sometimes you may choose to introduce biscuits into your baby’s diet at six-months-old or whenever he/she starts teething.
Wait! Are you talking about teething biscuits or food?
Biscuits are soothing for your baby’s gums when they are teething; they provide relief for your baby.
Your baby will most likely have a few teeth at 8 or 12 months.
This time is the best period to introduce your baby to the art of chewing. Your baby can use biscuits to learn how to eat food while enjoying a perfectly enjoyable snack.
It is also important to always supervise your baby, especially when they are eating. Supervision is necessary because food can become a choking hazard as your baby learns to chew.
Always supervise your baby.
It is essential always to watch your baby, especially when they are eating.
Since your baby is still learning to chew food, they are prone to swallowing food, which may go down the wrong pipe, causing them to choke.
The choking happens because babies usually suck on food before they start chewing; they are so accustomed to sucking and swallowing that it takes them a bit of practice to understand how to eat.
How does a baby learn to chew?
They learn how to chew on their own, so there is no need to pressure your baby. They learn how to eat with the intuition they use to learn how to walk.
Remember that biscuits do get soggy and are made of flour, if not eaten properly, they can be swallowed and cause pain for your baby.
Such events are uncommon and shouldn’t deter you from sharing them with your baby. Like all things in life, it important to exercise caution and take safety measures that will prove invaluable for the wellbeing of your baby.
Supervise your baby when they are eating and remove all distractions. Make time for just you and your little one.
Developing good eating habits
Dedicated time for you both will also help your baby develop good, mindful eating habits. It will also help you understand the sorts of foods your baby enjoys so that you can make more of them and make mealtime fun.
Biscuits are the sort of food that creates the best memories and are fun to share with your loved ones.
What biscuits not to give your baby
It is tempting to simply go to the store and grab a box of one of the many biscuits available on the shelf for your baby.
It’s easy and doesn’t involve work; best of all, the sugar and sweetness of the treat will quiet your baby.
Avoid doing this. Store-bought biscuits are full of additives.
They contain refined wheat flour that has no nutritional value. Trans fats have caused an imbalance in cholesterol levels and can distress your baby’s developing nervous system.
Also, sugar and preservatives used in some biscuits are not suitable for your growing baby.
Warnings about giving your baby biscuits
While they are consumable for adults and bigger children, store-bought biscuits usually cause a host of problems for your baby, such as constipation, diarrhea, and spikes in blood sugar.
These variances in your baby’s physiological balance may lead to restlessness and naughty behavior.
This occurring is not healthy for your baby and his/her development.
It could lead to complications that could compromise their growing digestive system.
Although store-bought biscuits are tempting and an easy solution for your baby, they aren’t the best solution. Instead, they are the worst.
So avoid them and give your baby healthier alternatives instead.
What sorts of biscuits are best for your baby
Homemade biscuits and whole wheat biscuits are best for your baby.
With these, you have full control of the ingredients, sugar, and fiber that you add to the recipe to ensure your baby’s best health.
Babies enjoy biscuits are much as adults. Therefore, they are a great addition to your baby’s diet when created well.
Zwiebackbread for babies
There are many recipes online for baby biscuits that you can tweak to meet your baby’s needs.
Among these is Zwieback bread.
This type of bread is a twice-baked bread commonly consumed in Europe.
The Zwieback bread has a long history of being baked and given to babies when they are teething.
Can my baby eat buttermilk rusk biscuits?
Buttermilk risk dipped in warm milk is an excellent snack for your baby.
Types of bread for babies
You can also consider giving your baby coconut biscuits or shortbread made with whole wheat flour and less sugar.
Protecting your baby’s teeth from biscuits
Once your baby starts on solids, especially biscuits, it is imperative to gently brush or clean their teeth with a clean baby cloth or a small toothbrush with soft bristles.
When can I start brushing my baby’s teeth?
It is never too early to start brushing your baby’s teeth and keeping their mouth and breath fresh and clean.
Getting into the habit of gently brushing their teeth and cleaning their mouth after every meal will instill good hygiene practice that will also protect their teeth.
Toothpaste for your baby if he/she eats biscuits.
There are a lot of natural toothpaste alternatives available to your baby. This article from BabyCenter.com can point you in the right direction.
Biscuits are not a replacement for baby food.
Biscuits should not substitute nutritious food.
How often can my baby eat biscuits?
Your baby should only eat biscuits once a day as a snack to gnaw on.
Replacing nutritious meals with biscuits is only bound to cause problems for your baby. These potential problems include complications such as cavities (which are painful for anyone), malnutrition, or digestive difficulties.
Be the adult! Monitor how many biscuits your baby consumes daily. Gently and positively reinforce dietary limits with your baby, especially with biscuits.
As always, consult with your pediatrician before giving your baby biscuits.
It’s always fun to observe your baby experience new things in life, and biscuits are no different.
Biscuits are stories; they are memories, and they are love.
They are the best-shared food experience universal across different cultures.
The positive memories they create in humans are like links in the memory chain to last forever.
Feel free to pass the tradition to your lovely baby, but proceed with caution.