Can my baby eat Vanilla

From +6 months

Is vanilla healthy for children?

Contrary to what many believe, babies can start eating spices as of 6 months old. However, we do want babies to get to know and appreciate pure vegetable flavors as well, before adding flavor makers like vanilla. Having said that, vanilla is a great flavor to add to your baby's diet and it also has some antioxidant properties. Smelling vanilla has also been proven to have a calming effect on infants. It's important to know which type to buy though. If possible, always go for vanilla pods of which you can take the seeds out yourself. You can also use pure vanilla extract (without added colorants or preservatives) but use it in small quantities (a drop or two should suffice).

How to serve vanilla

Using vanilla in desserts and baked goods is a great way to sweeten them without using sugar. Use the seeds, but you can also use the pod to infuse milk for example.

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