Wondering when it’s ok to feed your baby pasta? You came to the right place! In this article, you’ll find a detailed guide to feeding your baby pasta. When to get started, how to get started and baby pasta recipe ideas to get you going!Starting solids is not an easy task. There’s so much information that needs to be learned, that the process can be a bit overwhelming.
Pasta is delicious and nutritious. Usually, most family members enjoy eating pasta, so it’s common that parents want to introduce this type of food to their babies.
But how do you know if they’re ready for that? How do you know if it’s beneficial or if it could actually be harmful to them?
Let’s get those questions answered for you!
When is baby ready to eat solids?
There are a ton of cues that will help you figure out if your baby is ready to start solids or not. The first thing is that the baby should at least be 4 months of age.
Before 4 months of age, their digestive system is still forming and it doesn’t process anything other than breastmilk or formula yet.
If baby’s 4 months or older, you can look for these cues:
- Baby can hold his head up on his own and sit upright on a highchair;
- Baby opens mouth when the food comes his way;
- Has doubled birth weight or weighs at least 13 pounds;
- Can close mouth around a spoon;
- Can push food to the back of mouth with his tongue.
Keep in mind that as you get your baby started on solids, their primary source of nutrition is still breastmilk or formula. Food becomes more vital only once they’re closer to approaching the 1-year mark.
When can I feed my baby pasta?
You can get your baby started on pasta once they’re old enough to start eating solids like we discussed above. Normally, the recommendation is to start with fruits, vegetables, or cereal first.
Then, as you keep introducing new foods to your baby, you can also introduce pasta.
Let’s take a look at some ways you can introduce pasta to your baby.
Introducing pasta to your baby as first foods
In the first few days or weeks of baby getting started on solids, you offer 1 to 2 tablespoons of food once a day until they get more used to this new habit.
So it’s not even worth it to cook pasta for them yet. Make sure they’re more comfortable eating solids to offer them some pasta.
Once you have introduced a few vegetables and fruits to your baby, and they’re used to their consistency, it might be time to try some well-cooked, soft pasta.
Some babies can be ready for soft pasta as early as 7 or 8 months. Always keep in mind that each baby is different and you, your spouse, and your baby’s pediatrician are the best people to decide how, what, and when to feed your baby.
Feeding your baby pasta as finger food
Your baby’s abilities to chew, swallow, and carry food to his mouth will develop quickly. Soon, you’ll be able to serve small raviolis or other types of pasta as finger food.
Does your baby sit up and brings his hands or objects to his mouth? Then, he’s most likely ready to start self-feeding.
To prevent choking, make sure anything you give your baby is soft, easy to swallow, and cut into small pieces.
Gerber has an entire line of finger food, called “pick-ups”. They’re a wonderful alternative for busy days when you don’t have any homemade food ready to go. Or for travel, like this Beef & Tomato Ravioli.
I used some of their little meals for travel when Sam was around 18 months old.
Here’s why you’ll want to serve pasta to your baby as finger food as well. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits:
- It gives baby autonomy to choose what to explore first when different options are on the tray;
- It helps them practice the pincer grasp and improve their motor skills.
- It allows them to learn to stop eating when full.
Pasta baby food recipes your baby will love
- Broccoli Shells and Cheese Pasta (A baby-friendly Mac N’ Cheese Recipe)
- Healthier Version of Spaghetti Marinara (Pasta Recipe for Babies)
Other resources to help you feed your baby better
- Top 10 Toddler Utensils and Dishes
- The Silicone Baby Plate That Truly Sticks to the Table
- Mini Zucchini Muffins
- Get the FREE What to Feed My Baby Guide
- This Homemade Baby Food Cookbook Truly Simplifies Feeding Your Baby
Are you ready to start feeding your baby pasta?
I really hope this article has been helpful to you and that now you feel ready and informed on how and when to start feeding your baby pasta.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out. Either leave a comment below or shoot me an email and I’m more than happy to assist you on this beautiful motherhood journey.References: