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When Can I Give Paneer And Cheese To My Baby?

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A new-born baby is introduced to breast milk for the first six months. After this we find that breast milk alone becomes an insufficient source of nutritional value as the baby becomes more active and is fast growing. So the mother needs to introduce healthy foods in her baby’s diet. This is the time when solids are introduced in small amounts. Also this is the time when you can introduce dairy products like yogurt, paneer and cheese to your little one. But make sure he is not allergic to milk in any form.
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  • When Can I Give Paneer To My Baby?
  • How Can Paneer Be Given To My Baby?
  • How To Prepare Paneer At Home?
  • Nutritional Value Of Paneer
  • Benefits Of Including Paneer In Your Baby’s Diet
  • When Can I Give Cheese To My Baby?
  • What Kind Of Cheese Can Babies Eat?
  • How Can Cheese Be Given To Babies?
  • What is Cottage Cheese?
  • In What Ways Can Cottage Cheese Be Given To Babies?

When Can I Give Paneer To My Baby?

Paneer is a kind of fresh cheese, which is very commonly used in South Asian cuisines especially in Indian cuisines. According to the World Health Organization, paneer can be introduced into a baby’s diet as early as six months.
You can start with a small cube of paneer. This quantity should be good enough for a six to eight month old baby. As the baby starts accepting paneer, you can slowly increase the quantity to 2 to 3 cubes three to four times a week.

How Can Paneer Be Given To My Baby?

It is advisable to give freshly made homemade paneer to your baby. You can cut the paneer into small cubes and lightly sauté it in ghee. You can even further cut these cubes into bite size pieces which your baby can comfortably consume. For more paneer recipes read: 8 Must Try Easy To Make Paneer Recipes For Babies

How To Prepare Paneer At Home?

Ingredients:

  • Full cream milk- 1 liter
  • Curd – half cup or 2 tbsp of lemon juice

Method:
Boil the fresh full cream milk in a bowl on a low flame for 5 minutes. When the milk is about to boil, add half cup of curd or 2 tbsp. of lemon juice and stir continuously. The milk will start to curdle instantly. You can switch off the flame now and strain the paneer from its whey. You can now tie up this paneer in a muslin cloth and hang it over your kitchen sink for excess water to drain.
Once the water is drained completely, place the paneer on a flat platform. You can give this paneer to your baby immediately or refrigerate it to be used the next day.

Nutritional Value Of Paneer

Nutritional Benefits Of Paneer Per 100gm.

  • Calories -72
  • Proteins-13g
  • Water-93.5g
  • Cholesterol-4mg
  • Carbohydrates-3.4g
  • Dietary Fiber-131mg
  • Sugar-3.3g
  • Total Fat-1.4g
  • Saturated Fat-0.8g
  • Monosaturated Fat-311mg
  • Polysaturated Fat-41mg
  • Vitamins
    • Thiamin-B1-21mcg
    • RiboflavinB2-181mcg
    • NiacinB3-143mcg
    • Vitamin B6-71mcg
    • Vitamin B12-0.7mcg
    • Vitamin A-64IU
    • Vitamin C-0.9mg
    • Vitamin E-13mcg
    • VitaminK-0.7mcg
    • Choline-20mg

So from the above chart we can conclude that paneer is a storehouse of essential nutrients required for a growing child.

Benefits Of Including Paneer In Your Baby’s Diet

  • It is very good for the growth and development of healthy bones
  • Paneer prevents malnutrition
  • Due to many essential vitamins present in it, paneer helps to strengthen the immune system of your baby
  • Due to the high level of Vitamin B present in it, it helps to improve the formation of bone cartilages
  • The high protein content and the fat present provide the essential nourishment required by your baby in his growing years
  • Paneer has very low lactose content
  • Paneer is abundantly rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium and proteins
  • Paneer improves the biological functions of your baby in his growing years
  • It is a rich source of Vitamin B, Omega 3 fatty acids, omega 6 fatty acids and antioxidants that help in keeping your baby’s hair and skin healthy

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When Can I Give Cheese To My Baby?

Cheese is obtained from milk that is produced in a variety of flavors, textures and forms by thickening the milk protein casein. Cheese comprises of proteins and fats from the milk.
Cheese is in fact valued for its long life, portability, and high content of calcium, fat, protein and phosphorous.
Cheese can be introduced to your baby once he turns 8 months old.

What Kind Of Cheese Can Babies Eat?

If you wish to introduce cheese to your baby, you can choose any one of the following:

  • Goat Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cream Cheese which is made from cream instead of milk
  • Crème Fraiche

Avoid giving your baby any kind of cheese that has mold, like the blue cheeses

How Can Cheese Be Given To Babies?

  • When a baby is fed with cheese, it is always recommended to choose the shredded variety so that while feeding the baby, the risk of choking is avoided
  • For a little older baby, another way to give cheese to your baby is to melt cheese and spread it on a soft piece bread
  • It is advisable to start giving lighter tasting cheese to your baby initially

What is Cottage Cheese?

Cottage Cheese is formed when a mixture of cheese curds and whey which are ingredients formed from curdling milk are drained instead of pressing and refrigerating them. When they are pressed the result is paneer. Cottage Cheese is a rich source of calcium and protein. It has abundance of fats, Vitamin D, phosphorous, and selenium. Cottage cheese can be combined with various food ingredients to make it easier for the baby to consume.

In What Ways Can Cottage Cheese Be Given To Babies?

  • Combine with any fruit puree
  • Apple it to your baby’s stewed or grated apple
  • Fruits like avocado and banana can be finely mashed together and mixed with cottage cheese to make it more tasty and nutritious
  • Fresh berries can be mashed and powdered flax can be added along with cottage cheese
  • Finely boiled potatoes can be mashed and mixed with cottage cheese and given to your little one
  • It can also be mixed with freshly prepared carrot juice
  • A small quantity of sweet potato can be mashed along with cottage cheese and a pinch of cinnamon can make this a tasty combination for your baby

A word of Caution: If the baby has any kind of milk allergy or is lactose intolerant, it is highly advisable to avoid all kinds of dairy products till your baby is an year old. It is also recommended to speak with your pediatrician before introducing any new food to your baby.

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