Can my baby have herbs and spices?
The short answer is yes, as long as they're 6 months or older.
Let's read more to learn about benefits of adding herbs and spices to your baby's diet, as well as what you should know when introducing it to your baby.
Why my baby should have herbs and spices?
Most pediatrics and baby food specialists agree that introduction of aromatic herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, turmeric, ginger, coriander, or mixed of these to babies when they are between 6 to 8 months have many benefits, including antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, immune system improvement.
How should I start?
A rule of thumb - always start little. It is suggested to add a dash or a pinch for every meal. This allows your little one to get a taste of it without feeling overwhelmed by the flavors.
How about hot spices?
You should not introduce hot spices until your baby is at least a year old since these spices can trigger pian receptors in the brain.
What if my baby rejects?
Don't give up. It can take up to 10-20 exposures until your baby fully accepts them.