Can Babies Eat Pumpkin Pie?


It’s Fall And Pumpkin Pie Time – Give Thanks!

Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about pumpkins and pumpkin spice.  It’s the season of Pumpkin Pie and Apple Crisp and Cider and so much more.  But I have to admit that I’m a sucker for pumpkin pie. It’s one of my favorite foods of  the Fall and as luck would have it, it’s actually nutritious if you make it with little to zero sugar.

When Fall rolled around, my twins were 9-10 months old and I happily served them a bit of homemade pumpkin pie.  They totally enjoyed digging into their slices of pie with their fingers and gobbled it right up.  Today, pumpkin pie remains one of their most favorite foods of all.

When Can Babies Eat Pumpkin Pie?

Babies can eat pumpkin pie around 9 months and older.

Pumpkin pie typically contains whole eggs, evaporated milk and spices. It may also contain a high amount of sugar. Many pediatricians will say that for the non-allergic baby of 6 months or older, baked goods with whole eggs are fine.  The “rule” about waiting to give babies eggs has changed and feeding babies eggs around 6 months of age is acceptable.  Please keep in mind that a family history of egg allergies requires caution when offering your baby eggs or foods with eggs in them. Learn More About Food Ages and Stages

This same advice is usually true for milk products. Milk in a baked good recipe is fine for the non-allergic infant of 8 months or older but again, be mindful of a family history of milk allergies.

But Babies Can’t Have Whole Milk Can They?

Wait!  Babies can’t have milk at all – can they?  Milk is NOT appropriate as a drink for your baby.  Sadly, many pediatriaians skip this detail and simply say “No milk until baby 12, 18 or 24 months old”. Milk is not meant to be a replacement for breast milk or formula until a baby has reached the age of 12 months or until your baby’s pediatrician indicates this is appropriate.

If you would like your baby to have a Fall pumpkin pie or Thanksgiving treat, consider the above and as always, consult with your pediatrician.

Happy Fall!