Can My Baby Eat the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie? – Baby Food Quick Tip


Pumpkin Pie Time – Give Thanks!

It’s almost here, the day of Pumpkin Pie and Giving Thanks.  I have to admit that I’m a sucker for pumpkin pie. It’s one of my favorite foods of Thanksgiving and as luck would have it, it’s actually nutritious.

My little ones were lucky because when Thanksgiving rolled around, they were 10 months old and I happily served them a wee 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?

Pumpkin pie typically contains whole eggs, evaporated milk and spices. Many pediatricians will say that for the non-allergic baby of 6 months or older, baked goods with whole eggs are fine.  This “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.

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 Wait, Babies Can’t Have Whole Milk Can They?

Wait!  Babies can’t have milk at all – can they?  The point to remember is this, milk is NOT appropriate as a drink for your baby.  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.  Sadly, many pediatriaians skip this detail and simply say “No milk until baby 12, 18 or 24 months old”.

If you would like your baby to have a Thanksgiving treat and wish to serve him a wee bit of pumpkin pie, consider the above and as always, consult with your pediatrician.

Happy Thanksgiving!