Can babies have baked beans? 

In this brief guide we will address the question, “can babies have baked beans?” as well as other questions pertaining to the subject at hand like the nutritional profile of beans and what are the different types of food that we can give to babies. Moreover, we will also briefly discuss the different age groups within babies and how their diet varies.

Can babies have baked beans?

Yes, babies can have baked beans, but you should take into account the baby’s age and eating habits before introducing them in the diet. Beans are notoriously known to cause gas. So, be mindful of how your baby’s body is reacting. Do not feed baked beans to babies who have just been introduced to other foods beyond breast milk. 

All babies grow differently. You should consult your paediatrician to be more sure about what to feed them before experimenting with a diet as rich as baked beans. Paediatricians can help you to clear your doubts about your baby’s swallowing skills, chewing skills, etc.

Generally, it is common all around the world to start feeding different solid foods after a baby reaches 6 months of age. In light of this, consider introducing very small portions of baked beans and observe how your baby responds. Even if he/she doesn’t have an active allergy, notice if the gut health is okay. They may not be able to say it, but you will know for sure.

Are baked beans nutritious?

Beans are nutrient dense foods and are one of the best sources of plant based protein. Their nutrient profile includes ample amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc which are crucial for a baby’s health.

Beans are also very rich in fibre. Adding food that is rich in fibre will ensure proper digestion and healthy bowel movements. Some fibres are specific to beans and they promote a healthy population of gut bacteria.

Are baked beans good for babies?

As per the recommendations of the NHS (National Health Service), beans should be introduced in the diet because they are a good source of protein. However, it does not make it clear about baked beans, which have added salt and sugar content.

A baby’s diet must be extremely nutritious during their growing stage. From the above information, it is clear that beans are suitable to feed to babies from the nutritional point of view. However, beans must be introduced into their diet when they get familiar with other types of solid food at around 6 months old.

Babies younger than 6 months usually cannot sit up straight and swallow well. To avoid risks of choking, it is better to wait till a baby learns how to chew well and swallow. It may not be something that should be given right away as Baby-led weaning (BLW) food. 

After they are well familiar with  food of different flavours, textures, size and colours, you can feed them whatever you want to. 

 Also, we must not leave them unattended while they are having a meal!

How to add baked beans to a baby’s diet?

Generally speaking, beans are very nutritious and constitute a healthy diet. Let us now discuss some ways in which we should start introducing baked beans to babies.

We need to be a little careful when we are specifically considering introducing baked beans to babies. Canned baked beans are very high in salt and sugar. Making them eat such foods will be detrimental to their dental and kidney health.

Unless you cook your own version of low sugared and low salted baked beans, it is better to avoid feeding tinned baked beans to your baby! They are not good for their delicate system. You may use dry beans instead of canned beans to cook a baby-friendly version of baked beans.

How to cook beans for your babies?

Beans are great. It’s taste blends well with many other foods. If you do not want to cook baked beans using dry beans, find alternative ways to introduce beans into your baby’s diet.

Here is how you can do that.

Beans can be cooked till they are ultra soft and can be pureed, grinded or mashed easily. It can be easily fed to a baby after they cross the Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) phase.

To feed a small baby, beans can be boiled and mashed with minimum seasoning and put in between a toast. That way it will be easier for them to eat without getting too messy. Always opt for a simple version of bread when you are making something for a baby. 

Avoid the ssed ones or the rough and chewy ones. It can cause choking. Obviously, a bigger baby would not have the same problem.

Mashed beans can also be accompanied with some other food such as mashed potatoes. Overall, stick to simple preparations. You do not have to do any elaborate process in order to come up with something to feed your little one. Their body will best prefer a simple version.

While introducing any new food to a baby, it is best to wait for a few days and see how  their body reacts. If you see any changes in bowel movements, gas, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc just discontinue feeding them that food. If the problem gets serious, do not hesitate to consult a doctor regarding it. 

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Conclusion

In this brief guide we will address the question, “can babies have baked beans?” as well as other questions pertaining to the subject at hand like the nutritional profile of beans and what are the different types of food that we can give to babies. Moreover, we will also briefly discuss the different age groups within babies and how their diet varies.

Hope you found this blog helpful. If you have any questions, do not forget to comment down below.

References

https://www.netmums.com/baby/can-babies-have-baked-beans#:~:text=The%20official%20advice%20on%20when,at%20around%20six%20months%20old.&text=Sugar%20can%20cause%20tooth%20decay,t%20good%20for%20babies’%20kidneys.
https://www.healthline.com/health/baby/beans-for-baby

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.