Eggs and babies
Eggs are full of different nutrients that help little ones grow up healthy and strong. But how early can you share your love of dippy eggs with them, or scramble some for their tea? Can babies eat eggs? Is it ok to serve them nice and runny? We’ve got all the answers you need.
Advice from the NHS
The NHS recommends starting to wean babies onto solid foods when they’re about six months old. The advice is to introduce eggs early on in weaning because they’re such a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals.
It’s always a good idea to introduce new foods one at a time so you can keep an eye on any reactions your baby might have. Start with a little bit and if your baby doesn’t react, add more.
A small number of babies are allergic to eggs, but research suggests that introducing eggs early can build up tolerance and help reduce the risk of allergies. Find out more about egg allergies.
Babies and runny eggs
In the past, parents were advised not to give runny eggs to babies and young children to reduce their risk of catching salmonella. But since the British Lion mark egg safety scheme was introduced in 1998, cases of salmonella have fallen dramatically and today it’s been virtually eradicated.
The Food Standards Agency has recently reviewed its advice and has now confirmed that British Lion eggs can safely be eaten runny by babies.
Natural goodness for growing kids
Eggs are low in fat and sugar and incredibly nutrient dense, so they’re a really healthy food for little ones. They’re packed with protein, which helps children’s bodies build cells, turn their food into energy and fight infection. They’re also rich in calcium, for strong bones and teeth, Vitamin A (which helps to look after their eyes) and folate, which is really important for growth and development.
Remember: it’s especially important that eggs are fresh when you’re serving them to children. Find out more about egg safety.