In addition to navigating the world of parenting and how to properly use a Diaper Genie, you find out that your baby needs to be gluten-free. I've done the research and totally have you covered... Read on for eight gluten-free baby food types, brands, and products.
Then take a nap - you deserve it!
You can spend hours in the baby aisle looking at different formulas. But the big question is "Does baby formula have gluten?". The (fabulous) answer is that you'll find gluten-free baby formula options both in-store and online. The key is to know which brands are clearly gluten-free. Not all formula brands include "gluten-free" on their product labeling.
As I'll note throughout this post, it's vital that you research, read labels, and contact manufacturers. Essentially whatever you need to do to confirm the formula in your little one's bottle is indeed gluten-free.
2) Baby Rice Cereal
Numerous pregnancy, baby and parenting sites detail how and when to introduce solids to your baby. However, many of those sites suggest feeding gluten-filled oatmeal and barley to your little one. Why stick with gluten-free baby rice cereal?
Barley contains gluten and should not be a part of your gluten-free baby's diet.
Oats are naturally gluten-free. However, this is where it gets tricky... Due to where oats are farmed and how they are processed, cross contamination occurs, and the oats become “glutened”. This is why unless your baby's oat cereal is certified gluten-free, it is off limits.
3) Jarred Baby Food
Does baby food have gluten in it? Fruits and veggies are naturally gluten-free, so how hard is it to find gluten-free jarred baby food? There are many brands that are transparent with their gluten-free baby food ingredients and processing. Bonus: many of these brands are also free from other allergens!
If you're not 110% certain that the baby food is gluten-free, check the labels (no matter how many times you've used a brand, always read those labels!), contact the manufacturer via their website, phone or chat.
4) Homemade Baby Food
Homemade baby food isn't just for hippies who live in yurts! With food processors, dehydrators, storage options, a plethora of homemade baby food recipes, and fresh fruits and veggies, homemade gluten-free baby food is super easy!
When you can, buy seasonally and locally in order to get the freshest nutrients possible for your little one. Supporting local farmers is an added bonus!
5) Cereal Puffs
Gluten-free baby puffs are the perfect finger food to help your baby strengthen their dexterity and begin to learn "self-feeding". Hopefully you have a pet that will serve as the clean-up crew, because self-feeding = baby missing their mouth 9 out of 10 times.
Puffs are meant to dissolve easily in your baby's mouth. In addition to gluten-free rice puffs, brands now offer a varied range of awesome options including fruit and veggies.
Remember that so many baby foods labeled as "whole grain" typically have wheat or other gluten containing ingredients.
6) Freeze Dried Snacks
Whether you make these at home along with your gluten-free baby food or purchase them in store, freeze dried fruit and veggies are another excellent gluten-free baby snack. They're all natural, dissolve easily, and provide fiber to your baby's diet.
As with introducing any solid food to your child, start off slow and make sure they are seated securely in their high chair. Give your baby one puff or snack and let them explore the taste and texture.
7) Teething Biscuits
Oh how I remember our kid's teeth coming in! It was adorable to see those pearly whites peeking through their gummy smiles. However, when your baby is cutting teeth, it can be painful. Teething biscuits can help ease the pressure on the gums.
99.9% of teething biscuits are NOT gluten-free, so always check the ingredients to ensure you're purchasing gluten-free baby biscuits.
8) Baby Food Cookbooks
Your baby is gluten-free. So what do you feed them? There are a ton of fabulous gluten-free cookbooks to walk you through the baby years, childhood and beyond! Here's just a few areas to explore in your search:
- Gluten-free baby food recipes
- Gluten-free baby snacks recipes
- Gluten-free toddler snack recipes
- Gluten-free family recipes
Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in our lives. But let's be real for a moment, it's hard as h-e-double-hockey-sticks too.
So how do you identify a gluten allergy in kids? What do you feed them? How do you keep them safe from gluten (without putting them in a bubble)?
Gluten Allergy In Kids: Don’t Freak – It’s Going To Be OK walks you through the ages and stages of caring for your precious gluten-free schmoopie.
Important Note: at the time of this post, all products listed are gluten-free. However, ingredients can change, so always do your research.