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5 Ways to Add Yogurt Into Your Child’s Diet

Learn five ways you can add yogurt into your baby's diet beginning at six months old, from making a smoothie to using it as a topping.

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Published June 12, 2023

by Dr. Nicole Avena, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
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Having a variety of foods in your child’s diet is essential, but there aren’t many whole-food snacks for a baby that are an easy grab-and-go option. In comes yogurt — and not only is it easy to transport, but it also has many benefits for a baby’s health and wellbeing. You can add yogurt products to your baby’s diet at six months. Now, if you think your baby or older child doesn’t like yogurt, there are easy ways to incorporate it into their diet without realizing it.1

Benefits of Yogurt

Why would you want your child to have yogurt in their diet? Yogurt is a good source of protein and has fat for a baby’s rapid growth and development. This is a necessary time to focus on these nutrients as your child grows and strengthens. Also, yogurt contains beneficial bacteria that can aid digestion and absorption of nutrients and fiber. Babies who consume these types of foods have a decreased chance of having diarrhea and gastrointestinal-related issues.1,2

There is also some data to suggest that yogurt improves digestive and developmental health and is a measure of the duration of respiratory colds.3

An adult and a young child are in an outdoor setting. The child is drinking from a Stonyfield Organic Baby food pouch. Text on the image lists benefits like DHA, Prebiotics, Calcium, and Vitamin D. The brand claims "#1 Pediatrician Recommended Yogurt".

5 Ways to Incorporate Yogurt Into Your Baby’s Diet

Here are five easy ways to add yogurt to your child’s diet to reap all the health benefits!

1. Spice It Up

Yogurt can be a bit tart, especially for babies born to love sweet flavors (like breast milk). One key to getting your child to eat yogurt as a snack is to spice it up! This easy recipe using plain yogurt and peaches is perfect for moms introducing new fruits into their child’s diet.

Peaches and Cream Yogurt

Bowl of yogurt and mashed peaches with a cup of Stonyfield Yobaby plain yogurt

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Bring an inch or so of water to a boil in a pan fitted with a steamer. Place the peach in the steamer, cover, and steam until the fruit is soft when you pierce it with a knife and the skin is loose about 4 to 6 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Use a sharp paring knife to remove the peach skin. Mash the peach with a fork to the right consistency for your baby. Spoon the yogurt into a bowl and stir in the vanilla if using. Top with the peach.

To store: Refrigerate for up to two days or freeze individual portions of mashed peaches for up to three months.

Stonyfield yogurts on a kitchen counter

Stonyfield also has a delicious peach and oat yogurt made with whole milk, if you’re limited on time. It’s a great option and packaged in pouches, so it also encourages your little one to self-feed.

An adult and a young child are in an outdoor setting. The child is drinking from a Stonyfield Organic Baby food pouch. Text on the image lists benefits like DHA, Prebiotics, Calcium, and Vitamin D. The brand claims "#1 Pediatrician Recommended Yogurt".

2. Make It a Popsicle

Plate of three small watermelon popsicles on top of a white kitchen counter.

Store-bought popsicles can be loaded with sugar and dyes, so why not make them yourself? All you need is a set of popsicle molds. And they don’t have to be made of juice. You can get creative with popsicles – add yogurt and whole fruit.

Mom giving her daughter a homemade popsicle. They are both standing in the kitchen.

Here we made watermelon and yogurt popsicles! Place some sliced watermelon in your blender, then add your preferred Stonyfield yogurt, and blend together. Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold and place it in your freezer overnight. You’ll have some yummy popsicles ready for the next day!

Little girl standing next to the kitchen counter holding two popsicles in her hands with a big smile on her face.

It’s an easy and fun recipe you can feel good about giving to your children.

An adult and a young child are in an outdoor setting. The child is drinking from a Stonyfield Organic Baby food pouch. Text on the image lists benefits like DHA, Prebiotics, Calcium, and Vitamin D. The brand claims "#1 Pediatrician Recommended Yogurt".

3. Have Them Dip It

Little girl dipping her pancake into a small bowl of yogurt. Her mom is standing by watching her.
Little girl taking a bit of her pancake while standing in the kitchen next to her mom.

Using foods your child already loves and topping them with yogurt or using the yogurt as a dipping sauce can not only help them be exposed to new foods but also add nutritional value to foods that may be lacking. For example, if your child loves pancakes or waffles, add a drizzle of Stonyfield yogurt on top of them or place it in a small bowl or space on the plate next to the desired food.

A hand drizzling yogurt from a bag on top of a stack of pancakes. A bunch of Stonyfield yogurts are next to it.
Mother and daughter are preparing breakfast and drizzling yogurt on top of pancakes in the kitchen.

Even if your baby doesn’t try it initially, repeated exposure and food pairing is an easy way to open your child up to new, healthy food options.

4. Make It a Smoothie

Little girl drinking a smoothie in the kitchen

Children are much more likely to drink a new food or supplement than pick it up and eat it alone, especially if the mom makes one for herself. Making your baby a smoothie including fruits, vegetables, and yogurt allows them to expand their palate slowly, and they won’t even notice. You can add a Stonyfield yogurt cup, or Stonyfield also makes a great pre-made probiotic smoothie for kids and pouches for little ones when you are in a pinch for time or on the go.

Little girl outside wearing heart-shaped sunglasses holding a Stonyfield Yobaby yogurt pouch.

5. Mix It In

Last but not least, think of whole milk plain (unflavored) yogurt as sour cream or milk when creating dinner recipes for your kids. This can work in various ways, including pasta sauces, creamy veggies, or spreads on bread or a protein.

Mother and young daughter cooking in the kitchen. They are making a pasta sauce.
A pan full of creamy red pasta sauce being stirred by a wooden spoon.

My favorite way to use it is to add a small dollop into a red pasta sauce after heating it to make it a pink cream sauce. This boosts the nutritional value and gives a whole bunch of recipes you already have in your arsenal a creamy finish.

Young daughter smiling at the camera while her mom on the background is stirring pasta sauce at the stove.
Young girl sitting at a table eating a bowl of spaghetti.

Overall, Stonyfield yogurt is a great way to easily add calcium, phosphorus, protein, fat, and probiotics into your little one’s diet. Using these five ways to add yogurt into your child’s diet, they can become accustomed to new flavors and tastes and grow and develop more healthily.

An adult and a young child are in an outdoor setting. The child is drinking from a Stonyfield Organic Baby food pouch. Text on the image lists benefits like DHA, Prebiotics, Calcium, and Vitamin D. The brand claims "#1 Pediatrician Recommended Yogurt".
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Nicole Avena, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Visiting Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. She is the author of several books, including… Read more

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