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With so many choices in the yogurt aisle, finding the best baby yogurt may seem like an impossible task. Here’s a guide on what to look for as well as answers to the top questions when it comes to introducing yogurt to your baby.

A six picture collage of different ways you can serve yogurt to babies
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When Can Babies Have Yogurt?

You can offer yogurt as soon as your baby starts solids, usually around 6 months. Be sure to pay close attention to the developmental signs of readiness, not just age. If unsure, be sure to grab my FREE handout by signing up below!

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The texture of yogurt is great for babies regardless of which feeding method you chose – baby led weaning or purees. What I especially love is its versatility.

Yogurt can be enjoyed with both savory and sweet toppings or added as an ingredient to so many dishes to boost nutrition and flavor!

Keep in mind dairy is one of the top potential allergens so start with a small amount and closely watch how your baby reacts. There’s no benefit to delaying the introduction. Contrarily, the current recommendation is to introduce potentially allergenic foods early and often.

These include peanut butter, nuts, and eggs.

Health Benefits

Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and healthy fat, which is so essential during this stage of rapid brain development. In fact, babies should get about half of their calories from fat, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Fat continues to be important for toddlers so continue opting for full-fat.

Yogurt is also an easy way to incorporate probiotics into your baby and toddler’s diet, which is important for digestive health and strengthening the immune system.

Not to mention, the active live cultures in yogurt help break down the lactose and protein making it easier for your baby’s tummies to digest compared to other dairy products.

What Is The Best Yogurt For Babies?

With SO many brands, styles, and flavors to choose from, picking the most nutritious and appropriate yogurt for your baby can be confusing. But it’s quite simple.

Look for plain, pasteurized, whole fat yogurt with “live and active cultures.”

Baby yogurt vs. Regular yogurt

There’s no need to purchase baby yogurts. It’s just a marketing scheme to get you to spend more money. Many baby yogurts also contain fruits as well as added sugars. When in doubt, look at the ingredient list.

Again, stick to plain yogurt. Your baby may not take to it at first but keep offering! Take advantage of this window of opportunity when babies are most willing to try and accept new flavors. If possible, the recommendation is to avoid added sugar until 2 years of age. 

Note that yogurt and all dairy products contain naturally occurring sugars (lactose),  which you don’t need to worry about.

Best Baby Yogurts

The only real advantage I see with baby yogurts is that they come in 4 ounce container or pouch. Here are my top recommendations:

  • Stonyfield Organic YoBaby Whole Milk PLAIN Yogurt – this is my favorite! The ingredient list is simple – yogurt and vitamin D.
  • Happy Tot Baby Organic banana blueberry yogurt and oats – this one contains fruits, oats, and chia seeds and has 0 grams of added sugars. They have other flavors too.
  • Chobani whole milk plain yogurt
  • Wallaby whole milk yogurt
  • Fage whole milk yogurt

Regular vs. Greek yogurt

a side by side image that shows the difference between regular vs. Greek yogurt

They are both fermented dairy products made with the same ingredients – fresh milk plus starter cultures (live bacteria). In both, bacterial cultures help break down lactose, so they’re an easier dairy food to digest for those who are lactose intolerant. 

The differences lie in the fact that Greek yogurt is made by straining the whey (milk protein). Whey contains most of the sodium and calcium so that’s why Greek yogurt contains less than the plain.

Greek yogurt is also easier to digest bc it contains less whey and lactose. It’s also thicker making it easier for babies to scoop w/ their hands. It will also stick to the spoon better. 

So which one’s better? Both are great! Mix it up and enjoy both! Again, variety is the name of the game.

One of the most common questions I receive is:
Greek yogurt has more protein. Doesn’t that make it better?

Many moms are concerned about their child’s protein intake. Rest assured, breastmilk/formula will provide adequate amounts of protein during the first year. There’s no need to supplement or focus on offering protein-rich foods.

Here are the nutrients you do want to prioritize when starting solids!

Organic vs. Conventional Yogurt

Organic dairy products are free of any growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. If it’s in your budget, I recommend opting for organic whenever possible. But please don’t feel bad if you aren’t able to.

Best Dairy-Free Yogurt for Babies

Be sure to look at the ingredient list! Oftentimes these yogurts contain lots of ingredients. Shorter the better.

Choose ones that are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, don’t contain added sugars, and have some protein and fat.

Here are some specific brands you may consider:

  • Kite Hill unsweetneed
  • Forager Cahewgurt plain unsweetened
  • Lavva Original
  • So Delicious unsweetened coconut yogurt

Yogurt Recipes for Babies

Here are some easy, fun ways to incorporate yogurt into your baby’s meals!

Again, note that dairy is one of the top allergens so if it’s your first time introducing, make sure you don’t serve it with another allergen. That way, if your child has a reaction, you’ll know which food is responsible.

You can, however, serve it alongside non-allergen foods (e.g., yogurt + fruit). There’s no need to introduce one food at a time. It’s beneficial to serve a variety of foods together so your baby can get used to all the different flavors and textures.

More on this – best first foods for babies

Yogurt Bowl

yogurt bowl with beets, second bowl with broccoli and peanut butter, and the third bowl with pumpkin puree and oatmeal.

SO easy to whip up, versatile, and delicious, it’s my go-to breakfast or snack for my kids AND me! There’s really no “wrong” way to make it.

Topping suggestions:

I’ve included 3 different variations (pictured) with specific measurements to help get you started, but truly there’s no need to measure precisely.

If you’re doing baby led weaning, yogurt mess is unreal! But if your baby is anything like mine, they’re going to have so much fun exploring and learning to self-feed.

Let them use their hands and/or preload onto a spoon. I absolutely LOVE using the these baby spoons!

Yogurt Muffins

a two image collage with all the ingredients for spinach yogurt muffins on the left and three stacked muffins on the right.

Yogurt lends itself really well to baked goods, and not only does it boost the nutrition but it makes them moist and flavorful!

Here are my baby and toddler friendly muffins all in one place!

In Smoothies

beet strawberry yogurt smoothie in a glass mug.

Adds a lovely depth and creaminess (pictured: beet smoothie from my “Veggie Centered Delights” ecookbook

How to Cook and Serve Beets to Babies

Pancakes with Yogurt

three halved butternut squash pancakes.

Give these recipes try!

  1. Butternut squash pancakes
  2. Spinach pancakes
  3. Beet pancakes
  4. Banana pancakes (use in place of ricotta)

Yogurt Marinade

yogurt marinated drumstick with edamame guacamole on a white plate.

Marinate meat in it! The active bacteria in yogurt helps break down the meat making it tender! (try this Southwestern Yogurt Baked Chicken)

Overnight Oats or Quinoa

four mason jars with overnight oats.

This is seriously the perfect make-ahead breakfast! I have a feeling this easy and filling meal is going to become one of your go-tos.

Chia Pudding

six different chia puddings for babies.

Another delicious make-ahead breakfast! Perhaps I am hinting that you deserve to sleep in a bit more ;).

Yogurt Dips

a collage with five vegetable loaded yogurt dips.

If you are struggling to get your child to eat their vegetables, meat, etc., try serving alongside dips and sauces! They add flavor, fun, and novelty.

The ones you see in the collage are all from my “Veggie-Centered Delights” ecookbook. You’ll find a formula that includes serving sizes/quantities for individual components to make ANY yogurt dip. All the examples you see above are made using this SAME formula. There’s at least 1 cup of veggies in each one!

And here are all the ways you can serve dips!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is yogurt ok for babies but not milk?


Milk is not recommended before one because you don’t want it to replace formula/breastmilk. There’s no need to offer any other liquids besides breastmilk/formula and a few sips of water with solid foods. It’s also harder to digest than yogurt and cheese. You can, however, cook with milk. You just don’t want to offer it as a drink.

Here’s an in-depth post on which milk is best to offer when you and your baby are ready to wean from breastmilk/formula.

Are probiotics safe for babies?

It is considered safe for healthy children. However, probiotics aren’t recommended for children who are chronically ill or have a compromised immune system.

Here’s everything you need to know about probiotics for babies and toddlers.

Can babies eat yogurt every day?

They can. But since offering a wide variety of flavors and textures is so crucial at this stage, be sure to switch it up by incorporating any of the serving suggestions I’ve provided above.

How much yogurt should a baby have a day?

It’s best to start with a small portion (2-3 tablespoons). This is because yogurt is super filling with all that protein and fat. Since their tummies are small, I encourage you to make every bite count by combining with other foods.

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Easy Yogurt Ideas for Babies

Yogurt bowls are easy to make and a great way to make every bite count for babies and toddlers. Feel free to add whatever add-ins you wish!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Greek or regular plain, full-fat yogurt

Mix-ins (choose one or two)

  • 1 teaspoon peanut/nut/seed butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped, grated, or mashed, pureed vegetables, (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped, grated, mashed, pureed fruits
  • 2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal, lentils, or quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon seeds (hemp, ground flax, chia)
  • pinch of spices (e.g. cinnamon, curry powder, cumin, ginger, garlic)

Instructions 

  • Combine yogurt with mix-in(s) of choice.

Notes

Nutrition fact calculated based on yogurt + 1 teaspoon peanut butter
Here are my favorite vegetables and fruits to add:
  • Finely chopped vegetables: broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, beets
  • Mashed sweet potatoes, butternut squash
  • Canned pumpkin puree
  • Avocado
  • Finely chopped or pureed fruits: banana, mango, pears, peaches, apples, berries
Combinations to try:
  1. 1/4 cup yogurt + 1 tablespoon finely chopped cooked beets
  2. 1/4 cup yogurt + 1 tablespoon finely chopped broccoli + 1 teaspoon smooth peanut butter 
  3. 1/4 cup yogurt + 1 tablespoons pumpkin puree + 2 tablespoons oatmeal

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is such a great place to start when trying to think of creative ways to serve yogurt to babies and toddlers. It has always provided me with plenty of inspiration.

    A yogurt snack that I make regularly for my little guy is parfait style: layers of plain greek yogurt, grated strawberries (or raspberries), bits of muffin (like the banana-spinach or raspberry muffins off this website) and a drizzle of runny natural peanut butter over the top. Delicious 🙂