I am often asked “can babies have yogurt? I thought they can’t have cows milk?” This is a common confusion. Babies should not be given cows milk as a beverage until 12 months old, but they can have other foods that are made with cows milk- like yogurt! Yogurt is a nutrient dense food that can be served to baby from day one of starting solids. Yogurt provides fat, protein, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, and more. But, what is the best yogurt for babies?

What to Look for In a Yogurt for Baby

When picking a yogurt to serve baby, there are a few boxes I like to check when reviewing a product or nutrition facts label.

Fat Content

When selecting a yogurt we want to avoid any “low fat”, “reduced fat”, or “fat free” options. Fat is a vital nutrient for babies and young children to support their brain growth and development. Choose yogurts and dairy products that are labeled “whole milk” or “5% milkfat.”

Added Sugar

All milk products will have sugar listed on the nutrition facts label due to the presence of lactose, a naturally occurring sugar. When selecting a yogurt for baby we want to look at the “added sugar” portion of the nutrition facts label. Added sugar is not recommended for infants and children younger than 2.

If a yogurt is advertised as “no added sugar” I recommend looking at the ingredients list to see if there are any sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners added to the product. These sweeteners are often significantly sweeter than sugar and should also be avoided in infants and young children. Examples include: aspartame, sucralose, stevia, monk fruit, and xylitol, etc.

Nutrition Facts Label on Yogurt for Baby. Added sugar is listed below total sugars. We want a yogurt with 0 grams added sugar.

What about yogurts marketed for babies?

Unfortunately many (but not all) yogurts advertised for babies contain added sugar. As mentioned above, this is something we want to avoid. You can typically find a regular, whole milk plain yogurt that is a better option nutritionally for baby. And, it’s often at a lower price-point than the ‘baby’ product.

If you want to sweeten or add flavor to a plain yogurt for your baby I recommend adding some of your own fruit or spices like cinnamon. Some of my favorite additions to yogurt are mashed bananas and cinnamon, mashed raspberries, mashed blackberries, or even just a sprinkle of cinnamon!

What yogurt do you recommend buying?

My favorite yogurt to give baby, and what I personally consider the best yogurt for baby is a whole milk plain yogurt. This can be either standard yogurt or Greek yogurt.

Plain Whole Milk Yogurt for Baby

Stonyfield Organic has a great and widely available option. But, you can typically find many versions of a plain, whole milk yogurt in your grocery store. Many store brands also offer a plain, whole milk yogurt which can help to reduce your grocery bill.

The Final Verdict: What is the Best Yogurt for Babies?

Yogurt can be offered to baby as early as 6 months (the recommended age to start solids). I recommend a full fat (whole milk or 5% milkfat) option with no added sugar. One of my favorite products to buy and serve my daughter is Stonyfield Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt.