At this point many of you may be wondering: is cheese too salty for babies? The anser is yes, for this reason it is better to start with Stracchino, Robiola or Ricotta, which are recommended as good low salt cheeses for babies.
It goes without sayiung that in the first 6-month babies should only drink mom's milk. If you have a 6-month-old baby you can start to add a teaspoon of grated Parmigiano or Grana Padano cheese to his/her food (such as Tapioca, Rice Cereal, Oatmeal Cereal or Barley Cereal) even every day.
From the age of 8/9-month you can add some fresh cheeses such as creamy goat cheese, Stracchino and ricotta to his/her diet. You can start with an abundant spoon of cheese and then, at the end of the 9th month, try with 2 tabs, once or twice a week.
When your baby is 1 year old, you can try to offer even cow or buffalo mozzarella, but we recommend to do it with moderation and in small quantities.
After that, other types of cheeses can be introduced, in small doses and always evaluating carefully any adverse reactions of the baby. The daily dose can be increased up to 2/3 tbs, always twice a week.
It is important to consider that cheese is a complete, protein-rich food, so it should never be seved with meat, fish, eggs and legumes. The risk is to overload the baby's body with unnecessary protein.
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