How to introduce spices into your baby's diet?
There’s no reason why you can’t start adding spices to your baby’s food as weaning is established.
We eat lots of spicy foods, and would love my daughter to enjoy them too, but can’t find weaning recipes for them. When can we start to introduce spices?
Babies can have spices so, presuming you started weaning at six months, there’s no reason why you can’t start adding them to your daughter’s food as weaning is established, or for her to enjoy a mild curry. Babies do not need, or necessarily like, bland food.
If you’ve been breastfeeding and also eating spicy foods, your baby will already have been introduced to some of these flavours through your breast milk. This means you may find she readily accepts foods that are spiced with the aromatics such as nutmeg, cinnamon or coriander that tend to be mild. I wouldn’t introduce the hotter spices, such as chilli, until your daughter’s around 18 months old, although obviously there are cultures that habitually eat spicy foods and may introduce these earlier.
So start your daughter on the mild spices and build up to more adventurous flavours. Just keep an eye on her tummy/bowel movements as you do so.