Cheesy nutmeg scrambled eggs for babies! This is a great protein packed meal for a baby or toddler, made extra appetizing with cheese and nutmeg for those foodie babies who love a little extra flavor. The perfect way to introduce eggs to your baby, and can be cooked in a couple of different ways to be most suitable for spoon feeding or baby led weaning.
Scrambled eggs are a hit in this house, and one of the few things I can feed both the baby and the preschooler. Fellow parents, you will appreciate what this means to me.
These cheesy nutmeg scrambled eggs are always a hit in our house. They’re the perfect first taste of eggs for your baby, but the whole family can join in too. They are that little bit tastier than plain eggs with the addition of cheese and a few pinches of nutmeg to give a warming, lightly spiced flavor that will delight baby’s tastebuds.
Eggs are an amazingly nutritious food for little people, and vegetarian babies in particular will benefit from the protein and omega-3 content of eggs.
How and when to introduce eggs to a baby
From six months of age.
Eggs are a potential allergen so check in with a healthcare professional if you have reason to be concerned about allergies; otherwise you can dive right in, and just check for any reactions.
How to prepare scrambled eggs for babies
There are several approaches to scrambling your eggs, but my photos and instructions feature these two, which I think suit babies best:
Whisked – best for spoon feeding
These eggs are whisked throughout the cooking process in the pan so they are soft, fluffy and finely scrambled. There are no large chunks. These work well for spoon feeding. For older babies with a pincer grasp, self feeding would be an option too.
More folded – best for self feeding
These eggs are cooked by gently folding the mixture with a spatula instead of whisking or scrambling. It leaves more discernible pieces that can be picked up and gummed on by curious young babies.
For babies learning cutlery
Scrambled eggs are a great food for babies to practice using cutlery on. Forks, spoons or hybrid cutlery pieces that let babies “stab and grab” their food. I love these Giraffe spoons pictured – if you’re in the UK or Europe, they are available from BooChew. In the US they are available from Ali + Oli on Amazon.
Adding flavor to scrambled eggs
Your baby might love eggs just as they are, or might be more inclined towards cheesy, sweet or spiced flavors, like my two have been. These cheesy nutmeg eggs are a guaranteed hit with the babies who enjoy a bit of something extra.
And scrambled eggs are a perfect playground for flavor introductions, so it’s a great thing to try with a baby who has been enjoying plain foods, when you feel it’s worth starting to explore some extra flavors.
My preschooler is not big on trying new things, but adding twists to things she already loves seems to work well. She enjoys spices, possibly because we rebranded them as “sprinkles” in our house!
Other spices and flavor combos for your eggs
Garam masala, generic mixed spices and curry powder are a hit around here as an addition to eggs.
You could also try turmeric, which adds a great color to boot. Though you’ll want one of those big coverall bibs if your baby is wearing something light – turmeric has a tendency to stain!