When can my baby eat spicy foods?
When can my baby start eating spicy foods?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

The doctors we polled recommend offering your baby foods the way you prepare them as soon as you start introducing table food. That way, you teach your baby to eat the way you eat. Yes, even your curry-spiced chicken is okay to try! Seasoning your child's food can help train his palette to accept a variety of flavors as he grows up. So sprinkle some cinnamon in his oatmeal, for example, or add a dash of garlic to pasta. Just remember to treat each herb or spice like a new food and wait a few days before introducing anything else -- so on the off chance your child has a reaction, you'll know exactly what caused it.

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Community Answers (5)

My son (9 mos) had a fit when we went out for Indian and he wasn't getting any. I gave him some of the potatoes in the curry sauce (not hot, but spicy). He LOVED them and no problems with diaper later either. He now eats whatever spiced foods he wants- usually what he sees us eating!
Submitted by jenniferboersen

I'm happy to hear spicy foods are OK. My 9 mo old girl has begun refusing baby food and loves spaghetti. I was worried that this was too spicy. Guess I know what's for dinner this evening!
Submitted by marvat

what to do when baby refusses to eat?
Submitted by LAURAHER18

I added a tiny bit of cinnamon from the time I started feeding my son rice cereal. He loved it and now enjoys cinnamon on his fruit, sweet potatoes, pumpkin... I just avoid adding salt or sugar to his food, and remember no honey until age 1!
Submitted by emorgan55