Toddlers: Are eggs okay for your toddler?

My baby is one year old. What is the maximum number of eggs he should eat in a week?


Sue Gilbert

Sue Gilbert works as a consulting nutritionist. For many years she worked with Earth's Best Organic Baby Food, integrating nutrition and... Read more

What is important for your 12 month old is to eat a diet with a wide variety of food to get the appropriate balance of nutrients that he needs.

Eggs are a wonderful source of protein, vitamins and fat. If you are choosing eggs as his source of protein because he likes them, and he isn't eating meats, cheese or other protein foods, then by all means, allow him to get his protein from eggs. One egg a day is not too much. Your little guy should not eat so many eggs that he is not hungry for other foods that he also needs to eat.

If he is also getting egg in other foods, such as puddings or baked goods in addition to that egg, it is fine. Those eggs are coming with a variety of ingredients that are contributing to the diversity of nutrients in his diet. Children from birth to age two should not follow the dietary guidelines that restrict fat and cholesterol, because they are in a period of rapid growth and development that is characterized by high nutritional requirements. Foods high in fat and cholesterol help them to meet these requirements.

After age two, as long as you do not have a history of family coronary artery disease or hyperlipidemia, a diet that avoids extremes is a safe diet to follow. If there is evidence of special vulnerability in your family, then you should talk to your pediatrician about cholesterol screening for your child and follow their dietary recommendations.

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