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Can babies eat cheese? Yes, yes and yes! Babies as young as 6-months-old (who can chew or gum small bites) can enjoy cheese, Tillamook Cheese of course! But just like any food you’re introducing to a baby for the first time, you have the yellow light:

  • cut cheese into bite-sized pieces
  • hold off if your baby has been diagnosed with a milk allergy
  • watch for food allergy signs, which can be mild or severe (always call 911 during a severe allergic reaction)
  • after introducing cheese for the first time, wait 3 days before moving on to your next new food (this will help detect a possible allergic reaction to cheese)
  • consult with your doctor if you have any questions, concerns or uncertainty about introducing cheese to your baby

So why can your baby eat Tillamook Cheese before milk, which we’re instructed (by most health care providers and pediatricians) to hold off on introducing to our baby until they’re 12-months-old? Because the culturing process that the cheese goes through makes cheese easier to digest and helps reduce lactose. Also, Tillamook Cheese is pasteurized and, therefore, will not be potentially contaminated with a dangerous bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes.

I chomped at the bit for my little guy to get some of his own chompers so I could bring Tillamook into his life. He just turned a year old and he’s an authentic Tillamook Cheese baby!

For some information on cheese during pregnancy, click here.




my two year old is addicted to Tillamook cheese! it's the only kind he will eat. it has to be Tillamook Med cheddar :) when ever i ask what he wants for a snack or a meal (even breakfast) he asks for cheese! haha. we are a Tillamook only family and i wouldn't have it any other way.

September 15th, 2011 at 10:44 am

Tillamook Team

What a sweet note to share. Thanks, JoLady! I wonder what your child's next favorite Tillamook Cheese flavor will be? Hmmmm. So many choices!

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

September 15th, 2011 at 10:48 am


We are also a tillamook only family. My four kids all love the loaf! My husband has a very very difficult time with other brands of cheese, including the "gourmet" ones back east where he grew up.

Interestingly, my youngest, 14 months, is showing signs of dairy sensitivity, and yet, he can eat tillamook with little to no issues at all! Gotta Love the Loaf!

September 15th, 2011 at 11:57 am

Tillamook Team

Rebecca, that's such great news! I know it's hard to adjust your family's meals for a child who has signs of allergies. But how great that he/she can still enjoy Tillamook Cheese with the rest of the family. Thanks for sharing your story!

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

September 15th, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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