Updated: Sep 23, 2020
The answer is very simple: never.
Especially not before six months.
Although this is still a very popular practice and, in some cases even recommended by pediatricians, adding biscuits to milk is useless and can even be harmful. Weaning and therefore the introduction of solid food should only take place after the sixth month of life, according to WHO guidelines. This is because a too early introduction of food (including granulated biscuit) can lead to the onset of dermatitis, eczema, asthma, allergies and intolerances. Furthermore, the early introduction of sugars can affect the innate ability of children to self-regulate, predisposing them to overweight and obesity. It is often thought that the biscuit helps the baby to fill up, in reality the baby needs milk. Breast milk on request and infant formula, following the dosages according to age. A crying baby may not necessarily be hungry, in fact we should only worry in cases of actual weight loss or stasis over time. And in these cases, the intervention of the pediatrician is required, not the biscuit! It is also important that weaning focuses on healthy and nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables. It would therefore be advisable to leave aside biscuits and industrial products until at least the age of 12 months so that the child has the opportunity to get used to the taste of real foods. A valid alternative to industrial biscuits are homemade ones, in which it is possible to replace sugar with fruit. Of course, after the first year of life, there may be occasional treats if the usual diet is healthy and correct. However, we also keep in mind that the concept of healthy and "junk" is not innate. And usually the desire to offer something sweet or tasty starts with us adults. So let's always remember that children learn from us and from what they see, if our diet is balanced we have nothing to fear. What hurts our children in fact hurts us too!