Introducing solid food to your baby can be very exciting. Once your baby reaches the right age or has shows signs of readiness, you can start feeding them any pureed single-ingredient food (i.e. sweet potatoes, squash, apple sauce, bananas, and peaches) with no added salt or sugar. By the time they reach stage 2 (6 – 8 months) and 3 (9 – 12 months), you can try combining different foods and textures for your little eater.
But some kinds of foods are not safe for babies to consume. If you’re not aware, read more about it below:
While honey is filled with antimicrobial properties (which helps ease irritation of throat), it shouldn’t be fed to babies below the age of 1. This is because honey contains clostridium botulinum spores – which can multiply in young baby’s intestines and develop into infant botulism. If you want to sweetened your baby’s food, use pureed fruits instead of honey (and sugar).
2. Peanut Butter
If you’re unsure about your baby’s allergies, avoid peanut butter as it may cause serious allergic reactions. Besides that, peanut butter is too thick and sticky for babies’ to swallow and hence making it a choking hazard! So be sure to skip the PB & J sandwiches.
Although grapes make great snacks for kids and teenagers, it can be a serious choking hazard for babies and young toddlers. Not only is the skin difficult to break down, but also it’s tiny seeds are really hard to avoid. Also, it’s drier version – raisins – aren’t any better as well. To get your little eaters their fruit fix, give them a banana or some cooked down apples and pears.
4. Fruit juice
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents should stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life. While homemade fruit juice is tasty and packed with nutrients and vitamins, too much of it can contribute to diarrhea in infants. In addition, high intake of fruit juice can contribute to energy imbalance, over nutrition or under nutrition, and development of dental caries.
Parents should always stick to breast milk or formula during baby’s first year of life. Although cow’s milk or soy milk contains nutrients that are beneficial for growth, your little ones can’t easily digest the protein and minerals. On top of that, some can’t handle the lactose in milk and other dairy products.
6. High mercury fishes
Fishes such as mackerel, tuna, and swordfish have high mercury levels, making them unsafe to be consumed by children under the age of 1. Babble notes that families with a history of seafood allergies should hold off on any fish until after the child turns 1 or 2 and shellfish until they are 3.
Bacon (and most smoke or cured meats) contains nitrates and other chemicals and are high in sodium, grease, and animal fat. Furthermore, it can cause digestive problems, tummy aches, and irregular bowels.