As appealing as it is to include new foods in your little one’s diet when you start solids, some things should stay away from the table for the initial one year. Few foods act as a choking hazard to brand-new eaters, while others are not suited for the little ones.
Sharing a quick guide to remember foods to duck during your baby’s first year, with instructions for when they are harmless to include in their diet.
Honey (or foods containing honey) is off-limits for at least the first year as it may comprise the bacteria Clostridium botulinum’s spores. Although simply harmless to grown-ups, these spores can cause infant botulism in infants under one year of age (1). This severe but seldom deadly sickness might cause constipation, reduced sucking, bad appetite, laziness, and even pneumonitis and dehydration (2). So, it might be best to wait till the baby’s first birthday to serve your little honey a few drops of honey.
As great it is for a big body, babies under one year should stay away from cow’s milk as it is hard for infants to digest. Honestly, the nutrients like iron and vitamin E are needed for a baby to grow and develop during the first year, not present in cow’s milk. This is why breast or formula is the most suitable milk source.
Baby taste buds possess an innate inclination for sugar, yet they are also more open at this age to different flavours (they could be sharp, tangy, tart or sour) only if you introduce them.
There’s absolutely no need to ban naturally sugary baby preferences like bananas as they serve up the desired nutrients. Make sure to avoid sweetening everything the baby eats with fruit as you’re developing your baby’s flavour foundations. You might want to keep sweet treats off the table, at least till the time your baby is one. Remember, especially chocolates (because it contains caffeine) and hard candies!
Stating the obvious, but you should never serve your child raw or uncooked dairy products, meat, cider or juice, etc. They can carry dangerous bacteria, ultimately causing life-threatening disease in infants and toddlers (3).
Whole grains are generously high in fibre, which rolls up their sleeves to keep the blood sugar steady. So remember to keep the refined grains like white bread away from the list and choose 100 percent whole grain products like pasta, cereal etc., at the departmental store.
Starting this practice early and making it a habit will encourage your little one to make more intelligent food choices later in life.
Due to choking danger, make sure you avoid giving your kid foods that won’t melt in the mouth, is difficult to mash with the gums or is easily sucked by the windpipe. These could include uncooked raisins, whole grapes, chunks of meat or poultry, popcorn, chewing gum etc. Also, withdraw whole nuts because they can cause a choking risk before the age of four. Alternatively, begin with smooth nut spreads, cheese, and butter.