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Foods To Avoid In Your Baby’s First Year

It’s an exciting milestone when baby is ready for solids. But what should you avoid your baby’s first year?

Here is the list of foods that a large number of health practitioners suggest to avoid during first year of baby:

➡️ Hard round foods such as: Popcorn, baby carrots, candy, whole hot dogs, whole grapes, and whole nuts.
🌭The AAP suggests cutting hot dogs length-wise, as well as width-wise. This will change the shape so it’s less likely to get stuck in a child’s throat. The same goes for whole grapes.

➡️ Hard fruits & veggies such as: Raw carrots and raw apples which are a choking risk and not suitable for babies and toddlers. Children who don’t have their back molars will not be able to chew the raw foods properly.

➡️ Sticky foods such as: Nut butter, (If you use peanut butter, use a CREAMY one and spread it thin on toast, or mix it into purées or cereals), Dried fruits including raisins, dates, and figs.

➡️ Honey: May contain Botulism spores, which you can handle but a baby under one can’t. This is a very dangerous bacteria that may cause a very serious condition called infant botulism.

➡️ Fruit Juice: The AAP does not recommend any fruit juice for babies under 1, due to its low nutritional value.

➡️ Fish high in mercury: King mackerel, Shark, Swordfish, Marlin, Orange roughy, Tuna, Big eye, Tilefish.

➡️Foods high in saturated fat, such as fried foods (unhealthy, hard to digest)

➡️Other foods to avoid: Foods that contain sugar or artificial sweeteners, and foods high in salt.

Consulting with your baby’s paediatrician as well as nutritionist is very important before following a food plan for babies, especially under the age of 1 which is a sensitive time for your baby.

It is also important to check for your baby’s allergies or intolerance, as trying new food without knowing such health issues can put your baby’s health at risk. Monitoring their reaction to foods and regular visits to the doctor can help identify possible allergies and intolerance.

This post is by: @moomysmilk

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