It is exciting to watch your baby move from one milestone to another. The most exciting of all is when they reach the 6th month and start eating solids. Seeing your little one transition from breastmilk to solids is simply amazing.
Now, while it all looks great, the process of introducing new foods is not all that rosy. Babies tend to be a little fussy about this, and it may make you frustrated. The only thing you need to remember is that you shouldn’t stop breastfeeding so you can help supplement the nutrients with the milk.
There are many types of foods available that are great for weaning a baby, but there are a few others that are not so good. These are foods that may cause a choking hazard, or even cause the baby to develop some allergies or reactions to the food.
Here’s A List Of Foods You Shouldn’t Give Your Baby
This is strictly off-limits in the first 12 months of your baby’s life. Remember this also includes all foods that are made with honey. The reason behind this is that honey contains some spores of a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum.
Though this is not harmful to adults, the spores can cause babies to have botulism. This is a serious, although not fatal illness. It causes constipation, a poor appetite, weakened sucking, pneumonia, dehydration, and lethargy.
You should wait until your baby turns one to serve them the sweet deliciousness of honey.
You should keep away from cow’s milk for babies who are under 1 year. This is because it is hard for them to digest. This milk also lacks some nutrients such as Vitamin E, and Iron. Your baby needs to develop and grow in the first 12 months, and that’s why you should stick to formula or breastmilk.
Most doctors will okay cottage cheese, hard cheese, or milk yogurt by the 8th month. With that, you can give them a sip of whole milk once in a while. After their first birthday, you can then introduce cow’s milk in moderation. However, watch out for allergic reactions or milk intolerance.
You may think that fruit juice is good for your baby but it’s not. The added sugars will only make matters worse, and not to mention, drowning their tender appetites. Too much juice will also lead to diarrhea, chronic tummy troubles, and tooth decay.
Also, the AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that fruit juice should be avoided at all costs for babies who are younger than one year. Even after their first birthday, it is wise to avoid giving the juice, especially at bedtime.
If you do decide to give fruit juice, after the 12-month mark, do it in small quantities and only during the day. Do not exceed 4-6 ounces until they are at least six years old. Also, choose tummy-friendly alternative juices such as grape juice and ensure to dilute it with water at a fifty-fifty ratio.
Carbs are not all equal in terms of nutrients. Complex carbs usually provide naturally occurring nutrients that tend to be stripped during the process of refining and this turns the whole grains white. If you consume whole grains you will keep your blood sugar steady as they are rich in fiber.
You should, therefore, try to keep off refined grains such as white bread off the menu. Go for 100% whole grains such as whole grain bread, pasta, rice, cereal, and crackers. Even mixing muffins or whisking waffles at home should be done with whole-grain flour instead of white flour.
Babies who haven’t had a cupcake really do not care much about frosting just yet, or how sweet the cupcake is. Their taste buds are not naturally inclined to sweets and they are actually much more open to other flavors such as tangy, sharp, bitter, or tart.
There is, however, no need to ban sweet favorites such as bananas, as they are filled with nutrients. You should not sweeten anything that the baby eats as you are building their flavor foundations.
Most people assume that you should avoid feeding your baby allergenic foods such as eggs, peanuts, citrus fruits, strawberries, and wheat in the first year, but the AAP is now recommending that you should introduce these foods between 4 and 11 months so you can prevent food allergies.
This is a good thing as they are packed with plenty of healthy folates, proteins, and other essential nutrients. You should, however, speak with your doctor before you start serving them, especially if allergies run in your family.
Feeding your baby should be a time of trying out new recipes and tastes, but stay away from the above-mentioned foods as they are not good for the baby just yet.