Yippy! Its solids time and the girls can now rest a bit from all the tugging. biting and mishandling they’ve been subjected to. When the baby starts solids, this is the greatest milestone of their lives, but no one is as excited as mom, whether breastfeeding or formula-feeding.
Things are slightly different for formula-feeding moms who continue to make bottles until the baby is one year old but starting foods offer a nice break from the routine. For the mom who has been breastfeeding, the introduction of solid foods means baby can finally start to focus on a different food source. It also means that mom can finally start reclaiming those beautiful perky girls, both of which took on a different role and shape when the baby first came home.
As excited as the breastfeeding mom is, before she can whip up that cereal mix, this is the time to pull out those parenting rulebooks and flip forward to the weaning page. She needs to be sure that she knows what weaning is, how to go about it, what to feed or not and how to ensure that her baby is not constipated.
Weaning is great, but it can come with its own challenges. From rashes to hives and even convulsions, many of the foods we feed our babies may trigger an allergic reaction and that is why there is the three-day rule. This is where one introduces one item of food and feeds for three days before introducing another or settling on it as a regular meal. If there is an allergic reaction, mom will know what caused it. Then there are the following 20 foods that baby should not eat before he is one year old.
This sweet, all natural whole food is great, but according to Babble, it comes with the potential of having Clostridium botulinum spores. These spores can multiply in your child’s intestines leading to infant botulism.
Honey is said to be quite effective when one mixes cold medication with it, but even if the baby has a bad cold and one decides to go all natural, this is one ingredient to skip.
Older babies are able to fight off the infection, but for babies under the age of one, this condition can be serious and it may lead to floppy movements, constipation, difficulty nursing, as well as weak cries.
19 Cow Milk
Although it might seem counter-intuitive that milk wouldn't be good for babies under one, it turns out that the only kind of milk a baby can fully digest is either breast or formula. Cow milk contains some proteins that the baby finds hard to digest and it also comes with minerals that have the potential to damage her underdeveloped kidneys.
Then there is the all dreaded lactose intolerance that some babies are born with. Lactose intolerance leads to allergic symptoms like diarrhea. In extreme cases it makes the babies intestines bleed, and this may lead to iron deficiency anemia.
18 Peanut Butter
Babies love this one and so do we, but before feeding the baby this substance, consider the age. Most babies are seriously allergic to peanuts and, in case you didn’t know, peanut butter is made from peanuts. As if that is not scary enough, giving the baby peanut butter has also been proven to be a choking hazard because of its thick and sticky consistency.
Remember that if the baby is choked by this stuff, dislodging it will not be as easy and he may even die. Even when he is past one year, one is advised to only spread a very thin layer of peanut butter on toast to prevent choking.
17 Certain Vegetables
This sounds contradictory considering the number of times our pediatrician insists that the baby should be given vegetables to make up a balanced diet. However, some vegetables like spinach, beets, collard greens, lettuce, and fennel are not recommended for babies because they contain high levels of nitrates which the baby cannot process. At just under one year, the baby does not have enough acids in their stomach to break down the nitrates.
When this happens, the blood's ability to move oxygen is impaired, leading to the blue baby syndrome. To give him the vegetable intake he needs, it is recommended that one gives squash, peas, sweet potatoes and low nitrate veggies.
16 Tuna And Other Types Of Fish
We are always bombarded with the benefits of fish on the babies IQ. Since all mothers want their kids to be smart, we wind up feeding fish to our kids without considering the side effects. Fish like the shark, mackerel, tuna, and swordfish can contain very high levels of mercury and should not be consumed by kids less than one year.
For babies under one, it is recommended that one gives them their fish dose by giving white fish like cod, haddock, flounder or sole and this not more than once per week. Great care should be taken to ensure that all the bones are removed from the fish.
15 Berries And Citrus
Anything berry, be it blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries should not be given to babies. They contain a protein that infants and even toddlers in their early ages cannot digest. When it comes to citrus fruits, these are quite acidic and they can lead to stomach upsets and diaper rashes and even rashes on the face or back.
If you feel the need to offer just a taste, it is recommended to cut berries into very tiny pieces as they may lead become a choking hazard. Berry juice should also be diluted well with water and the baby should be observed for any reaction.
14 Seeds And Nuts
Seeds and nuts are the major cause of choking in babies and toddlers. Babies and toddlers have very tiny airways, which mean even the smallest seed could lead to choking. According to a 2008 study reported in on the New York Times, it was found that sunflower seeds fall on the 9th slot of the top-rated choking hazards among kids five years and under.
Most people love seeds and nuts as snacks and they do not hesitate to share them with their kids, even at an early age. The main problem is that seeds and nuts are the foods that most kids are highly allergic to and unfortunately, seed and nut allergies can be fatal.
Grapes are full of nutrients and a perfect snack for your little ones. Unfortunately, this snack should never be enjoyed by kids who are younger. The grape skin is too hard for kids to break down well and the size of this fruit, as well as its firmness, make it a choking hazard for kids.
Even when this fruit is sliced into pieces, it still holds a risk for the young child. Mothers even give raisins in a snack, but even this is also dangerous for the toddler and should only be given at later years.
12 Egg Whites
Babies adore eggs and it is a lovely snack even for grown-ups. However, eggs give some babies severe allergic reactions. If one strongly feels she needs to feed the baby with eggs, it is advisable to separate the yolk from the egg whites then cook the yolk thoroughly.
Boiling the egg and peeling off the egg white is also another option that will separate the two perfectly. In order to find out whether your baby is allergic to eggs, it is important to introduce it alone and observe. To be safe, put off eggs for the first year.
Mom may love chocolates and she may never be able to go a day without her dose of this delicacy, but as much as she adores them and would love to share with her little munchkin, she should stem the desire.
The problem is that chocolate has caffeine and where it lifts a woman’s spirit, it gives the opposite effect in the baby.
Dairy in chocolate is also very difficult for a child under the age of one to digest. When chocolate comes in the form of M&Ms, as well as another form of candies, they are a choking hazard and should be avoided.
10 Raw Carrots
Most women, including myself, have naively given our babies a carrot to chew on during those teething periods and felt rather good seeing that they do offer some relief. We are, however, lucky that nothing happened to our kids because similar to grapes, the firmness and size of raw carrots take up the 3rd slot as the greatest choking hazard for babies.
The baby carrots we are so fond of giving babies are the right size to stick in a baby’s throat and choke her. The best way to feed baby carrots is to soften the carrots in boiled water to soften and then mash.
9 Hot Dogs
Our society is really into junk food and processed foods are a staple in every household. Like every other food, mothers have a hard time not giving the baby a taste of what they are eating. Unfortunately, processed foods come with nitrates, which studies show are responsible for low oxygen levels in children whose digestive systems are still underdeveloped and they are therefore not able to break down the nitrates.
With that, hot dogs cause more choking, as well as injuries including death to toddlers. Even if we are extra cautious and the hot dog is sliced into really tiny pieces, hot dogs still cause a high level of choking in children.
Bingeing in front of the TV is every mother’s pass time and it is the one snacks we love to chew on as we catch up on our daily dose of shows on Netflix and recover from a day of chasing after the kids. This snack that is healthy and crunchy is also a choking hazard for babies.
The center of the kernel is very hard to break, unlike the outer coating of the popcorn. Popcorn should never be offered to babies under one because many babies choke on it. In fact, it should never be given to a child who is under four-years-old.
Many of us are allergic to wheat and for families who are plagued with a history of “celiac disease," which is gluten intolerance can pass this on to their children. Parents who come from these families should hold up on giving wheat to their babies until they are past the age of one.
When it comes to gluten intolerance, it means giving up on pasta, as well as normal bread. According to Babble, all is not lost though as there are gluten-free versions of these foods that can be explored. Unfortunately, these versions may contain salt that babies should not be fed, but brown rice pasta could be a viable option.
6 Low-Fat Foods
New moms can be health fanatics and most of us try to eat as healthy as we can and to eat only that which will not add even a drop of fat to our bodies. Most of us take this craze a lot further and decide to include our young ones in this quest. This is a dangerous practice that is highly discouraged.
Remember that the baby requires adding fat to her body and therefore fat-free or low fat is not food for a baby under one year. Feed the child whole fat foods at least for the first year as they are good for his brain development.
5 Smoked & Cured Meats
This is a staple on many breakfast tables and like everything else, we always give a bite to our babies, especially when they are fussy and want a bite. What most mothers do not know is that cured or smoked meats like bacon also contain the nitrate chemical and are very high in sodium, as well as animal fats.
They should, therefore, be a rarity in the baby’s diet and completely avoided before the baby is one year old. According to What to Expect, this rule applies to smoked fish as well. Hold up on these delicacies for the first one year and even later, do not overdo it.
For most of us, corn is a delicious fiber filled food that we all enjoy and are often tempted to share with our kids. Babies should get nutrient filled foods, especially during the formative years. Since their tummies are small, other foods should not be given as they take the place of other nutrients.
Unfortunately, corn is not as nutrient rich and will not do much for the baby. Corn is also a possible allergen, as well as a choking hazard. According to Momtastic, even though most of us consider corn a delicacy, it should never be fed to babies under one year old.
3 Refined Grains
Grains are perfect foods for the baby and his health and most of them are packed with fiber, which will help the baby acquire a better metabolism and helps in the digestion of food.
Even with all these benefits though, it should be noted that whole grains are the only ones able to provide all the nutrients the baby requires. When grains are processed, they lose all their nutritional benefits and are therefore not good for the baby. Whole grain also comes with the added benefit of helping the baby develop better-eating habits as he grows, which may help prevent lifestyle diseases.
2 Sugar Products
With sugar, even adults are discouraged from eating it and not just as a measure to lose weight, but also because it comes with hordes of health negatives. According to Baby Info, health practitioners highly discourage feeding the baby sugar, as well as sugar products. Excessive sugar feeding may lead to diabetes, as well as other health issues.
Sugary products, though quite appealing to the baby, should always be avoided until the baby is about two years of age. Sugar taste is something we adopt and a baby does not come with it and so he does not crave it. Do not introduce it to them too early.
1 Unpasteurized Foods
Unpasteurized food can contains bacteria that is dangerous for the baby’s health and should be eliminated from his diet. The baby’s immune system at this age may not be in a position to fight these dangerous bacteria and viruses. At times, feeding the baby with unpasteurized foods leads to serious medical conditions.
The same reason a pregnant woman is not allowed to eat raw eggs or semi-cooked foods are the same reasons the baby should be kept away from unpasteurized food. Always insist on pasteurized foods for the baby and this may save the child from some of these preventable conditions.
References: Babble, Babycentre, Nytimes, Whattoexpect, Babyinfo