Foods you must not give to your baby and mistakes to avoid
You can’t just give your baby anything to eat! You need to sort out what they can eat and what would not be good for them. This is why we have put together the following list of foods you should not give your baby, along with ways to ensure your child is safe and healthy:
- Drinks or foods containing sugar (sweets, fizzy drinks or energy drinks)
- Honey for children under 12 months, due to the risk of botulism in newborns.
To prevent the risk of choking, it’s important to always keep an eye on your child as they eat and adhere to the following rules:
- The child should always eat sitting down (at one of our nursery tables for example)
- Raw vegetables must be grated to make them easier to chew.
- Round foods must be cut lengthwise.
- Hard fruits and vegetables must be cooked to soften them, and their seeds removed.
- Fibrous meat must be trimmed, and we would recommend softening it in stock.
- Sticky foods must be spread on a cracker or toast, but not on fresh bread.
- Never give a baby walnuts, puffed rice or fish containing bones.
Our final recommendation is always to wash your hands before giving your baby milk, as well as washing your baby’s hands before feeding them. In addition, wipe their gums twice a day with a soft, damp cloth to keep the mouth healthy.
See our other articles on this topic!
- The importance of breast milk during the first six months of baby’s life
- First foods to introduce to your baby
- Stages of your baby’s development in terms of feeding
- Quantities to give your baby