Introducing solid foods to your baby once they are up to can be a whole lot of fun. However, whether your baby is eager to trying new foods or he/she is a picky eater, it’s important to remember that there are certain foods that you should avoid serving your little one until he/she is of a certain age. At BabyGlow Kiddies, we have a list of some of the best and worst foods for your baby.
- Offer: Fresh fruit purees
- Avoid: Packaged Fruit Juices or Soda
Fruit juices and sodas are full of sugar and have no real nutritional value. Furthermore, they can damage your baby’s growing teeth. Instead of a fruit juice, offer your baby fresh fruit purees made from apples, bananas, peaches, blueberries, plums, pears or mangoes. Avoid offering any fruity drinks right before bedtime as this can contribute to tooth decay
- Offer: Iron-fortified baby cereal
- Avoid: Honey
When baby is ready to eat solids, most parents start off by offering easy-to-digest iron fortified single grain baby cereal. Try oats or barley instead of the usual rice cereal. Quinoa is also quite a healthy option for your little one.
Although honey is healthy and delicious, infants should not be given honey until the age of one. This is because honey may contain a strain of bacteria that can cause a rare condition known as ‘infant botulism’. Skip the honey until your little one is at least a year older or more.
- Offer: Apple sauce or Date Puree
- Avoid: Sugary treats and candy
Chocolates, candy and other sugary treats are high on SUGAR. Sugar and calories are very low on nutrition. They also cause tooth damage and should be avoided by all means. Instead, offer naturally sweet, good baby foods such as apple sauce or a date puree. Dates are rich in fiber, iron and important vitamins & minerals. Date syrup can also be used as a natural sweetener when making different foods for your baby.
- Offer: Yoghurt
- Avoid: Cow’s milk
Plain whole milk yoghurt (without any added flavour) is rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, making it completely nutritious for your little one. It is quite a delicious snack, especially when mixed with small chunks of fruit or pureed fruit.
Cow’s milk, on the other hand, is not great for babies as it is harder to digest and can thus cause stomach problems. Breast milk or formula are better sources of milk for your baby at this stage. After your baby turns one, you can offer cow’s milk but in limited quantities.
- Offer: Mashed beets, carrots or avocados
- Avoid: Salted Crackers and Popcorn
Crackers and popcorn may seem like an easy snack to give your hungry little baby but they should be avoided in its entirety. Crackers are a non-nutritious snack and are high on salt. (Babies require a very small amount of salt in their diet and you can hold off on adding it to your baby’s food either until they are one year old. However, a slight bit of herbs and spices can be added to food to add flavour). Foods like popcorn can actually be a choking hazard for your little one who is still learning how to chew properly. Instead, offer a healthy snack option such as mashed beetroot, carrots or avocados, all of which are good vegetables for babies and are packed with essential nutrients.