Foods New Parents Should Avoid

Many new parents do not realize that babies simply cannot eat certain foods. Knowing how to care for a baby can seem quite difficult especially if this is the first time you are having a baby. We would like to share some forbidden foods and other foods that can be quite harmful to your baby. Always remember to double check with a health expert when you are unsure about feeding your baby certain types of food. Another helpful tip is to always read the ingredients on any foods you purchase from the store to be safe. Keeping yourself informed on foods that may pose a threat to your baby reduces the risk of any allergic reactions, rashes or life threatening reactions.

Please avoid the following foods:

Honey – could cause prompt infant botulism due to the immaturity of a baby’s intestinal tract.

Whole Milk – should not be introduced as a replacement for breast milk or formula until after 12 months. This recommendation is due to the fact that whole cow milk cannot properly sustain a growing infant. It simply does not have all the nutritional components needed for healthy growth and development. There is also a bit of difficulty in the digestion of whole milk proteins. Yogurt and cheese are cultured and thus tend to be more easily digested.

Citrus – is very acidic and many infants under the age of 12 months old suffer rashes and tummy upsets due to the acidity. This has nothing to do with allergies.

Strawberries – Can prompt severe, life threatening allergic reactions.

Peanuts – Please do not give your baby peanuts as they can cause severe reactions.

Broccoli – Offering broccoli to an infant who is 6 months of age is really not the best idea.

Beans – You should avoid beans if your baby is 6 months old or younger, as beans may cause painful gas.

Grapes – Are not a high allergen but may pose choking hazards.