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What foods should my baby not eat in the first year?

Starting solid food is a messy, but exciting affair! However, while you want to give your baby a variety of tastes and textures to try, there are some foods that are not safe for your baby. These include:
Honey. Honey may contain traces of botulism (can be fatal to infants).
Salt. Your child’s kidneys are not yet able to process salt, and adding salt to his or her food can be dangerous.
Sugar or sweeteners. They can encourage your child to develop a ‘sweet tooth’, are bad for developing teeth, and have very little nutritional value.
Nuts. Even if your child isn’t allergic, whole nuts are a choking hazard.
Low fat foods. Babies need lots of calories, because they’re growing so fast. Don’t
give your child low fat foods, or you will limit his or her calorie intake.
Fish. While some babies can eat fish and seafood, there are some kinds of fish, like marlin and shark, that can contain traces of mercury, which is dangerous.
Coffee and tea. Tannin and caffeine are not suitable for young children, so don’t be tempted to give your child either of these.
Shellfish, mould rind cheeses and soft boiled eggs, as well as liver pate and other foods, can be toxic in some cases. Rather opt for safer choices, and make sure that they are cooked properly and stored carefully, to avoid food poisoning.

More questions

Know when the time is right to start giving your baby regular milk
There are some foods that your baby should not be eating before his or her first birthday.
Knowing what solid foods to feed your baby
Risks to babies from unsterilised bottles
While breast feeding is best for your child, many mums choose to bottle feed for a variety of reasons.
From around four to six months old, most babies will be ready to try solid food for the first time.
You should never leave formula out of the fridge for longer than an hour.
When to introduce fruit juice to your infant
Choosing the right formula for your child
Your newborn needs to be fed often and there are feeding cues you can watch out for which will indicate hunger.



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