Babies are delicate and you have to be very careful about what they eat. Giving them solid food before the right age is as bad as giving babies liquid food when they are totally ready for a solid diet.
Keeping these and some other important things in mind, we have come up with a list of foods that you should never give a baby no matter what. This list contains foods that your baby is not yet ready for due to weak physiology and sensitive metabolism.
Here are some of the foods that you should never offer a baby
- Whole Nuts and Peanuts
Babies who are under 5 years old have not yet developed the reflexes to chew these nuts before swallowing. Handing them a whole nut can thus be quite dangerous. Your baby might swallow it whole and choke on it.
The only way you are allowed to give these to a baby is by crushing it first with your hand or some other tool. This way your baby will be getting all the necessary nutrients in the safest way possible.
- Raw Eggs
Raw or cooked eggs are not easily digestible for a baby who is under 6 months. Make sure to use these with some other recipe to make something healthier for your newborn.
This way your baby can get the necessary protein that he or she can easily consume and digest. Eggs before 6 months can cause allergies and you need to avoid these as much as you can. You can ask your paediatrician when can your baby have eggs and also the signs that indicate if your baby is allergic or not.
- Cow’s Milk
You should not give your baby cow’s milk before one year of age. Cow’s milk has a very high concentration of lactose that is very hard to digest for a baby. It can lead to diarrhoea or vomiting. If your kid is under 1 year of age, then it would not be a good idea to give them ice cream just yet. You can visit this article https://www.elitebaby.us/blogs/news/when-can-babies-have-ice-cream to learn more about when you can give ice cream to babies.
Your baby’s best option for milk is a formula or your breastmilk since it is prepared specifically for the baby. Cow’s milk is more suitable for adults or kids older than one, or two-year-old. So, avoid giving Cow’s milk to a baby, in the beginning, to avoid putting your baby’s health at risk.
- Seafood and Shellfish
Seafood like shrimps, tuna, lobsters, etc. has a very high concentration of fats, protein, and mercury, etc. These contents in excess amount can disturb your baby’s sensitive metabolism.
You should never try to give these to a baby who is under one. And even after that, it is better that you offer these once in a week or after 3 to 5 days after consulting your paediatrician.
Chocolate is a huge source of caffeine which is as bad for babies as it is for adults if consumed recklessly. Chocolate also contains a huge concentration of sugar which can affect your baby’s health pretty badly.
Even after your baby turns one, it is your duty to limit their chocolate consumption. Baby’s eating habits should be your top priority at this crucial age since its effects can last a lifetime.
- Canned Fruit Juices
Fruit juices in canned form contain some preservatives which are artificial and can cause your baby’s health to decline. You can give your baby homemade fresh juices instead after he turns one year old.
Canned juices are not fresh, and their questionable contents can affect your baby’s metabolism badly. Avoid these as much as you can so that your baby grows only on the right kind of food.
So, these are some of the foods that you should never give your sensitive baby in the beginning. Remember that your baby can digest liquid foods like mashed bananas, milk, and cereal, etc. better in the beginning.
Once your baby is six months or above you can slowly incorporate solid food into his diet. Do not do this at once since your baby’s untrained stomach cannot handle it yet.
We hope this stuff helps you figure out the best diet plan for your newborn and we wish you the very best while going through this important phase of your child’s growth.