10 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Baby in the First Year


Did you know that you can start introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet as early as 4 months old? While everyone chooses a different age that is right for their baby, there are universal foods that should be avoided when starting the journey of solid foods for your little one. When you start feeding your baby solid foods, it’s important to keep in mind that your little baby is still growing, developing, and this includes their digestive systems.

Most babies deal with digestive issues like reflux, constipation, and painful gas that can cause them a ridiculous amount of discomfort. While most foods are up for grabs for your babe eating adventures, these 10 are totally off limits before they are a year old.

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#1. Honey

Typically, honey is considered one of those foods that are considered a healthier option for a sweetener. However, when it comes to your little one, honey can be deadly. Honey can develop botulinum spores which can release toxins into your baby’s body causing transient paralysis. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the kind of honey that will release toxins into your baby’s body (i.e. organic vs. non organic). It is best to completely avoid it altogether when your baby is still under a year old. Over the age of 1, your baby is able to process the honey easier which eliminates the risk associated with honey. Since your baby is still young, they don’t need the added sweet taste that honey provides. Let them just enjoy the natural flavors of foods and if you absolutely want to add a touch of sweetness to their palate options, try naturally sweet options that are baby safe like apples and bananas.

 

#2. Water

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At birth, your baby’s body is made up of 78% water. So, it makes sense that you would want to give them water to keep them hydrated from the inside out. For adults and older kids, water is absolutely essential and humans can’t survive without it. However, when it comes to your little one, water is completely unnecessary and can cause more harm than good. The problem is not the actual water itself. The issue is the space that the water takes up in your baby’s tummy. All of your baby’s nutrients comes from the milk, formula or breast milk, that they consume. If you are offering your baby water, it takes up the space in their tummy needed for the nutritious milk. This can cause your baby to miss out on vital nutrients and weight gain that they need to thrive. Your baby doesn’t need it and can certainly wait until they are over a year old to drink water.

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