6 foods you should not feed your baby in the first year!

As moms, we tend to go a little over board about what we feed our baby. There is no doubting the fact that breastfeeding is the best for the first 6 months. However, once the baby is over 6 months, moms cannot wait to introduce solids. While it is absolutely necessary to introduce different flavours and textures to your baby, there are a few foods which strictly need to stay out of your baby’s plate until his first birthday!

Milk

Cow’s milk contains complex proteins and minerals which babies cannot digest effectively. So avoid feeding your baby cow’s milk until he/she is one year old. Furthermore, cow’s milk does not contain iron, which is an important element for the baby’s development in the first year. Lastly, cow’s milk is also known to cause allergies in some babies. Other dairy products like yoghurt and cheese are generally safe for infants. However, do consult your doctor before you introduce these.

Fruit juices

Fruit juices are high in sugar, even if you choose sugar-free ones. So it is always best to reserve this for later. Also, the high sugar content in juices plays on the baby’s weight and can also lead to dental issues in future. University of Virginia School of Medicine, suggests that kids you regularly consume fruit juice by the age of 2 have a higher risk of becoming overweight by the age 4. Also, whole fruits are rich in fibre and are much better than juices which are nothing but a source of sugar. You can opt for purees once your baby is 6 months or above. However, juices in the first year.

Sugary treats

Baby taste buds are extremely sharp in the initial years. So, mommies, you really need to watch what you give your little one. Babies tend to have a natural affinity for sweets. However, it is not advisable to feed them sweets at such a young age. On the other hand, you need to ban sweets completely too. Instead opt for naturally sweet baby foods like bananas, apples, etc. They are yummy and also nutritious. So keep those sugary treats off the menu until your baby is at least a year old.

Honey

While some Indian traditions instruct parents to feed the baby honey soon after birth, science has a different explanation. Honey contains bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Although this is harmless to adults, it can cause serious trouble to babies. Feeding honey can lead to lethargy, upset stomach, poor appetite, weakened sucking etc.

Salt

Salt can be as harmful as sugar! Mother’s milk contains salt and that will take care of your baby’s daily salt requirement. Anything additional is not good for the baby. This is because the baby’s kidneys are not developed enough to handle the excess sodium. So make sure you don’t season your baby’s food with salt and also read the label of any store-bought food, before you feed your baby.

Certain vegetables

Veggies like spinach, beetroot, and lettuce contain more nitrates than the baby’s stomach can handle. Babies have a very sensitive stomach and don’t have enough acids to break down the nitrates. This will, in turn, block the blood’s ability to transport oxygen, thereby leading to Blue Baby Syndrome.

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