Foods you should avoid giving your baby in year one

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

foods you should avoid giving your baby in the first year

You’ve been faithfully using the breast pump for months now, but your child has finally reached the milestone of eating solids! Most babies reach this right around the six-month mark. However, between now and their first birthday, you should avoid feeding your child the following foods:

Honey: It’s a potential source of Clostridium botulinum spores, and while toddler’s stomachs are equipped to fight it, it’s a different story for babies. Watch out for products that contain honey—processed doesn’t always mean pasteurized!

Cow’s milk: It’s your milk or formula in the first year of life, as your baby hasn’t developed the ability to digest the proteins found in cow milk or soy.

Certain vegetables: Beets, spinach, fennel, lettuce and collard greens are examples of this. Your baby’s stomach can’t handle the level of nitrates contained in them.

Types of fish: Some fish have high mercury levels in them, including tuna, swordfish, shark and mackerel. If your child has a shellfish allergy, they can have a deadly reaction to it in their first year of life. Wait until they are at least three before giving them any.

Citrus and berries:  Both have high levels of acid, so you should avoid these until after the first year.

Salt: Baby’s kidneys aren’t equipped to handle a lot of sodium, and they should only receive around 1 gram a day. Make sure you set aside a portion of food for baby before seasoning dinner for the rest of the family.

Choking hazards: Some foods are choking hazards, including grapes, nuts, hot dogs, raw carrots, hard candy and popcorn.


If you have just had your child or are expecting one on the way, congratulations! We’re here for you. We carry a number of breast pumps and other maternity items in our online catalog that can help get you and baby off to the right start.

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