For new mothers, it is essential to know the list of items to avoid when the baby is weaning. Here is a list of baby weaning foods one needs to avoid.
Having salt in your baby’s meal can be dangerous for his/her kidneys. Try to completely avoid salt in your child’s meal up to the age of 1. If you are feeding your child the same meal as your family, try to take out some amount for the baby before adding salt in the meal. Having salt in your baby’s meal can be dangerous for his/her kidneys. Try to completely avoid salt in your child’s meal up to the age of 1. If you are feeding your child the same meal as your family, try to take out some amount for the baby before adding salt in the meal.
Offering sugar to babies may seem like a harmless thing to do but sugar greatly contributes to heart diseases, obesity, and high blood pressure at the later stage of the baby’s life. Babies should not be given any sugar at least till 2 years of age. This includes chocolates, candy, fizzy drinks, sugary drinks and any sugar substitute like maple syrup or honey. Sugar can also lead to tooth decay and may cause an unhealthy weight gain in children. You can, however, give diluted fresh fruit juice (without sugar) with one part fruit juice and two parts water (1:2 ratio).
From the popular opinion, honey actually contains bacteria that can cause botulism in infants and should be avoided until 1 year of age.
Eggs are a great source of protein and should absolutely be added to your baby’s meal. However, undercooked eggs carry salmonella and should be avoided at all costs. Offer mashed hard boiled eggs to the baby to eliminate the risk of salmonella.
Grapes, raisins, and peas
Small foods like grapes, raisins, and peas can pose a choking hazard to babies. It is extremely important to cut or mash these foods before offering to a baby.
Along with the list of food that needs to be avoided one can follow the below timeline for introducing the food to the infant.
4 to 6 months: Cereals (single grain)
The baby reaches its lowest level of iron since birth at around 9 months. Hence, including fortified cereals in meals serves as a good source of iron. Adding a spoonful of single-grain cereal with breast milk at the start of weaning could be extremely beneficial. Single grain cereals can be part of a 5-month baby diet or even a 4-month baby diet depending on the infant’s weaning diet.
4 to 8 months: Pureed food (vegetables, fruits, and meat)
Pureed food is one of the best ways to start weaning, especially when one prefers traditional weaning over child-led weaning. It also broadens the taste palate of the child and gives him exposure to whole different kinds of nutrients. The good thing about a smooth pureed food is that it could be included in a 5-month baby food chart and even sometimes in a 4-month baby food chart.
6 to 8 months: Baby finger foods with a single ingredient
The next stage after puree is starting with finger food. It is also a really good way of experimenting with self-feeding for babies. Make sure that you do not offer hard, raw food as it might cause a choking hazard. Boiled vegetables and fruits cut into small finger-sized pieces which could be mashed using hands can be given to babies in this age group. Baby finger foods for 6 months weaning infants can include some boiled vegetables or fruits at the start.
9 to 12 months: Mashed, ground, or chopped foods
As the baby transitions from pureed food, incorporate finger food with different textures like yoghurt, banana, cottage cheese, mashed sweet potato and scrambled eggs.
Keep the meals simple and make sure that it is ground into a smooth paste. Make sure to be mindful of choking hazards and cut them into age-appropriate sizes before offering. Understand the importance of baby weaning foods and try to create a baby weaning chart if possible.
Q1. What can a baby eat at 6 months?
The baby can start eating pureed fruits and vegetables or soft to touch steamed foods. You may start from pureed food, move to mashed and then to finger food and small pieces when the baby is around 9-12 months old.
Q2. What are the foods to avoid in a baby’s weaning diet chart?
Sugar, salt, honey, undercooked eggs and uncut foods that are choking hazards are some foods that need to be avoided or be mindful about.
Q3. Can we add salt into a child’s food?
No, salt can damage the kidney of a baby and should be avoided till 1 year of age.
Q4. What is the ideal weaning period?
There isn’t an ideal period, but babies can wean until the age of 2.
Q5. What is the food chart for a 7-month baby?
The food chart for a 7-month baby can contain a variety of soft fruits and vegetables, mashed hard boiled eggs or fully cooked scrambled eggs, cheese, oats and minced meats.
Q6. Can a 6 month baby food chart include fruits, vegetables, and grains?
Yes, pureed form of vegetables, fruits, and single grain cereal can be included in a 6 month baby food chart.
Q7. Is finger food the right 5 month baby food?
It is better to wait for the child to show readiness to start external foods. Being able to sit up for long periods of time without any support is a good sign to offer external foods. This usually happens after 6 months of age. Soft to touch steamed vegetables and fruits may be offered during this time.
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