Foods to avoid

HoneyDuring the first stage of weaning, there are some foods that you’ll want to avoid giving to your baby if they’re under 6 months old, to help prevent them developing allergies or infection.

Avoid:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Nuts, peanuts and seeds
  • Soft and unpasteurised cheeses
  • Foods that contain wheat or gluten (gluten is protein found in wheat, rye and barley that little tummies may be sensitive to)
  • Honey (until your baby is 1 year old)
  • Liver

High-fibre or low fat foods

We think of high-fibre and low fat as being a healthy diet, and so it is - but only for adults! Babies have tiny tummies, but they are growing fast, so they need foods that give them lots of calories - not bulky, fibrous foods that fill them up without giving much nourishment. It’s best to avoid high-fibre food, particularly cereals with added bran.

Because babies and toddlers need lots of energy, they need foods that are high in energy even when eaten in small amounts. Choose full fat every time when you buy milk, yogurt, fromage frais and other dairy products for your baby. Full fat products also contain good amounts of vitamins you can't get in other types of food.

Salt

You shouldn’t add salt to your baby’s food and you’d be surprised how little they should have - for children less than 12 months old, the maximum amount of salt they should have in a day is less than 1g (0.4g sodium).

Even after a year, the maximum amounts are still small:

  • 1 to 3 years - 2g salt a day (0.8g sodium)
  • 4 to 6 years - 3g salt a day (1.2g sodium)
  • 7 to 10 years - 5g salt a day (2g sodium)
  • 11 and over - 6g salt a day (2.4g sodium)

Download our weaning simplified leaflet which explains all about the goodies and baddies in food when it comes to feeding your baby.

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