Foods to be careful with

Foods to avoid

Foods to limit for toddlers

Although toddlers can be demanding at times, there are some foods it’s wise to be careful with. Here’s a quick guide to help you:

Foods to avoid

  • Salt
    Your toddler doesn't need salt added to any of their food. It’s recommended that children from one to three years old should have no more than a total of 2g salt a day (which is equivalent to 0.8g sodium). It’s easy to check the salt or sodium content on the packs of any snacks, but it’s advisable to limit the amount of snacks containing salt, for the sake of their health.
  • Honey
    Little ones under 12 months shouldn’t be given honey until they’re over 1 year old. It may sometimes contain natural spores of bacteria that can be harmful for young babies.
  • Raw or partially cooked eggs
  • Fish containing mercury
    Steer clear of fish that may contain high levels of mercury, such as shark, swordfish and marlin.
  • Whole nuts
    Children under 5 shouldn’t have whole nuts as these may cause choking.
  • Caffeine
    Avoid giving tea or coffee to your little one as these drinks can reduce the amount of iron toddlers and children absorb.
  • Fizzy drinks
    Most fizzy drinks are acidic or contain large amounts of sweeteners and can damage your toddler’s tooth enamel.

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

  • Print page
  • Back to top

HiPP's Expert Baby & Nutrition Blog

Read the latest advice from our team of experts

Baby in polaroid

Posted by 18.10.2016

What bathtime play is teaching your baby

We all know that regular baths are important for keeping your little one healthy and smelling sweet, but bathtime isn’t just about getting clean! It’s also a great learning experience...

Read more »

Have you got a question?

If you want more advice, please ask a question or visit our forum.

Otherwise, please get in touch with the HiPP Baby Club.