Keep these precautions in mind when it's baby's mealtime.
- Trash baby food that has been open for more than 48 hours, and never feed your infant directly from the jar.
- Avoid homemade purees of carrots, beets, collard greens, turnips, or spinach because these veggies are high in nitrates. (Processed jarred versions, however, are safe.)
- Be sure to stir any purees you've warmed up, and always check their temperature before serving.
- Totally avoid these choking hazards during your baby's first year: nuts, seeds, raisins, hard candy, grapes, hard raw vegetables, popcorn, peanut butter, and hot dogs.
- Steer clear of honey -- it can cause botulism in babies under 1 year.
- Avoid foods that pose a high allergy risk such as cow's milk, eggs, nuts, peanut butter (it's also hard to swallow), fresh strawberries, fish, and other seafood.