Switching to Solids

Food-Safety Smarts

Keep these precautions in mind when it's baby's mealtime.

  1. Trash baby food that has been open for more than 48 hours, and never feed your infant directly from the jar.
  2. Avoid homemade purees of carrots, beets, collard greens, turnips, or spinach because these veggies are high in nitrates. (Processed jarred versions, however, are safe.)
  3. Be sure to stir any purees you've warmed up, and always check their temperature before serving.
  4. 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.
  5. Steer clear of honey -- it can cause botulism in babies under 1 year.
  6. 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.


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