Checklist: 10 Foods You Shouldn't Feed Baby
Play it safe: Save these foods for when baby is older, as they may be dangerous for her to eat now.
___ Cow's milk as a replacement for breastmilk or formula. It's harder for your baby to digest. Milk is fine in yogurt or baked goods, though.
___ Food that is either sticky or really hard (popcorn, marshmallows, hard candies); they can cause your baby to choke.
___ Hard raw veggies (such as carrots), whole pieces of canned fruit, and large round fruits like grapes and jumbo blueberries--all choking hazards. Cut the fruit into smaller pieces and you're good to go.
___ Whole nuts. All kinds present choking hazards in children under 4. Nut butters stirred into purees or spread on toast are perfectly acceptable, though.
___ Honey. There's an off chance it may contain bacteria that can cause infant botulism (it doesn't typically happen in babies over 1 or adults, however).
___ Anything caffeinated, such as soda or iced tea. Hey, the kid keeps you up enough as it is!
___ More than 4 ounces of fruit juice per day. It can cause diarrhea in infants.
___ Unpasteurized cheese, which has a slight food poisoning risk in young babies. Most cheeses sold in the U.S. are pasteurized, but just check the label or ask.
___ Fish--especially shellfish like shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops--if seafood allergies run in the family. Talk to your doctor to make a customized plan for your baby.
___ Swordfish, shark, tilefish or king mackerel, which are high in mercury. Even adults shouldn't eat these very often.
Updated in 2016.
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