Baby Food: 3 Things to Avoid When Introducing Solid Food to Babies
When it comes to baby food, choosing the best one can be daunting. The last thing any mom wants to do is make their babies eat something that will turn out to be dangerous or spoilt.
While buying baby food is easier, moms will have less control over what goes in their baby's mouth and stomach. It's always a nicer idea to make your own baby food, but there are also some risks.
Below are three things you should avoid doing when introducing solid food to your little one.
Avoid Stopping Breastfeeding At Once
The American Academy of Pediatric's (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) both recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months. And if your baby is already on that stage, you certainly can start introducing some complementary foods.
Note, however, that the operative word here is complementary because when your baby is starting on solids, you should still not stop breastfeeding.
Most pediatricians will recommend always going by your baby's cues and starting solid foods around six months when they show signs of being developmentally ready.
Included among these signs are having good head control, sitting (even with support), turning the head, and pushing the bottle or breast away, among others.
Notice all these signs and, importantly, this one: your baby staring at how you eat or even attempting to grab your food when you are putting them in your mouth.
Avoid Letting Your Baby Eat Certain Foods
Even though it is exciting to see your baby start munching on some solids, this does not mean you can give him or her anything.
You should not just be going around smashing everything you see in the bid to make them soft for your baby. This is not wise.
Moreover, a baby should not be given honey or foods containing honey, such as honey-sweetened cereals and light and dark corn syrups, because all these can lead to botulism. They are only safe to eat after your baby turns a year old.
Unpasteurized foods such as dairy, or undercooked meats, eggs, fish, or poultry can also be dangerous for your baby's still sensitive stomach. These should be started after one year. They are quite low in iron, which can lead to anemia.
Avoid Letting Your Baby Food Sit
It is important not to keep your baby food sitting for over two hours. Don't allow your baby food to sit out for more than two hours between cooking and storage because it might become spoiled and be exposed to all sorts of bacteria you cannot see.
In relation to safe cooling, make sure to have clean all appliances, utensils, and countertops before you set forth in your baby food making.