When can I give my baby...?

First foods for baby should be easy to digest and unlikely to cause an allergy. But what foods should you definitely avoid in the early days of weaning?

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  • When can I give my baby...?

    First foods for baby should be easy to digest and unlikely to cause an allergy.

    But what foods should you definitely steer clear of in the early days of weaning?

  • When should I give my baby... HONEY?

    Honey should not be given to babies under 12 months as it can cause infant botulism.

    Although this is very rare, it is best to be safe, as a baby's digestiove system is too immature to cope with the bug.

  • When should I give my baby... SALT?

    Babies under one year should not have salt added to their food as this can strain immature kidneys and may cause dehydration.

    Herbs and garlic are a great way to add flavour without adding salt.

  • When should I give my baby... GLUTEN?

    Found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, gluten can be hard for young babies to digest.

    Foods containing gluten such as bread or pasta should not be introduced before six months.

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  • When should I give my baby... NUTS?

    For babies with no history of allergy in the family, it is fine to give peanut butter and other finely ground nuts from seven months.

    However, if there is a history of allergy in your family or your baby suffers from eczema, seek medical advice before giving nuts to your baby.

    Whole nuts should not be given before the age of five due to the risk of choking.

  • When should I give my baby... SUGAR?

    The simple rule is don't add sugar. If food is particularly tart or sour, try sweetening with natural fruit juice, but keep this to a minimum as fruit juice contains high levels of natural sugar. 

    Adding sugar is habit-forming and increases the risk of tooth decay.

  • When should I give my baby... EGGS?

    Eggs, cooked until the white and yolk are solid, can be given to your baby from six months.

    Do not give raw or undercooked eggs before 12 months.

  • When should I give my baby... MILK?

    Avoid giving cow's milk as a main drink until your baby is 12 months. However, you can use full-fat cow's milk in cooking and with breakfast cereals from six months.

    You can give your child semi-skimmed or skimmed milk from the age of two.

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  • When should I give my baby... FISH?

    Both oily and white fish are great for babies from six months, but don't give more than two portions of oily fish, like salmon or tuna, a week.

    Well-cooked shellfish is fine from around nine months. Never give a young child raw or lightly cooked shellfish due to the risk of food poisoning. 

  • When should I give my baby...CHEESE?

    Cheese is a nutritious food for your baby from six months.

    However, do avoid giving blue cheese and soft unpasteurized cheese, such as Brie, in your baby's first year.

Last updated on 18 November 2008

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