Foods to Avoid

If your child is under one year, there are foods to avoid: 

  • Cow's, goat's and sheep's milk. Before one, children shouldn't drink cows milk as it doesn't meet their nutritional needs and shouldn't replace breastmilk (or formula). Stick to sips of water from a cup, mum's milk or formula for drinking. 
  • Salt. Baby’s kidneys can’t quite process salt yet. Under one, your baby should be having less than 1g of salt (or 0.4g sodium) a day. Familiarise yourself with salt intake guidelines for babies and toddlers
  • Honey. It’s rare but important to avoid - honey can contain a type of bacteria that can be toxic to babes before one.
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners. Aside from the health benefits of avoiding sugar, babies just don’t need it. Use mashed or stewed fruit to sweeten baked goods - banana, apple and pear are all good choices. Avoid fruit juices. 
  • Low-fat dairy. Babies need healthy calories! Choose full fat yogurt and cheeses.
  • Soft, mould-ripened cheeses. Avoid brie, camembert, blue stilton, and other cheese ripened in this way.
  • Certain fish. Shark, marlin and swordfish can be high in mercury and should be avoided. 
  • Undercooked meat, eggs or shellfish. Everything should be well cooked. Babies are more sensitive to some bacteria and are at higher risk of serious illness from food poisoning. This includes
  • Choking hazards such as whole nuts, small bones in fish or meat, apples with skin on, grapes and grape-sized tomatoes. 
  • Caffeine. Avoid chocolate (or cacao), coffee, tea or fizzy drinks. Young nervous systems don't handle it well - and they don't need it.

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