10 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Baby

Help keep your infant healthy by following these dietary tips
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Before you feed your baby solid foods, remember what is safe and what is not.

Once your baby is able to eat solid foods, you want to give them the world. However, there are foods that are unsafe and unhealthy for their little bodies at such a young age.

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“Once it’s time to introduce solids, you can begin filling out your baby’s diet with a wide variety of complex nutrients and flavor profiles of real, wholesome—and preferably organic—foods they can touch, taste, and smell,” Alan Greene, MD and Pediatric Advisor for Plum Organics, told The Daily Meal. “Babies benefit from the exposure to new flavors and textures that solid foods provide. To ease the transition, you’ll ideally continue breast-feeding while your baby starts solid foods. As you introduce the first solids to your baby, there are a few foods you will want to avoid, but most are safe to enjoy!”

Your baby may be curious to try new things but you should definitely not feed them everything you eat. Exploring a variety of foods is important to set them up for healthy cravings down the line, but when it comes to feeding your baby, slow and steady wins the race. You should keep in mind this list of foods that pediatricians recommend avoiding until your baby turns one.

Berries and Citrus

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Berries and citrus should be avoided in the first 12 months of a baby's life.


Although fruits are encouraged for people at any age, strawberries and other berries contain a protein that is hard to digest by infants and early toddlers. Citrus fruits can be hurtful to the stomach as well. After he or she is a year old, this is a very healthy snack option. Just be sure to chop it into small pieces!

Bland Foods

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Avoid feeding your baby plain crackers.


“Feed babies the flavors you want them to learn to love,” Greene said. “While many doctors are catching up, there's still a misguided notion out there that babies need to start with simple, bland foods and build up to more complex flavors slowly, but new research shows us that bland food can be counterproductive and that choosing bright, complex flavors during pregnancy and the first 12 months can help babies develop an appreciation for foods that are good, and good for them.” 

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