There is no doubt that being a parent is one of the hardest and the most lovely jobs in the world. As new parents, we all make a few mistakes, as babies come with no one manual, which also makes every parent unique in their own way.
If you are a new mum or dad, here are five things that you should never feed your baby in its first year.
1. Foods that can lead to choking
Though children can choke at any age, but, kids under the age of 3 are at a higher risk, especially babies who have just learned to eat.
Do not give your baby popcorn, candy, carrot, chewing gum, peanuts, cherries, pomegranate, berries and other such foods.
Babies don’t need refined sugar in their diet until the age of 1. The sugar required by their body is too less and they get it from other naturally sweet foods and carbohydrates. Added sugar can lead to serious health issues like tooth decay, obesity, diabetes and make your baby lazy.
Do not give them chocolate, colas, candies or processed foods as these are full of sugar and artificial preservatives.
According to multiple health organisations, infants should not be given any salt until 6 months of their age. Also, mother’s milk has adequate amount of sodium needed by your little one.
Even babies between 6 months and 1 year should not be given more than 1 gram of salt per day. Added salt in early years can lead to serious health issues like kidney stones, high blood pressure, brittle bones and dehydration.
It’s an age-old ritual in many households to give honey to a new born baby. This should be strictly not done. Honey can cause botulism in babies, which can be life threatening.
Honey sometimes might contain bacteria that a baby’s digestive system cannot tolerate.
5. Cow milk
Indeed cow milk is healthy, but not for a new-born baby. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, a baby should not be given cow milk till the age of 1.
This is because your baby’s digestive system cannot handle high levels of protein, sodium and potassium present in cow milk.