any foods off limits to baby?

Nicole - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm making my 6 month old's baby food, and I was just wondering if there were any foods that they shouldn't have yet. I know they're not supposed to have dairy, nuts, honey, etc till one year, but what about fruits and veggies? I've heard citrus can upset their stomachs, and I also remember reading something about holding off on berries...can't remember why.

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Mary - posted on 06/01/2009

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I just found a list that was pretty helpfull! I guess Jayden shouldn't get pineapple cause it is an acidic fruit...never really thought of that! But he hasn't had any problems. anyway here is the list I found.



1. Honey - 1 year

2. Peanut butter/peanuts/nuts - 1-2 years

3. Citrus and acidic fruits - 1 year

4. Raw strawberries/raspberries/blackberries - 1 year

(blueberries and cranberries are ok)

5. Corn - 1 year

6. Egg whites - 1 year...ok for older infant to have baked goods that include eggs

7. Wheat - 9 months to 1 year

8. Grapes - 10 months to 1 year

9. Shellfish - 1-2 years

10. Chocolate - 1 year



They say that the berries listed can cause sever allergic reaction so it is reccomend to wait untill they are older to give it to them....the same as nuts and shellfish. As for the citrius they say Citrus is very acidic and many infants under the age of 12 months old suffer rashes and tummy upsets due to the acidity. The honey could prompt infant botulism due to the immaturity of a baby's intestinal tract.



As for dairy they say Lactose and milk proteins may cause allergic reactions and may also cause tummy troubles as they are hard to digest - yogurt and cheese are exceptions. Milk also hinders proper absorption of iron; iron is crucial during the 1st yr.!



And one last thing they say that broccoli causes most people to have gas so it is better to not give 6 month olds broccoli so their little tummies don't fill up with gas!

Sorry for the long post but I thought it would be helpful to everyone, lol. Hope it does help! If you would like the link to where I found this here it is.





http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/forbidd...

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I was reccomended to start savory vegatables first so baby does not get too used to sweet tasting fruit and reject veggies later. I was also told to start giving yellow veggies because they are easy for a 6 month old to digest. The only yellow veggie I knew of was swede and I mixed it with a bit of his regular milk. Tasted nasty, but for some reason Joseph loved it. Don't quote me on that though, it was just what I heard and it worked for me. I'm sure other kids have turned out fine eating other stuff too.

Mel - posted on 06/02/2009

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you can give dairy before 1 year! my daughter has a fantastic pediatric dietitian to help us meet her requirements and alot of babies have yogurts for breakfst at that age and cheese slices are a good finger food my daughter loves them. the only thing off limits that i can think of it honey oh and strawberries. i saw another post about peanut butter just to let you know giving it earlier helps prevent any allergic reactions but alot still believe that it is too be avoided til a child is at least one year. i would not have bought it for mine except her dietician told us to but i dont eat it because i dont like it. she has had peanut butter since 3 months and eggs from about 10 months. scrambled eggs is a good meal for breakfast from about 9 months or so. you can give peanut butter on the baby rusks or on toast. good luck

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Citrus shouldn't be given until a year because the acid causes upset tummies. Here is a site that I found on "forbidden baby foods" and why they shouldnt be given until a certain age.

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/forbidd...

As for eggs, the whites are what may cause an allergic reaction.

"Most pediatric resources agree that egg yolks are fine for baby to eat when baby is around 8 months old. Please keep in mind that the egg whites should not be fed to baby before 1 year old." Here is the link to the website,

http://wholesomebabyfood.com/eggsbabyfoo...

Strawberries should not be givin because they can cause a serious allergic reaction in some babies. My moms friend was trying to get her daughter (over a year) to eat strawberries and for the longest time, she refused to eat them. She took her to the doctor and found out she was allergic to them. Her daughter knew not to eat them, but mom had no idea. Sometimes they know more then you think they do!

As soon as my son was able to pick up food and put in his mouth on his own, he ate cut up hotdogs, small pieces of steamed carrots, green beans, diced boiled potatoes...basically anything that me and my husband were eating. He never really took to fruits. He hated anything that was sweet. But now that he is older, he eats anything he can get his hands on. He still hates sweets, but will eat a whole apples, sweet potatoes, diced red potatoes, slices of meat, especially fajita meat. Preston is 1 1/2, and JUST tried peanut butter a month ago, only because my parents gave it to him.

Nicole - posted on 06/01/2009

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The deal with honey is that it can cause botulism in children under 1. I did not know they couldn't have raw strawberries, so that's good to know! Thanks everyone!

Amanda - posted on 06/01/2009

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Raw strawberries are believed to be connected to bee allergies, along with honey.

Mary - posted on 06/01/2009

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I know all babies are different...but I thought I would share Jayden's faves, lol....He loves yellow beans and sweet potatoes....and he loves pineapple!

Mary - posted on 06/01/2009

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I am pretty sure the citrus thing is true...not sure about the berries. I gave Jayden strawberries and he loved them...but he was 9 months old. When Jayden was 6 months old I pretty much gave him every fruit and veggie that I could buy in my supermarket...except berries...I waited untill 9 months like I said. I still haven't given him citrus fruits yet and he is 10 months now. I know the doctor said no egg whites either....don't know why....but the yolk is ok. I just scrambled up egg yolks and he loved them.



So the only things I know of are citrus, nuts, dairy, honey, and egg whites....maybe berries.



But like I said once Jayden turned 9 months I started giving him marble cheese cubes, and yogurt for snack time. he loves them and the doctor said it was fine.

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Those are the only two I know of - citrus and raw strawberries (also don't know why). We have done strawberries that have been cooked and pureed with banana, though. I don't think there are any veggies off limits, since you don't need to worry about nitrates past 6 months. Other than the two things I noted, my son tries pretty much everything.

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