Baby Food Do's and Don'ts
Do use ice cube trays to freeze pureed foods. Each cube should
be about one ounce. Once frozen, pop out the cubes, store in
a sealed plastic bag, and use within two months.
- Do discard unfinished meals. Bacteria forms quickly.
- Do introduce new foods at the rate of one per week, so you can
pinpoint any allergies.
- Do make sure your child has accepted most vegetables and fruits
before trying any meats.
- Do steam or microwave vegetables and fruits to retain as much
vitamins and minerals as possible, as opposed to boiling.
- Do use as thinners: water left from steaming, breast milk, formula,
cow's milk, yogurt, broth, or apple juice.
- Do use as thickeners: wheat germ, whole-grain cereal, cottage
cheese, farmer cheese, cooked egg yolks, yogurt, mashed white
or sweet potato.
- Don't feed nuts, raisins, popcorn, raw vegetables, unpeeled
fruits, or peanut butter to children under the age of 2.
- Don't give honey to children under the age of one year due
to potential contraction of infant botulism.
- Don't give beets, spinach, collards or turnip greens to
babies under one year of age due to high concentrations of naturally-occurring
nitrates which can reduce the baby's hemoglobin.
- Don't add salt, sugar, or strong spices to homemade baby
foods. If you are using part of the family meal for the infant,
remove the infant's portion before seasoning food for the
- Don't use canned vegetables as they are usually loaded with
sodium and additives. Check labels, but usually frozen vegetables
have little or no sodium.
- Don't use a microwave to warm foods. Even well-stirred foods
could have dangerous hot spots. If you do, use the defrost cycle,
checking and stirring often. Always test the temperature by
touching a spoonful to the outside of your upper lip. Be sure
to wash the spoon before using.
- Don't put diluted foods into a bottle with a larger hole
in the nipple for night feedings. It's dangerous, bad for
the teeth, and doesn't build good eating habits.
- Don't give highly acidic fruits, such as oranges, tangerines
and pineapples, to babies under one year as the acid is harsh
on the immature digestive system.
- Don't feed egg whites to babies under one year of age, due
to potential allergic reaction. Cooked egg yolks are fine.
- Don't force feed your child. To begin solids foods, start
with one or two spoonsful and let your baby guide you.
- Don't limit your child's fat intake during the first
two years. Fats are necessary to development.