The Five Worst Foods For Your Babies Under 3 Year Old
By the time your child is 6 months old, you can already start introducing her to solid foods. But we are not always sure what is the solid food and what is good for our babies or not. It can be hard choosing solid foods for babies because even if they have teeth from very early age, they are not able to chew properly and they can not digest all kinds of food. My GP was tired of me asking him about what to give to my baby, he would keep saying: ”give her everything you guys eat at home”, but you really can not give children everything we eat at home.
From my experience, I came up with the list of foods & Drinks that is the worst for children under the age of 3 years old:
- Crisps & Crackers – I found these the worst for my children. Even if my 3 and half year old daughter is able to eat crisps and crackers, my younger one (1 year old) is not. She always wants to grab one from her elder sister and I need to keep an extra eyes on her not to. As she ones tried to chew it and could not and swallowing was really bad experience. Crisps & crackers are usually high in salt. Babies need only a very small amount of salt: less than 1g (0.4g sodium) a day until they are 12 months old. Your baby’s kidneys can’t cope with more salt than this.
What I use instead: Fresh fruit and chopped vegetables are much better choices if your little one needs a quick snack. Rice cakes and mini-sandwiches would also be better alternatives.
- Sweets and chocolate – It can be hard to keep your little one away from sweets and chocolate. I am not saying that I do not give my children chocolates every other day, but I try to give them as little amount as possible. Especially if their granddad brings some Kinder eggs, it is really hard to resist. I usually give them some sweets after meals, as giving it before meals is really bad, they never want to have food after that, aghhh!
What I do: I give my children peace of cheese soon after they have had some sweets to neutralise the high level of sugar.
- Fizzy Drinks – These drinks have no goodness in them, and their acidity can damage your baby’s emerging teeth. As well as high levels of sugar, some fizzy drinks, such as cola, contain caffeine. All your baby needs to drink is his usual milk plus drinks of water. Fizzy drinks make babies feel full quickly and they never want to have some food after that.
What I use instead: Instead I got both of my children like water from very early age, water is the best drink and is never too much! It is also very good for everyone’s health.
4. Take Away food – nothing can be worse for your kids than food that you have not made at home – wether it is some vegetables, bread or meat, better give your children homemade food rather than buying it from outside. Also making the same meal at home that you buy outside can be healthier and cheaper.
5. Fruit Juices – You are probably surprised on why this is in my list. There are only few juices that I can trust, those that do not contain any concentrates and are full of vitamins. They may sound like a healthy option, but it’s best not to give your baby fruit juice, for the same reasons you should avoid fizzy and soft drinks. Fruit juices are high in natural sugars and are acidic, meaning they can damage your baby’s teeth.
What I give instead: Milk and water.
I know every mum has different opinions and I would love to hear yours as well, is there anything else you try not to give to your babies ?