Food mistakes to avoid

Don’t stop breastfeeding too early. There is no better food for baby than breast milk and, even up to 12 months, baby gets half of its food needs from breast milk. Formula is expensive and it doesn’t offer your baby the goodness breast milk does.

Don’t flavour the food. Babies need very plain food. Her body takes all of the goodness it needs from natural foods – porridge, cereals, potatoes, vegetables, fruits and cooked chicken, meat and fish. There is no need to add anything else to the food – no salt, sugar, spices or flavours.

Don’t start solids too early. Until he is six months old your baby’s stomach can only handle breast milk or formula milk. If you give him solid food too young it can cause problems for baby’s stomach.  Before six months a baby’s tongue automatically block solids from entering their throats – this is too make sure they don’t choke.

Never add cereals or porridges to your baby’s bottle. Your baby does not need ‘extra hidden food’ to help her sleep and under six months these solid foods can harm her. When she does start eating spoon feed her, don’t include it in her bottle.

Don’t stick to one food group.  Babies need different foods. They may only like porridge but it is not enough. Add things like peanut butter, vegetables, fruit and eggs. Too much of just carbohydrates and no protein can lead to bad nutrition diseases like kwashiorkor.

Don’t add sugar. Baby should not drink any sweet drinks – even tea of coffee or fruit juice. Honey is also not a good thing for babies.

Don’t give them lumpy food too soon. Babies can only handle lumps after eight or nine months. Babies start off suckling, then they munch (as their gums harden and their teeth start coming out) and then they chew. The food you give them needs to follow this pattern.

Don’t give them junk. Sometimes you are tired or in a hurry and buy snacks from the shop (chips, chocolates, sweets, biscuits) to keep your baby quiet. These foods are not good for baby’s body and soon she will be crying again as they do not feed the hunger, just wake baby up more and make her want more sugar. 

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