Are you weaning your baby but baffled by different advice and confusing food labels?
Then check out our quick guide to foods to avoid when weaning.
At a glance
- At around the six month mark, your baby is ready for the extra nutrients they will get from solid food
- You’ll find natural sugars in fruit, vegetables and milk already, so it’s best not to add additional sugar
- Adult foods like gravy and sauces are often high in salt and additives which aren't good for babies
"I’m trying really hard to wean my baby with the right foods, but I keep hearing different advice, and food labels are confusing. So what foods should I avoid?"
It’s great you want to wean your baby on the right foods. And you’re completely right – some foods are more likely to cause problems than others. So here’s a quick guide to foods you want to limit or avoid altogether.
Foods to avoid:
- Nuts and seeds - whole or chopped
- Low-fat foods
- High-fibre foods, e.g. with added bran
- Raw or under-cooked eggs
- Honey - if your baby is under one year
- Avoidable sugar
- Fizzy drinks or squashes
- Tea, coffee or flavoured milks
- Adult foods like gravy or sauces – they may be high in salt and additives
- Liver - if your baby is taking supplements containing vitamin A
Foods to limit:
It’s possible these foods could cause problems, so it’s best to keep them to a minimum till weaning is well established and your baby is used to other solid foods:
- Wheat-based foods - which may contain gluten
- Breakfast cereals and rusks, which may contain gluten
- Citrus fruits - oranges, lemons and limes
- Fish and shellfish
- Foods that are high in salt - like cheese, bacon deli meats and sausages
- Avoidable sugar
Dodge extra sugar
You’ll find natural sugars in fruit, vegetables and milk already, so it’s best not to add sugar to your baby’s food. You also want to avoid pre-packaged foods that sugar has been added to. And it’s not only the word ‘sugar’ you need to look out for - all the words below mean the food contains sugars:
- Fruit juice concentrate
Wean with confidence
When you start weaning , it's best to keep the first meals to single foods, such as puréed apple or carrot. That way, you’ll be able to identify if any particular food upsets your baby.
After you’ve introduced a range of single foods, you can begin to mix them, knowing that your baby is fine with them all individually. Then you can extend the range of foods your baby enjoys more and more.
The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. So unless your health professional says otherwise, it’s best to avoid all solid food - baby jars, cereals or rusks – till the six-month mark , when your baby needs the extra nutrients and their body is ready to process those all-exciting solids.
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