12 Baby Food Making and Feeding Don'ts

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Making baby foods on your own can be a daunting task. But with great care, it can be done. The first step on the right path to making food for babies is to memorize what not to do. Read on to discover the general tips on things you should avoid.

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Don'ts for Making

  • Don't include nuts, raisins, popcorn, raw vegetables, unpeeled fruits, or peanut butter in homemade baby foods for children under the age of 2.
  • Don't add honey to homemade baby foods for children under the age of 1 year due to the potential contraction of infant botulism.
  • Don't make homemade baby foods with beets, spinach, collards, or turnip greens for babies under 1 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 family.
  • Don't use canned vegetables in homemade baby foods as they are usually loaded with sodium and additives. Check labels, but usually frozen vegetables have little or no sodium.
  • Don't ​add highly acidic fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, and pineapples to homemade baby foods for babies under 1 year as the acid is harsh on the immature digestive system.
  • Don't ​feed egg whites in homemade baby foods for babies under 1 year of age due to a potential allergic reaction. Cooked egg yolks are fine.

Don'ts for Feeding

  • Don't use cookies as a pacifier for a fussy baby.​​
  • 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 it.
  • 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 force-feed your child. To begin solids foods, start with one or two spoonfuls and let your baby guide you.
  • Don't limit your child's fat intake during the first two years. Fats are necessary for development.