Homemade baby food is not only simple to make, but is a more nutritious and cost effective option for feeding your little one. Straying from the store-bought stuff allows for more variety in your baby’s diet. And more variety means you can expose your child to more tastes and textures (of your choice), which can make for an easier transition to table foods later on. So when you’re getting creative in the kitchen, exactly what foods should you avoid introducing too early? (Usually before one year.)
1. Items that could be a choking hazard, such as grapes or anything larger than a pea.
2. Introducing wheat too early can be dangerous if your child has an undiagnosed wheat allergy or gluten intolerance.
3. Anything that can cause an allergic reaction such as peanut butter, strawberries, shellfish or eggs.
4. Honey can cause botulism in infants.
5. Cow’s milk and soy milk are hard for tiny tummies to digest and do not provide all of the necessary nutrients. The lactose in cow’s milk and other proteins can cause allergic reactions.
6. Acidic fruits can cause a rash or may upset the digestive system.
If you’re feeling adventurous, below is a safe exotic baby food recipe to try: (compliments of BabyZone.com)
Avocado and Cherimoya Mousse
Makes 10 baby servings
Wash both fruits.
Halve the avocado, remove the pit and scoop the light green flesh into the Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer.
Halve the cherimoya and remove the big black seeds. Scoop the white flesh into the Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer.
Puree until smooth and serve.