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  • 7 Foods You Didn’t Know Are No Good for Babies

    bad foods for babiesSoda pop and candy may seem like obvious players in the black listed baby food department, but there are some foods that are GREAT for us grownups and bad for babies. Do you know all of them? We’ve listed seven foods that haven’t been known to sit well on baby’s tummy. Some of these may surprise you.

    1. Peanut Butter

    Kids live by their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; infants… not so much. The rich nutty flavor of this household staple is great for us but its sticky consistency can make it tough for a young infant to swallow safely. It is strongly advised to avoid feeding your baby peanut butter in his first months.

    2. Honey

    Yes, Honey! The gooey golden goodness packed with antibacterial and antifungal properties is not as great for baby as it is for us. This stuff isn’t exactly an allergen but it has the potential to cause botulism in infants under 1 year old.

    3. Acidic Fruits

    This isn’t an allergen either but it has been known to cause rashes and itching in babies. Use these ingredients sparingly in your baby care regimen and his diet

    4. Unpasteurized Cheese

    There is a slight risk with cheese of this caliber that many overlook. Young babies have difficulty digesting this common dairy product and are at risk for food poisoning. Fortunately, most cheeses that are sold in Unities States are in fact pasteurized but it’s better to be safe than sorry and read your labels.

    5. Drinking Whole Milk

    You would think that milk and babies go hand in hand but milk proteins and lactose found in the milk we grownups drink has been known to cause severe allergic reactions in babies. Tummy aches are another symptoms babies experience from whole milks. It is much harder for them to digest whole milk than it is for us. Formula and breast milk are made for baby for a reason. Don’t risk it.

    6. Grapes

    Surprisingly, the acidic levels of grapes is not the issue here, instead it is the size of the grape that can be dangerous. Grapes are easily a huge choking hazard for babies. Many recommend avoiding feeding them to babies younger than 10 months.

    7. Underwater critters

    I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the endless benefits of fish, but it isn’t quite safe for infants. Shellfish in particular is known to be a little rough on baby’s undeveloped immune system. Pediatricians have said to avoid feeding your baby fish until as old as two years old!

    Is there a particular food that surprised you when you found out it wasn’t as good for babies. Share your findings with us on our Facebook page and let’s discuss!

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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