Salt and sugar
– Avoid adding salt and sugar to your baby’s food – so when you offer snacks, try to make one fruit-based and one vegetable-based.
Biscuits and cakes can encourage a sweet tooth and have little nutritional value. You might prefer just to offer small quantities as an occasional treat. Try Heinz Farley’s or Little Kids Biscuits– with no artificial colours or flavours and a gentle crunch that softens in little mouths, they’ve been designed to help little hands learn to grip.
Honey, unpasteurised/soft cheese, or white fish (e.g. marlin or swordfish) are still off your little one’s menu for now.
Foods that can cause choking
These foods should never be given whole to children under 4 years of age as they may lodge in your child’s throat and block their airway. To be safe, follow the guidelines below.
Always supervise your baby while they eat and always insist they sit down.
Hard, raw fruit and vegetables such as carrots, celery and apple – steam or microwave them until soft and refresh in cold water before you offer them as finger foods, or grate them.
Whole cherry tomatoes or grapes need to be cut into halves or quarters.
Sausage or hotdog pieces are still too wide, so cut lengthways into halves or quarters.
Whole nuts are too big, crush them or use nut butters only.