Foods To Avoid In The First Year

Allergies are a reality so make sure that you are careful with these foods until your baby's first birthday


Watching babies try new and different foods is always fun, especially with lemons. The bad news is that babies are very susceptible to allergies. After introducing a new food, wait a couple days to make sure you’re in the clear before giving them another. Don’t worry though; most babies outgrow their allergies after the first year. Up until that birthday mark parents should be careful, watching for signs of an allergic reaction like rashes, vomiting and diarrhea.

So be careful you don’t unknowingly feed your child an allergen by being cautious around these foods during the first year:


Honey is delicious and not at all dangerous for adults. But it does contain a spore spawning bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum, which can cause botulism in babies. Signs of botulism include constipation, lethargy and poor appetite. Some doctors will give it a go at eight months, but you might want to wait a year on this one.

Cow’s Milk

There’s a reason humans and cows don’t produce the same type of milk. Cows milk does not have enough iron and vitamin C for a newborn baby to function. It’s also high in protein and minerals, which can be hard to digest, it may irritate the stomach and cause stress on the kidneys. Better stick to breast milk or formula.


Strawberries are obviously delicious, but for babies they’re a little too acidic. Doctor’s recommend staying away from citrus fruits as well, as they can be hard on a baby’s stomach. But strawberries in particular have been known to cause allergic reactions. Watch for rashes with this one. 


People can be highly allergic to nuts. If you have a history of nut allergies in your family, you might want to talk to your doctor before introducing this one. Most often people are allergic to tree nuts, so the ones you’ll want to avoid are walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios. Peanuts aren’t a good idea either.


Baby’s first cereal is usually some type of oats, rather than wheat. This is because of gluten, a protein found in wheat that is more difficult to digest. It’s also an allergen. Watch for constipation, poor sleep and skin rashes if you’ve fed your baby wheat. If your little one starts wheezing or breaks out in hive go to emergency.

Egg Whites

Yes, egg whites are also an allergen. From between seven to ten months, your doctor might tell you it’s ok to feed you child egg yolk. But whites themselves should probably be avoided until the first year mark just to make sure there’s no allergy. Try hard-boiling the egg and feeding your baby just the inside. 

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