You Should Steer Clear Of These Foods When Feeding Your Baby

Babies aren’t just small adults. Their bodies aren’t just smaller, they’re different. Babies don’t need the same amounts, or even the same ratios, of micro and macronutrients that we need. Their bodies aren’t developed enough to handle large amounts of sodium or acid, and they don’t have strong enough immune systems to cope with some bacteria.

Keep reading to find out which foods you shouldn’t be feeding to anybody under the age of two, and in some cases, under the age of five.

Honey Can Cause Botulism In Infants

GettyImages-1146410461 A beekeeper checks a honeycomb from a beehive.
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Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Honey is a delicious all-natural sweetener, but it can actually be quite harmful to little digestive systems. Honey can contain Clostridium botulinum spores. Adults have developed defenses against this type of bacteria, but spores can multiply in a baby’s stomach and cause infant botulism.

Stay away from all kinds of liquid sweeteners when it comes to feeding your baby. Also, watch out for sneaky sources of honey, like graham crackers and cereals. While honey in processed food is, well, processed, it may be unpasteurized.