Safe Eating Tips

When your baby starts to eat finger foods, be sure to follow these guidelines:

    • Never leave your baby. Always stay close by when your baby is eating finger foods. Some foods still may cause him difficulty and could pose a choking hazard. It’s a good idea to learn how to intervene appropriately if your baby chokes; ask your doctor to demonstrate what to do. Or, sign up for a first-aid class at your local hospital.
    • Make sure baby doesn’t bite off more than he can chew. Cut his food into small pieces rather than giving him a large piece.
    • Size counts. Avoid feeding foods that could be swallowed whole, such as the foods listed on the bottom.
  • No eating in cars. Avoid giving your baby finger food in the car.

Chewable foods: Some foods can cause choking in infants under a year old. Avoid giving your baby:

  • Raw vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks

  • Grapes, cherries, and berries

  • Raisins

  • Hot-dog or other meat chunks

  • Any nuts, such as peanuts, almonds, and cashews

  • Popcorn

  • Hard candy, even suckers

These foods need to be chewed; if they aren’t, they could be swallowed whole and lodge in baby’s throat.

Foods that may cause allergic reaction

Some foods can cause an allergic reaction in babies. They include:

  • Chocolate

  • Beans

  • Corn

  • Nuts

  • Peanut butter

  • Egg whites

  • Seafood

  • Citrus fruits and juices

Avoid these foods for baby’s first year, especially if there’s a history of allergies.