Certain foods have a significantly higher likelihood to cause an allergic reaction in babies. We’ve created a schedule where only the safest foods are offered to your baby for the first two months of eating solids. Then we introduce some low risk foods and ultimately a full spectrum of healthy foods will be offered in a manner where it’s easy to identify any possible allergic reactions so you’ll be quickly able to track that back to the culprit. Here is an at-a-glance chart to help you get an overview of what is safe and what is risky.
First year No-No List
- Tree Nuts
- Shell Fish
*None of these foods should be consumed in the 1st year without pediatrician approval.
Other Possible Allergens: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Carrots, Cantaloupe, Celery, Corn, Cherries, Fennel Seeds, Hazelnuts, Honeydew Melon, Oranges, Parsley, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Wheat.
Signs of an Allergic Reaction
Gas, Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach Pain, Coughing, Wheezing, Difficulty breathing, Rash, Clear Runny Noes, Itching, Irritability, Fatigue, Eczema, Eye Swelling.
Note: Even a small allergic reaction can be the first sign of a severe reaction. Please call your pediatrician at any sign of an allergic reaction!
Baby Food Stage
Experts all agree that there are obvious signs when your baby is ready to start eating solids. Here is a comprehensive list of those signs. Please remember, even though you may get pressure from others to start your baby on solids, your baby will let you know when the time is right.
- Baby is at least 4 months old but somewhere between 4 and 6 months.
- Baby has doubled birth weight.
- Baby can sit upright with support and has the ability to “lean in” for more food.
- Baby can turn away to show that mealtime is over.
- Baby seems very interested in what you are eating.
- Baby seems consistently hungry after nursing or drinking a bottle.
- Baby can swallow food vs. instinctively pushing it out with tongue.
- Baby can bring an object to his/her mouth.
*The information contained in our guide and cookbook are not a substitute to regular baby care. Always consult your pediatrician regarding nutrition and the feeding of your child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the best time to start feeding your baby solids is between 4 and 6 months. Some pediatricians even go on to say, the closer to 6 months, the better. Your baby’s digestive system is not mature enough to handle solids until the 4th month. This may be even later for preemies. So even though people may suggest feeding your baby earlier, your baby and your pediatrician will let you know when it’s time for solids.