Here on our Careline, we often get questions from parents who are unsure about certain foods in the weaning diet and who can blame them with all the conflicting advice on the internet! Here are a few of the most common misconceptions that we come across:
Can my baby eat eggs?
Yes! Eggs are suitable from 6 months of age onwards once they are well cooked. So hard boiled eggs, well-cooked scrambled eggs, omelettes or frittatas are all great choices for baby. Eggs are a superfood rich in protein for baby’s growth, iron for their brain development and Vitamin D for their healthy bones.
I can’t give my baby meat until they are a bit older, right?
FALSE! Red meat, chicken and fish are all perfectly suitable from the beginning of weaning once they are well cooked and there are no bones. Choose lean cuts of meat and offer oily fish such as salmon or mackerel at least once per week. It is best to start weaning with baby rice, fruit & veg and then after they have had a few tastes you can go ahead with the meat/fish.
Can I give my baby tomatoes?
Yes! I’m not sure where this one came from but it is a question I have now been asked several times by mums weaning their baby. Tomatoes are perfectly suitable while weaning and are a great source of vitamin C. Try a homemade tomato based sauce with chopped tomatoes, garlic and herbs – much better than packet sauces which can be high in salt.
If someone in my family has an allergy then I shouldn’t give my baby that food
FALSE! Parents who have a history of allergy in the family can sometimes be wary of introducing certain foods to baby. However, latest research recommends not restricting your baby’s diet unless they have been diagnosed with an allergy. Introduce small amounts of the food to begin with and always speak to your doctor if you are worried.
Should I start giving my baby juice as a drink once their milk intake has reduced?
No! Juice isn’t needed in a baby’s diet as milk and any additional water will meet their fluid needs. However, if you do want to give your baby juice from 6 months then it should be offered in a beaker at mealtimes and should be unsweetened fruit juice, diluted 1 measure of pure juice to 8-10 measures of cooled boiled water.
Do I need to avoid gluten in my baby’s diet?
No! Gluten should be introduced at around 6 months of age and before 7 months. Start with a small amount and increase the quantity gradually over the next 4-6 weeks.