Little children like to put a lot in their mouths: sand, flowers, most of the time, of course, delicious food. But not everything that is harmless for adults, is also okay for toddlers. These ingredients should be avoided when baking for children.
When mothers’ milk, vegetable porridge, and baby fruit cubes get boring, babies look with curiosity at the adults’ plates. The question arises for most parents: What should I give to my child to eat now? Especially in the upcoming pre-Christmas time when there is a lot of baking done.
Personally, I do not believe in categorically banning sugar or biscuits for children. But you should not overdo it with extra sweets. And with some ingredients you should really be careful – there are also things that babies should not eat in any case.
Taboo #1: honey
Honey sounds like a reasonable alternative to refined sugar. And hot milk with honey is supposed to soothe and help to fall asleep. But please not for babies! Honey can contain certain bacteria that can cause poisoning in small children. Especially in the first year of birth, it should be a taboo! When it comes to sweetening in general, I recommend using sugar very sparingly. For example, coconut blossom sugar or fruit pulp is better than industrial sugar.
Taboo #2: nuts and small fruits
Nuts are among the foods that can cause the most allergies. But most of all, because they are often very small, they should not yet be stuck in pastry for little children. Babies may inhale and ingest nuts, kernels, and grains. The same goes for grapes and small berries like blueberries.
Taboo #3: milk products in large quantities
There is a reason why babies only receive breast milk or formula milk in the first few months. Normal cow’s milk is not yet suitable – it contains, among other things, too much protein for the small kidneys. From the supplementary diet, you can use a certain amount of cow’s milk while for the milk-cereal porridge. However, babies should not eat large quantities of cow’s milk products in their first year of life – and therefore no quark pies and soy products that are also no alternative due to the risk of allergies.
Taboo #4: Additives, caffeine, and alcohol
Food additives such as dyes; preservatives or other E-numbers that are of course not healthy even for adults. They are barely used for self-bake anyway, but they are often included in baked goods that you buy. Just like caffeine or alcohol, often in very small quantities.
Taboo #5: Beware of allergenic foods
It is no longer recommended to eliminate allergy triggers such as gluten in the first years of life completely from the diet. However, one should closely monitor his baby’s reaction to new foods, especially if it is prone to eczema or digestive problems, for example. Eggs, wheat, citrus fruits, and chocolate are relevant for baking.