Our baby food chart for new mamas takes the confusion out of feeding hungry mouths.
What to feed, when and how is a source of much confusion for newbie parents and the whole concept of nutritional planning is enough to send any mama and papa into a spin. Don’t worry; there’s no need for you to spend hours scouring mommy blogs, looking for online weaning tips or reading through swathes of opinions on mama forums… that could just send you crazy. Our printable baby food chart contains a straightforward overview of what foods should be introduced to bub and when; hey, it’s pretty simple after all, isn’t it? Before you get your eager mitts on the baby food chart, it’s worth reminding yourself of foods that nutritionists generally (as with everything there is no consensus) recommend shouldn’t be given to little people in the first twelve months:
- Cow’s milk and egg whites, which can cause tummy upset, eczema and other tummy troubles in kids under 12 months.
- Food that is either sticky or really hard, such as popcorn, peanut butter and toffee. These can get stuck in bub’s narrow windpipe and cause choking.
- Nuts. These are both a choking hazard and are linked with allergies.
- Honey. This sticky goodness may contain a bacteria that is totally unsuitable for baby. After the age of one, the risk of infant botulism is significantly lower, so wait until that all-important twelve-month mark has passed.
- Caffeine. No fizzy drinks, coffee etc. Isn’t baby wired enough anyway?
- Unpasteurized cheese. It can cause food poisoning that baby’s fragile tummy can’t handle.
- Fish, especially shellfish like shrimp, lobster, crab and scallops, can trigger an allergic reaction in babies under the age of 1.
- Swordfish, shark, tilefish or king mackerel, which are high in mercury. Even after 12 months, babies consumption of these should be limited.
For more information, see the official guidelines from the AAP. When introducing new foods from the baby food chart, follow the three-day rule: Only introduce new foods every three days. That way, if something doesn’t agree with bub, mama and dada will have a pretty good idea of what it is. Please also remember, this printable baby food chart is only intended as a guide.
P.S. If you’re planning on feeding your baby commercial baby food, please do your research carefully and be prepared for a shock. Check out our guide to baby food brands for more information.
Baby Food Chart: What Baby Can Eat and When
To print out our free baby food chart, simply click on the image above to open a printable PDF file. Need help planning meals? Check out our free baby meal planner and nutrition checklist.
The information contained in this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional nutritional advice.