Food safety tips for babies

​If your baby has an allergy it’s best to speak to a health professional or your family doctor about what they can and can’t eat.

When introducing food to your baby (allergy or no allergy), it’s best to avoid:

  • adding salt, sugar or other additives to your baby’s food
  • processed foods with high levels of fat, sugar or salt (cakes, biscuits, chips, fried foods)
  • small, hard foods such as nuts and uncooked vegetables, due to the risk of choking
  • fruit juice, cordial, soft drinks, flavoured water, unpasteurised milk, soy milk, goat milk, caffeinated drinks, tea, coffee and herbal drinks
  • raw egg and honey due to risk of bacteria
  • sharing spoons or other utensils.

Cow’s milk should never replace breastmilk (or formula). After six months of age your baby can consume small amounts of full fat cow’s milk with meals such as cereal and yogurt. In the first two years of life reduced fat milk is not recommended.

Remember to keep an eye on your baby while they eat in case they start choking because small foods can get stuck in your baby’s throat and cause them to start choking.