Restrictions for little foodies - even with BLW, not everything is fair play

Things little kiddos (<1 year) should avoid in their diet.

This post uses Baby Sam's article and personal reflections on the subject matter. As it is handful of restrictions, and if you feel in dubious about some foods always consult with your doctor. 

Salt- while we should limit our intake of salt, we cannot live with out it. So reducing salt content in food would benefit everybody. Though with little ones, parents should be extra careful not to add any extra salt in their food, while they plan to share these dishes with their babies (for example if you are doing BLW), as kiddo kidneys are still developing and not ready to handle extra salt. 

So cook/boil your veggies and pasta with out any extra salt - avoid (added) salt totally in your little foodies dishes till he/she is 1 year old. From 2 years you start to add little salt to dishes, but not more than 0.5g of salt per day according to Danish authorities (NB! it also counts prepared foods, so it is good idea to read labels). 

Honey- we talk lot about sugar and kids, and how parents should prefer natural sweeteners to regular sugar. But did you know that your kiddo shouldn’t have honey before they are one year old due bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can develop into poison. So no warm milk with honey, even though some people swear by it. 

Raisins- if you are observing Danish parents in supermarkets and out-and-about, you could definitely notice that the most popular between meal snack is raisins in tiny packages. I am not sure if these are the most popular snack choice for kiddos, but I would assume that raisins are together with rice cookies/galettes in top 3 of most popular snacks for kids. And yes tiny packaging are cute and convenient to have in a bag (find picture). But actually kiddo shouldn’t have more than 50 g of raisins per week = 3these tiny packages. It is because in raisins you can find Ochratoxin A, which originates from some sort of fungus/mold, so not very healthy. Also, be careful because chocking hazard, So be double careful. 

Though mold can be pretty, it is usually not healthy. (picture source:&nbsp; http://cdn2.collective-evolution.com/assets/uploads/2015/06/bacteria-759x500.jpg  )

Though mold can be pretty, it is usually not healthy. (picture source: http://cdn2.collective-evolution.com/assets/uploads/2015/06/bacteria-759x500.jpg )

Cassia Cinnamon- or Chinese cinnamon, which is not actual cinnamon can be harmful for little ones liver and in matter of fact also your own, if you are eating more than 0,3 g per day as it contains kumarin. So be careful with your extra cinnamon bun! As matter of fact most of the cinnamon buns on the market (both factory and bakery made) contain Cassia Cinnamon. The real one (Ceylon cinnamon) is more delicate, expensive and supposedly also looses some of its aromatics when baked, so it is not brainer that businesses choose stronger taste and more economical ingredient. 

Though, we have made a switch to real cinnamon couple of years ago, and I find as real cinnamon is more delicate, the bakings have a also more delicate subtle cinnamon flavour, which I really love ( and yes, I looove cinnamon buns and can eat lot of them). While baking with Cassia has often resulted goods that are more try and one dimensional. 

So when you are buying some ready made baby puree that says it contain cinnamon, make sure it is the real one, if not then don’t buy it for your kiddo. 

Big fish or predator fish- you know tuna, salmon, Northern pike and European perch etc., fish that eat other fish. While eating fish is generally healthy, these ones contain heavy metals. So your little fish eater (younger than 3 years) shouldn’t eat more than 25g per week, also it is good to restrain yourself too.

Seeds- like superfood linen and sunflower seeds are also besides all the health goodness heavy on metal. So again limit your kiddos intake. 

Spinach, fennel, beets, celery- are high on nitrate, so avoid these till your little foodie is 6 months old and limit their intake till they are 1 year. You still would have a plenty of time to brag that my kiddo loves spinach and celery sticks.