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Posted by: Dez | 2005/07/04

Q.

8 1/2 month old - yogurt

Hi,

Is it fine to give my 8 1/2 month old son yogurt? The
parmalat range is tartazine free.
What foods can he eat and what foods shouldn't he
eat as yet?
Do we still stay away from the salt, sugar and butter?



Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You can give him the plain yoghurt. He is ready to have a variety of finely mashed foods-he only has 4 teeth at this stage. Chicken, lamb, fish and veggies and fruit are all OK.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/07/06

Yoghurt should be fine. They usually say wait till 9 months, but I know many peole, including myself, and a lot of other mums on this forum who have given from 6 and 7 months and our children have had no reaction to it.

Remember that in children under 2, all dairy products should be full cream. The only full cream yoghurts I have found are the woolworths ones. The have Tots yoghurts and they have plain yoghurt with pureed fruit.

You should avoid added salt until the age of 1 year as babies kidneys are unable to process it properly.

Also, avoid sweets and added sugar until your child demands them - and they certainly dont demand what they don't know about (which is in your control until about age 2).

Avoid citrus until about a year.

Don't give cows milk until a year.

Don't give honey until a year because of the risk of botulism spores which your baby's system can't fight off yet.

Don't give foods that can cause choking - apple pieces, nuts, popcorn, celery.

Great foods are fresh fruit - banana, mango, watermelon, peach, pear, plum etc. Just give pieces as finger food, or mash it up.

Bread with marmite is also a firm favourite.

Any vegetables are lovely too.

Provita and snack bread melt in the mouth nicely. Ouma rusks are nice for teething, as are the purity rusks.

Chicken livers are fantastic.

Onion and tomatoe are also fine.

Sweet potatoe, sweetcorn and other sweet veggies are much loved too.

Your baby will usually try anything. My son even eats olives (he's 17 months).

I'm sure the other mums will give you their lists of favourite baby foods too.

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