DO'S recipe

Do use ice cube trays to freeze puréed foods. Each cube should be

about one ounce. Once frozen, pop out the cubes, store in a sealed

plastic bag, and use within two months.

Do discard unfinished meals. Bacteria forms quickly.

Do introduce new foods at the rate of one per week, so you can

pinpoint any allergies.

Do make sure your child has accepted most vegetables and fruits

before trying any meats.

Do steam or microwave vegetables and fruits to retain as much

vitamins and minerals as possible, as opposed to boiling.

Do use as thinners: water left from steaming, breast milk, formula,

cow's milk, yogurt, broth, or apple juice.

Do use as thickeners: wheat germ, whole-grain cereal, cottage cheese,

farmer cheese, cooked egg yolks, yogurt, mashed white or sweet potato.

DON'TS recipe

Don't feed nuts, raisins, popcorn, raw vegetables, unpeeled fruits,

or peanut butter to children under the age of 2.

Don't give honey to children under the age of one year due to

potential contraction of infant botulism.

Don't give beets, spinach, collards or turnip greens to babies under

one year of age due to high concentrations of naturally-occurring

nitrates which can reduce the baby's hemoglobin.

Don't add salt, sugar, or strong spices to homemade baby foods. If

you are using part of the family meal for the infant, remove the

infant's portion before seasoning food for the family.

Don't use cookies as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Don't use canned vegetables as they are usually loaded with sodium

and additives. Check labels, but usually frozen vegetables have

little or no sodium.

Don't use a microwave to warm foods. Even well-stirred foods could

have dangerous hot spots. If you do, use the defrost cycle, checking

and stirring often. Always test the temperature by touching a

spoonful to the outside of your upper lip. Be sure to wash the spoon

before using.

Don't put diluted foods into a bottle with a larger hole in the

nipple for night feedings. It's dangerous, bad for the teeth, and

doesn't build good eating habits.

Don't give highly acidic fruits, such as oranges, tangerines and

pineapples, to babies under one year as the acid is harsh on the

immature digestive system.

Don't feed egg whites to babies under one year of age, due to

potential allergic reaction. Cooked egg yolks are fine.

Don't force feed your child. To begin solids foods, start with one or

two spoonfuls and let your baby guide you.

Don't limit your child's fat intake during the first two years. Fats

are necessary to development.