Babies are an exceptionally delicate human. As parents, you must try to maintain the safety of your child. They are vulnerable and don’t have a good immune system. After age one, babies develop a better immune system, and then it’s okay to give them some foods in moderation.
Babies can’t tell you what’s bad for them, so as parents, we need to be armed with the knowledge to protect our children. Which means not giving your baby any foods that are bad for them.
Let’s start with the facts
Graham crackers are not good food for babies. Let’s start with they are a choking hazard for babies. They contain honey, which is high-risk for botulism, which is a substance that is bad for babies. It can give bacteria and make people sick.
Babies are especially susceptible to this kind of illness because their immune systems are not there. However, it is more acceptable to give babies graham crackers after one year.
That way, it’s not as much as a choking hazard, and the baby’s immune system is developed enough to avoid Botulism. So after their first birthday, it is okay to give babies graham crackers.
However, keep in mind that it should be given to them in moderation. Hazards of graham crackers for babies
- The baby can get sick from the substance of the cracker.
- Honey can cause Botulism, which is a bacterium that repeatedly grows inside of a human with a weak or no immune system.
- It is a choking hazard for babies under 12 months.
When is it okay to feed graham crackers to a child
Now, many people like to say that you, as parents, should know what’s best for your children. However, everyone makes mistakes, and then they learn from them.
This is here to make sure that you learn for the errors or are adequately armed with the knowledge you need the next time. If you want to give your baby graham crackers, wait until they are 12 months old, their first birthday, that’s when their immune system starts working.
So when your baby is a year, you can give them some graham crackers in moderation, and you need to make sure that you break them into small pieces for them. That way, they can’t get sick from botulism, and they definitely won’t choke on small parts.
However, I would highly recommend soft foods that are baby safe for one year. Another bit of advice is that if you are thinking of feeding your baby solids, check with the doctor to ensure that it’s okay to give them the foods.
If the doctor says yes, it usually means in moderation. So for the example of graham crackers, avoid honey, and break them up into small tiny pieces that can be gummed down easily.
Idea’s for feeding your baby
Here’s a list of safe foods to give to your baby by age up to one year. From birth to 4 months only:
- Breast milk
Nothing else is okay or baby safe in this age range. From 4 to 6 months, babies can eat:
- Breast milk
- Pureed vegetables (squash or sweet potatoes)
- Pureed fruit (apples, peaches, and bananas)
- Pureed meat (beef, pork, and chicken)
- Iron-fortified, semi-liquid cereal
- Unsweetened yogurt (small amount, and no cow’s milk till 12 months)
For 6 to 8 months, foods that are safe for babies are:
- Pureed Tofu
- Pureed legumes (chickpeas, fava beans, black beans, edamame, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, and lintels.
- Pureed fruits (applesauce, avocado, peaches, bananas, and pears)
- Pureed vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash, and well-cooked carrots)
- Unsweetened yogurt in small portions, and no cow’s milk
- Pureed meat (chicken, beef, and pork)
- Breast milk
- Iron-fortified cereals (barley and oats)
For 8 to 10 months, safe baby foods are:
- Iron-fortified cereal (barley, oats, wheat, and mixed cereals)
- Breast milk
- Finger foods (teething crackers, O-shaped cereal, small pieces of bagel, well-cooked pieces of potato, small bits of scrambled eggs, and well-cooked spiral pasta)
- Mashed fruits (avocados, peaches, pears, and bananas)
- Mashed vegetables (sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, potatoes, and squash)
- Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, unsweetened yogurt, and cottage cheese
- Protein small pieces of meat (poultry, well-cooked beans like split peas, pintos, lintels, or black beans, as well as boneless fish)
From 10 to 12 months, these foods are safe and acceptable:
- Breast milk
- Carrots and peas soft-cooked in bite-sized pieces
- Mac and Cheese and Casseroles
- Soft pasteurized cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt, no cow’s milk till 12 months
- Fruit mashed or cut into strips or cubes.
- Iron-fortified cereal (oats, wheat, barley, and mixed cereal)
- Protein in small pieces (boneless fish, poultry, meat, well-cooked beans, and tofu)
This is just a list to help you avoid many of the parenting errors that happen. Babies need good food for them so they can grow strong and healthy. This list helps show just what they need to eat, and at what age, and is perfect for first-time parents.
It is not okay to give babies graham crackers before age 1. They can choke on the crackers or develop Botulism from the honey in them. Also, avoid many honey foods and choking hazard foods like chips, crackers, meats, and anything not pureed or mashed for babies.
They are little humans that need guidance, and with this article, you can avoid the wrong foods in graham crackers and know what to feed them instead.
Avoid cow milk of any kind until age one, as it can be harmful to your baby as well. First-time parents need to pay attention as mistakes happen, and this can be a helpful guide for what to feed your baby at different progressions of their newborn cycles.
Be sure to avoid choking hazards and give good foods. As a last thought, if you are a new parent, we all make mistakes. It happens, but we need to arm ourselves with knowledge, and if it’s questionable, just don’t give it to the baby.