Feeding Safety in Babies

Before feeding an infant, parents and caregivers should make sure that he or she is securely strapped into an infant seat or stable high chair. Do not leave the baby unattended for any reason.

Follow a pediatrician's guidelines when introducing new foods. Certain foods (e.g., nuts, seeds, grapes, raw fruits and vegetables, popcorn, hot dogs, cheese cubes) can present a choking risk. Finger foods should be cut into very small, manageable pieces.

When preparing hot food, always test the temperature before serving to avoid burns. Use caution when using a microwave, since food is not always heated evenly and one area might be hotter than another.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 26 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015