Nuts, especially whole ones, can be a choking hazard for young children. Instead, offer nut butters (such as peanut butter or almond butter) spread thinly on bread or crackers.
Grapes are another choking hazard, particularly for toddlers. Cut grapes into halves or quarters to reduce the risk.
Popcorn can be challenging for young children to chew and swallow, making it a potential choking hazard. It's best to avoid offering popcorn until a child is older and can handle it more safely.
Hard candies, including lollipops, can pose a choking risk for young children. Additionally, they are high in sugar and can contribute to dental issues.
Hot dogs are a common choking hazard due to their shape and texture. If you choose to serve them, cut them lengthwise and then into small, manageable pieces.
Young children may not understand the importance of not swallowing gum, and it can pose a choking hazard. Additionally, some gums may contain artificial sweeteners or other ingredients that are not suitable for young children.
Honey should not be given to infants under one year of age due to the risk of botulism, a rare but serious illness caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Certain large fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish, can contain high levels of mercury, which can be harmful to a child's developing nervous system. Opt for smaller, low-mercury fish like salmon or trout.