NO SALT FOR BABIES UNDER 1

Once your baby starts solids (solid foods - after 6 months of age), it is important to know that you should not add any salt to their food or to give them any ready made food or items containing salt.

Just because you can't add salt, does not mean that you can't add other spices to flavor baby's meals.

Don't worry about it being bland without salt, because since they have never tasted food with salt, they won't know they are missing out on anything tasty.

The reason for not adding salt is due to their kidneys not being able to process any additional salt yet and salt can thus be very harmful to them and damage their kidneys.

A baby under 1 year of age can consume a maximum of 1 gram of salt per day (0.49g of sodium) and that daily safe limit is already reached via the breastmilk or formula they consume, as well as natural salt found in fruits and veggies.

If you are doing Baby Led Weaning where your baby eats the same meal as the rest of the family, take out baby's portion before adding the salt or alternatively, have everyone salt their own dish after plating.

Just because you can't add salt, does not mean that you can't add other spices to flavor baby's meals. Turmeric, cinnamon and many other spices are very tasty and healthy for baby.

Some interesting numbers:

  • Babies under 1 - Less than 1g of salt per day.
  • 2 to 3 years - 2g of salt per day.
  • 4 to 6 years - 3g of salt per day.
  • 7 to 10 years - 5g of salt per day.
  • 11 years and older - 6g of salt per day.


Additional information:

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/824.aspx?CategoryID=51