Babies need additional nutrients by the time they reach 6 months. While they may still largely feed on milk around this time, they now need to be introduced to solid foods.
Starter solid foods for babies are generally puréed fruits and vegetables; and these are commercially available, made by leading brands in baby foods; from infant formula to solids.
Starter baby foods are typically placed in jars that are airtight to prevent it from prematurely spoiling. Sizes of baby food jars are generally small to prevent spoilage since the food contained within will be easier to finish, coming only in small amounts per jar.
Basically, sizes of baby food jars are indicated in either milliliters or grams, depending on the brand. Sizes of baby food jars that you will commonly see in the grocery are around 128 milliliters.
You may also find sizes of baby food jars in 113 grams. Both of these sizes however give you the approximate amount of food contained inside.
The labels on both sizes of baby food jars will also include information on the nutritional content of the specific type of food or flavor that you are getting. This will basically give you an idea of what goes inside your baby’s body as he consumes the food contained in the jars.
Getting the Right Food
To help parents choose the right food suitable for their baby, the labels also usually include the age range that each specific food is ideal for. For instance, starter foods or first foods are for babies 6 months and up.
As previously mentioned, these are basically puréed fruits and vegetables. Flavors that you can find in the grocery include apple, banana, pear, prunes and peaches for the fruit variety; and peas, squash, carrots and sweet potatoes for the vegetable variety.
When your baby is ready to move up to his second stage of solid food intake, you can find labels that indicate Second Food. These are recommended for babies 6 months up to 18 months.
Some brands will categorize their Second Food options into Fruits, Dinner and Dessert. This gives your baby more options and exposes him to more taste variations as some of these are a combination of two to three fruits per jar.
Some of these fruits combinations are bananas, apples and pears; bananas and berries; and plums and apples. Vegetable combinations can be vegetables with beef or vegetables with chicken.
Desserts on the other hand can be several fruits blended together like a fruit bowl, only puréed for easy digestion; or custard pudding.