When dealing with baby food, parents need to be overly cautious and aware of how they handle the food. We’ve pulled these tips together as a way to help parents become more comfortable.
- Take note of how the food product smells when you first start using a new box. This will help you to determine the freshness of the product as it gets older.
- Always be aware of the expiry date of the food product. As organic foods get closer to the expiry date, they will begin to get stale faster than foods with preservatives. If you have any concerns with the freshness of the product, don’t use it.
- Once the package is opened, ensure you use the food product within the timeline noted on the product’s packaging.
- Do not let baby food sit out at room temperature for more than two hours. If it has, throw it out.
- Use glass, microwave-safe dishes when heating food in the microwave. Do not microwave puree baby foods in their jars.
- When traveling and taking baby food with you, even if just for two hours to the local mall or moms’ group, ensure you store the food or juice with a cold pack to keep it fresh.
- Babies have more sensitive digestive systems and new foods should be introduced one at a time, at two to three day intervals. Look for signs that any particular food may not agree with your baby or that they may have an allergy or sensitivity to that product. Your pediatrician can be your best resource to knowing when to introduce your baby to what foods.
- If your baby begins to spit up, vomit or have diarrhea more than usual, trust your gut. Try to identify what may be causing the reaction by isolating various foods that you are feeding them. Some babies will be more sensitive to one type of food over another. Discontinue use of that food if you sense that it is the cause and consult your pediatrician if symptoms persist or you are unsure.
- If you suspect that a food is causing any reaction, contact your pediatrician. They can help you to determine the cause. If it is suspected that the illness is linked to a specific product, contact the manufacturer/distributor.