Information to look for on Baby Food Jars

Whether you have opted to feed your baby with baby food jars for every meal or just use them occasionally for convenience, it is important for parents to be able to understand what is in the food they are feeding their baby plus any other important information about the product. This information can be found on the labels of the jars and should tell you everything you need to know about what you are feeding your baby. So, what exactly should you look for on a baby food jar?

Written information

There is a lot of written information that is provided on the label. Firstly, you should be able to see the brand name and the name of the type of food that you have bought. Some people prefer one brand and avoid others. It is also important to know the food type, such as fish pie or roast beef dinner, so that you can offer your child lots of different flavors and textures. Secondly, you may find dietary and allergy advice. This is important for parents feeding their child a vegetarian diet, those with religious dietary requirements and those who have a child with allergies or a food intolerance. Finally, the product should tell you the age of the baby that it is appropriate for. This is generally an indication of whether the food is a puree or has lumps or, or that it contains ingredients that are not appropriate for a younger age group.

Ingredients and nutritional information

To find out exactly what the baby food jar contains you will need to read the list of ingredients. This is important if you are trying to include or avoid certain foods in your babies diet. It is important to avoid foods that contain salt or sugar as these can be detrimental to a baby’s health. The nutritional information is also important as it is vital that you baby gets the right amount of nutrients each days and these should come from a variety of food groups. These food groups, including vitamins and minerals, are itemized n baby food jar labels giving both a specific amount plus the percentage of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).

Expiration date

The final piece of information that you should look for on a baby food jar is an expiration date; this is the date given as the last date that the food can be consumed. This should be clearly printed on the jar or the lid and under no circumstances must you feed your baby out-of-date food.

Many parents choose to feed their babies with food taken from jars when they are weaning. This is often for convenience. It is important, as a parent, to be able to understand what you are feeding your baby and this information can be found on the baby food jar label. Information that can usually be found includes brand and product name, dietary and allergy advice, ingredients, nutritional information and the expiration date.