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We at Café Baby feel that jarred food is convenience food. And just as adults shouldn't eat every meal from a drive-thru, can, or box, we believe it's not healthy for babies and toddlers to consume processed, packaged baby foods more than on rare occasions. We believe that babies should be fed straight from the source without the harmful effects of the manufacturing process that strips foods of its natural benefits. 

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FOUR DAY RULE

Introducing baby to purées and solids is a new and exciting adventure. A common practice is to gradually, one at a time, introduce a new food and then wait at least three days after introducing the new food before offering another new one. By following this practice, it will be easier to determine if baby has a reaction to a particular food. Some things to keep an eye out for can be vomiting, diarrhea, rash, wheezing, or a swollen face. This could indicate an allergy or intolerance to a certain food.

HOW TO USE OUR PUREES

  • Any purée or cereal that has had breast milk added should NEVER be microwaved.
  • Defrosting food on the kitchen counter is never recommended because this leaves room for bacteria to grow.
  • Our defrosted purées can be stored in the refrigerator up to three days.
  • If you forget to defrost your purée the night before, don’t worry. Simply place the frozen food item into a bowl of warm water. If you’re in a rush, change the water a couple of times. If you want to completely submerge the frozen food in a water bath, seal the container in a sealed storage bag to prevent water from entering food container.
  • NEVER use leftovers that have come in contact with a used or dirty spoon

If more than one serving of a purée is going to be offered, we recommend that you do not feed baby directly from the storage container. Simply remove whatever amount you plan to serve and place in a separate dish to feed from and place the rest back in the refrigerator for another serving.

Twins[Image Courtesy of Kelli White Photography]
 

INTRODUCTION PROCESS
It’s always a great idea to introduce a wide variety of foods to baby, but remember to not get discouraged if baby doesn’t act favorably to a certain food the first few time you offer it. 
It may take some time for baby to get used to all the new flavors and textures of different foods.

RECOMMENDED THAWING

Thawing food on your kitchen counter is never recommended as bacteria or other contaminants may get into the food. 

All of these methods are approved methods, so however you choose to thaw baby's food is strictly a personal choice and we cannot make any preferred recommendations.

SUGGESTED MIXERS

If baby doesn’t seem to be excited about a new food, it may not mean that they don’t like it. Remember, this is a whole new experience. If baby turns away or doesn’t seem to like what you’re offering, try again in a few days because it may just be the texture that’s the issue. If you feel it’s truly not a flavor baby likes, try mixing two purées together. We’ve listed a few ideas with the purées, but it’s certainly at your discretion what to mix. The possibilities are endless.

OUR PROCESS WITH NO ARTIFICIAL FILLERS VERSUS STORE-BOUGHT

All Café Baby's products are flash frozen immediately after preparation in order to seal in all the wonderful flavors and nutrients we feel baby deserves. We use no artificial fillers or "thickening agents/starches." To cut costs manufacturers replace real food with these substances which are most often refined wheat, refined rice and refined corn. These substances are stripped of the outer layers of the grain with preservatives and bleach commonly added during processing. The refining of any grain reduces its vitamins, proteins and roughage.

Dad[Image Courtesy of Kelli White Photography]
 

1,000 DAYS
The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday 
offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. The right nutrition during this 1,000 day window has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive—and a lasting effect on a country’s health and prosperity.

Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the foundations of a person’s lifelong health—including their predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases—are largely set during this 1,000 day window. 

It is why it is critical that women and children get the right nutrition during this time. Malnutrition early in life can cause irreversible damage to children’s brain development and their physical growth, leading to a diminished capacity to learn, poorer performance in school, greater susceptibility to infection and disease and a lifetime of lost earning potential. It can even put them at increased risk of developing illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers later in life.www.thousanddays.org


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