Using baby food pouches: when, how and why

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Baby food pouches come as the perfect solution for busy parents who are always on-the-go, yet still want to ensure that their little ones are receiving all the vital nutrients they need while away from home. Whether you’re out running errands, travelling long distances, or simply enjoying a day at the park, these handy pouches make feeding your baby a breeze. With their compact size and intuitive design, baby food pouches have become an essential item for parents everywhere who value convenience and practicality above all else.

Using Baby Food Pouches: a quick guide

If you have just recently become parents, baby pouches offer a practical and mess-free solution for feeding your little ones. You can spoon-feed or let your baby eat straight from the pouch. Just make sure that it’s not too cold if you’re storing pouches in the refrigerator. It is essential to refrigerate any unused portions of the pouch within 24 hours after opening it. When selecting baby food pouches, opt for those with uncomplicated ingredients devoid of added sugars or preservatives. Remember that these products should complement rather than replace home-made baby food.

Food pouches. When to start?

If you are thinking of adding solid food to your child’s menu, consider that transition from breast milk or formula to more substantial meals typically happen at 6 months. Paediatricians advise against giving solid food to children under 4 months old.

To understand whether your little one is ready there’s a few quick checks that you can make to find out. These include being able to sit up, control their own head and neck movements, and readily open the mouth when offered food/ it is also crucial that your child can swallow properly. Another sign that the baby is ready for some vegetables or fruit is when they’re bringing objects directly to the mouth and actively grasping small objects. If your little one is still pushing the food out of the mouth or can’t move the tongue properly, it’s best to wait until these skills improve.

Start with some simple solo ingredient purees and closely monitor for allergies. No new food should be introduced within the next 3 days. When you are sure that the vegetable or fruit is well tolerated and your little one enjoys eating it, you can go and buy the pouches of the preferred flavour.

Most babies can start eating vegetable or fruit pouches as soon as they are 7-8 months old. At their age, they have developed the necessary oral motor skills to handle the thicker purees. However, if your baby shows signs of readiness earlier, such as reaching for your food or showing interest in what you eat, you may try introducing pouches, unless your doctor advises against it.

Fruit Pouches. When to begin?

On the one hand, fruits are an important source of nourishment and flavour. On the other, they can be a potential trigger for allergic reactions (though not the strongest ones). That is why doctors recommend adding these kinds of food slowly, one at a time initially. This approach allows you to monitor any adverse reactions such as food allergies. Most baby food brands offer a range of fruit pouches that are suitable for infants. As long as your baby has started eating solid foods and does not have any allergy concerns, these products can be introduced into their diet as early as 6-8 months of age.

Feeding Pouch Tips

When using baby food pouches, it is essential to follow these tips:

  • Always supervise your baby when eating
  • Use a spoon or reusable silicone pouch to ensure your baby is not overeating or choking
  • Do not allow your baby to walk or crawl while eating from the pouch
  • Do not use pouches that have been opened or damaged

Overall, most babies can start eating baby food pouches around 6 months of age. However, it is essential to follow your baby’s cues and monitor for any signs of intolerance or allergies when introducing new foods. Remember to always supervise your baby when eating and use a spoon or reusable silicone pouch to prevent overeating or choking.