information regarding feeding and storage of henry's hungry food

Storage: Be sure to store your fresh baby food in the refrigerator, or freeze it immediately to preserve those yummy fresh flavors. Once each container is used, please wash and dry them and leave in an easy to find place for me to use during next week's cook.

Preparing: Henry's Hungry baby food is ready to enjoy as is, however, warming the food will bring out the natural amazing flavors.  To heat the fresh food, place the open container in a shallow bowl of hot water.  Stir until evenly heated.  Alternatively, our containers are BPA-free and microwave safe.  To heat, open the container and microwave for 30 seconds.  Be sure to stir and test before serving to your baby to ensure that there are no hot spots. To keep food pure, you should not feed your baby directly from the container and then re-storing.  For smaller serving sizes transfer the desired quantity to a feeding bowl and return the remaining food to the refrigerator- use within two days of opening.  When using a frozen container, I recommend defrosting in the refrigerator overnight.  If you are using a microwave to defrost, pop the puree out of the container, transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, and follow above instructions.

Feeding: Our 4 oz. containers will give your little ones just getting started on solid foods 2-3 servings. As your child continues to grow, they will start to enjoy 2-4 oz of food per meal or more.  You can choose to feed your baby a single food per feeding or mix it up and give them a little bit of several flavors at each feeding.  

* Feel free to add some kind of rice cereal or oatmeal with my fruit purees in the morning to add some extra iron.

* When feeding an iron rich food, pair this with a fruit or veggie high in vitamin C to help your little one's body absorb all of those healthy nutrients.

* If your kiddo is adverse to certain ingredients or flavors, try feeding them two bites of something they love and then sneak in a bite of that super healthy food they are not so excited about.  

* For gassier foods like cauliflower, broccoli or beans consider feeding these at lunch to avoid an upset stomach during your kiddo's night time sleep.

Guidelines and tips for beginning eaters:

A child is ready to begin eating solid foods when he or she exhibits the following abilities: sits with support, opens mouth when food is offered and able to move semi-solid food from front of the tongue to the back of the tongue. (APA Guidelines, 2014)

Fresh food will expire within 4 days of preparation, however, food can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months in a freezer safe container.  Be sure to follow the expiration date on your food's packaging.

When giving food to your baby, be sure to introduce one new food every 3-4 days to watch for and identify any signs of an allergic reaction.

When using baby food from a jar, remove only the amount needed for one feeding and refrigerate the unused portion.  This is suggested in order to prevent bacteria from your child's mouth and saliva to contaminate the unused portion.

Children only eat a tablespoon or two when they are first starting out so don't worry if your little one isn't eating too much at the beginning. Sometimes, more food ends up on the floor or in their hair rather than in their mouth.  Don't be afraid to let this food waste happen, it's easier to clean up a mess than to fight with your kiddo, and you will still have plenty of food for the next feeding.

Children have taste preferences the same as adults.  If a child doesn't care for a particular item when offered, no problem.  Just plan to offer rejected foods at another date and time.  

Remember: tastes can and often do change over time.

HAVE FUN and DON'T STRESS.  This is a culinary journey for your little one, it takes time for new eaters to get the hang of it!