12 May 2009

Baby food rotation happens automatically when the bottles are stored in alphabetical order

Mike's tip for making sure his baby gets something different to eat at each meal:

We've started feeding our five month-old baby solid food. We have six varieties of Stage 1 food (Earth's Best) and after trying them to ensure he had no reaction, we thought of how to make sure he gets a different flavor every day. It occured to us to simply give the foods in alphabetical order (Apples, Bananas, Carrots, Peas, Pears, Sweet Potatoes). This is also a great game for his 5 year-old brother, who helps us select the next food (and is quite good at remembering what his baby brother had the day before--perhaps better than his parents.)

For the more visually oriented: make sure you mix the colors together -- variety will happen naturally.

Related: Wine bottle tote is the perfect shopping bag for baby food jars

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I normally buy my Earth's Best in the little cardboard crate of 12. Then I bring all the varieties home, take them out and mix them up all over the counter. Then I just load them back up. It makes a good mix and I can just grab a crate to take to daycare without having to worry that she'll be eating winter squash every day for lunch.

Thanks! My little one is almost 4 mos old, and i know solids aren't far away. We had a great problem keeping the jars all organized with our older daughter.

This is a great idea for keeping variety. My favorite website which provides 2 weekly suggestions for new foods for baby is
There is a course that e-mails food suggestions based on the age of your baby.

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