Does commercial baby food have a worrisome amount of Vitamin A in it?

Catherine - posted on 12/05/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My baby girl is 7 months old and wants more and more solid foods. We're up to 2 4oz. servings of each of the following per day: fruit, veggie, and meat from the Gerber 2nd foods. The ones in the little buckets in the 2 packs.

I have noticed that lots of her baby foods (even the non-veggie ones) have 450% to 520% of her RDA in Vitamin A and not much of the other vitamins. Vitamin A overdose can be really bad. WHY does Gerber do that? It must be ok if Gerber has it in there, right? Then the other part of me says "no!"

Anyway with 2 veggies per day she's getting like 1000% RDA of A!


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~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/05/2012




I agree. Most of her nutrition should still be from formula or bm. Also, if you are concerned about what is in jarred food, make your own. It is really simple and you can make batches for an entire month. Also it helps because you know exactly how much to feed.

My son used to eat his lunch, then bm right before nap. He was eating about 2 solid meals per day with snacks, but mainly his nutritional needs still came from bm. Right now, solids are just practice foods.

Kaitlin - posted on 12/05/2012




At 7 months, she should be getting most nutrients from formula or breastmilk- so if the solids are causing her to drink too little formula (less than four 6oz bottles a day), i would back off a bit.

I wouldn't be concerned about specific amounts, but if you have any concerns, an afternoon one weekend or even an hour of making your own baby food can go a long way- it's pretty easy (all you need is a blender or food processor and some tupperware or ice cube trays) and some veggies or fruit- i get all mine on the bruised rack at the grocery store- most are in perfect condition- for about 1/4 the price. For our family, home made babyfood is cheaper, easier, and healthier.

Catherine - posted on 12/05/2012




Also, there's not much room left for formula. She's never been a huge eater, so this fills her up pretty well. Should I back off the baby food and give her more formula again?

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