baby food from a jar

Sheree - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I keep reading on here about so many mum's feeding their baby's solids from a jar? and also Gerber food, what is Gerber food? I live in Australia and have never heard of it. Everything I feed my daughter is fresh, I never feed her from a jar unless we are out and I have nothing else to give her, so I go to the supermarket and get something. For me there is no option but to give her fresh food so i know whats in it. Things in a jar have a long shelf life, what have they added to these things? This is just my opinion so please dont take offence, i just feel strongly about it :)

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Lady Heather - posted on 06/22/2010

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Yeah, we only ever fed jarred when we were on road trips, and even then we would try and avoid it whenever possible. And never meat. The thought of pureed meat sickens me. She always had shredded meat and never had a problem with it.

The jar food has a funny smell to it I find, so I can't imagine it tastes very good at all. Some of them she wouldn't even eat. Green beans. Oh god. Those things STINK.

I pureed for a month and then just started her on regular old table food. She likes it better anyways and the chewing was never a problem. She'll never have a Gerber meal. I find them rather pointless as I am already cooking something for myself anyways. Why can't she just eat that? She's also never had teething biscuits or yogurt puffs or whatever else they make for babies. I know a lot of kids who get fed those "baby foods" and then don't want to eat anything else. I figure if they never get them, they won't know what they are missing.

But that is just me. I like to cook and prepare food for her. I looked forward to it ridiculously in her first six months.

September - posted on 06/22/2010

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Our son has never had jarred foods or already made meals of any kind. I've homemade his meals from the time he started eating solids at 6 months. It's fresh and I know what's in it! There is nothing better! :)

Medic - posted on 06/22/2010

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You know a Posted to this back in January right before my daughter was born defending jarred food. Now over the past few months I had done my research and I have started making my own food and I feel so stupid saying I didn't have the time. It took me like 2 hours one day to make three months worth of food. I guess with every child you learn something new....with my first I was young and didn't have a clue so I just did what I thought I was supposed to. With my second I am way more aware of what is going on.

Laura - posted on 06/22/2010

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i have twins...they will be a year tomoro.....i have rarely fed them jar food i dont like it.....i always cook fresh...

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like Ashley said...they'd have to tell you if there were preservatived in it. At least in the US they do. ANd really it's not any different from canning your own food for your baby...or even from freezing it.
And if you look at what YOU eat out of a jar...yikes.
As long as the jar is sealed and it's not discolored it's fine. I come from a family that cans their own veggies and fruits. My grandparents can beets, tomatoes (tomato sauce and juice and stewed tomatoes), pears, carrots, corn, green beans, homemade Raspberry jelly...etc. We are still using things that were canned in late 06. They can their carrots with just water...as long as the seal is good and the water and/or carrots aren't discolored they're fine and taste the same as things they canned summer of 09.

Ashley - posted on 01/25/2010

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in the jarred food you dont buy 2-3 meals a day. my 6 month old a jar lasts him 2 days. he only gets a couple spoonfulls of veggies and dessert. when they start eating more then you upgrade to the bigger jar which ends up lasting the same. i'm spending maybe 5 bucks a wk on food. a bag of pablum lasts us a few wks. if there was more than just water they'd have to let you know. i cant be bothered making my own. it's a pain and i have homework a 21 month old and a 6 month old to take care of. if making your own works for you thats great. making my own doesnt work for me and i'd rather buy the jar then have to do it but thats just me

Sheree - posted on 01/24/2010

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From what I have read from quiet a few threads, jar baby food is just the food and water? But can you honestly say you would eat something that has been sitting in a jar of water for 4 months. There must be something in it that is preserving it. I think that buying the jar food would be more expensive as well, if you had to buy 2-3 meals a day then thats, $14-$21 per week if not more, where as making your own costs me $12.50-$15 per week.

Ashley - posted on 01/24/2010

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i agree with you melissa. plus i cant afford to be buying everything separate like that for the baby. and you guys dont have to understand why people dont have time to make their own. i dont have time and i understand

Melissa - posted on 01/24/2010

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When it comes to packaged foods, baby food is the most pure you will find. They don't add preservatives or anything else for that matter. If you buy jarred carrots, the ingredient in the jar is carrot. I did just make some of my own for the first time the other day. It was a pain! But the end result to me was the same as the jars. I have tasted all the foods I give my baby. The carrots in the jar, tasted like a carrots I made. To me there was no difference other than the love that I put into making my baby's food.

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I feed my son jarred foods but I look at the ingrediants. We are just starting him out and so far he's only had veggies that are the veggies and a little bit of water added in the jar. He's had homemade applesause as well that is just apples and water. When he switches to more than just puree's...it's going to be homemade...but when I'm trying him out on foods to see what he's going to eat (especially foods that I don't normally eat like Squash) it's easier and cheaper to buy the jar.
I however REFUSE to buy jarred meat from the store.

Sheree - posted on 01/24/2010

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I can honestly say im not the healthiest eater, but my daughter is and has tried almost every fruit and vegetable there is, even the ones i dont like. It costs me about $25-$30 a fortnight to buy all her fruits and vegetables and half an hour once a fortnight to prepare all the vegies then i freeze them and have them ready at hand. Most nights she just has what were are having for dinner plus the vegies out of the freezer. In the last week she has had a roast with roast veg, apricot chicken, meat loaf with veg and pork and veg. I am with Katie in not understanding how people dont have the time do make their own. 1/2 an hour to make 14 meals really isnt that long.

Medic - posted on 01/24/2010

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Not everyone eats how they would like their kids to eat, I know I don't always eat the best things but my son always does. I also think that he likes a wider variety of foods because I fed him jarred food that were things I would never buy or make myself.

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I'm not talking down. I'm actually just trying to understand how someone can not have time to make their own baby food when it is so very easy and not very time consuming. And I'm also trying to encourage those moms that they probably can do it.

Medic - posted on 01/24/2010

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For some of us that don't make ourselves meals every meal I like the jars. They also let me feed my son foods that I don't eat and would waste money buying and preparing just for him. So there is no need to down talk those of us that chose this perfectly healthy alternative to making food. Besides I can ruin a pot of water.

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For anyone who says that they don't have time to make their own food...I can't understand that. Do you have time to make your own food? If you do, then throw on a pot of veggies to steam at the same time. It takes seconds. And buy yourself a magic bullet and whip it up when it's ready. Also takes no time at all. And you can make large batches and freeze in ice cube trays, or just make a couple servings worth each time you make your own meal. Or the other option; baby-led weaning! No extra food preparation required. Just ensure that what you are eating is healthy and share with baby:)

Leah - posted on 01/24/2010

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You know that's awesome if you feed your kid fresh fruits and veggies! I wish I did with my little one but I don't have the patiance nor the time with having a demanding 3yr old. So I just do jar fruits and veggies besides I get them free through Wic so it saves me a ton of money. As for the meat thats jared, I find that gross. I never gave either of my kids meat from a jar. My littlest one eats whatever meat I make the family.

Carly - posted on 01/24/2010

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I tried making my own baby food sometimes but in a pinch the jarred stuff is fine. And the fruit ones are delicious, haha.

Ashley - posted on 01/24/2010

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dont have time to make my own. my youngest is on jarred and my oldest loved the jarred. neither one seem to have problems with it so it cant taste that bad. with school and taking care of two kids making my own baby food is the last thing on my mind and couldnt be bothered.

Sheree - posted on 01/24/2010

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Thanks Tracy, I have heard of rafferty's, i used there rice cereal at the begining but my daughter hated it. Haven't tried her on any of there other things, but it is good to know just in case. I make all my own meals for her and she loves everything so far, except for broccoli. But hey whats one vegie? at least she eats all the others.

Tracy - posted on 01/23/2010

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Hi sheree, i live in australia to and there is a company that does frozen baby food if u would perfer that to jar food as ur back up, i made all my own food aswell but i fould these really great for travelling and things like that, the company is called bubs grub, they deliver to ur house aswell, there is also a new brand in supmarkets i can't remember the name but they have nothing added to them, they are in the baby section i think they are called raffiety something they are great as well....

Sheree - posted on 01/23/2010

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That is exactly what i think Katie. How can meat still be fresh and nutritious out of a jar 4 months after it was first made. But thank you for you support and comments :)

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I never fed my son jarred baby food. I always made my own. Actually, after a month of purees we started doing baby-led weaning. That's where you allow your child to feed him/herself finger foods.

To answer your question though, Gerber is a very big baby brand here in North America.



Here's a link to the Gerber site (specifically the jarred foods page)...



http://www.nestle-baby.ca/en/products/fo...



I don't believe there's much to the jarred foods. No need to add a bunch of preservatives since it is vacuum sealed. But it is far from fresh. Personally, if I wouldn't eat it, I wouldn't feed it to my child. And I would NOT eat that jarred stuff. Especially not the jarred meats! Disgusting if you ask me.

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