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How to Organize Meals for Baby

By Joy the Butterfly

As a parent, you understand the importance of your baby’s nutrition and how significant whole, natural ingredients are. Serving and storing can be messy and inconvenient, but with a little planning and dedication you can master the art of making homemade baby food & meal prep.

green sprouts® Fresh Baby Food Glass Cubes offer storage that is portioned to your baby’s needs, stack easily for organization, and is made of tempered glass for safety. Additionally, labels allow for easy tagging of contents.

Serving Size

When baby begins solids, he will eat very little. As new ingredients are introduced and he matures, portions will increase in each food group. Fresh Baby Food Glass Cubes are available in both 2-ounce and 4-ounce styles, to grow with baby as he develops his taste and tummy. Many parents wonder what the appropriate portions are for their babies. Some babies require more than others depending on growth, activity, and individual needs – you should use your intuitive nature as a parent, in combination with your healthcare provider’s advice, to meet your child’s needs. Grow Healthy. Grow Happy. suggests the following:

6-8 Months – 2-3 Meals Composed of:

  • Breastmilk or formula is still the main source of nutrition.
  • Grains: 1-2 ounces per serving; 2-3 servings per day
  • Vegetables: 1-2 ounces per serving; 2-3 servings per day
  • Beverages: 1-2 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day

7-9 Months – 2-3 Meals, 1 Snack Composed of:

  • Breastmilk or formula is still the main source of nutrition.
  • Grains: 2-3 ounces per serving; 3 servings per day
  • Vegetables: 1-2 ounces per serving; 3 servings per day
  • Protein-rich foods: 1-2 ounces per serving; 2 servings per day
  • Fruits: 1-2 ounces per serving; 1 serving per day
  • Fermented foods: 2 ounces per serving; 1 serving per day
  • Beverages: 1-2 ounces per serving; 2-3 servings per day

9-12 Months – 3 Meals, 1 Snack Composed of:

  • Breastmilk or formula is still a source of many nutrients.
  • Grains: 2-4 ounces per serving; 3-4 servings per day
  • Vegetables: 2 ounces per serving; 3-4 servings per day
  • Protein-rich foods: 2-4 ounces per serving; 2-3 servings per day
  • Fruits: 2 ounces per serving; 1-2 ounces servings per day
  • Fermented foods: 1-2 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day
  • Seasonings: ¼ teaspoon; 3-4 servings per day
  • Beverages: 2 ounces per serving; 3-4 servings per day (more when it’s hot outside)

12-18 Months – 3 Meals, 1-2 Snacks Composed of:

  • Breastmilk or formula becomes less central to nutrition; mostly for emotional support.
  • Grains: 4 ounces per serving; 3-4 servings per day
  • Vegetables: 2 ounces per serving; 4-5 servings per day
  • Protein-rich foods: 2-3 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day
  • Fruits: 2 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day
  • Fermented foods: 2-3 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day
  • Seasonings: ¼- ½ teaspoon; 2-3 servings per day
  • Beverages: 2-4 ounces per serving; 3-4 servings per day (more when it’s hot outside)

18-36 Months – 3 Meals, 1-2 Snacks Composed of:

  • Weans from breastmilk as source of food; gets all nutrients from food; may continue nursing for emotional support if desired
  • Grains: 4 ounces per serving; 4-5 servings per day
  • Vegetables: 2 ounces per serving; 4-5 servings per day
  • Protein-rich foods: 3-4 ounces per serving; 2-3 servings per day
  • Fruits: 2 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day
  • Fermented foods: 2-3 ounces per serving; 1-2 servings per day
  • Seasonings: 1-2 teaspoons occasionally; 2-3 servings per day
  • Beverages: 4 ounces per serving; 3-4 servings per day (more when it’s hot outside)

Using the items you already have in your kitchen (plus a few others that we suggest), you can easily create your very own homemade baby food. This ensures you know exactly what ingredients your child is consuming, and that you can meal prep for the days to come. Add your purees, mashes, or snacks to cubes, then mix and match portions to create the perfect meal for you baby.

Stackable Glass Containers

In engineering the Glass Cubes, green sprouts® took extra initiative to ensure their functionality in the modern kitchen and family. The Glass Cubes lids and trays are not only interchangeable, but stackable. The square shape allows compact storage and organization in the freezer, fridge, and on-the-go. Always check the Food and Drug Association’s recommendations chart for storing food.

Space-saving cubes keep your baby’s food from taking over the entire refrigerator, while allowing you to stock up and save money. Additionally, colorful lids, labels, and trays can help you keep ingredients organized – especially important for those who may have dietary restrictions in the household or want to incorporate baby’s meal into the family’s.  Using Fresh Baby Food Glass Cubes is time saving, too. No more digging or guessing—you can reach into your fridge and grab exactly what is on the menu for the day.

Tempered Glass for Easy Meals

Tempered glass is glass that has been strengthened again. It does not shatter, but rather crumbles into pebble-like pieces. Tempered glass is commonly used in areas that require precautions. For instance, you may see tempered glass in products where people are more susceptible to injury; like pools, shower doors, cars’ side and back windows, and more.

First, the pre-tempered glass is formed into the shape desired—the Fresh Baby Food Glass Cubes have a very distinct, unique shape that is uncommon when using tempered glass. It is sanded and washed to smooth any leftover roughness and receives any engraving or scratching that is required. Then the glass undergoes an intense reheating (over 1,000 F) in a tempering oven. While still hot, the cooling process begins using cold air blown onto the outside of the glass. The variances in temperature through the glass’ center and outer walls causes extreme tension, thereby toughening the glass or “tempering”.

This process ensures Glass Cubes are durable, even if your baby decides it doesn’t belong on his high chair. Tempering also makes glass resistant to thermal shock—your baby’s Glass Cubes can go from freezer to warm air or fridge to heating, without breaking due to the change in temperature they experience. Preparing your baby’s meals can be quick, easy, and convenient.

Useful for Everyday Needs

In addition to meal prep, you can use Glass Cubes as leftover containers, to store baby finger foods for snacks, or even as storage containers for arts and crafts supplies. The whole family can utilize these safe, compact cubes every day. Best of all, with a little preparation you can take back the hours spent making baby or toddler meals throughout the week and have more time to enjoy with your little one.

 

By Joy the Butterfly

Joy, the lively butterfly, provides information for parents and caregivers to help their babies physical, emotional, and mental development flourish.

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