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How to Store Baby Food

Introducing solid foods to your baby marks another step of development. Whether you're purchasing baby food, making your own, or introducing solid foods, you want to ensure this transitional phase goes smoothly. After all, you want your baby's first experiences with food to be positive ones. Optimize your family's success for baby's first feeding and beyond by equipping yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to prep, store and serve baby food. Discover different food storage options for every baby food, and stock your cabinets with the right food storage items for your family.

Single Serving Storage

When your baby first starts eating, he or she probably won't eat much. Much like formula or milk, solid servings will first be served by the ounce as well. Just an ounce or two of pureed fruits and vegetables will be enough to satiate your baby. Prepping a week's worth of baby food is simple when you invest in single serving storage items. These plastic and glass containers can fit just a couple of ounces of food, which allows you to divide a larger batch of homemade baby food into these portioned containers. They often come with lids, which keep them fresh and make them portable. These single-serving styles are ideal when you're serving small portions of purees to babies new to solid foods, usually around the age of 6 months.

Lidded Containers

For babies with a bigger appetite, check out lidded containers in larger sizes. These containers come in different styles, including BPA-free plastic and stainless steel. The coordinating plastic lids help keep food fresher longer. These containers come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including squares and rectangles. They're perfect for storing crackers and fruit, popular snacks for babies. Larger sizes can even hold a sandwich. These containers are easy to slip into a lunchbox or diaper bag so that you have baby-friendly food on hand wherever you are.

Bento Boxes

Another popular way to store baby food is using Bento boxes. These BPA-free plastic boxes feature various compartments of different sizes, making them ideal for full meals. Typically, you'll find a larger compartment ideal for a sandwich or entree. Several smaller compartments can hold fruits, vegetables, dips, yogurt and more. The lid keeps the food separated and fresh. These Bento boxes are a smart choice when you want to pack a full meal for your baby, whether you're dropping him or her off at daycare or going on a family picnic.

Thermoses

When food temperature is important, a thermos is a smart storage choice. Thermoses can keep hot food hot and cold food cold thanks to their stainless steel construction and vacuum-sealed insulation. Thermoses are supremely portable as well, slipping easily into a lunchbox or diaper bag. Use them in conjunction with other storage containers to keep hot and cold food the appropriate temperature. Since they are easy to transport, thermoses are good options when you're eating outside of the home.

Storage Tips

With the right storage containers in the kitchen, you're one step closer to properly storing your baby food. As you store your food, keep these food safety tips in mind. First, minimize the spread of germs when cooking for your baby. Thoroughly wash your hands before you prepare and store any foods. Next, avoid cross-contamination of food. If you don't expect your baby to eat the full portion stored in the container, scoop a smaller portion onto a plate and serve from there. That way, you aren't adding germs from your baby's mouth into the larger container of food.

Next, refrigerate or freeze food within 2 hours of making it. Leaving food out on the counter too long can result in food spoilage. If you prep a large portion of baby food to freeze it and write the date on the container. Frozen baby food lasts up to 1 month. After a month, throw it out. Finally, defrost frozen baby food in the refrigerator, and avoid defrosting it on the counter or in standing water.

Simplify your baby's transition into the solid-food world with these food storage tips and tools. A variety of food storage containers ensure that you have the perfect spot to store every type of food, whether you're feeding your baby at home or on the go.