1. How old can my baby be before I can start feeding him/her Orchard Baby Food?
As a mom – trust your instincts; the age at which babies start on solids varies from as early as 4 to 8 months.
2. How can I tell when my baby’s ready for solid food?
Your baby will give you clear signs when he’s ready to move onto solids. Cues to look for include:
Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.
Losing the “push out reflex”
To keep food in and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.
Sitting upright when supported
Even if he’s not quite ready to sit on his own, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.
To start solids, your baby should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling—unless your baby’s teething, you might still see a lot of drool.
Most babies are ready to eat solids when they’ve doubled their birth weight and are at least 4 months old.
Baby seems hungry even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.
Curiosity about food everyone else is eating
Your baby may begin staring at your plate or reaching for a forkful of pasta as it travels from your plate to your mouth.
3. How does the food stay fresh if no preservatives are used?
The Fast Freezing method is a fool proof way to ensure goodness and freshness is locked in the moment a meal is frozen. Food is always frozen the day it is cooked ensuring no goodness is lost during the process.
4. Does one jar equal one meal?
Not necessarily. Gauge your baby’s appetite and feed accordingly. Orchard Baby Food can be sealed and stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 24 hours.
5. How do I heat Orchard Baby Food?
Heating instructions are clearly marked on the packaging. It is as easy as placing a defrosted meal into the microwave for a few minutes or into a pot of hot water. Always test temperatures before feeding.
6. Is Orchard Baby Food Expensive?
Orchard Baby Food makes use of the freshest ingredients at all times, ensuring the best nutrition for your little one. However, gram for gram, it remains a very cost effective option when compared to alternatives.
7. Can I pack Orchard Baby Food on holiday?
Yes! If you take frozen jars and place them in a cooler bag with ice bricks. Be sure to get them in a freezer as soon as you reach your destination.
8. How can I store Orchard Baby Food?
The glass jars make staking in any type of freezer a breeze.
9. How do I know if my toddler no longer requires baby food?
The transition to finger-type foods happens as and when your child is ready. However, finger foods often do not contain enough nutrients to support adequate development. Try subsidising solids with Orchard Baby and Toddler Foods meals until your toddler is chewing on his veggies with no hassles.