When To Feed Baby Baby Food Mashed

 

At 7 to 9 months, baby can begin other foods. High potassium foods are important because if they are consistently eaten at this age, they tend to become preferred later.

Begin this age period by adding more cereals, such as wheat, and mixed cereals. The wheat cereal should be introduced without introducing any other new foods for several days, so you can notice if there is any gluten intolerance. The mixed cereals introduced should be mixtures of cereals previously introduced individually. 

Also beginning at this age, you can introduce fruit juices, but not fruit drinks. It is helpful to dilute the juice to 1/2 strength. The second table below has the nutrient values of baby food fruit juices. The sugar value is listed because many baby foods have added sugar. The juices used should be unsweetened, with just the natural sugar present in the fruit.

At this stage also you can begin to introduce mashed fruits and vegetables. But they should be made a consistency that will avoid choking. They all should be strained.

Some fruits should be avoided because of the risk of choking, such as those with seeds throughout, like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Good ones are apples, bananas, peaches, and pears, but mashed well and made into a sauce with the consistency of applesauce.

Completely avoid the peels and skins of fruits, such as apple skins, peach skin, and pear skin. The skins can't be chewed at this age, and if ground up they form particles that get into the wrong places in the mouth and throat, resulting in possible choking, coughing, and spitting. Also avoid nuts and other types of foods that have small hard particles even when mashed.

Vegetables that are good are squash, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes. Avoid corn kernels – they are the size of the baby's airway and can cause choking. The skin of the corn kernel has the same problem as the skins of the previously mentioned fruits. Any of these foods should be the consistency of apple sauce or mashed potatoes that are a thin consistency, and they should be strained.

The nutrient values of these fruits and vegetables are given in the table immediately below for the prepared baby foods and at the high potassium fruits post for fruits and at the high potassium vegetables post for vegetables.

The weights all are grams except for the potassium and sodium, which are milligrams. The calories, protein, total fat, carbohydrate, sugar, fiber, potassium and sodium values given are for 100 grams of food.

The serving size and weight for a baby differs from 100 grams, so we have listed the serving weight and the common measurement that corresponds to that weight.

K is potassium. Na is sodium. 

Except for the potassium to sodium ratio and the amount of potassium per serving (which we calculated), the source of data is: 

USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22

 

 

Food

Serving Wt

Seerving Size

Calories

Protein

Total Fat

Carb'drt 

Fiber

Sugar

Potassium

Sodium

Ratio K:Na

K per Serving

Fruit, applesauce, strained

16

1 tbsp

41

0.2

0.2

10.8

1.7

9.87

71

2

35.5

11

Fruit, bananas with apples and pears, strained

15

1 tbsp

84

0.9

0.22

19.7

1.4

12.76

233

7

33.3

35

Fruit, peaches, strained

16.72

1 tbsp

65

0.94

0.33

14.48

1.3

11.5

195

6

32.5

33

Fruit, pears, strained

16

1 tbsp

42

0.3

0.2

10.8

3.6

6.98

130

2

65

21

Vegetable, butternut squash and corn

113

1 jar, Gerber (4 oz)

50

2

0.6

9.3

2

2.93

352

5

70.4

398

Vegetables, carrots, strained

224

1 cup

27

0.8

0.1

6

1.7

3.64

196

37

5.3

439

Vegetables, corn and sweet potatoes, strained

28.35

1 oz

68

1.26

0.28

15.23

1.8

4

154

33

4.7

44

Vegetables, garden vegetable, strained

28.35

1 oz

32

2.3

0.2

6.8

1.5

2.57

168

35

4.8

48

Vegetables, green beans and potatoes

113

1 jar, Gerber (4 oz)

62

2.2

1.9

9

1.4

2.35

148

18

8.2

167

Vegetables, green beans, strained

240

1 cup

27

1.2

0.17

6.29

2.2

1.88

146

5

29.2

350

Vegetables, peas, strained

15.6

1 tbsp

50

3.27

0.43

8.36

2

2.01

106

7

15.1

17

Vegetables, squash, strained

16.46

1 tbsp

28

0.81

0.2

5.73

0.9

3.37

185

6

30.8

30

Vegetables, sweet potatoes strained

224

1 cup

57

1.1

0.1

13.2

1.5

4.05

263

20

13.2

589

 

 

 

Food

Serving Wt

Serving Size

Calories

Protein

Total Fat

Carb'drt 

Fiber

Sugar

Potassium

Sodium

Ratio K:Na

K per Serving

Juice, apple

31.7

1 fl oz

47

0

0.1

11.7

0.1

10.7

91

3

30.3

29

Juice, apple – cherry

31.2

1 fl oz

47

0.2

0.1

11.2

0.3

10.5

110

4

27.5

34

Juice, apple and cherry

31.2

1 fl oz

41

0.1

0.2

9.9

0.1

8.98

98

3

32.7

31

Juice, apple and grape

31.2

1 fl oz

46

0.1

0.2

11.34

0.1

10.9

90

3

30

28

Juice, apple and peach

31.2

1 fl oz

43

0.2

0.1

10.5

0.1

9.59

97

1

97

30

Juice, apple and plum

31.2

1 fl oz

49

0.1

0

12.3

0.1

11.54

101

1

101

32

Juice, apple and prune

31.2

1 fl oz

72

0.2

0.1

18

0.1

10.58

148

5

29.6

46

Juice, apple, with calcium

189

1 serving

46

0.06

0.1

11.1

0.4

9

92

3

30.7

174

Juice, apple-banana

31.2

1 fl oz

51

0.2

0.1

12.3

0.2

11

123

4

30.8

38

Juice, apple-cranberry

31.2

1 fl oz

46

0

0.02

11.49

0

6.88

97

5

19.4

30

Juice, apple-sweet potato

30.8

1 fl oz

48

0.3

0.1

11.4

0.5

9.6

137

5

27.4

42

Juice, banana with low fat yogurt

31.5

1 fl oz

89

2.5

0.8

17.54

0.4

13.28

160

37

4.3

50

Juice, fruit punch, with calcium

31.2

1 fl oz

52

0.2

0.1

12.7

0.4

10.6

86

4

21.5

27

Juice, mixed fruit

31.2

1 fl oz

47

0.1

0.1

11.6

0.1

8.46

101

4

25.2

32

Juice, mixed fruit with low fat yogurt

31.5

1 fl oz

76

2.4

0.8

14.68

0.4

10.8

137

36

3.8

43

Juice, orange

31.2

1 fl oz

45

0.6

0.3

10.2

0.1

8.26

184

1

184

57

Juice, orange and apple

31.2

1 fl oz

43

0.4

0.2

10.1

 

 

138

3

46

43

Juice, orange and apple and banana

31.2

1 fl oz

47

0.4

0.1

11.5

0.1

10.03

134

4

33.5

42

Juice, orange and apricot

31.2

1 fl oz

46

0.8

0.1

10.9

0.1

 

199

6

33.2

62

Juice, orange and banana

31.2

1 fl oz

50

0.7

0.1

11.9

 

 

200

3

66.7

62

Juice, orange and pineapple

31.2

1 fl oz

48

0.5

0.1

11.7

0.1

 

141

2

70.5

44

Juice, orange-carrot

30.8

1 fl oz

43

0.5

0.1

9.9

0.4

8.4

174

10

17.4

54

Juice, pear

31.2

1 fl oz

47

0

0

11.86

0.1

7.28

130

0

0

41

Juice, prune and orange

31.2

1 fl oz

70

0.6

0.3

16.8

 

 

181

2

90.5

56