Infants cannot eat solid food, which means they can only ingest breast milk, formula, or food that has been specially prepared for them. Given the limits of what children can eat, there are a quite a few safety precautions that must be taken.
The tips below provide some guidance about baby food and formula for parents and caregivers alike.
- 1 Always wash your hands before and after handling food to avoid the spread of germs.
- 2 Follow all directions on the packaging for preparing, serving, and storing formula and baby food.
- 3 Always use sterile bottles and nipples (for formula) or clean dishes and utensils (for food).
- 4 Before serving any baby food, check to make sure that it has not expired and that the packaging has not been compromised.
- 5 For baby food in jars, the safety button on the lid should be down, and you should hear a “pop” when opening.
- 6 For baby food in pouches, make sure they are not leaking or swollen.
- 7 Throw away any baby formula that is not consumed in a single use — do not store it for later.
- 8 You can store opened baby food in the refrigerator for up to three days; however, it should be thrown out after three days — when in doubt, throw it out.
- Baby food and formula have not expired.
- All baby food packages are properly sealed.