How to choose baby food

Baby food – a special line of products designed for children under three years old. It is used instead of breast milk, if mom for some reason can’t feed, and for feeding baby.

The best manufacturers of baby food

The best manufacturers of baby food

Baby food should be safe for the baby and not contain dyes, GMOs, preservatives and flavor enhancers. In its composition may include natural products, as well as vitamins, amino acids, nutrients, proteins, “good” bacteria and other beneficial substances. Quality products for children rarely cause allergies, and their composition corresponds to the one stated on the package.

The best brands of baby food are:

  1. Nestle (GERBER, NAN, NESTOGEN, Nestle);

  2. HIPP;

  3. Heinz;

  4. Nutricia (Nutrilon, Baby, Toddler).

  5. Humana

These brands are known not only in Russia and the CIS, but also in Germany, Austria, USA, Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands and other countries.

Among domestic manufacturers, the most popular are:

  1. OJSC “Progress” (Toddlers and Frutonyan);

  2. VIMM-Bill-Dann OJSC (Agusha, Miracle of the Child).

Types of Baby Food

Milk mixture

Milk mix

Milk formulas are used from the birth of a child and up to 2-3 years. Them completely replace breast milk if mother cannot herself feed the baby.

Baby formulas are designed so that their composition resembled mother’s milk. They contain cow, goat or soy milk, as well as vitamins, minerals, vegetable oils, unsaturated fatty acids and other beneficial substances.

Cow’s milk is used in most infant formula. However 2-6% of infants are allergic to cow’s milk protein, therefore, they switch to goat-based food milk or soy. Sometimes children are diagnosed with intolerance lactose, and they have to eat lactose-free mixtures or mixtures on soy based.

Soybean baby food is not suitable:

  1. Premature babies who need an increased amount mineral substances;

  2. Babies allergic to soy protein.

If a child suffers from intestinal upset, flatulence, colic or other health problems should be used special treatment and prophylactic mixtures. They are suitable for:

  1. Premature babies;

  2. Allergic kids;

  3. Grudnichkov with colic and unstable stool;

  4. Babies suffering from frequent spitting up.

In the first year of life, it is recommended to choose milk formula with marked “adapted”, i.e. the most similar to the mother milk in composition. You should also be wary of baby food, which contains:

  1. Palm oil – reduces bone density with frequent use;

  2. Gluten – may cause an intestinal upset or allergy babies up to a year;

  3. Sucrose – may lead to the development of an allergic reaction in children in the first year of life. Sometimes causes bloating and colic.

  4. The milk mixture can be given to the child only after consultation with pediatrician.



Baby cereals can be used for feeding from 4-6 months. They are multicomponent and one-component.

The first porridge for the baby should be one-component, i.e. consist of one type of cereal. It should not be:

  1. Gluten free

  2. Thickeners (starch) – may cause flatulence and colic;

  3. Palm oil;

  4. Salt. Pediatricians do not recommend adding salt to feeding babies younger than a year.

For the first feeding, products from buckwheat, rice or corn grits. Such cereals should not contain milk (this reduces the risk of allergies) and sugar, which can cause bloating, gas and colic in the baby.

Multi-component porridge can be used only after all cereals contained in the product have been entered in the menu babies, and he did not have an allergic reaction.

Mashed potatoes


This type of baby food is often used as the first feeding for a baby who often has loose stools. If, however, crumbs have a tendency to constipation, the first to enter the diet porridge.

If you are going to feed baby puree for the first time, choose one-component product that consists of zucchini or colored cabbage. Such dishes are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. When the baby gets used to hypoallergenic vegetables, he can be given carrot or pumpkin baby food.

Pay attention to the mashed egg content. This product is a strong allergen, so do not enter it in the menu allergic child.


Juices can be used only after the baby has started eat porridge and mashed potatoes. Choose hypoallergenic products that don’t contain:

  1. Sahara;

  2. Artificial Flavors;

  3. Artificial Dyes.

Selection tips

Selection Tips

  1. Carefully study the composition of baby food. It should not be GMOs, colorants, flavor and odor enhancers, emulsifiers and etc.

  2. Buy age-appropriate products babies.

  3. Make sure that the packaging is intact, not deformed.

  4. Choose manufacturers whose products match international quality standards.

  5. Before entering crumbs in the menu, consult with pediatrician.


In the following articles, our experts tell you how to infant formula and the secrets of choosing porridge for the first complementary foods and recommendations for choosing a highchair baby.

Attention! This material is subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a buying guide.

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