Sprout - Organic Baby Food Stage 1 Starter Single Ingredients Roasted Butternut Squash - 2.5 oz. (71 g)
Sprout Roasted Butternut Squash Organic Baby Food contains Butternut Squash which makes a colorful, smooth, and tasty puree, and is a great way to start feeding vegetables. Roasting makes Butternut Squash incredibly tender, and brings out the naturally sweet taste your baby will love. Sprout's specially selected ingredients are served up individually for first timers, but continue feeding baby's favorites for as long as you like. Good Manufacturing Practices are used to separate and prevent the introduction of unspecified allergens. No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
Sprout Organic Baby Food Features
- All Organic ingredients, Organic or QAI Certified Organic
- Environmentally Friendly, BPA-Free Pouch
- Resealable, Lightweight & Convenience
- Recipes designed by Chef Tyler Florence
- All Natural - No Preservatives, Artificial Flavors or Colors
- No Sugar or Fillers
About Sprout Organic Baby Food Stages
The age recommendations for when you start each stage are general guidelines. Some babies are ready for Stage 2 foods before they are 7-8 months, while others might not be ready for them until they are 9-10 months old. Instead of starting each stage of baby food at these ages, it is usually more important that each baby advances through the different stages in their own good time.
- Starter - First Stage
It is recommended that parents try new foods one at a time for 3 to 5 days to test for allergies to any food ingredient while the baby is still primarily breast or formula feeding. Some parents like to add baby's usual breast milk or formula to a 1st stage food to ease the transition and add a bit of familiarity to a new experience.
- Intermediate - Second stage
These recipes are combinations of two or more ingredients. Nutritionally, these foods are designed to complement continued breast or formula feeding as your baby is exploring even more foods and flavors.
- Advanced - Third stage
Meals with Texture
These recipes are designed for children comfortable with more texture in their foods. These recipes also provide more balanced nutrition including more protein and calories for babies eating more food and less breast milk or formula.
Sprout Organic Baby Foods Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY BABY FIRST?
What nutrients should my child get from food?
Babies in the earliest months of eating solid foods are still getting their main calories and nutrition from breast milk or formula. The most important thing is for your baby to establish healthy eating habits, and positive food associations. Introduce your baby to a variety of ingredients and you will deliver a variety of nutrients the way nature intended! For more information, check out the Sprout Guide to Starting Solids. You should make all decisions about your child's diet under the guidance of your child's pediatrician or nutritionist.
WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN?
When should I start feeding protein-rich foods like meats?
Most babies before the age of 8 months have no additional dietary need for protein beyond what they are receiving from breast milk or formula. From about 8 months, meats and other sources of protein will be more important parts of your child's diet. You should make all decisions about your child's diet under the guidance of your child's pediatrician or nutritionist.
WHAT ABOUT FAT?
Is fat an important part of my baby's diet?
Babies need fat for growth, for brain development, and to help absorb fat-soluble vitamins, as well as other functions in the body. If you take all the water out of breast milk, half of what's left behind is fat.
Babies are growing at a rapid rate and fat provides the much-needed concentrated calories to support and fuel this growth. Fat contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein, which is important for babies who have smaller digestive systems and need more calories in a smaller amount of food.
Fat is also an important part of brain and nervous system development, as about two-thirds of the brain is made up of fat. Fat is a vital part of cell membranes and also insulates the nerve fibers in the brain. You should make all decisions about your child's diet under the guidance of your child's pediatrician or nutritionist.
WHAT ABOUT CALORIES?
How many calories should my baby be getting?
As long as the calories you are providing are from primarily breast milk or formula and high quality calorie dense foods, and not from juice or sugary empty calories, your child will likely stop eating when full and regulate his or her own caloric intake.
If you have some concerns of either too many or too few calories, take an accurate account of your child's food intake, and bring this information with you to discuss with your doctor. The doctor will monitor your child's development and make recommendations based on individual growth and weight.
WHAT ABOUT DAILY VALUES FOR PROTEIN?
Why are some of the daily values scores for protein different, even though the grams per serving
may be the same?
The FDA measures the value of protein from different sources based on the present amino acids and the digestibility of the protein. The FDA uses egg albumen (egg white protein) as the reference point, so different protein sources will have different daily values based on the amino acids and other factors as measured against this standard. For instance, some vegetable proteins lack certain amino acids and will receive a lower daily value than the protein contained in animal products, such as milk, meat, fish, and eggs, even though the quantity in grams may be the same.
WHAT ABOUT THE NUTRITION FACTS PANEL?
What does the Nutrition Facts panel tell me?
The Nutrition Facts panel in labeling for children under age 2 is different than what you will see on adult food labels, because children's needs for certain nutrients are different than adults. For certain nutrients no "daily value" is listed for some items because daily values have not been established for children under 4 for nutrients such as fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrate and fiber.
For nutrients that are listed under the daily values section of the panel, consider that these nutrients are supplemental to the breast milk and formula that your child receives daily. Some panels do not list all the nutrients that the food contains due to limited space on product packaging. You can see expanded nutrition facts panels on each of Sprout's product pages. Generally when looking at nutrition for your child, you should not look to restrict fat or calories for your infant unless you have been instructed to do so by your child's physician.
The FDA does not allow companies to claim that products for children under 2 are a "good source of" or "healthy" based on nutrient levels.
WHAT ABOUT SPROUT'S FLAVOR?
What makes Sprout taste better than other baby foods?
Sprout uses unique cooking methods and combinations developed with their co-founder and chef Tyler Florence. They bake and roast their fruits and vegetables for better flavor and texture than you will get from steaming or boiling. When you steam or boil foods, a lot of the flavor and nutrients are extracted into the water, which is mostly discarded. What is left behind and absorbed into the food just makes it "watery."
At Sprout Baby Foods, they believe it is important to feed babies fruit flavors as well as vegetable flavors, something some other brands do not offer.
WHAT SHOULD I START WITH?
What flavors are the most popular?
All of the Sprout Starter foods are appropriate to try as baby's first solid food. One of the most popular vegetables is the Roasted Butternut Squash, and one of the most popular fruits is the Roasted Pears. You could choose whatever food you like best and see if it becomes your baby's favorite too!
After you have tried all of Sprout's Starter foods, choose some of Sprout's Intermediate flavors, some of which contain small quantities of flavorful and mild herbs and spices, like cinnamon and mint. Popular Sprout Intermediate flavors are Sweet Baby Carrots, Apples & Mango, and Baked Sweet Potatoes & White Beans.
WHY SHOULD I BUY ORGANIC?
What other reasons are there to choose organic products?
- Prevent Water Contamination:
Conventional agricultural methods can cause water contamination. The organic farmer's elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, in combination with soil building, works to prevent contamination, and protects and conserves water resources.
- Prevent Top-Soil Erosion and Promote Healthy Soil:
Soil is the foundation of the food chain in organic farming, but in conventional farming, the soil is used more as a medium for holding plants in a vertical position, so they can be chemically fertilized. As a result, farms are suffering from soil erosion.
- Conserve Energy:
Organic farming is mainly based on labor-intensive practices such as weeding by hand and using green manures and crop covers rather than synthetic fertilizers (primarily made from petroleum products) to build up soil.
- Protect Those Who Work the Land:
A National Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed to herbicides had a 6 times greater risk than non-farmers of contracting cancer. Field workers suffer the highest rates of occupational illness in California, and their children suffer from contamination as well.
- Support Family Farms and Lessen Government Spending on Subsidies and Damage Control:
Your organic purchases lessen the hidden costs in pesticide regulation and testing, hazardous waste disposal and clean-up, and, not to mention, severe damages to the environment. In the long term, purchasing organic foods saves everyone money.
About Tyler Florence
Sprout Co-Founder, Executive Chef
Tyler Florence creates extraordinary meals with uncomplicated recipes, universal flavors, and fresh, organic foods. He is a regular fixture on the Food Network, with shows Food 911, How to Boil Water, and Tyler's Ultimate, and also makes regular appearances on the Today Show and Oprah. As a founder Tyler creates the recipes and cooking methods for Sprout and serves on the Board of Directors.
He is the author of 6 books, most recently Family Meal released in October 2010. A graduate of the College of Culinary Arts of Johnson & Wales University in 1991, Tyler has received an honorary doctorate from the university honoring his achievements in the field.
In June 2008, Tyler and his wife Tolan opened Tyler Florence Kitchen essentials, a kitchen and lifestyle store in downtown Mill Valley, CA with a new location opening soon in Napa Valley. In August 2010, Tyler opened Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, an authentic American restaurant inspired by local ingredients. He and Tolan are parents to Miles, Hayden and Dorothy.