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Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Alexandra’s Story

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Alexandra’s Story

Gianna started to reach for food when she was only 4 months old. It all started when she was just a week old and we took her a steakhouse for my dad’s birthday dinner. Since then, my husband and I take her everywhere.

Raising A Salt Bae: How Much Salt Does Your Child Really Need?

Raising A Salt Bae: How Much Salt Does Your Child Really Need?

It’s not easy being a salt bae. Turkish cooking techniques aside, many parents aren’t sure if they should shake it like a salt shaker when they first start introducing their tiny human to solids.

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Anne’s Story

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Anne’s Story

It’s HARD to find fresh and organic fruits and vegetables in the dead of winter in Southwestern Montana. And by hard, I mean our tiny little town in the Rocky Mountains gets 300+ inches of snow.

How To Get Your Baby To Eat Their Veggies

How To Get Your Baby To Eat Their Veggies

My baby gobbles down his fruit, but it’s a chore to get him to try carrots, greens, and other veggies. What’s the secret? We’ll tell you!

Should I Worry About The Big 8 Allergens For My Baby?

Should I Worry About The Big 8 Allergens For My Baby?

Food allergens are a source of stress for most parents beginning to introduce their babies to solids. They may wonder when, how, or if they should introduce them, especially if they’re considered one of the dreaded “big 8 allergens”.

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Jessi’s Story

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Jessi’s Story

Like a lot of moms navigating through the dos and don’ts of parenthood, in our technology-driven world, I actually felt that I had too much information available to me when it came to what to feed my baby and when.

Raised Real and Second Harvest Collaborate to Tackle Childhood Food Insecurity

Raised Real and Second Harvest Collaborate to Tackle Childhood Food Insecurity

Raised Real partnered with Second Harvest to donate 500 meal makers that steam and blend and 500 packets of organically sourced, nutrition dense Raised Real baby meals.

The Solution To The Picky Eating Problem

The Solution To The Picky Eating Problem

It’s not an easy thing to handle when the tiny human in front of you is refusing to eat something that is good for them. The question is: what do I do about this? Here are a few ways you can push through these feelings.

Introducing Solids: Should I Start With Single Ingredient Foods?

Introducing Solids: Should I Start With Single Ingredient Foods?

Question My baby will be 6 months soon and start eating his first real foods! Should I be feeding him single ingredient foods ahead of time to prep him for Raised Real meals? Answer What an exciting (and messy) time you have ahead of you! […]

Raised Real and Califia Farms Team Up on Innovative New Benefits for Parents

Raised Real and Califia Farms Team Up on Innovative New Benefits for Parents

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2018 — Raised Real, the subscription-based, nationwide baby food delivery service, has partnered with Califia Farms to help simplify re-entry into the workplace for employees post parental leave. As part of Califia’s parental leave policy, the company is providing busy parents […]


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Why You Don’t Have to Be The Nutrition Expert For Your Kids, But Should Know How to Find One You Trust

Why You Don’t Have to Be The Nutrition Expert For Your Kids, But Should Know How to Find One You Trust

By, Justine Lorelle LoMonaco

When it comes to deciding your baby’s first bites of solid food, there’s a lot of information to wade through. From blog posts to expert articles, it can be difficult to know what to believe and when to worry when it comes to feeding your little ones. And every mom knows that hungry babies don’t like to wait. Even worse, reading baby food labels can feel like a crash course in chemistry. Ascorbic acid? Calcium phosphate? Thiamine mononitrate? Not to mention all the organic/natural/gluten-free confusion. Making sense of labels can sometimes be harder than convincing your toddler to keep her shoes on. (Just kidding, nothing is harder than that!)

But don’t stress—you don’t have to be a nutrition expert to feed your kids. But for the best information and guidance, you should know how to find one you trust. Rather than trying to decipher it all yourself, turn to a pro. Your child’s pediatrician is your first line of defense because they know your child personally. From allergies to developmental concerns, talk to your pediatrician for recommendations about whether or not your baby is ready to start solids. For special nutrition needs, they should also be able to point you to reliable local experts who can help you navigate any issues.

For more specific nutrition tips, though, you may have to dig a little deeper on your own. One reliable resource is the World Health Organization. They regularly publish articles on maternal, newborn, and child health care and nutrition to help you stay up-to-date on current guidelines and findings in the nutrition world. Another excellent nutrition source for parents is the American Academy of Pediatrics. Their website features news, health and safety tips, and information for parents looking for suggestions on improving childhood nutrition. And with new guidelines published every few years, you know you’re always getting the most current information.

Plus, we’re here to help you too! Not only is every Raised Real meal tested and developed under the watch of a registered dietician, but we also offer additional guidance through our Instagram feed. Follow us on Instagram @Raised_Real to get regular tips and pairing suggestions for new ingredients and ways to provide your child with crucial vitamins and minerals. Now that’s something we can all double-tap.

Interested in organically sourced, healthy baby food? Try Raised Real.