Our Square Meal System™ offers 100% of a baby’s daily nutrition based on USDA’s “Birth to 24 Months” Guidelines.
Below is how we have broken this out per age group:
4-6 months: Consult with your pediatrician about your baby’s readiness to start solids. You may opt to breastfeed or bottle feed exclusively for the first 6 months. Research shows that 4-6 months could be the right time to introduce allergens for food allergy prevention. You may opt to introduce single-ingredient or simpler purees to start like our simple "Starter Meals 4+ mos". Baby will start with a few bites and gradually be able to eat 1 meal per day.
6-8 months: Introduce Square Meals for 6 months and older. 2 meals per day delivers 100% Daily Nutrition*.
Meets minimum recommended servings, but still plenty of room for additional iron-fortified cereals as we know many parents/caregivers like to stir into meals for extra iron.
8-12 months: Continue with Square Meals. 3 meals per day delivers 100% Daily Nutrition*.
Meets minimum recommended servings, but we've left room for table/finger foods, so listen to baby's cues and enjoy the inevitable food-throwing that will ensue ;). Feel confident that no matter how many blueberries and peas get tossed at your face, our Square Meals will provide a complete, balanced meal.
12+ months: while your little one starts to eat more and more table food, use the purees more as additional foods at meal time or as a balanced snack!
*100% of baby's daily fruit, vegetable, whole grain and protein servings based on USDA’s “Birth to 24 Months” Guidelines” per the baby's age group.
Remember that these are general guidelines, not a prescription for your baby. Parents' intuition and baby's cues are most important.
Do NOT adhere to the "clean plate rule". Forcing your baby to finish a meal when he/she is not hungry could override their natural cue to "stop eating when you're full". Expect a smaller and pickier appetite as the baby's growth rate slows around age 1.
For more information, please check out:
How to Start My Baby on Solids: Part 1
How to Start My Baby on Solids: Part 2
How to Start My Baby on Solids: Part 3