Babies grow the most in their first year and a diet of breast milk, formula, and solids aid in their growth. Babies have guidelines for when they should eat solid foods, which foods should or should not be introduced based on their age. Finding the right baby food brands can be challenging for new moms. Do you trust the reputable brand that has been around for 90 years? Do you purchase the new brand adapting to organic food trends or do you simply buy baby food with easy-to-use packaging features?

If those options aren’t challenging enough for parents they now have to worry about the latest danger from many trusted brands. A few weeks ago USA TODAY reported about baby formula, and food testing positive for lead, arsenic and BPA.

65% of products tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. All of these chemicals pose potential dangers to developing infants. Arsenic is associated with developmental defects and rice puff snacks had some of the highest levels of arsenic.

The worst culprits were brands like Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics, and Sprout. This is very alarming news especially since these brands are very popular and sold almost everywhere. What’s worse if you didn’t catch the article you may not even be aware which limits your options of choosing a new brand or even making your own baby food.

There are many baby first food cookbooks on the market and Annabel Karmel’s is one of my favorite authors providing many quick delicious meals and fruit purees.

Read the full USA TODAY Alarming Baby Formula and Food article here

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