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Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation

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A Guide to Feeding Your Baby
Welcome Inside Scoop

What’s Inside
When you choose Beech Nut®, you get only the finest, all-
natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals. We’ve
been making baby food for over 75 years in our hometown
of Canajoharie, New York. We do things the same way 3 Leading-Edge Nutrition
9 Beech-Nut® Stages: Tips on feeding based on your baby’s age
Dear Parents,
you would if you made your own baby food. Discover for
yourself. Beech Nut, Simply a Better Choice™. 11 Feeding Dos & Don’ts
13 Buying, Storing & Preparing Baby Food
In our test kitchen, we taste our food to make sure it is 19 Stage 1® (beginners and older): Starting Solid Foods
healthy and delicious. It’s the purity and simplicity of our 22 Allergy Testing Tracker
products that makes us proud to share our meals with your 23 The Truth About Food Allergies
baby. We appreciate your choosing Beech-Nut to feed your 26 Stage 2® (from about 6 months): Introducing Variety
baby when he or she is ready for solid food. 29 Stage 3® (from about 8 months): More Taste, More Texture
33 Stage 3® Homestyle: Homemade Quality
We know you’re just starting out. You’ll have so many ques- 35 DHA PLUS
tions about feeding. Are you feeding your baby the best? Did 37 Good Morning and Good Evening® Foods
you pick the right food? When should you introduce new 39 Let’s Grow! (from about 12 months): New foods for your toddler!
foods? How much food goes on the spoon? Lucky for you, 45 Juice & Water: Mild and Natural
we’ve got so many answers. Since 1931, we’ve been devel- 47 Buying & Making Baby Food
oping leading-edge nutrition to help babies and their parents. 49 Beech-Nut® Value Packs
So, when you choose Beech-Nut, you know you’re making a 51 Feeding & Nutrition Guidelines
better choice for your baby. 53 A Complete List of Beech-Nut Products
57 Index: A Quick Reference
We hope this guide helps answer some of your questions. If 58 Glossary: Definitions in Simple Terms
you’d like more information, please visit our website at 59 FAQs: Answers to Your Questions Or, call our Helpline at 1-800-BEECH- 60 Special Offer: Beech-Nut Label Savings
NUT (1-800-233-2468) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., Central Time. We’re always happy to hear from you.

Best wishes from your friends at Beech-Nut.

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Historic Firsts

Leading-Edge Nutrition
At Beech-Nut® we have been making baby food for over 75 years. We love that
generations of the same families work together here. We love taking extra care to
make delicious and nutritious baby food, just like you would.

Historic Firsts Beech-Nut has been leading the way for infant feeding since 1931, committed to your
child’s development. We make more than 125 baby foods formulated to supple-
ment your baby’s diet of breast milk or formula. We have expanded our business to
also include the new Beech-Nut Let’s Grow!™ product line for toddlers. We don’t
add refined sugar, unnecessary salt or harsh spices to our infant or baby food recipes
because we believe your baby doesn’t need those unnecessary additives. What your
baby does need is the healthiest, leading-edge nutrition possible.

Over 75 Years of Historic Firsts:

• 1st to introduce glass baby food jars with vacuum seals (1931)
• 1st to remove added salt from our infant product lines (1977)
• 1st to offer age-specific varieties and ingredients (1984)
• 1st to remove added refined sugar from every non-dessert
infant food (1990)
• 1st to remove added refined sugar from all infant dessert items
and toddler meals (1997)
• 1st baby food with DHA and ARA (2002)
• 1st U.S. baby food with specific nutrients to help babies get the
perfect start and finish to their days – Beech-Nut Good Morning
and Good Evening foods (2007)
• 1st to introduce drinks with added functional nutrients (Good
Morning, Good Evening, DHA) (2008)
• 1st to offer Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow!™ products featuring a
No Junk Promise™ (2008)

Welcome Advancing Nutrition

Beech-Nut Advancing Nutrition™ Beech-Nut Advancing Nutrition™ Framework

Advancing Nutrition is Beech-Nut’s pledge to provide nutritious food
choices to support your child’s natural potential. Beech-Nut baby All Natural Nutrition
Strict ingredient standards
food is all natural, with added vitamins and minerals. That means
• No added refined sugar • No modified starches
no added refined sugars or modified starches. Beech-Nut® Let’s
• No artificial colors or flavors • No trans fats
Grow!™ toddler products are based on a “No Junk Promise™” • No artificial preservatives
– taking out what you don’t want and leaving in the natural and
essential nutrients you do want. Essential Nutrition
• Macro-Nutrients: Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for optimum nutrition
Beech-Nut believes in providing a broad range of nutrition options so you can choose • Micro-Nutrients: Enriched with vitamins and minerals
what’s right for your child. Only Beech-Nut offers specially formulated Good Morn- needed for healthy development
ing™ products with soluble fiber and Good Evening™ products with whey protein. In
addition, we offer foods with added DHA to support brain and eye development and Proactive Nutrition
prebiotic for digestive health. Compare for yourself to see how Advancing Nutrition Fortified for enhanced functional benefits
can support your child’s development. • Soluble fiber to keep baby satisfied
• DHA supports brain and eye development
Natural • Prebiotic supports digestive health
• Whey protein to build muscles
“Natural” is described as “existing in nature” or “not artificial.” “Natural” also de-
scribes our philosophy about making baby foods: use basic, wholesome foods and no
Do you have any questions? Call us at 1-800-BEECH-NUT (1-800-233-2468) Monday
unnecessary additives like refined sugar, modified starch, salt or harsh spices.
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

All about Nutrition
Our Pledge to You
Nutrition Made Easy Beech-Nut® products are formulated to meet the needs of today’s infants and tod-
Color Coded Food Group & Stage Level dlers. Accordingly, we have developed a full range of infant and toddler products
that address the developmental needs of your growing child.

All-Natural Nutrition
Nutrition Icon Call Out • Our line of baby cereal is all natural plus vitamins and minerals
and is intended for use for infants from about 4 months old.
• Our line of infant jar products are all natural plus vitamins and
minerals and are intended for infants ages of 4 months and up.
• Our juice products are all natural plus vitamins and minerals
are intended for infants ages 6 months and up.
• Our toddler line of products are all natural plus vitamins
and minerals and intended for toddlers age
12 months and up.

Color-coded food Color-coded food

and stage level group and variety To provide the best possible functional nutrition, we have
specialty products for mothers who are seeking to enhance their infants growth potential.

Good Morning™ & Good Evening™ products contain the proper nutrition for certain
Beech-Nut® uses color coding derived from the times of day. Good Morning foods each contain 1g of soluble fiber (2g of dietary
USDA food pyramid guidelines fiber) per serving. Soluble fiber helps to slow down how quickly food is emptied from
the stomach. Good Evening products all contain whey protein, a highly digestible dairy
protein that complements the other proteins that are easily digestible.

Our full line of DHA PLUS™ products ensure the healthy development of your child’s
Grains Vegetables Fruits Meals
brain, eyes, and nervous system plus a prebiotic for digestive health. DHA (docosa-
hexonic acid) is a critical fatty acid that promotes development of those functions.
Essential/Proactive Nutrition Information We only use all-natural sources for DHA, and use no artificial colors, flavors, preserva-
tives, added salt, or added refined sugars.
Nutrition Call Out: The green box on each package provides a list of
key nutritional benefits Our new Beech-Nut® Stage 3® Homestyle baby foods are specially prepared like you
would make them at home. We gently handle every food and prepare them in small
This is a sample of our Advancing Nutrition lockup adapted from
batches creating homemade taste and texture without the extra time or a mess in
Beech-Nut® Rice Cereal.
your kitchen.
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Feeding Tips by Age
Welcome Beech-Nut® Stages®

At about 4 to 6 months see I’ve tried cereal and I can: • I’m eating solids about • I may try to feed myself • I’m a toddler, I have a
if I can: • Sit with support. three times a day. with a spoon now. bigger appetite and
• Sit with support. • Hold my head up and • I can swallow food easily. • I’m teething and I want new needs.
• Hold my head up and turn away when I’m full. • I’ve tried Stage 1 single- to put my new teeth to • I can eat with a spoon
turn away when I’m full. • Take food from a spoon ingredient foods and am good use. and I am ready for
• Take food from a spoon and swallow. ready for more variety. textured foods.
and learn to swallow.

• Most of your baby’s • Solid foods are becom- • Beech-Nut Lets Grow!™
• Beech-Nut Rice Cereal. • Breast milk or formula nutrition will still come ing a larger part of your Mini Meals™ are conve-
• Mix 4-5 tbsp. of breast is still your baby’s main from breast milk or baby’s diet, though nient, microwaveable
milk or formula with meal. formula. breast milk or formula is and an excellent source
1 tbsp. of rice cereal. • If your baby has tried • Beech-Nut DHA PLUS™ still providing about half of protein.
single-grain cereals, you supports brain & eye of your baby’s nutrition. • Keep mealtimes fun!
• Warm it up – but not
too warm! can try Stage 1 foods, development and diges- • Your baby is growing • Now is a perfect time to
one at a time, for three tive health. Also available and so is his appetite. try Beech-Nut’s whole-
to five days, to check are Beech-Nut Good Add Stage 3 foods to some foods like 7 Grain
for allergies. Morning™ with soluble your baby’s favorite Nibbles™, Wakey
fiber and Good Evening™ iron-fortified cereals, Flakes™, Tummy Trays™
with whey protein. Stage 1 & Stage 2 foods. and Yogurt Nibbles™.

• Introduce one new food • Your baby should be fed • Don’t worry if your baby • With a little help, your • Be sure table food is soft
at a time (over three to only when sitting up. refuses to eat. If your baby might start drinking and cut into small pieces,
five days) to check for • Start with a small baby is fussy or turns from a cup now. A plas- less than 1/2 inch. Cut
food allergies. amount and increase away, try again later. tic sippy cup with grapes and hot dogs
• Beech-Nut Rice Cereal is gradually. Even a tea- handles is a great choice. lengthwise. Cook carrots
easy for babies to digest. spoonful is enough for until they’re soft and
Beech-Nut cereals are some beginners. avoid nuts.
soy free with the exception
of DHA PLUS™cereals.

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Welcome Feeding Do’s and Dont’s

Entertaining Mealtimes
Even though your baby doesn’t talk yet, your baby may be telling you something. DO keep a sense of humor. Early feedings can be unproductive, frustrating, messy and
These helpful do’s and don’ts will help make feeding time as easy as possible for both frequently hilarious.
you and your baby. DON’T season baby food that you buy (or make). Babies don’t need added salt or
DO remember that breast milk or formula is still your baby’s main source of nutrition
for the full first year. DO become a label reader. Check the ingredient list, storage and serving instructions.

DON’T put your baby to bed with a bottle. This can promote “bottle caries,” a form DON’T start your baby on solids earlier than about 4 months (unless your health
of tooth decay. care professional tells you otherwise); your baby may not be ready for them.

DO make sure your baby is hungry, but not starving when beginning to feed solid DO call us at 1-800-BEECH-NUT (1-800-233-2468) if you have any questions. We
foods. A small “appetizer” of breast milk or formula before feeding is recommended. are here to help.
Select a time of day that is the least stressful for you and when you have plenty of DON’T serve any food from the microwave without first stirring gently and then
time. If you work outside the home, you can introduce new foods in the evening. testing the temperature to make sure it is warm, not hot. Never microwave Stage 1®
Remember, feeding babies takes patience! Meats, because the food may overheat and splatter, causing burns.
DON’T feed your baby directly from a jar. This can encourage bacteria growth. Your
baby’s saliva can make the food watery.

DO learn to read your baby’s signals. Feed your baby when you see these cues: your
baby eagerly swallows every bite, follows the spoon with her eyes and becomes
impatient if you’re not fast enough!

DON’T continue feeding your baby if you see these cues: she turns her head away,
refuses to open her mouth or cries when you try feeding.

DO wait three to five days to add each new food to your baby’s diet. This is so you
can detect any allergic reaction your baby might have to a certain food.

DON’T feed cereals or other solid foods through a bottle, unless your health care
professional directs you to do so. Cereal in the bottle may cause your baby to gag
or choke.

DO be patient with yourself and your baby. Remember that tomorrow is always
another day.
DON’T feed your baby in a reclining position because of the danger of gagging
or choking.

Buying, Storing & Preparing Baby Food

How you select and prepare the food is as important as what you feed your baby. Preparing: Listen for a “whoosh,” “click” or “pop” when you open a jar, and watch
From the store shelves to your baby’s dinner dish, here are the basics on baby food the lid to make sure the center pops up. If you don’t hear those sounds or the lid
before you serve it. doesn’t pop up, do not use the jar and call us at 1-800-BEECH-NUT
Buying: Always check the “Use By” date on Glass is Do Not
the top of the baby food container. For where it’s at! Serve fruits and desserts from the refrigerator
jars, make sure the vacuum seal button Beech-Nut® was the first baby food or at room temperature. Most babies prefer
on the lid is down. If it is popped up, sold in glass. Why? Glass enhances the meats, vegetables and dinners slightly warmed Beech-Nut® Stage 1®
safety of food, retains the vitamins and Meats because the food
give it to the store manager and choose (but only very slightly). Remember, your baby’s
flavors and provides a longer shelf life can overheat, explode and
another jar. On cereal containers, check perfect food – breast milk – is body tempera- splatter, causing burns.
than most plastic packaging. And every
the safety seal. If broken, give to a store ture. Warming is all that is necessary.
one of our glass jars passes a package
manager and get another container. For integrity test to ensure that the
juice and yogurt drinks, check the safety Warm only as much food as you can expect your baby to eat.
cap is properly sealed for
seal on the cap; if the safety seal is broken your protection. And, don’t feed from the jar because it encourages the growth of bacteria and
give it to the store manager and chose another because enzymes from saliva makes the food too thin.
bottle. If you discover problems with the packages after
you are at home, do not use them. Call the Beech-Nut Helpline at
1-800-BEECH-NUT (1-800-233-2468).

Storing: Read labels for storage directions after opening. In general, you can store Conventional Warming Method
unopened jars and cereal containers in your cupboard at room temperature. Once Gently spoon out a portion into a small saucepan or electric feeding dish.
a jar is opened, refrigerate the unused portion immediately. Once cereal is opened, Heat on low until warm. Check often to avoid overheating and don’t forget
store it in a cool, dry place. It will stay fresh for one month. Don’t put instant cereal to stir thoroughly and test the temperature before serving it to your baby.
in the refrigerator as it may become lumpy. Beech-Nut does not recommend freez-
Microwave Warming Method
ing commercial baby foods as they can become thick and inedible. Check our chart
below for specifics. Less than a full jar Full jar
• Transfer the portion to be fed to a • Remove lid from jar.
Jars: Jars: Jars: Juice Juice microwave-safe dish.
Cereal Meats Single Serving Large Bottle • Warm entire contents at 50%
Fruits Veggies
• Warm at 50% power for 5 to 10 power for the time recommended
cool, dry cool, dry cool, dry cool, dry cool, dry cool, dry seconds.
place place place place place place on the jar.
• Stir food gently to eliminate “hot
spots.” Then, test the temperature • Stir food gently to eliminate any
cool, dry refrigerate refrigerate refrigerate refrigerate refrigerate
Opened place to make sure it’s warm, not hot. “hot spots.”
• Refrigerate the remaining food in • Test temperature. Remember, the
How Long? 1 month 3 days 2 days 2 days 3 days 1 week the jar. food should be warm, not hot.

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Starting Solid Foods

Starting Solid Foods Is My Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you can begin feeding solid

beginners and older foods when your baby is about 4 to 6 months old. At this age, babies learn to use
their tongue to move food to the back of their mouth and their mouth reflexes are
developed enough to let them swallow solid foods. Since
this is a whole new stage of feeding, you probably
have lots of questions. The information here About
will help you prepare for this exciting time, Food Allergies
but talk to your health care professional If you have a history of allergies in
before you begin. the family, your health care profes-
sional may recommend delaying solids.
This may delay or even avoid allergies.
Introducing Solid Foods If you suspect an allergic reaction,
Feeding solid foods can be a fun and excit- call your health care professional.
ing time for you and your baby – new tastes, For more information on aller-
textures and flavors. But it can also be a stressful gies, see page 23.
(and potentially messy) situation. Here are some
helpful tips to make a smooth transition.

•At first, try solid foods for only one feeding each day. If your baby won’t eat it,
try introducing it again in a few days.

•Choose a time of day that is the least stressful for you, and a time when your
baby is not too hungry. Many parents find mid-morning or mid-afternoon an
ideal time.

I’m Ready for Solid

Foods When I can:
• Sit with your support.
• Hold my head up and turn
my head away when I’m full.
• Take food from a spoon and
learn to swallow.

Single-Grain Cereals

Single-Grain Cereals Start with Cereal

When introducing solid foods, start with single-ingredient foods first to check for
allergies. Most pediatricians recommend starting with a single-grain cereal, like Beech-
beginners and older Nut® Rice Cereal, because it’s easier for babies to digest.

• Start with a small amount and increase gradually. Even a teaspoonful is enough
for some beginners. Begin with a small amount of cereal (1 to 2 tablespoons
of cereal with 4 to 5 tablespoons of breast milk, formula or water) and
gradually increase it.

• Babies usually respond better to the first feedings of cereal if it is thin rather
than thick.

• Put a small amount of warm cereal on the tip of a rubber-coated spoon and
place it in your baby’s mouth.

• Don’t be surprised if at first the food comes right back out of your baby’s
mouth. Your baby has been nursing, and the natural instinct is to use the same
mouth and tongue movements, which is what causes some of the food to be
pushed out of his or her mouth. Starting solid foods helps your baby transition
from a totally liquid diet of breast milk or formula so your baby may not
swallow much at first.

• As your baby becomes accustomed to eating from a spoon, you may make
the cereal thicker and increase the amount. And, you can offer two to three
feedings a day.

No More Messy Cereal Boxes:

Beech-Nut® cereals are unique versus any other cereal available because
of the innovative packaging design – the Easy Pour™ container. The Easy
Pour container design has an easy pour spout with a twist off cap, allow-
ing for easy opening, pouring, closing, and storing – a great and simple
way to use and store your infant’s cereal!

Beech-Nut Stage 1®

Take Baby Steps with New Foods

Stage 1 ® Once your baby has tried a single-grain cereal, and when you’re both ready, you can
introduce your baby to single-ingredient foods like any Beech-Nut® Stage 1® jarred
baby food.

When to Give Your Baby More

As your baby grows, so will her appetite and No Bottles
needs. Your baby will let you know how in Bed!
Single-Ingredient Foods much she needs to eat. It will probably be
Giving your baby a bottle in bed
different from day to day.
beginners and older is not recommended because it
can lead to tooth decay, a condition
After you’ve fed your baby a variety of known as “bottle caries” syndrome.
Beech-Nut Stage 1 single-ingredient foods Babies without teeth easily develop
and checked for allergies (introduce one a habit of going to sleep with a
new food at a time over a course of three bottle in their mouths, and
decay begins with their
to five days), she may be ready for more vari-
first set of teeth.
ety. Start to introduce simple combination foods
like Beech-Nut® Stage 2® Apples & Blueberries.

For tips on buying, storing and preparing baby food, see pages 13 and 14.

For a complete list of our varieties,

please reference page 53.

Helpful Hints

True or False?
“Feeding solids early in the evening helps your baby sleep through the night.”
There is no scientific data to support this belief; babies fed solids early do not sleep
through the night any sooner than babies not fed early. The American Academy of

Track your baby’s feeding progress with this chart that you can keep on your refrigerator.
Pediatrics recommends that parents not feed solids before about 4 months of age.

Smart Moms Know

Do not feed your baby directly from the jar. The bacteria from your baby’s saliva will
make the food deteriorate.

Food allergy reactions vary greatly. Symptoms include difficulty in breathing, constipa-
tion, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, coughing, runny nose and watery eyes. If you see

anything unusual when you add a new food, stop feeding that particular food and
share the information with your doctor.
For more information, visit or call 1-800-BEECH-NUT (1-800-233-2468).

is a registered trademark of Chiquita Brands, L.L.C.

Beech-Nut Stage 1®
The Truth About Food Allergies
Introducing your baby to one new food for three to five days at a time is a good way to
check for allergic reactions. That’s why Beech-Nut® Stage 1® foods are single-ingredient How Hungry is My Baby?
foods. Also, all of our cereals are soy-free (with the exception of DHA PLUS™ cereals) Every baby is different. Yours will let you know how much she needs to eat and
as soy is a common allergen. what she likes or doesn’t. She’ll also eat different amounts on different days. Create
your own menus, like this sample — after you test for food allergies.

The foods that most commonly cause allergies in babies are:

Beech-Nut® Stage 1® Suggested Menu
• Gluten – a protein found in some cereal such as wheat –
is responsible for a serious intestinal disorder called (approximate amounts per day)
“celiac disorder.” Doctors may recommend waiting
until your baby is eight months old before trying Breast milk or formula - 24 to 32 ounces in six to eight feedings,
cereals or foods with wheat. fed with meals or in between
• Citrus products, like orange juice and lemon juice prepared cereal (1/4 cup)
• Eggs (Egg yolks are typically introduced at 6 to 10 fruit (1-1/2 to 2-1/2 ounces)
months of age as a good source of protein. While meat (1 to 1-1/2 ounces)
some babies can be allergic to egg whites, Mid-Day
vegetable (1-1/2 to 2-1/2 ounces)
most can eat egg yolks.)
• Milk and other dairy products Evening prepared cereal (1/4 cup)
• Peanuts
• Soy products

Raspberries, cranberries and blueberries have low allergic potential and are rarely the cause
of allergies. Fresh strawberries can sometimes cause food reactions in babies. Cooked
strawberries, on the other hand, usually do not. That’s because heat pasteurization destroys
the substance responsible for reactions. So, Beech-Nut includes strawberries in our Stage
2® combination foods. Babies are usually ready for Stage 2 at about 6 months.

Some potentially high-allergen foods usually not fed to babies are fish, shellfish, peanuts and
tree nuts. Any food can cause an allergy. Check with your health care professional if your
baby shows any sign of an allergic reaction. But remember, starting with Beech-Nut Stage 1
foods is a convenient and healthful way to check for any food allergies your baby may have.

What Does an Allergic Reaction Look Like?

Food allergy reactions vary greatly. Symptoms can include difficulty in breathing, constipa-
tion, bloating, gassiness, diarrhea, vomiting, unusual daytime crankiness, skin rash, coughing,
runny nose or watery eyes. If you see anything unusual in your baby when you add a new
food, call your health care professional immediately. Introducing just one new food every
three to five days can help you detect a food that triggers an allergic reaction.
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Beech-Nut Stage 2®

Stage 2
Introducing Variety
® Are you noticing lots of changes in your baby’s hunger and feeding patterns? Now
that your baby is eating single-ingredient foods regularly, he or she probably wants
more. You can add combination foods to your baby’s diet for extra variety and
flavor after you have checked the ingredient list. If your baby has been sensitive to
any single food and it is part of a combination food, avoid this combination for now.
Introduce only one new ingredient at a time and wait three to five days to check for

Introducing Variety allergies. For more information on allergies, see page 23.

from about 6 months True or False?

“If a baby makes a funny face, it means she doesn’t like the food.” False.
Your baby will need time to adjust to a new taste. Use the new food for
your baby’s first bite of solids each day for a few days. The first day your
baby may make a face and spit the food out. The second day your
baby will usually swallow the first bite but may refuse the
second. But if you continue this pattern, your baby will
probably develop a taste for new foods – even strong-
tasting vegetables.

I’m Ready for Combination
Foods When I am About
6 months and Can:
• Sit well without support.
• Keep my head erect while sitting.
• Eat a wide variety of single-
ingredient foods.
• Eat solid foods about three
times a day.
For a complete list of our varieties,
please reference page 54.

Combination Foods
Welcome Beech-Nut Stage 2®

Tips on Introducing Combination Foods Is it Time for a Cup?

• Check the ingredients. If your baby was sensitive to any single food, make sure With a little help, your baby can start drinking from a cup as early as 6 months.
it’s not a part of any combination foods. Introduce only one new ingredient at Drinking from a cup can help wean your baby from the breast or bottle later on. A
a time, waiting three to five days before introducing any other new foods to cup also makes it easier to give your baby a drink when a bottle or the breast isn’t
check for allergies. convenient or available. Wait until your baby can sit
up unsupported. Look for a baby cup that is
• Keep single foods in your baby’s diet. For example, offer your baby a favorite
single-grain cereal from time to time for variety. spill-proof and has a spout. Be sure to keep a Honey &
“dribble” bib handy—drinking from a cup Corn Syrup -
• Feed your baby breast milk or formula at each mealtime. It’s a vital part of your the first few times can be messy! No No’s for Babies
baby’s diet for the first 12 months of age.
Honey can be harmful in your baby’s
first year because it may contain
New Varieties and Flavors spores that can cause botulism in ba-
Most of your baby’s nutrition will still come from breast milk or formula, but you can bies. Corn syrup may also contain
add Beech-Nut® Stage 2® single-ingredient and simple-combination foods for greater these spores. Besides, they are
flavor and variety in his or her diet. You can also still feed your baby Beech-Nut® empty calories your baby
Stage 1® foods. doesn’t need.

In addition, you can also try Beech-Nut DHA PLUS™ products. This nutrient, also
found naturally in breast milk, supports your baby’s mental and visual development.
Our products with DHA come in delicious flavors like Apple Delight and Pasta
Vegetable Medley. Read the labels, and introduce it gradually. Beech-Nut uses an
all-natural source of DHA.
Beech-Nut® Stage 2® Suggested Menu (approximate amounts per day)
Stick to Your Routine
Breast milk or formula – 24 to 32 ounces in five to six feedings,
fed with meals or in between
At this point, do exactly as you have been doing. You may be feeding
new varieties and flavors, but you can still keep feeding your baby’s prepared cereal (1/2 cup), such as Beech-Nut® Good Morning™
Morning cereal or Beech-Nut® DHA PLUS™ cereal
favorite foods from Beech-Nut® Stage 1®. Don’t worry if your baby fruit (2 ounces)
refuses to eat, is fussy or turns away. Try again later. meat (1 to 1-1/2 ounces)
Mid-Day vegetable (2 to 4 ounces)
fruit (2 ounces)

Mid-Afternoon fruit (2 ounces)

dinner (4 ounces), such as Beech-Nut® Good Evening™ cereal or

Evening other food
fruit (2 ounces)

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Beech-Nut Stage 3®

Stage 3
Taste & Texture? More Taste, More Texture?
® They grow up so fast, don’t they? Your baby may have teeth by now. You may keep
adding new foods with more complex tastes to your baby’s diet.

Although your baby may want more “grown-up” foods, be sure to balance your
baby’s diet with Beech-Nut® Stage 3® foods. Beech-Nut offers a variety of flavors
to introduce your baby to new taste combinations with increased natural texture of
More Taste, More Texture ingredients. And with 6 oz. of food per jar, Beech-Nut Stage 3 foods are just the right
size for your growing baby.
from about 8 months
At this point, your baby’s most important nutritional need is still iron. Try iron-fortified
Beech-Nut Stage 3 foods like Oatmeal & Pears with Cinnamon, and Rice Cereal &
Pears. You can also keep feeding your baby iron-fortified Beech-Nut single ingredient
and combination cereals.

Can My Baby Drink “Regular” Milk? Not Yet!

Cow’s milk is not recommended during your baby’s first 12 months
because cow’s milk doesn’t have enough iron to meet your baby’s
needs. It also contains too much sodium and protein for this stage and
may interfere with your baby’s iron absorption. Talk to your health care
professional before giving your baby cow’s milk.

I’m Ready for Complex Tastes When I:
• Can pull up from sitting to standing position.
• Walk by holding on to furniture.
• Want to feed myself with fingers.
• Mash food well with my gums or teeth.
• Enjoy a variety of tastes and textures.
For a complete list of our varieties,
please reference page 55.

Welcome Beech-Nut Stage 3®

Blend Mealtime and Playtime Brush that Tooth!

Mealtime is no longer just a time for eating; it’s also a chance for social interaction. Relax The American Dental Association suggests wiping your baby’s gums with a gauze pad af-
and enjoy your baby’s food exploration. ter every feeding. Then when your baby’s teeth begin to appear, at about 7 to 9 months,
you can brush them with a soft toothbrush without toothpaste.
Your baby is probably trying to feed himself with a spoon now, often without much suc-
cess. You can help your baby learn by letting him hold on to the spoon while feeding. Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle. This practice leads to tooth decay, a condition
known as “bottle caries” syndrome. Babies without teeth easily develop a habit of going
You can start introducing foods with new textures such as oatmeal, noodles and peas. to sleep with a bottle in their mouth, and decay can begin with their first set of teeth.
Your baby will also like chewing on hard but dissolvable foods while teething.
Fluoride: A Big Deal for Little Teeth
Start Good Eating Habits Early Babies need fluoride to help their teeth develop the way they should, even before
teeth are visible. Most brands of bottled water do not contain fluoride. But Beech-
Your baby is your best guide as to how much to feed. But, the quality of
Nut® Spring Water with Added Fluoride does contain an appropriate level of added
the food is still up to you. The eating habits you help develop now lay
fluoride. It’s natural spring water, with fluoride added to meet your baby’s needs. Talk
the groundwork for a lifetime. You can encourage a love for wholesome in-
to your baby’s health care professional about fluoride supplements if you live in an
gredients and fresh tastes without added salt, sugar or starches with Beech-
area without fluoridated water or if you don’t use fluoridated baby water. Do not use
Nut jarred baby foods.
fluoride drops if you are using Beech-Nut Spring Water with Added Fluoride.
Choking Hazards Have You Noticed a Yellow Tinge to Your Baby’s Skin?
Your baby can potentially choke on any object that is more than a half-inch in diameter.
This may be a harmless condition known as carotenemia, but check with your health
Never give your baby popcorn, hot dogs, whole grapes or seeded fruit, such as cherries.
care professional. Babies can turn yellow with as little as 2 tablespoons of pureed
And of course, never give your baby any nuts or seeds. Peanuts or peanut butter could
carrots every day for five to seven weeks. The color will subside if you stop feeding
cause a severe allergic reaction.
carotene-rich foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and peaches for a couple of days.

Beech-Nut® Stage 3® Suggested Menu (approximate amounts per day)

Breast milk or formula – 20 to 24 ounces in four feedings,

with meals or in between
prepared cereal (1/2 cup), such as Beech-Nut® Good
Morning Morning™ cereal or Beech-Nut® DHA PLUS™ cereal.
fruit (6 ounces)
meat (2-1/2 ounces)
Mid-Day vegetable (4 to 6 ounces)
fruit (4 to 6 ounces)
Mid-Afternoon fruit (4 ounces)
dinner (6 ounces), such as Beech-Nut® Good Evening™
two inches Evening Cereal or other food
one inch fruit (4 to 6 ounces)
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Beech-Nut® Homestyle

HOMESTYLE Homemade Quality

Beech-Nut® Homestyle baby foods are specially prepared like you would make them
at home. We gently handle every food and prepare them in small batches creating

More Taste, More Texture homemade taste and texture without the extra time or mess in your kitchen!

from about 8 months Homestyle fruit varieties include: Pears & Blueberries;
Apples, Cherries & Plums; Cinnamon Raisins & Pears Age
and Peaches, Apples & Bananas. Appropriate
Differentiated Product Attributes Beech-Nut Homestyle
• Texture: Natural texture of ingredients. baby food is available in
• Visual Cues: Natural characteristics of ingredients. Stage 3, 6-oz. Glass Jars
• Taste: Natural goodness of fresh fruits. for babies from about
8 months.
Beech-Nut® Advancing Nutrition™
• Excellent source of Vitamin C.
• 5-7 grams of fiber per serving.
• All natural plus vitamins.

For a complete list of our varieties,

please reference page 55.

Welcome Beech-Nut® DHA PLUS™


Leading-Edge Nutrition Introducing Beech-Nut® DHA PLUS™

DHA (docosahexanoic acid) is a fatty acid found naturally in breast milk and DHA-
enhanced formula that aids in the development of an infant’s brain, eyes and nervous
system. This is your baby’s main source of DHA during this time.

That’s why Beech-Nut® has developed DHA PLUS™ baby foods – a true advance in
infant nutrition. Now you can make sure your baby is getting the right levels of DHA
as she transitions from breast milk to table food. DHA continues to support your ba-
by’s brain and eye development. And added prebiotics, which are a natural source of
soluble fiber, support your baby’s digestive heath by promoting the growth of “good”
bacteria. We use an all-natural vegetable source of DHA. Our DHA source is Life’s
DHA, the same DHA used in 100% of fortified baby formula. Once you introduce
single ingredient Rice Cereal and your baby shows no food allergies, you may want to
try DHA PLUS Rice Cereal. Read the labels and introduce it gradually.

For more information on DHA PLUS™ and how it benefits your baby, visit our web-
site at and select “Leading-Edge Nutrition”

For a complete list of our varieties,

please reference pages 53-56.

Good Morning
Welcome Good Evening

A Nutritious Breakfast is Essential Nutrition that Lasts Through the Night

Babies grow and learn fast, so a good breakfast is important. Giving your baby a solid Children grow most when they are resting. Growing requires sustained energy.
nutritional start to the day is associated with better attention span, concentration, Slowly digested and absorbed carbohydrates like peas, lentils, oats and barley are a
word recall and memory – all essential to good learning. good source of energy that will last from dinner to breakfast.

The Right Balance of Nutrients Good for Digestive Health

A good breakfast should have a healthy balance of carbohydrates from whole grains, A good dinner has ingredients that are comforting and easy on your baby’s digestive
proteins, vitamins and minerals. It should provide for a slow and steady release of system. It should also have enough easily digestible protein to satisfy your baby.
energy to help keep your baby satisfied, alert and happy.
High-Quality Protein for Healthy Growth
Energy to Explore Babies need protein to build muscles and to maintain their immune systems. While
Babies need plenty of energy to explore and learn. Simple carbohydrates, like sugar breast milk and formula are excellent sources of highly digestible protein, Beech-Nut®
and refined flours, give your baby a rush of energy that quickly disappears. But Good Evening™ products also contain high quality protein.
complex carbohydrates, like oats and oat bran, are a good source of soluble fiber and
provide a steady supply of energy over time. Beech-Nut® Good Morning™ products
have 1 gram of soluble fiber per serving, for nutrition that lasts all morning long.

Beech-Nut ™

When Curiosity is King

Your little explorer is ready for more substantial meals. Toddlers, 1 – 3 years old, will
consume about 40 calories for each inch of their height each day.

After about 12 months, your toddler’s appetite may drop suddenly. It may seem as if
your toddler should eat more because he seems more active, but his growth rate has
slowed, and he really doesn’t require as much food now. Toddlers have small stomachs
so three meals and two snacks each day is about right. Of course, your toddler may
want to eat a lot one day and almost nothing the next. As long as you’re providing
well-balanced meals on a regular schedule and your toddler is eating
them most of the time, you should be fine.

Let’s Grow!™ – No Junk Promise™

The No Junk Promise™ is a promise to mom. Let’s Grow! snacks and cereal
products are built upon a No Junk Promise where Beech-Nut has taken out
what moms don’t want in food and has left in the good things they do want.

The No Junk Promise™ is not suggesting that any other brand or

product has “junk” or has no nutritional value. The No Junk Promise
arms mom with facts that allow you to easily compare Beech Nut®
Let’s Grow!™ ingredient lists with any other product.

Let’s Grow!™ – Beech-Nut Promise™

Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow!™ Meal products are built upon a Beech-Nut
Promise™ where Beech-Nut has taken out what moms don’t want in
food and has left in all of the good things they do want. Beech-Nut® Let’s
Grow!™ Mini Meals™ and Tummy Trays™ are nutritious, convenient and
taste great! The Beech-Nut Promise™ makes it easy for mom to compare
and choose the best options for her toddler.

• No artificial colors, flavors, MSG or preservatives

• All-natural ingredients, plus vitamins and minerals, without
unnecessary salt, added refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup
or trans fats
• Good source of vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development

Welcome Beech-Nut ™

Sometimes Less is More Safe and Nutritious Options

When feeding table food, be sure it is soft and cut into Now that your little one is eating table food, make sure you’re always there at meal-
small pieces, less than half an inch. Beech-Nut® Mini What times. It may be tempting to let your toddler be more autonomous, but eating still
Meals™ and Tummy Trays™ meats and vegetables about vitamin requires adult supervision.
are cut to just the right size. supplements?
Generally, toddlers don’t need sup- Anything you serve should be soft enough to break down into small pieces, and be eas-
Be sure to watch sodium levels in foods you buy plements. A balanced diet of breast ily gummed, easily swallowed, or simply “melted in the mouth.” Here are some ideas:
for your toddler. Our Let’s Grow!™ tub and tray milk, iron-fortified formula or iron-
fortified cereal, and nutritious foods • Cut up fruit such as soft pears or bananas
meals have less sodium and are less spicy than
like Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow!™ will • Bagels and bread, toasted just a bit
many other canned or microwaveable meals. give your baby the vitamins • Scrambled egg yolks only at 9 to 12 months;
and minerals needed. egg whites not until 12 months of age
Foods that contain the most powerful allergens for
• Bite-size pieces of cheese
toddlers, and are best to avoid for now, include tree nuts,
• Tiny little pieces of cooked chicken
peanuts, fish and shellfish. Remember, choking is a hazard. Cut grapes and hot dogs (no bigger than a pea)
lengthwise. Cook carrots until they’re soft, and avoid nuts altogether. Any of these • Very soft pieces of pasta
food items can slip back in your toddler’s throat and plug his or her windpipe. Never • O-shaped cereals
let your toddler eat while walking or running because of the danger of choking.
The rims of the tub meals can be sharp, so don’t let your toddler handle them. Serve
How Much Milk is Good? the food from an age-appropriate dish. Refrigerate unused portion up to two days.
Milk is a good food — in moderation. On its own, milk lacks iron and Vitamin C and
You’ll find more menus and feeding advice on the Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow!™ website
contains about three times as much protein and sodium a toddler needs. So it’s a
good idea to limit your toddler’s intake to three cups (24 ounces) a day.
Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow! Suggested Menu
Finger Foods, Easy to Eat. Easy to Serve. (approximate amounts per day)
What we call finger foods are an easy, nutritious way to serve your little one a snack
or a meal and give your toddler a chance to practice his or her eating skills. Be sure milk (1/2 cup)
Morning fruit juice (1/4 cup) or small pieces of cut up fruit (1-2 tablespoons)
that your toddler is always seated and never leave her unattended, especially since prepared cereal (1/4 cup)
choking can happen so easily at this age. milk (1/2 cup)
diced lunch meat (1 to 2 tablespoons)
Mid-Day Let’s Grow!™ Mini Meals™ Mac & Cheese (1 to 2 tablespoons)
Don’t Give Up Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow!™ 7 Grain Nibbles™ or Yogurt Nibbles™
or Let’s Grow!™ cookies or biscuits (1 – 3 pieces)
Toddlers form preferences very early, including what they will and won’t eat.
Afternoon fruit (4 ounces)
Some toddlers may not accept a new food until they have been served it 10, Snack
15 or even 20 times. Don’t worry if she isn’t interested at first. Keep offering
milk (1/2 cup)
unfamiliar foods along with your toddler’s favorites. Sooner or later she will Evening Let’s Grow!™ microwaveable Mini Meals™ or Let’s Grow!™ microwave-
work the food into her routine. able Tummy Trays™ (4 to 8 tablespoons) or fruit pieces (6-8 pieces)

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Welcome Beech-Nut ™

Wholesome Snacks: Wakey Flakes™ Cereal

Beech-Nut has a variety of wholesome snacks to help your toddler learn to self-feed. • Contains real fruit
Our Yogurt Nibbles™, 7 Grain Nibbles™ and cookies are just the right size and shape • Made with whole grain
for your toddler to pick up. They are made with all-natural ingedients without unneces- • 1 g of soluble fiber per serving
sary salt, refined sugar or trans fats and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. • Supports a healthy digestive system

Toddlers are VIPs – Very Independent People Yogurt Nibbles™

At feeding time, your toddler will probably want to feed herself. Feeding herself finger • Contains real yogurt
foods, using a spoon and drinking from a cup are ways your toddler can establish her • Made with whole grain
independence. She may even refuse to eat table food or throw her food from the high • Contains real fruit
chair. It may not be fun for you, but this behavior is perfectly normal. • Supports bone & teeth development

Cookies & Biscuits

• Made with whole grain • No added refined sugar
• Good source of calcium • Supports bone & teeth development

Mini Meals™
• 7 g Protein
• 45-50% daily value Vitamin A

Tummy Trays™
• 6-8 g Protein
• 30-50% Daily value Vitamin A
• 20-25% Daily value Zinc

7 Grain Nibbles™
• Made with whole grain
• Excellent source of Calcium
• No added refined sugar
• Supports bone & teeth development

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Exploring Beverages

Juice & Water

Does Your Baby Need Extra Water?
Beech-Nut® Spring Water with Added Fluoride can quench your baby’s thirst and
help build strong teeth before you can see them. You may use Beech-Nut water to
prepare cereal and to dilute juice. But, juices and water should not be a substitute for
breast milk or formula. If your baby is not yet eating solid foods, breast milk and prop-
Mild & Natural erly prepared infant formula provide enough water. Ask your health care professional
before giving your baby any extra water in the first 4 months. If your baby has diarrhea
or is vomiting, consult your health care professional before providing any more water.
Do not use fluoride drops if using fluoridated water.

Starting Juices
How Much Juice Should I Give My Baby?
Fruit juices provide calories, Vitamin C, carbohydrates and
essential minerals. At about 6 months, your baby will be
ready for juices. Treat a juice just like a new solid food –
begin with a single-ingredient juice such as Beech-Nut
Apple or White Grape. Dilute 2 ounces of the juice
with 2 ounces of water for three to five days to check
for allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends no more than 4 ounces per day, and
remember, too much juice may cause diarrhea.

A First from Beech-Nut

Beech-Nut® is the first company to introduce infant
beverages with functional benefits. Good Morning™
Chiquita® Banana Juice with Yogurt is high in soluble fiber and helps maintain
digestive health. Good Evening™ Veggie Delight drink contains high quality
protein. DHA PLUS™ Mixed Berry and Tropical Fruit Yogurt Blends support
brain, eye, and nervous system development, maintain digestive health and
For a complete list of our varieties, allow for increased calcium absorption.

please reference page 56.

Welcome Buying & Making Baby Food

Buying & Making Baby Food Natural vs. Organic Food

At Beech-Nut®, we start with simple, wholesome ingredients and fortify them with If you’re confused about “Natural” and “Organic” labels, here is the difference between
vitamins and minerals. We use tree-ripened peaches for their natural sweetness. We the two:
use wild blueberries because, well, they taste better. You’ll find that we don’t use Natural
unnecessary additives like salt, refined sugar, modified starch or harsh spices. And our “Natural” is described as “existing in nature” or “not artificial.” “Natural” also
pesticide standards are significantly stricter than the federal requirements for fresh describes our philosophy about making baby foods: use basic, wholesome foods
produce. We do this to ensure our baby food is not only nutritious, but also delicious. and no unnecessary additives like sugar, modified starch, salt or harsh spices.

Here are a few tips about homemade baby food: Organic
• Choose foods that are bland and easy to digest. “Organic” refers to a farming technique that doesn’t use synthetic fertilizers or
• Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before preparing homemade baby food. pesticides on land and crops. Our pesticide standards are significantly more strict
• Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove dirt, wax and pesticide than federal requirements.
residues. Produce purchased at a market may contain pesticides. Even We at Beech-Nut care about your baby’s health. Beech-Nut baby food is a natural,
“organic” fruits and veggies are sometimes grown with chemical pesticides like nutritious supplement to your baby’s diet of formula or breast milk.
sulfur, copper sulfate, pyrethrum and other botanical pesticides.
• Be sure to peel fruits and vegetables; cook thoroughly to destroy any bacteria. Pure and Simple. Beech-Nut® Baby Foods.
• Cook in very little water, so you don’t lose important vitamins and minerals. At Beech-Nut, we make baby foods using basic, wholesome foods. We pick high-qual-
• Don’t cook in copper pots (it destroys Vitamin C). ity fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats and don’t use unnecessary additives. We believe
• There’s no need to add salt or spices to your baby’s food. your baby doesn’t need added refined sugar, modified starch, salt or harsh spices. For
• Homemade baby food may be stored in the freezer. over 75 years, we’ve been making our baby food nutritious and delicious. It reflects our
• Don’t leave homemade food out at room temperature for more than a philosophy of making baby food with natural ingredients, plus the vitamins and minerals
few minutes. your baby needs.
• As with jarred foods, introduce your baby to homemade, single-ingredient
As part of our commitment to giving babies a healthy start in life, we’ve taken a
foods starting one at a time, for three to five days each, to check for allergies.
leadership role in keeping pesticide residues to an absolute minimum. Our pesticide
• If you are going to make your own baby food, don’t include carrots, spinach,
standards are significantly stricter than the federal requirements. In fact, levels in our
beets, turnips and collard greens. In many places these vegetables may contain
baby foods are negligible to non-detectable, making our products comparable to those
too much nitrate, which could make your baby sick. The vegetables used in
containing organically grown fruits and vegetables.
prepared baby food do not contain high levels of nitrates.

You may ask, Is jarred baby food as good for my baby
as food I’d make myself?
Absolutely! Many parents like the idea of making their own baby food. But
often time is an issue, so prepared baby food becomes the answer.

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Welcome Beech-Nut Value Packs

New! Beech-Nut® Value Packs Beech-Nut® Stage 3® Tasty Textures

12 Pack
As part of Beech-Nut® Advancing Nutrition, we know that nutrition and value are
• Oatmeal & Pears with Cinnamon
important to mom. Our new value packs are offered in a specially selected variety of
• Cinnamon Raisin Granola
Stage 1®, Stage 2®, and Stage 3® Beech-Nut fruits, vegetables and meals to fit with • Apples & Bananas
the developmental needs of your child. Value packs contain a feeding guide and valu- • Sweet Potatoes
able coupons as well as hand slots for ease in handling. Beech-Nut value packs make • Rice Cereal & Pears
purchasing baby food easy and are offered at a price value to single jars. • Bananas

Beech-Nut® Stage 1® First Solids Beech-Nut® Stage 3® Tasty Textures

18 Pack 18 Pack
• Bananas • Oatmeal & Pears with Cinnamon
• Applesauce • Cinnamon Raisin Granola
• Pears • Apples & Bananas
• Tender Golden Sweet Potatoes • Sweet Potatoes
• Tender Sweet Carrots • Tender Chicken & Stars
• Tender Young Green Beans • Turkey Rice Dinner

Beech-Nut® Stage 2® Yummy Fruits

18 Pack Beech-Nut® Let’s Grow!™ Mini Meals™
8 Pack
• Bananas
• Applesauce • Spaghetti Rings with Meat Sauce
• Pears & Raspberries • Chicken & Stars
• Apples & Cherries • Mac & Cheese

Beech-Nut® Stage 2® Yummy Veggies

18 Pack
• Tender Golden Sweet Potatoes
• Butternut Squash
• Tender Sweet Carrots
• Country Garden Vegetables

Beech-Nut® Stage 2® Yummy Meals

18 Pack
• Turkey Rice Dinner
• Chicken & Rice Dinner
• Sweet Potatoes & Chicken
• Macaroni & Beef with Vegetables
Welcome Feeding & Nutrition Guidelines

1. Breast milk is the main part of your baby’s diet. If you’re not breastfeeding, feed your 5. Your baby needs to eat enough to grow at a normal rate. Avoid foods low in fat
little one iron-fortified formula, recommended by your health care professional. or high in fiber.
Breast milk supplies almost all the nutrition your baby needs for the first 6 months and Your baby needs to get enough food energy to grow properly. The best way to be
should be the foundation of your baby’s diet for the first full year. Because it contains sure your little one is developing on track is to check the growth chart that your
important nutrients, continue giving your baby breast milk or iron-fortified formula baby’s health care professional uses to record your baby’s length and weight at each
even after she starts on solid foods. visit. Babies need fat for normal growth, so avoid “low-fat” foods like skim milk, low-
fat milk or low-fat yogurt. Babies also have small stomachs, so avoid foods that can fill
2. Do not use water or juice as substitutes for breast milk or infant formula. your baby up but not provide the calories your baby needs.
Breast milk or iron-fortified formula will provide enough water if your baby is not yet
eating solid foods. Ask your baby’s health care professional before giving any extra wa- 6. Choose baby foods with no added sugar, and do not add sugar to your baby’s
ter. Use water to prepare concentrated liquid or powdered infant formula according food.
to the mixing instructions on the infant formula can. Once your baby starts eating solid Avoid foods with added sugar – it’s an unnecessary additive and supplies “empty
foods, you can use water to prepare infant cereal or to dilute juice for initial feedings. calories.” Empty calories provide none of the protein, vitamins, minerals and other
Do not give juice or water if your baby has diarrhea or is vomiting. Fruit juice provides essential nutrients that “whole foods” can provide. Also, the extra sweetness of
calories, Vitamin C and a few essential minerals, but no protein, no fat and not enough added sugars can encourage your baby to develop a taste for sweetened foods and
of other essential nutrients. Limit juice to one 4-ounce serving a day. eat more of them than are needed, and to be less willing to eat “natural” foods like
vegetables and fruits that aren’t overly sweet.
3. Start solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age.
Learning to eat solids is a major milestone in your baby’s development. Starting too 7. Choose baby foods with no added salt, and do not add salt to your baby’s food.
early, before your baby is old enough to be able to swallow pureed foods, can make Again, check the ingredient list on food labels.
both you and your baby frustrated; starting later than 6 months can make it more dif- Breast milk, infant formula and other foods that you feed your baby contain all the
ficult to teach your baby to eat solids. Check with your baby’s health care professional natural sodium your baby needs; there is no need to add more sodium or salt to your
about the proper time for your baby to start solid foods. baby’s diet. Whether you purchase commercial baby foods or prepare foods for your
baby at home, avoid added salt.
4. Introduce your baby gradually to a wide variety of grains (cereals), vegetables, fruits
and protein-rich foods such as meats. Read the ingredient list on food labels and The Beech-Nut Dietary Guidelines
choose foods with no added sugars, salt or starch fillers. Beech-Nut created these dietary guidelines for babies based on recommendations
“Baby foods” are supposed to slowly introduce your baby to the tastes and textures of and statements of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, the
the wide variety of foods your family eats. Rice cereal fortified with iron and vitamins is U.S. Surgeon General, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S.D.A. Food
usually the first solid food to try. Always start with single-ingredient foods and juices to and Nutrition Service and the Centers for Disease Control.
detect allergies. To teach your baby to enjoy the true taste of vegetables, fruits, grains
(cereals) and meats, choose “whole” foods that have no added sugar, starches or salt,
and are not thickened with starchy fillers such as corn or tapioca starch.

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Welcome A Complete List of Beech-Nut® Products

At Beech-Nut®, our goal is simple – to make pure and simple baby food. We do STAGE 2® - 4 OZ Good Morning™ Country Breakfast
things the same way you would if you made your own baby food. We take care to use Apples & Bananas Good Morning™ Creamy Wheat
high-quality, all-natural ingredients plus vitamins and minerals and nothing else. Apples & Blueberries U with Peaches
Apples & Cherries Good Morning™ Mixed Fruit Yogurt U
Beech-Nut offers a wide variety of Kosher products, bakery items, snacks and bever-
Apples & Chicken Good Morning™ Muesli with Yogurt
ages for infants and toddlers.
Apples, Mango & Kiwi & Raisins
Apples, Pears & Bananas Good Morning™ Peaches, Oatmeal
Applesauce U & Bananas
U = Kosher U D = Kosher Dairy
Apricots with Pears & Apples U Guava
Banana Apple Yogurt Homestyle Chicken Soup
EASY POUR DRY CEREALS Good Evening™ Brown Rice U
Butternut Squash U Macaroni & Beef with Vegetables
Barley Cereal U 5-Grain Puffs Cereal 4oz U Carrots & Peas Mango
Oatmeal Cereal U Chicken Noodle Dinner Mixed Cereal & Apples
Rice Cereal U 16 OZ CEREALS Chicken & Rice Dinner Mixed Vegetables
Multigrain Cereal U Oatmeal Cereal U Bananas U Oatmeal & Apples U
DHA PLUS™ Brown Rice with Bananas Rice Cereal U Bananas & Strawberries Papaya
& Raspberries 7oz U Corn & Sweet Potatoes Peaches
DHA PLUS™ Whole Grain Multi Grain Country Garden Vegetables U Peaches & Bananas
with Apples & Yogurt U DHA PLUS™ Apple Delight Pears U
DHA PLUS™ Rice 7oz U DHA PLUS™ Apples with Pomegranate Juice Pears & Pineapple
Good Morning™ Muesli with Apples U DHA PLUS™ Banana Supreme Pears & Raspberries
Good Morning™ Oatmeal & Mixed Fruit U DHA PLUS™ Butternut Squash with Corn Pineapple Glazed Ham
Good Evening™ Whole Wheat with Raisins U
DHA PLUS™ Macaroni & Cheese Plums with Apples & Pears U
DHA PLUS™ Pasta Vegetable Medley Rice Cereal & Apples with Cinnamon
STAGE 1® - 2.5 OZ Tender Young Green Beans DHA PLUS™ Sweet Potatoes Sweet Corn Casserole U
Applesauce U Beef & Beef Broth Good Evening™ Creamy Chicken Sweet Potatoes & Apples
Butternut Squash U Chicken & Chicken Broth Noodle Dinner Sweet Potatoes & Chicken
Bananas U Turkey & Turkey Broth Good Evening™ Ham, Pineapple & Rice Tender Golden Sweet Potatoes U
Peaches Good Evening™ Hearty Vegetable Stew Tender Sweet Carrots U
Pears U Good Evening™ Sweet Potato & Turkey Tender Sweet Peas U
Tender Golden Sweet Potatoes U
Good Evening™ Turkey Tetrazzini Tender Young Green Beans
Tender Sweet Carrots U Good Evening™ Whole Wheat Pasta in Turkey Rice Dinner
Tender Sweet Peas U Tomato Sauce U Vegetables & Beef
Good Morning™ Cinnamon Raisin Granola U Vegetables & Chicken

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Apples & Bananas Green Beans, Corn & Rice U Apple Juice (4 oz, 32 oz U )
Banana Pudding Homestyle Apples, Cherries & Plums White Grape Juice (4 oz, 32 oz)
Bananas U
Homestyle Cinnamon Raisins & Pears Good Morning™ Banana Juice with Yogurt (6 oz)
Cinnamon Raisin Granola U Homestyle Peaches, Apples & Bananas Good Evening™ Veggie Delight (6 oz)
Country Vegetables & Chicken Homestyle Pears & Blueberries DHA PLUS™ Yogurt Blends with Juice - Mixed Berry (6 oz)
DHA PLUS™ Sweet Potato & Wild Macaroni & Beef Dinner DHA PLUS™ Yogurt Blends with Juice - Tropical Fruit (6 oz)
Alaskan Salmon Macaroni & Cheese
DHA PLUS™ Whole Wheat Pasta Oatmeal & Pears with Cinnamon U WATER (Liter & Gallon Sizes)
Parmesan U Pears U Spring Water with Added Fluoride
DHA PLUS™ Whole Grain Cereal with Rice Cereal & Pears U
Raspberries U Spaghetti & Beef Dinner is a registered trademark of Chiquita Brands, L.L.C.
Good Morning™ Rolled Oats with Apples U Sweet Potatoes U
Good Morning™ Whole Wheat Bran Tender Chicken & Stars
with Raisins Turkey Rice Dinner
Good Evening™ Country Vegetables
with Beef
Good Evening™ Vegetable Turkey Dinner

Let’s Grow!™
Cookies & Biscuits: 7 Grain Nibbles™:
Arrowroot Cookies U Mixed Veggie
Banana Cookies U Sweet Potato
Biter Biscuits U
Tummy Trays™:
Wakey Flakes™: Chicken Vegetable Noodle
Apple Cinnamon Oats Turkey Vegetable
Multigrain with Bananas Vegetable Beef

Mini Meals™: Yogurt Nibbles™:

Chicken & Cheesy Potatoes Berries & Cherries
Chicken & Stars Strawberry Banana
Mac & Cheese Tropical
Spaghetti Rings with Meat Sauce

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Index: A Quick Reference
Welcome Glossary: Definitions in Simple Terms

Allergens 23, 27, 41, 58 introducing a new food Additives: Substances added to food to en- that the carbohydrate is slowly digested and
Allergies 9-10,16,18,23-24,26,27,36,46,47,51 9-10,16,18,20,22,30,34,36,37-38,40 hance flavor (sugar, salt), or texture (modified absorbed, so it is a source of sustained energy.
starch), or color or as a preservative. Health care professional: When you seek well-
signs of 16,22,23 labels 12,13,36,51-52
baby care or advice you may talk with a doctor,
symptoms 22,23 preparing baby food 9,14,51,52 Allergen: Any substance (food, wool, dust, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, a
testing for 9,18,20,22,23,47,51 preparing table food 10,41,42,51,52 pollen) that may cause an allergic reaction in pediatric nurse clinician or other professionals.
an individual.
American Academy of Pediatrics 16,21,52,58 preparing the first solid foods 9,18,51
Iron-fortified: Extra iron added to specific foods
American Dental Association 32 rice cereal 9,18,51,53 American Academy of Pediatrics: Association such as Beech-Nut® cereals to meet nutritional
Bacteria growth 11,14,21,47 safe food preparation 11-12,14,51-52 of pediatricians that sets standards of care for needs for infants; Beech-Nut iron-fortified baby
“Bottle caries” 11,21,32 single-ingredient foods 9,18,20,23,47,49 infants and children. cereal is a rich solid food source of iron for
your infant.
Bottle in bed 11, 20, 32 snacks 10, 40-44
Caloric needs: Number of calories needed
Botulism 28 Stage 1 9,20-24 by infants. Modified starch: A filler added to some baby
Carotenemia 32,58 Stage 2 10,26-28 food to thicken it. It is unnecessary and pro-
Choking 9,10,11,31,41 Stage 3 10,30-34 Carotenemia: Harmless, yellow discoloration of vides empty calories.
skin related to eating carotene-rich foods such
Choosing the right baby cup 10 storing baby food 13,14
as carrots, sweet potatoes and peaches. Nitrate: A substance found in many home-
Clues baby is ready 9,10,16,20,26,30 table foods 10,31,40-44 grown vegetables; too much may cause your
Copper pots 47 Let’s Grow! 40-44 Citric acid: Purified substance added to com- baby to become sick.
Corn syrup 28 Iron 30,41,51 mercially prepared food and juice to help with
the sterilization process. Pesticides: Substances used to protect veg-
Cow’s milk 30,42 Microwave 10,12,14,41-42
etables and fruit from insects.
DHA 4-6,810,23,27,28,35-36,46,53-56,58 Minerals 37,40,43,47-48,51-52 Citrus: Fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges
Drinking from a cup 10,28,43 Pesticides 47-48 and grapefruit. Prebiotic: A natural source of soluble fiber,
Empty calories 28, 52 Prebiotics 36,58 helps promote the growth of good bacteria for
DHA: DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, is an good digestive health.
Fluoridated water 32,46 Quality standards 48
omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid important
Fluoride supplements 32, 46 Signs of developmental readiness 9,10,20,26,30 for proper brain and eye development in Sorbitol: Natural substance found in some fruits
Food Sleeping through the night 21,38 infants. DHA occurs naturally in breast milk. and fruit juices (particularly pear) that can cause
DHA is also found naturally in a few foods, such infants to have loose stools.
buying baby food 13-14, 47-48 Spoon 9-11, 16,18,31
as egg yolks and certain fish, including salmon,
cereal preparation 13, 18 Suggested menus 24,28,32,42 tuna and sardines.
combination foods 10,20,26,27 Teeth 10,20
finger foods 31,40-44 Tooth decay 11,20,32 Enzymes: Proteins found in saliva that cause
food to break down.
fresh produce 47,48 Vacuum seal 4,13,14
homemade foods 47 Vitamin C 41,46,47,51 Glycemic index: The glycemic index ranks car-
honey 28 Vitamins 13,37,40,41,43,46-48,51,52 bohydrates according to their effect on blood
how long opened food will stay fresh 13 “Use by” date 13 glucose levels. A high glycemic index means
that your baby gets a rush of energy that quickly
how much is enough 11,12,18,20,40 Warming foods 12,14 disappears. A low glycemic index means

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WelcomeAnswers to Your Questions Thank You!

• When should I start my baby on solid foods? 9,12,16,51-52 Start Saving for the Future
Join Upromise and we’ll put $2 into your account to get you
• What is the first solid food to start with? 9,18-24,51-52
started! Just enter SABN2 in the promo code field during en-
• Why just single-grain cereal at first? 18,51-52 rollment. In addition, every time you purchase delicious Beech-
Nut® Baby Foods, you can earn up to 2% of your total spending into your Upromise
• How do I prepare the single-grain cereal? 18
account towards your baby’s tuition. Visit the Online Offers section of our website at
• When can I move from rice cereal to new food? 9,20 for more information.

• What if my baby pushes food out of her mouth? 18,26 $2 contribution offer only valid for new Upromise members. To receive your $2
• How do I know when my baby is full? 11,27 contribution, you must enter promotions code SABN2 and register a credit, debit,
grocery, or drugstore card when you join. Offer expires 12/31/2009. Your $2 contri-
• Why do I have to give only single-ingredient food at first? 9,18,20,23 bution will be deposited into your Upromise account within 60 days after at least one
• Do I have to worry about allergies? 11,16,23 credit, debit, grocery, or drugstore card you’ve registered with Upromise has been
validated by Upromise. Limit of one reward per customer.
• What does an allergic reaction look like? 22,23

• What foods might be causing an allergic reaction? 9,22,23,26,41,47 Save Labels and Save More!!
We know that every little bit helps. That’s why Beech Nut rewards you for saving
• Can I feed cereals or other solid foods through a bottle? 11 your labels from any Beech Nut baby food. When you send them back to us, you
• How many solid feedings should I give my baby each day? 16,18,20,24,28,32,42 get extra savings on more convenient nutritious Beech Nut baby food! For more
information, please visit our website at, and click on “Check Out
• Should I test my baby’s food before feeding? 12,14 Our Online Offers”.
• When should I add juice to my baby’s diet? 46,51

• Should I feed my baby water? How much? 32,46,51 Thank you!

• Can I feed my baby right from the jar? 11,14,21 Thanks for your interest in Beech-Nut® Baby Foods. To ask us a question, get help,
request information or provide feedback, call us at 1-800-BEECH-NUT (1-800-233-
• Is it okay to microwave baby food? 12,14 2468) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.
• When is a good time to introduce combination foods? 10,20,26
For more tips, advice and special offers, visit us online at
• Is Beech-Nut as good as home-prepared baby food? 47,48

• When can my baby start having table foods? 10,31,40

• What can I do to reduce choking? 11,12,31,41

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