Baby Food Quality: Then and Now

Baby food quality standards have come a long way since the introduction of commercial baby food in the 1920s. Learn the path we took to get to the healthy, organic options we choose today.

At Beyond Organic Baby, we pride ourselves on offering quality products for your child. While other companies focus on profit, Beyond Organic Baby is focusing on the health of your little one. All of our products are verified and traced back to their source, to ensure that you receive the best quality and selection for your baby. All of our products are certified organic and have never been irradiated. Though some companies may try to fool you with false advertisements, our products are proven to be safe and healthy for your baby.

Luckily, in modern times, we have these nutritious options for our children. This, however, has not always been the case. Quality standards, advice, and practices have changed a lot over the centuries when it comes to what we feed our children.

The 19th Century

During the late 1800’s, it was common practice to strictly breast feed children until the age of one. Unlike today, formula was only seen as an option if breast milk was unavailable. In fact, it was generally advised that children do not consume fruits or vegetables until the age of two. 

When children did switch to solids, there was no specific category of baby food for purchase. While there were softer foods on the market, they weren’t limited to babies—they were also served to elderly individuals and those who were otherwise unable to chew or digest solid foods.  As there was no FDA or similar department to set clear standards, the quality of baby products was highly questionable.

The 20th Century

In the 1920’s, the idea of a genre of food specifically for babies was born. Manufacturers began to commercially produce baby food, and marketed their products as safer and healthier than what parents could make at home.

As scientific advances improved, Americans learned about the vitamins and minerals found in certain foods. As such, these newly discovered health foods began to be marketed to babies. At this time, it was also widely accepted to begin introducing solid foods at around 9-12 months.

By the 1950’s, some doctors were promoting the introduction of solid foods as early as 4-6 weeks. At the time, solid foods were thought to be healthier than formula, and by the end of the Second World War, 90% of babies were eating commercially manufactured foods.

Finally, during the 1970’s, further scientific research proved that the additives, sugars, and salts in commercial baby food were harmful for children, especially if eaten too soon. Because of these findings, many parents returned to breast feeding and homemade foods. This ushered in the era of healthier commercial baby foods that are on the market today.

Your Baby Deserves Quality

Unfortunately, while many brands claim to be healthy, the nature and source of their ingredients remains dubious. For the best quality products that are verified, organic, and traced to their source, choose Beyond Organic Baby.

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