We at Café Baby feel that jarred food is convenience food. And just as adults shouldn't eat every meal from a drive-through, can, or box, we believe it's not healthy for babies and toddlers to consume processed, packaged baby foods more than on rare occasions. We believe that babies should be fed straight from the source without the harmful effects of the manufacturing process that strips foods of their natural benefits.
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FOUR DAY RULE
Introducing baby to purées and solids is a new and exciting adventure. A common practice is to gradually, one at a time, introduce a new food and then wait at least three days after introducing the new food before offering another new one. By following this practice, it will be easier to determine if baby has a reaction to a particular food. Some things to keep an eye out for can be vomiting, diarrhea, rash, wheezing, or a swollen face. This could indicate an allergy or intolerance to a certain food.
HOW TO USE OUR PUREES
- Any purée or cereal that has had breast milk added should NEVER be microwaved.
- Defrosting food on the kitchen counter is never recommended because this encourages growth of bacteria.
- Our defrosted purées can be stored in the refrigerator up to three days.
- If you forget to defrost your purée the night before, don’t worry. Simply place the frozen food item into a bowl of warm water. If you’re in a rush, change the water a couple of times. If you want to completely submerge the frozen food in a water bath, seal the container in a sealed storage bag to prevent water from entering food container.
- NEVER use leftovers that have come in contact with a used or dirty spoon.
If more than one serving of a purée is going to be offered, we recommend that you do not feed baby directly from the storage container. Simply remove whatever amount you plan to serve and place in a separate dish to feed from and place the rest back in the refrigerator for another serving.
Our purées can be turned upside down in their container and popped out so you can easily break off whatever amount you choose, thaw the portion you broke off, place remaining frozen purée to its original packaging and then return back to the freezer. This enables the offerings of a variety of foods without having to use the entire container within the thawed three-day window.
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It’s always a great idea to introduce a wide variety of foods to baby, but remember to not get discouraged if baby doesn’t act favorably to a certain food the first few times you offer it. It may take some time for baby to get used to all the new flavors and textures of different foods.
Thawing food on your kitchen counter is never recommended, as bacteria or other contaminants may get into the container.
All of these methods are approved methods, so however you choose to thaw baby's food is strictly a personal choice and we cannot make any preferred recommendations.
If baby doesn’t seem to be excited about a new food, it may not mean that they don’t like it. Remember, this is an entirely new experience. If baby turns away or doesn’t seem to like what you’re offering, try again in a few days because it may just be the texture that’s the issue. If you feel it’s truly not a flavor baby likes, try mixing two purées together. We’ve listed a few ideas with the purées, but it’s certainly at your discretion what to mix. The possibilities are endless.
OUR PROCESS WITH NO ARTIFICIAL FILLERS VERSUS STORE-BOUGHT
All Café Baby's products are flash frozen immediately after preparation in order to seal in all the wonderful flavors and nutrients we feel baby deserves. We use no artificial fillers or "thickening agents/starches." To cut costs manufacturers replace real food with these substances which are most often refined wheat, rice and corn. These substances are stripped of the outer layers of the grain with preservatives and bleach commonly added during processing. The refining of any grain reduces its vitamins, proteins and roughage.
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The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offers a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. The right nutrition during this 1,000 day window has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive—and a lasting effect on a country’s health and prosperity.
Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the foundations of a person’s lifelong health, including their predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases, are largely set during this 1,000 day window. This is why it is critical that women and children get the right nutrition during this time.
Malnutrition early in life can cause irreversible damage to children’s brain development and their physical growth, leading to a diminished capacity to learn, poorer performance in school, greater susceptibility to infection and disease, and a lifetime of lost earning potential. It can even put them at increased risk of developing illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers later in life, www.thousanddays.org.
How often do you deliver?
We deliver on Monday evenings between 5-9 p.m. You will receive an e-mail reminder to set out your insulated cooler bag, ice packs, and additional cooler, if needed, the day before your delivery.
What happens if I forget to leave my bag out?
We will contact you if we arrive and the weather is hot and your cooler bag is not out. If you will be home soon, we will leave your order. If not, we will charge a $15 fee to deliver again the next week. You can also pick up your order at our kitchen if we are unable to leave your order.
When do I need to place my order?
Since you will be receiving your deliveries on Monday evenings, you must have your order placed by midnight the preceding Wednesday with any changes or special selections.
What is the difference in the Chewies and Chompies Dinners?
You will notice the difference in the textures of the Dinner purées. Since the Chompies menu is for 10-12 month babies with a few more teeth, the food products will be left chunkier than those in the Chewies menu.
Is there a delivery charge?
There is no delivery charge. However, we have a minimum order requirement of $50.
When should I start my baby on purées?
Pediatricians have differing opinions on when to start solids. After receiving approval from your pediatrician to begin your baby's food journey, we are here to help. We recommend beginning with our Spoonies. Always keep in mind, baby's breast milk/formula is still their primary source of nutrition and our products are recommended to be supplementary.
Where is the food prepared and packaged?
All of our products are prepared and packaged at a licensed commercial kitchen at the Circle City Industrial Complex located in downtown Indianapolis.
What is your return and refund policy?
Due to the perishable nature of our products, we do not accept returns. We want a happy baby and caregiver. If you are dissatisfied with your order, please contact us immediately.
Do I get a refund if my baby doesn't like what I ordered?
A happy baby with a full belly is our number one priority. However, we do not issue refunds if your baby doesn't like a certain purée. Please see our Baby Bundles under the Menus tab to order an age-appropriate Intro Bundle for baby's taste-testing.
What do I do if my baby has a food allergy?
We strive to list all pertinent allergen information with each product, but suggest each parent/caregiver use their discretion.
What do I do once my order has arrived?
The purées will arrive frozen. Simply remove your frozen items from the green insulated cooler bag and place them in the freezer and place any baked items in the refrigerator immediately.
How do I prepare the purées?
You can thaw the purées in the refrigerator overnight, in a warm water bath, microwave, or stovetop. Please refer to our Recommended Thawing section.
How much do I feed my baby?
We know that all babies have different appetites and lifestyles. Please see our chart above for recommended daily portions. Remember that purées should be a supplement in a baby's diet and should never serve as a replacement of formula or breast milk.
What is the shelf life of the purées?
Each item is packaged with a Best if Used By date. Once transferred to the refrigerator, they have a shelf life of four to five days. If your baby has a small appetite or is just starting solids, we recommend thawing the container just enough to carve out a small portion and return the rest of the container to the freezer.
What do I do with the insulated cooler bag?
Unpack your ordered items and place them in the refrigerator or freezer as appropriate and store your bag and ice pack away for safekeeping. Then the next time you're due for a delivery, just leave your cooler bag and ice pack in your delivery spot on your delivery day and we will replace your ice pack with a new frozen one along with your order.
Do I have to be home during my delivery?
No, but we deliver in the evenings in hopes that you are more likely to be home or will be home soon. We will leave your order in your insulated cooler bag and the products will remain frozen for approximately two to three hours.
Will you leave my order if it's really hot outside?
Indiana summers can get hot. We suggest during hot summer months that you leave an additional cooler with ice packs at your door along with your insulated cooler bag and ice pack. Then when we place your order and new ice pack inside your bag, we'll leave it in your cooler.
How often should I introduce a new food?
We recommend waiting four days to introduce a new food item. This will help you identify problematic foods should your baby have a reaction.