Sodium in Foods (6-9 mo.)

At this age, children should begin to explore new tastes and textures... slowly. It is a good idea to introduce one solid food at a time. Commercially prepared foods for this age group are generally low in sodium. Read the food label to make sure the foods your infant is eating are low in sodium. Do not add salt to baby food when making it at home. As your baby is introduced to 2nd and 3rd foods and progresses to table foods, pay close attention to the sodium content of foods. Many 3rd foods (especially meats) have more than 100 mg sodium per serving. Combination foods (for example, meat and rice dinners) have too much sodium too -- sometimes more than 200 mg sodium per serving. Because the sodium content of similar foods varies between brands, food labels are the best source of information about sodium content.