Sodium in Foods (9-12 mo.)
Your infant should be eating a variety of foods and exploring new textures. Gradually decrease the number of strained foods your child is offered and begin to introduce chopped, well-cooked vegetables. Slowly introduce a few table foods. As your child is able to grasp foods and bring them to his/her mouth, offer more finger foods. Foods with less than 35 mg sodium per serving Remember, the amount of sodium can vary between brands -- always read the label. Food Serving Size Amount of Sodium Infant formulas - e.g. Similac, Enfamil, Prosobee, Isomil 1 ounce 5-10 mg Infant rice cereal - dry - Prepared with whole milk 1 Tbsp, dry 1/2 ounce (~1 Tbsp) 1 mg 6 mg Single ingredient "First Foods" -Fruits # fruits mixed with tapioca, etc. may be higher -Fruit Juices -Vegetables 1 jar 4 ounces 1 jar 0-10mg 0-7 mg 0-30 mg Well-cooked, mashed vegetables # Most fresh and frozen vegetables are low in sodium. Check the sodium content of frozen vegetables; some are soaked in brine. # Canned vegetables are high in sodium unless specified on the label. -Carrots 1/4 cup sliced, 1 medium 25 mg* Meat (baby food) -Plain, cooked, chopped meats -Junior meats -Strained meats 1 ounce 1 jar 1 jar 25 mg* 120 mg* 58 mg* Crackers and Cookies -Arrowroot cookie -Melba toast - Keebler -Zwieback - Nabisco 1 cookie 2 pieces 1 piece 15-25 mg 33 mg 10-15 mg Note: * NOT low in sodium As progress from 2nd to 3rd foods to Graduates, sodium increases. Most 3rd foods and Gerber Graduate foods have more than 100-200 mg sodium per serving. No ham, au gratin potatoes, beef... See Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used for the nutrient (including sodium) contents of other foods.