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Allergies

Q: How can I find out more about Sprout products and food allergies?

If your food allergies require more details to determine whether you can safely consume any Sprout products, please contact us by email at info@sproutbabyfood.com

Company

Q: ARE YOU A BIG COMPANY? Are you owned by a big corporation?

We are an independent company, privately owned. We have a Board of Directors and private investors. Our headquarters are based in Montvale, New Jersey.

Q: HOW DO I CONTACT YOU? What are the telephone number, email address and street address of the company?

You can call toll free: 1-877-704-8777 (currently hours are 9am-6pm Eastern Standard Time)

Email us anytime at: info@sproutbabyfood.com

To send regular mail use: 50 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale, New Jersey, 07645

Q: WHAT ABOUT VALUES? What are the company's values and how does that affect your business practices?

Our primary value is providing safe, healthy and delicious food products for children. If it isn't safe, healthy and delicious, we don't make it. Our ingredients and packaging are carefully chosen to make the best products possible.

Every choice we make has to fit within our environmental value system, and we are continually looking for ways to improve our existing products. All along our supply chain we are working with our partners to make smarter choices for the environment.

Ingredients

Q: Where can I find out what ingredients are in my favorite Sprout products?

A full list of the most up-to-date ingredients can be found on each of our product labels.

Nutrition

Q: WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY BABY FIRST? What nutrients should my child get from food?

Babies in the earliest months of eating solid foods are still getting their main calories and nutrition from breast milk or formula. The most important thing is for your baby to establish healthy eating habits and positive food associations. Introduce your baby to a variety of ingredients and you will deliver a variety of nutrients the way nature intended! For more information, check out the Sprout Guide to Starting Solids. You should make all decisions about your child's diet under the guidance of your child's pediatrician or nutritionist.

Q: WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN? When should I start feeding protein-rich foods like meats?

Most babies before the age of 8 months have no additional dietary need for protein beyond what they are receiving from breast milk or formula. From about 8 months, meats and other sources of protein, such as vegetables, will become more important parts of your child's diet. You should make all decisions about your child's diet under the guidance of your child's pediatrician or nutritionist.

Q: WHAT ABOUT FAT? Is fat an important part of my baby's diet?

Babies need fat for growth, for brain development, and to help absorb fat-soluble vitamins, as well as other functions in the body. If you take all the water out of breast milk, half of what's left behind is fat.

Babies are growing at a rapid rate and fat provides the much-needed concentrated calories to support and fuel this growth. Fat contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein, which is important for babies who have smaller digestive systems and need more calories in a smaller amount of food.

Fat is also an important part of brain and nervous system development, as about two-thirds of the brain is made up of fat. Fat is a vital part of cell membranes and also insulates the nerve fibers in the brain.

You should make all decisions about your child's diet under the guidance of your child's pediatrician or nutritionist.

Q: WHAT ABOUT CALORIES? How many calories should my baby be getting?

As long as the calories you are providing are primarily from breast milk or formula and high quality calorie dense foods, and not from juice or sugary empty calories, your child will likely stop eating when full and regulate his or her own caloric intake.

If you have some concerns of either too many or too few calories, take an accurate account of your child's food intake, and bring this information with you to discuss with your doctor. The doctor will monitor your child's development and make recommendations based on individual growth and weight.

Q: WHAT ABOUT DAILY VALUES FOR PROTEIN? Why are some of the daily values scores for protein different, even though the grams per serving may be the same?

The FDA measures the value of protein from different sources based on the present amino acids and the digestibility of the protein. The FDA uses egg albumen (egg white protein) as the reference point, so different protein sources will have different daily values based on the amino acids and other factors as measured against this standard. For instance, some vegetable proteins lack certain amino acids and will receive a lower daily value than the protein contained in animal products, such as milk, meat, fish, and eggs, even though the quantity in grams may be the same.

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE NUTRITION FACTS PANEL? What does the Nutrition Facts panel tell me?

The Nutrition Facts panel in labeling for children under age 2 is different than what you will see on adult food labels, because children's needs for certain nutrients are different than adults. For certain nutrients no "daily value" is listed for some items because daily values have not been established for children under 4 for nutrients such as fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrate and fiber.

For nutrients that are listed under the daily values section of the panel, consider that these nutrients are supplemental to the breast milk and formula that your child receives daily. Some panels do not list all the nutrients that the food contains due to limited space on product packaging. You can see expanded nutrition facts panels on each of Sprout's product pages. Generally when looking at nutrition for your child, you should not look to restrict fat or calories for your infant unless you have been instructed to do so by your child's physician.

The FDA does not allow companies to claim that products for children under 2 are a "good source of" or "healthy" based on nutrient levels.

NOTE: Always refer to the actual package for updated nutrition information as images and information on our website may differ slightly. As ingredient information fluctuates, it requires us to update nutrition fact panels on our packaging, but the website is not always updated at the same time. 

Q: ARE YOUR FOODS ALLERGEN-FREE? What specify allergens are evident in Sprout Foods?

Many of our products are free of wheat and gluten ingredients and our facility has high standards to avoid cross-contamination, but since it is not officially gluten-free, we recommend you check with your pediatrician for specific recommendations. None of our products contain peanuts and are made in a peanut-free facility. Some recipes contain FDA-classified tree nuts, like almonds and coconut (which is also not classified as a tree nut by the Food Allergy and Anaphylasix Network). In some of our purees for both babies and adults, we include yogurt, made with cow's milk. Allergens are clearly marked in bold below the ingredient statement on the back of the packaging. Please always check the ingredients for allergens; do not rely on front packaging photography.

Other

Q: Where can I buy Sprout products?

Please use our Store Locator to find Sprout products in a store near you!

Packaging

Q: Does Sprout packaging contain BPAs (Bisphenol A)?

We are proud to say our packaging is 100% BPA-Free. BPA (Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins and other products.

Q: Why do only certain Sprout pouches feature the new clear packaging?

Our promise of honest, clean ingredients is clear. We started offering our new clear packaging on some of your most favorite flavors. Now, we're working behind the scenes to update the packaging on more flavors in the coming months.

Shelf Life

Q: What is the shelf life for Sprout products?

We want to provide the best tasting products for our consumers. Therefore, each Sprout product has a “best by” date printed on the package.

Q: How long are Sprout puree products good for after opening?

We recommend that you refrigerate the product after opening and consume within 24 hours.

Use and Feeding

Q: WHAT ABOUT QUANTITY? How do I know how much to feed my baby at mealtimes?

When you begin, you are introducing your baby to the idea of eating something other than breast milk or formula, more than supplementing your baby's diet. For that reason, it is not necessary at first for your baby to eat a certain amount. Your child should show readiness signs that they are ready to begin solids (discuss these with your pediatrician), and one of those signs is the ability to turn their head. This ability enables your child to signal you by turning away from the spoon.

Babies differ so much in their preferences and their readiness for solids that it's difficult to make hard and fast rules about the consistency, amount, and type of solid foods to offer. You and your pediatrician should discuss your individual child's needs as they grow and develop.

Q: WHAT ABOUT STAGES? When Should I Feed What?

Starter - First Stage
Single Ingredients:
It is recommended that parents try new foods one at a time for 3 to 5 days to test for allergies to any food ingredient while the baby is still primarily breast or formula feeding. Some parents like to add baby's usual breast milk or formula to a 1st stage food to ease the transition and add a bit of familiarity to a new experience.

Intermediate - 2nd stage
Simple Combinations:
These recipes are combinations of two or more ingredients. Nutritionally, these foods are designed to complement continued breast or formula feeding as your baby is exploring even more foods and flavors.

Advanced - 3rd stage
Meals with Texture:
These recipes are designed for children comfortable with more texture in their foods. These recipes also provide more balanced nutrition including more protein and calories for babies eating more food and less breast milk or formula.

Toddler - 4th Stage  Our Toddler Purees and Snacks are designed to accompany, or to be served in between, your little one's mealtimes. Blends of superfruits, nutrient-rich veggies, creamy yogurt and ancient grains make the perfect snack for your growing big kid.

Q: WHAT ABOUT SPICES? How Do I Know My Child Can Have Them?

Allergies to spices are uncommon, and the quantity used in Sprout Baby Food per serving is very small. Different cultures incorporate spices into their babies' diets earlier than others. A child's familiarity with spices will vary depending on things like how "spicy" and varied the diet of a breastfeeding mother was, or if the child was primarily formula-fed.

If there is any history of allergies to a particular ingredient in your family, you may want to exercise caution and do a 3-5 day allergy trial, as you would with any other food. For example, you could add a sprinkle of cinnamon to any one of the Sprout Baby Food Starter recipes your baby already enjoys, before trying it in a combination.

Q: WHAT ABOUT SERVING? What is the best way to serve Sprout's recipes?

Sprout recipes that come in "squeezable" pouches can be squeezed onto spoon or into a bowl to serve younger babies. Older babies and toddlers may enjoy holding the pouches themselves for self-feeding.

 


 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STORAGE? Where should I keep unopened pouches of Sprout Baby Food?

Unopened pouches should be kept at room temperature, like in your cupboard or pantry. We don't recommend exposure to freezing or excess heat. Freezing is unnecessary and is not recommended because it can cause changes in texture, or separation. Refrigeration is not necessary unless the pouch has been opened and then the pouch must be refrigerated and then discarded after 24 hours. See the above question about serving from the pouch and storage.