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Is it safe for my 7-month-old to eat canned soups?
Q: Is it safe for my 7-month-old to eat pureed canned soups? My son is beginning to reject 2nd level baby foods, especially fruits and meats. He weighs 19 pounds and has been taking solid foods since he was 4 months old. He has no food allergies.
Stacie Baltimore
A: Stacie, if your son weighs 19 pounds at 7 months of age, he seems to be eating and growing well. Remember, babies have their preferences for the tastes and textures of foods, just as adults do.

It’s best to give your 7-month-old either jarred baby food or homemade food. The jarred baby food is specially made for babies and has no added salt, which is best for their health. If you prepare table foods for your baby, it takes a little more work but you can also ensure that his food is fresh and nutritious with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Canned soup, on the other hand, is made for older children and adults and has many ingredients that are not recommended for a baby’s diet—read the labels and you’ll see a long list of additives including salt, sugar, spices, fats, food colouring, and preservatives.

Sometimes babies reject a food on the first few tries but then accept it later, so keep trying. Even if your baby dislikes some foods, there are many other foods left to try. Try cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, peas, bananas, pears, peaches, plums, applesauce, pureed chicken and beef, and yogurt. Soon your son will be able to eat table food with more texture, such as scrambled egg yolks (wait until after 12 months to give egg whites since they can cause allergies), well-cooked pasta, mushy rice, tofu, cooked beans, and small chunks of cheese and meat. Keep trying…
Karen Sokal-Gutierrez M.D., M.P.H. Pediatrician