Frequently Asked Baby Food Questions

We recommend waiting to introduce solids until a baby is at least six months old. (In special cases, doctors may recommend introducing solids earlier.) Serenity Kids is an ideal first food, provided a child has been tested for allergic reactions to individual ingredients. (You can test this yourself by introducing single pureed foods one-at-a-time.) There’s no reason to press a healthy baby uninterested in solid food at six months. Trust your intuition and your baby’s—you’ve got this!

Our products are shelf stable until they are opened, so no need to refrigerate. We achieve this through a high-heat, high-pressure retort process (similar to canning), not through the use of any stabilizers or fillers. Our pouches taste great at room temperature. Refrigerate after opening and either eat or freeze within 24 hours.

Can they be frozen?Yes, once opened you can freeze them within 24 hours and then defrost and use later. You can also freeze unopened pouches.

We want your baby to have the most amazing, high quality ingredients on the planet, and we know you do too! If you’ve ever shopped for grass fed or pasture raised meats, you know these ingredients are more expensive than conventionally raised meats. Where most other baby foods contain high amounts of fruit or other less expensive fillers, such as rice, legumes or oats, we’re committed to sustainable and healthy ingredients. This comes at a premium, but we think it’s worth it. We strive to offer the best quality ingredients in order to build a stronger, healthier generation.

No. Our pouches are shelf-stable because they go through a high-heat, high-pressure retort process, similar to canning.

The short answer is yes. High heat and pressure does affect the vitamin quality in the vegetables. However it does not affect the quality of the fiber or carbohydrates, and it does not harm the fat, protein or mineral quality contained in the meat. We recommend you feed your baby freshly cooked vegetables in addition to our food.

Definitely! Feeding your baby off your plate or making your own fresh purees is the healthiest option. Our food is great for when you are unable to cook, are on the go or when sending them to Grandma’s. Check out our Infant Nutrition Quick Start Guide for recipes and guidelines on how to make your own food.

Baby-led weaning is a process of letting the baby decide when s/he is ready to begin eating solid foods. Once they are six months or older, babies will begin to demonstrate interest in adult foods. Parents can use their instincts to determine when they are ready for solid foods and let them lead, rather than trying to pressure them to eat before they are ready.

We recommend parents start by introducing single pureed foods one-at-a-time in order to test for allergens. Once parents have determined that their baby is not allergic to any of our ingredients, they can begin feeding s/he our foods.

Fatty meats are ideal first foods for babies, as their stomachs contain all the enzymes necessary to digest meat.

The ratios of fat, protein and carbohydrates in Serenity Kids represents an ideal balance of the macronutrients your baby needs to thrive—including protein and fat! Babies 7 to12 months old need at least 30 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein a day. Fat and protein from animals raised on pasture and without added chemicals provide the healthiest source of these nutrients for the human body. It’s incredibly nutritious for your baby. Learn more on our nutrition page

The focus of our approach is on giving our little ones the most nutrient-dense foods we possibly can so that every messy bite counts. For some people, the Paleo diet carries a negative connotation. We simply think of this way of eating as one that focuses on nutrient density and avoids potentially irritating foods. And the fact is, meat and vegetables contain significantly more nutrition than fruits, grains, and legumes. So yes, we think this is a diet of clean meats and vegetables is a perfectly healthy way to encourage little ones to eat.

About 40 to 55 percent of the calories in human breast milk come from carbohydrates which sweeten breast milk. Babies naturally enjoy sweeter foods, but that doesn’t mean they need sugar! Even the high sugar content in some fruit can be excessive for babies. Remember that vegetables tend to contain the same important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber as fruits and then some. Opting for root veggies like winter squash and sweet potato is a great compromise, as they provide a sweetness that babies love while also using slow-burning starchy carbs instead of simple sugars.

When it comes to store-bought baby foods, pay attention to the sugar content. Check the number of grams and stick to servings under 5g. Doesn’t sound like a lot, right? But 5g of sugar for a 15-pound baby is like a 150-pound adult eating 50g of sugar, which is the equivalent of drinking a 16-ounce bottle of cola.

Our chicken and all of our vegetables are certified organic and are non-GMO project verified. Our beef and pork are raised organically, with no hormones, antibiotics or GMO feed. Small American family farmers raise these animals exclusively on pasture in sustainable and regenerative ways, which means they rotate the grazing constantly so as not to overgraze any one area. This practice makes organic certification extremely costly because every inch of pasture on their entire farm would have to be certified. So we chose to forgo organic certification for these products in order to support these farmers and use regeneratively raised meat, which is better for your baby and for the planet.

Our pouches are made from a BPA-free plastic. The caps are recyclable anywhere plastic is recycled. The pouches are not recyclable in traditional plastic recycling because they’re a mixture of different plastics; however, we are in discussions with TerraCycle™ to create a program where they would recycle our pouches, if customers mailed them in.

We recognize that plastic poses a variety of environmental problems. We explored glass packaging, but given the resources required to produce, transport and dispose of glass, mixed with the overwhelming consumer demand for the squeeze pouch, we decided to launch our company with pouched products. We are exploring other packaging options that we may adopt in the future, depending on consumer demand.

We do intend to create some high-fat vegetable purees using olive, avocado and possibly coconut oils.

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Our food is designed to be consumed at room temperature. If you want to heat them, we recommend putting the pouch in hot water. We do not recommend you microwave them.

Unopened pouches can be consumed up to one year from the date of manufacture.

We recommend eating or freezing it within 24 hours of opening.

Yes we do! If your little one simply won’t eat it or you're dissatisfied in any way, we’re happy to refund your money.

We called in our advisory board member, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D., to help us answer this question! Sarah’s answer:

The issue with peas is complicated. They have some of the lowest levels of trypsin inhibitors, hemagglutinins and phytates of any legume, but the one study that looked at cooking and deactivation showed they needed two hours of cooking to completely deactivate (this study only looked at two hours, so we don't know if they can be deactivated more rapidly).

Generally, the low levels of antinutrients in peas aren't considered a big deal for healthy adults, which is why peas typically get a pass on Paleo. But phytohemagglutin, which is present in small amounts in peas, is known to change gut morphology in rats. (It’s used as a model of something called precocious gut maturation, an adaptation to solid foods before natural weaning, that protects mammal infants if they lose their mother, but it’s a different maturation process than normal.) That may simply imply that it's better for older babies, say at least seven months.

We tested many different recipes with babies and the chicken, pea and carrot combination was the overall favorite. Plus, we hope the quintessential combination of peas and carrots will give moms a familiar feeling when their babies try our unique kind of food.

We added avocado oil to the chicken flavor to increase the fat content. We use chicken thigh meat, a fattier cut, but to achieve our target 5g of fat, we needed a little more. Organic avocado oil is a well-balanced fat rich in Omega 3s

The ingredients in our chicken and beef products are Kosher and our factory has strict segregation protocols to prohibit any cross contamination. However our products are not currently certified Kosher to orthodox standards by any third party agency.

Our pork is pasture-raised and fed on pasture without synthetic hormones, GMO feed or any undesirable ingredients. When processed into bacon, our sources use only smoke and salt, not nitrates, nitrites or other preservatives. We believe fat from pasture-raised animals is an excellent source of nutrients and bacon is a tasty way to give your baby the fat needed to thrive. Store-bought bacon may not be a healthy choice for your infant, but our impeccably sourced pork is.

We partner with small American family farmers who raise their animals on pasture, without hormones, antibiotics or GMO feed. Our farmers also practice regenerative agriculture, which means they graze their herds in a way that mimics herd behavior in nature and actually improves the land. Learn more about our farmers and regenerative agriculture at the Savory Institute.

There are three types of agriculture. Degenerative farming harms the planet and leaves the land worse than we found it. Sustainable agriculture does no harm, leaving the land the same as we found it. Regenerative agriculture improves the land, leaving it better than we found it. For instance, strategic grazing of ruminants (such as cows and bison) can turn desertified areas into grassland. The animals eat the tall dead grasses that would otherwise fall over and shade out new growth, and they leave behind manure which acts as fertilizer. Millions of acres of grassland have been restored with this method, learn more at The Savory Institute’s website.

Yes, all our vegetables are certified organic by ODAFF and are Non-GMO Project verified.

Serenity Kids has made supporting this organization a part of our mission, so we donate one percent of our profits to them. FTCLDF is a nonprofit organization that defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and protects consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. Farmers who choose to become members have access to a variety of legal and business resources that allow them to better compete with larger factory farms. Learn more about them at the FTCLDF’s website.

Of course! People of all ages love our food.

Not at this time.

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Dogs are omnivores, so you can totally feed it to them. Cats are natural carnivores, so the veggies in our blends aren’t a good choice for kitties.

We think avoiding salty processed foods is a good idea. However, sodium is necessary for every human body, including infants. Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby recommends unrefined sea salt, which contains essential minerals and trace elements. That’s why Serenity Kids uses the best salt we could find: Himalayan pink salt. The USDA recommends at least 200mg of sodium per day for infants with no maximum. The UK’s National Health Service recommends limiting sodium to 1g per day for babies up to 1 year old and 2g for children ages 1-3.

Yes! All of the protein in our baby foods comes from meat, and we are the only other organic baby food we found that had at least 5g of protein and didn’t contain additional fillers like beans, rice, dairy, or oats.

Definitely not. Our pouches go through a high-heat, high-pressure process after they are sealed, which kills all potential pathogens or mold. The reports of mold found in pouches were all processed using “hot fill”, meaning they pasteurize it first and then fill the pouches, which allows the small chance for contamination in between.

That is a great question! We were very concerned about this too, because we live in hot hot Texas. So we chose a pouch that is extra durable & specially designed to withstand heat. It has a foil lining on the inside so the food doesn't touch the plastic, & it's tested at 250 degrees! We send samples of our final pouches for additional third party testing as well to ensure it's purity.