Organizing baby food

Baby Food Organizer Ideas + Quick & Easy Tips – Instacart

Storing and organizing baby food helps ensure that your child will get the freshest food possible. Whether you are putting the food inside a cabinet, refrigerator, or freezer, organizing the items properly can help minimize waste. Here are a few tricks to help get you started on organizing your baby food.

Tips for organizing baby food by type and date

Use some of these organizational tips to help keep track of best-by dates and the different types of baby food you have on hand.

1. Make a list

Whether it is on your computer or phone, there’s an app to help track when your purchased food. Make a list with the type, purchase date, and expiration date. It will also help you inventory what you have on hand.

2. First in, first out

A common restaurant practice can be used at home with the “first in, first out” method. Place the most recently purchased food near the back and the oldest food near the front. This will keep older food from being shoved to the back of a cabinet or refrigerator.

3. Mark purchased dates on food

If the thought of an app is daunting, you can also label your baby food with stickers or markers. When putting the food away, mark the purchase date on the jar or container.

4. Store the same types of food together

When it comes to early parenting, every minute counts. Organizing foods by type together can help the cause. If you get a jar of baby food, such as carrots or peas, keep them together. This will make finding foods easier and cut down on the search time.

5. Organize food by color

For a more aesthetically pleasing look, organize your food by color. Keep jars of the same size, shape, and hue in the same place. Not only will it look great, but it will be easier to find what you’re looking for.

6. Dedicate an area for baby food

After having a baby, space may be at a premium, but carving out a dedicated space for baby food is crucial. It will save the frustration of searching multiple areas for your baby’s favorite food choice.

How to store fresh, frozen, or shelf-stable baby food

Introducing solids to an infant’s diet is a major step in their development. While each option is considered healthy, choosing what kind of food you want to feed can be overwhelming. Here are some ways to store fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable baby food options:

7. Fresh baby food

Pureeing your fruits and vegetables is a bit labor-intensive, but the comfort of knowing exactly what’s in your baby food can be empowering. Store your fresh baby food in the fridge in individual serving containers to prevent it from spoiling.

8. Freeze baby food in ice cube trays

If you like the benefits of fresh food but are worried about its longevity, you may want to look into freezing as an option. Puree the food, such as peas and carrots, and then freeze them in ice cube trays. Store them in your freezer for up to a few months!


Freeze baby food on a sheet pan

If you have the luxury of freezer space, freeze the pureed food on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the food is frozen, place it into a container.

10. Shelf-stable food

There is a big advantage to buying shelf-stable food. With many options available, shelf-stable food is a quick and easy choice. Keep it in your pantry, or if you’re low on space, get an over-the-door rack for holding all of your baby’s jars.

Decide on your baby food containers

If you make your baby food, you will need an efficient way to store it. From pureed vegetables to fruits, here are a few containers you can use.

11. Plastic containers

One of the largest advantages of plastic containers is that they are lightweight. They are also easy to store and sometimes even stackable by size. 

12. Glass containers

While plastic containers may have an element of convenience, glass containers have many advantages as well. The eco-friendly option tends to last a lot longer than plastic ones.

13. Ziptop plastic bags

Take your pureed frozen food and place it into a zip-top plastic bag for long-term storage. A day before your baby is ready to eat the food, take the portion(s) out of the bag the night before and place it in the refrigerator to thaw.

14. Reusable food storage bags

This eco-friendly option allows baby food to be stored many times over and reduces plastic waste. After using the storage bags once, wash them by hand or even run them through the dishwasher.

15. Vacuum sealed bags

Vacuum sealed bags are a fantastic way to store your fresh and frozen pureed food. Polyamide and polyethylene bags are used to prevent oxygen from penetrating the food, ensuring freshness.

16. Glass jars

The most common container found both in stores and at home are glass jars. It is not recommended to freeze glass jars, as the extremely low temperatures can cause the glass to shatter.

Organizing baby food in different spaces

Whether you have a small or large amount of space, utilize these quick tips to make your food storage more efficient.

17. Baby food organizers

These dedicated organizers can typically hold anywhere from 15-30 jars of food. Their convenience, as well as organization, makes these a popular option amongst parents.

18. Cabinet shelf organizers

Found in many different shapes and sizes, shelf organizers make finding the right baby food easy! Put these both in the cabinet or refrigerator to limit the frustration of finding your baby’s favorite food.

19. Refrigerator bins

Similar to the cabinet shelf organizer, these bins also can be a great way to store your baby food both inside and outside of the refrigerator. Stack them 3 to 4 high and gain back valuable space.

20. Utilize the back of closet doors

If you find yourself running out of kitchen space, get creative by using something like a shoe rack to hang on the back of a closet or cabinet door. Place the food containers in the shoe holders for maximum visibility.

21. Ice trays

Make use of unused ice trays to freeze individual portions of baby food. This makes for a quick and easy-to-reheat baby food option.

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Tips on Freezing and Best Containers

Learn the secrets to storing and freezing homemade baby food for ultimate freshness—AND the best baby food storage containers to use to ensure that you never waste what you make!

Baby Food Storage

Going through the effort to make homemade baby food really only works if you have a good plan for how to store the food to ensure that it stays fresh and that baby has plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. After making a LOT of baby food for my third kiddo to send with him to daycare, I got into a good routine of making and storing baby food—both in the fridge and freezer. Here’s how you can do it too.

TIP: You can find my favorite baby food recipes here.

Homemade Baby Food Storage: In the Fridge

You can store baby food in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 3 days. You can use masking tape and a Sharpie to label the containers with the contents and the date if you have a hard time keeping track of when you made something. (It’s definitely helpful to do that!)

Best Baby Food Storage Containers

I have a four favorite baby food storage containers that I use regularly.

1. Wean Green Baby Food Cubes

These are small, incredibly durable, and made from glass. They’re easy to clean and last forever. (Seriously, I’ve been using the same set for 7 years and they’re still as good as new!) $19.99 for a set of 4

2. Easy Lunchboxes Mini Dippers

These small containers are a perfect size for 1-2 frozen baby food cubes and they’re my go to for packing food for a baby to take to daycare. They also nest nicely when stored in the cabinet. $7.95 for a set of 8

3. Beaba Food Storage Containers

I have two sets of these and I use them regularly for larger amounts of baby food (you could probably fit 4 cubes of frozen food) and for toddler snacks. When assembled, they snap together, so they’re an easy way to stay organized. $14.95 for a set of 6

4. Oxo Tot Baby Food Blocks

This neat system is easy to keep contained in the fridge and is also made from a polypropylene body that is PVC, BPA, and phthalate free. They are dishwasher and microwave safe. $9.99 for a set of 6

Homemade Baby Food Storage: For Freezing

Storing homemade baby food in the freezer allows you to make a bigger batch at once, and then serve it to baby over the course of a few weeks or months.The easiest way is to use an ice cube tray, which has the added benefit of portioning out the baby food nicely.

TIP: Any ice cube tray will do. You can use silicone ice cube trays if you prefer a non-plastic option.

Baby Food Storage Without An Ice Cube Tray

If you don’t have an ice cube tray or you’d just rather not use one, you can place a predetermined amount of baby food into a pint-size freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, press flat, and seal. Place flat in the freezer to freeze. Then you can thaw the entire bag in the fridge overnight, or break off a portion of it to thaw.

How to Store Baby Food in the Freezer Step by Step

  1. Place baby food into each compartment of the ice cube tray, or fill as many as you need to with the amount of baby food you have.
  2. Cover (if your ice cube tray has a cover) and freezer for 4-6 hours or overnight.
  3. Pop out frozen cubes and transfer to freezer storage bags. Label as desired with the type of baby food and the date.
  4. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

TIP: I like to have a bag of sweet fruit purees and more savory vegetable purees to avoid having too many separate bags in the freezer at any given time. Then you can combine them into baby food combinations easily!

How to Thaw Baby Food

To thaw baby food, simply remove a cube (or as many as you need) and place into airtight containers. Thaw overnight in the fridge and serve. 1 cube may be plenty for a baby aged 6-7 months and older babies may enjoy two cubes.

Tips for the Best Baby Food Storage

  • Keep fresh baby food in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • Use a regular ice cube tray to freeze, a silicone ice cube tray with a lid, or a small freezer bag with the contents pressed flat.
  • Store frozen baby food in a freezer storage bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To avoid freezer burn, try to remove as much air as possible from the storage bags.
  • Label your bags with the contents and the date.
  • To thaw baby food, simply remove a cube (or as many as you need) and place into airtight containers. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
  • Use leftover baby food to flavor yogurt, baby oatmeal, baby rice cereal, smoothies, or cottage cheese.
  • See some of my favorite Baby Food Pouch recipes here for more ideas on how to serve your baby food!

I’d love to hear your feedback if you have another storage technique or container that you love, so please comment below!

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Document or authority approving health requirements

SanPiN 2.3/2.4.3590-20 "Sanitary and epidemiological requirements for public catering"

Attention! The validity of the document is limited to 01/01/2027

For more see >>>


Decree of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation dated October 27, 2020 N 32

Guidelines MP 2.3.0171-20 "Specialized diet for children and adults in self-isolation or quarantine at home due to COVID-19"

Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation 04/10/2020

Guidelines MP 2. 4.0180-20 "Parental control over the organization of hot meals for children in educational institutions"

Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation 05/18/2020

Guidelines MR 2.4.0179-20 "Recommendations on catering for students in general education organizations"

Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation 05/18/2020

Methodological recommendations "Practical aspects of the organization of rational nutrition of children and adolescents, the organization of nutrition monitoring"

Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation 10.08.2018

Guidelines MR "Organization of nutrition for children during mass events"

Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation May 15, 2018

Guidelines for catering for students and pupils of educational institutions

Order of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russia N 213n, Ministry of Education and Science of Russia N 178 dated 11. 03.2012

Guidelines "Recommended assortment of food products for sale in school canteens"

Rospotrebnadzor 08/24/2007 N 0100/8606-07-34

Methodological recommendations "Exemplary menus of hot school breakfasts and lunches for catering for children 7-11 and 11-18 years old in public educational institutions"

Rospotrebnadzor 08/24/2007 N 0100/8605-07-34)

Methodological recommendations "Recommended average daily food packages for children 7 - 11 and 11 - 18 years old"

Rospotrebnadzor 08/24/2007 N 0100/8604-07-34

Guidelines "Assortment and conditions for the sale of food products intended for additional nutrition of students in educational institutions"

Interdepartmental Scientific Council on Pediatrics, Interdepartmental Scientific Council on Hygiene and Health Protection of Children and Adolescents, Protocol of 02. 07.2002 N 4

Recommendations "The range of basic food products recommended for use in the nutrition of children and adolescents in organized groups (kindergartens, educational institutions of a general and correctional type, orphanages and boarding schools, institutions of primary and secondary vocational education)"

Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation 04.04.1999 N 1100/904-99-115

Norms of nutrition for children in health and recreation institutions of general and sanatorium type, incl. for parents with children

Resolution of the Executive Committee of the Council of the FNPR dated May 27, 1993 N 6-6

Guidelines MR "Organization of nutrition for children of preschool and school age in organized groups"

Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation November 12, 2015

Guidelines "Organization of therapeutic nutrition in children's hospitals"

nine0002 Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation November 10, 2000

Guidelines "Feeding children in preschool institutions in the northern regions of the country"

USSR Ministry of Health 07/05/1985 N 11-14 / 24-6

Methodological recommendations "Feeding children in children's homes"

Ministry of Health of the USSR 02. 06.1985 N 11-14 / 26-6

Guidelines "Nutrition for chronic diseases of the digestive system in children"

Ministry of Health of the USSR 06/19/1984 N 11-14 / 13-6

Guidelines for catering students in dispensaries

USSR Ministry of Health 05.10.1979 N 2059-79

Guidelines for the determination of organochlorine pesticides in raw materials for the production of powdered infant formula

USSR Ministry of Health 09/22/1975 N 1350-75

Catering in preschool

Dear parents!

In order to grow and develop intensively, children need to constantly replenish their energy reserves. Lack of any nutrients can cause growth retardation, physical and mental development, as well as violations of the formation of the bone skeleton of the teeth. This is especially true for preschool children. We will talk about what and how to feed a child, what foods to give to a baby, and what is harmful or strictly forbidden for him, how to achieve a good appetite for proper growth and development, or, conversely, prevent a child from becoming obese, we will talk in this section "Organization of nutrition in DOW". nine0243

Catering in the kindergarten is carried out by the head.

Nutrition is the basis of a long and fruitful life, a guarantee of health, vitality, a guarantee against the appearance of various ailments. Therefore, in the work plan of the preschool educational institution, the issue of proper nutrition occupies one of the most important places.
The kindergarten provides 4 meals a day (breakfast, second breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea), which is provided in group rooms. The entire cycle of cooking takes place at the food unit of the preschool educational institution. The catering unit is 100% staffed. The catering unit is located on the ground floor and has a separate exit. nine0243
Catering for kindergarten students is carried out in accordance with the approved 10-day menus.

At the same time, the following basic principles are observed:
1. Dietary diversity.
2. Balanced diet for all replaceable and irreplaceable nutritional factors.
3. Ensuring sanitary and epidemiological food safety.
The quality of the products that are supplied to the garden, the preparation of meals is controlled by a nurse and a cook. Once every ten days, a medical worker monitors the fulfillment of the average daily norm of food distribution per child and, if necessary, corrects nutrition in the next decade. The calculation of the main food ingredients based on the results of the cumulative statement is carried out once a month, the calorie content is calculated (the amount of proteins, fats, carbohydrates). nine0243
To increase the immunity of pupils, the third course is fortified.

4 meals a day are organized in the kindergarten, according to SanPin 2.3./2.4.3590-20, a diet for 10 days with a 10.5-hour stay for pupils from 1 to 7 years is developed. Nutrition meets the physiological needs of children for essential nutrients and energy. The distribution of food is made only after the acceptance control by the marriage commission. All products supplied to the catering unit have quality certificates and are approved for use in preschool institutions. nine0243

Food unit

The arrangement and equipment of the food unit complies with sanitary rules and regulations for the organization of baby food. The catering unit has shops for raw and finished products. The catering unit is equipped with the necessary technological and refrigeration equipment, production equipment, kitchen utensils.
When organizing catering, great attention is paid to the quality of the products supplied, the processing of products and the technology of cooking. nine0243

Our product suppliers: CJSC "Atrus" (meat products, bread), LLC "MolVest" (dairy products), IP Kozlova V.N. (grocery, fruits), Head of the Peasant (farm) economy Apatyeva S.N. (vegetables).

Electronic document: Approximate 10-day menu for pupils from 1 to 3 years old

Electronic document: Approximate 10-day menu for pupils from 3 to 7 years old

List of local documents on catering in MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, Semibratovo"

  • Semibratovo settlement

  • Electronic document: Order on the establishment of a nutrition commission in the MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, Semibratovo"

  • Electronic document: Order on the appointment of a person responsible for taking and storing daily samples

  • Electronic document: Order on the appointment of a person responsible for fortification of the third course

  • Electronic document: Order and Regulations on catering in MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, Semibratovo"

  • Electronic document: Order and Regulations on the administrative control of the organization and quality of food

  • Electronic document: Order and Regulations on the organization of the drinking regime in the MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, Semibratovo"

  • Electronic document: Order and Regulations on the marriage commission in the MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, Semibratovo"

  • Electronic document: Regulations on the commission for parental control over the organization of meals for pupils in the MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, Semibratovo"

  • Electronic document: The procedure for carrying out activities for parental control over the catering of pupils, as well as the access of the commission and parents (legal representatives) of pupils to the premises for eating in the MDOU "Kindergarten No. 3, r.p. Semibratovo"

  • Sanitary and epidemiological rules and norms SanPiN 2.3 / 2.4.3590-20 "Sanitary and epidemiological requirements for public catering of the population" dated 10/27/2020
  • Sanitary and epidemiological rules and norms SanPiN 2.3 / 2.4.3590-20 "Sanitary and epidemiological requirements for public catering of the population" edition of 01/01/2021
  • MP 2.3.6. 0233-21 Guidelines for the organization of public catering of the population dated 02.03.2021

Approximate serving sizes for children

Dish 3 Weight of servings in grams

1 to 3 years

3 to 7 years

Porridge or vegetable or egg or curd or a meat dish

130 - 150 150 - 200

Snack (cold dish) (lettuce, vegetables, etc. )

30 - 40 50 - 60

First course

150 - 180 180 - 200

Second course (meat, fish, poultry)

50 - 60 70 - 80


110 - 120 130 - 150

Third course

(compote, jelly, tea, coffee drink, cocoa drink, rosehip drink, juice)

150 - 180 180 - 200


95 100

Percentage distribution of nutrient and energy intake by meal depending on the time spent in the organization

Organization type


Share of daily requirement in nutrients and energy

Preschool organizations



second breakfast




afternoon tea



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Product name Compliant with

garden from 3 to 7 years

nursery 1 to 3 years old

Meat 0.046
Poultry 0.02 0.017
Fish 0.029 0.026
Butter 0.014
Vegetable oil 0.008 0.007
Milk 0.338 0.293
Smetana 0.008 0.0067
Curd 0. 03 0.0225
Cheese 0.005 0.003
Offal (liver, tongue, heart) 0.019 0.015
Egg (1 pc.) 0.75 0.75
Flour 0.02 0.018
Groats 0.032 0.022
Pasta 0.009 0.006
Sugar 0. 023 0.019
Confectionery 0.015 0.009
Dry/fruit 0.008 0.0067
Fresh fruit 0.086 0.081
Potato 0.17 0.139
Vegetables 0.165 0.135
Wheat bread 0.06 0.045
Rye bread 0. 038 0.03
Starch 0.002 0.0015
Juice 0.075 0.075
Coffee 0.0009 0.00075
Tea 0.0005 0.0003
Salt 0.004 0.002
Yeast 0.0004 0.0003
Cocoa 0.

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