With my first baby, I did not buy any food for him; instead, I would cook everything from scratch on a daily basis. With my second baby, I go for the easy route. I Found Beech-Nut, and I fell in love with the fact that there is nothing extra in their food. Their Sweet Potato puree only has sweet potato, and their apples, just have apples, no nasty things that you wouldn't want to feed yourself, yet alone, your baby. Other brands have citric acid in them, or other forms of "Preservatives" so they can have a longer shelf life, but Beech-nut does not. They have nothing extra and that means to feed your child the product sooner and not hold onto it for too long.