Busy parents often don’t have time to make healthy meals for their little ones, and store-bought baby food, even the expensive organic stuff, is still heavily processed. That’s less than ideal, so the appeal of baby food delivery services like Yumi Baby Food is obvious: the convenience of food box delivery and the knowledge that your kid will chow down on the good stuff.
Following in the footsteps of established ready-to-eat (or ready-to-make) meal services for grownups like Blue Apron and Sun Basket, these startups are focused on supplying harried parents with healthy food for the kids. These companies source, prep, and ship food to your doorstep. Your options will vary depending on where you live, but there are enough nationwide options to ensure that everyone has a choice when it comes to food delivery services for the kids. Below, you’ll find some of our favorites, companies that deliver everything from scientifically assembled purees for babies to flash-frozen meals for older kids.
Los Angeles–based Yumi is the brainchild of a former investment banker and business journalist. It’s billed as a “science-based meal delivery service” that uses organic, nutrient-rich ingredients to support a baby’s mind in their formative first thousand days. Their opening menu includes single-ingredient purees (carrots, black beans, broccoli, etc.) and exotic blends like sweet potato, red bell pepper, apple, chard, and quinoa. They’re low in sugar and free of common allergens. Yumi foods come in 4.5-ounce recyclable jars. Subscription plans range from six to 14 meals and start at $50.
Delivers to: California and select locations in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, and the New York metro area
The folks behind Fresh Bellies believe that hiding vegetables in fruit makes kids more likely to opt for sweet foods in the future and less likely to choose veggies. That’s why their single-serve cups contain only pureed vegetables and herbs and spices that can also help babies develop palates and make them less likely to be picky eaters later in life. They also make similarly wholesome snacks for toddlers.
Delivers to: Nationwide
Once Upon a Farm
Once Upon a Farm offers certified organic food for babies and toddlers. Co-founded by actress Jennifer Garner, the food comes in 3.2-ounce pouches and includes dessert blends such as Caroberry Mousse and Banana-Berry Cacao Fairy. Parents can order 24 pouches for $60, but if you want to try it out before you subscribe Once Upon a Farm is also available in Whole Foods and some other grocery stores.
Delivers to: Nationwide
There are two ways Pure Spoon differentiates itself from its competitors. First, they ship their pureed fruits and veggies nationwide to the Lower 48; second, they use a “state-of-the-art process called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) that pasteurizes the food without the use of chemicals or nutrient-depleting high heat.” That means their foods are cold-pressed and cold-packed, but never frozen. Pure Spoon’s meals are also “certified organic” and “pediatrician-approved,” and they come in 4.2-ounce reusable and recyclable plastic containers. Create-your-own 10 packs run $29, while a 22-pack sampler costs $57. You can also score singles ⏤ everything from creamy avocado and apple to blueberry, bananas, and apples ⏤ for $3 a pop.
Delivers to: Nationwide (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
Smushed is a mom-and-pop company that lets parents select from six- and 12-meal weekly plans for babies and toddlers. For consistent recipes, choose the “Classic Pack.” For surprises, you may consider the “Little Explorer Pack,” which has three new meals each week. Each comes in “smooth” and “textured” options.
Delivers to: New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and parts of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania
The founders of Little Spoon promise fresh, nutrient-rich, non-heat-pasteurized baby food. Blends like carrot-pear, banana-mango, and pea-pear-mint are customized by age (and your kid’s preferences), are delivered every other week. Subscriptions are based on the meals you want per day: $4.99 for one, $4.49 for two, and $3.99 for three. And because they believe not only in truth in advertising, but also that babies should eat from a spoon rather than suck from a pouch, each container comes with a little spoon to take on the go.
Delivers to: Nationwide
Little Foodie Club
Food writer and founder of Little Foodie Club Kerstin Kühn wants to take your baby on a “food journey” to expand their palate during year one. The company offers three plans: “21 Days to Solids” for babies four months and older (which guides you through introducing your baby to solid foods), “Discovering Flavors” for 6- to-9-month olds, and “Taste and Textures” for kids 9 months and older. Recipes include cauliflower and pear with tarragon, butternut and millet with rosemary, and brown rice with zucchini peas and mint. It’s only a matter of time before your child becomes a contestant on Master Chef Junior ⏤ or, at least, a casually discerning foodie.
Deliver to: California, Arizona, Nevada; “21 Days to Solids” can be delivered nationwide
Thistle is more of a Blue Apron-esque ingredient box rather than ready-made baby food. Essentially, Thistle does all of your shopping and chopping, sending you bags of flash-frozen produce that’s been washed and portioned. All you do is steam the bag and puree it in the blender. So, yes, it’s a little more work, but the company says you can prep three meals in just 15 minutes. You can also store a week’s worth in the fridge, and the box arrives on Friday so you’ve get a lot of your prep done on the weekend. Meals have fun names like Heart Beet (Chiogga beets, watermelon radish, chia seeds) and Keep Calm & Curry On (butternut squash, rainbow carrots, gala apples, curry) and cost $2.15 each, or $45 per box. Each box includes three recipes and enough food to make 21 meals. While Thistle Baby isn’t currently accepting new customers, you can get in line on their website.
Delivers to: San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles
Sort of like hiring a live-in personal chef but without the tax implications, Nurture Life is a Chicago-based, food delivery service that prepares organic meals for kids of all ages. Plans are broken down by age: Babies (6, 8, and 10 months), Toddlers (1 to 3 years old), and Kids (4 to 8, 9 to 13, 14+). And you can order as few as five meals per week or as many as 14 ⏤ prices range from $45 to $119 ⏤ from either a seasonal menu or a permanent one. Meals include everything from ground beef and carrot puree to steamed Norwegian salmon, English peas, golden potato, and dill … for your 10-month-old! Dinners arrive cold-but-not-frozen and are ready to reheat and serve. They last seven days in the fridge and come stamped with an “Eat-By” date, so you don’t accidentally serve month-old meatloaf.
Delivers to: Nationwide
Like Thistle, Raised Real sends flash-frozen foods to your door and lets you do the steaming and pureeing. It was founded by a dietician, Michelle Davenport, and former executive of culinary startup Orange Chef, Steven Kontz, and aims to “send the healthiest, easiest meals to make for your tiny humans.” Meals range from simple strawberries and quinoa up to more elaborate packages of peas, zucchini, hemp seeds, basil, and avocado oil. You can get a dozen a week for $66 or two dozen for $120, per meal prices of $5.49 and $4.99, respectively.
Delivers to: Nationwide, except Alaska and Hawaii
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