Every parent wants the best baby food for their growing kids, but as they get older and out of the breastmilk- or formula-only period, parents are faced with the tricky question of what to feed them. There’s also the fact that busy parents simply don’t have time to make healthy meals for their little ones, and may turn to processed food to fill the gaps. So behold the world of food subscription and baby food delivery companies, which combine the convenience of food box delivery with the knowledge that your kid will chow down on the good stuff.
If you’re ordering pre-made baby food, check the ingredients and the nutritional value of each brand. The ones on our list, whether plant-based or not, are transparent about what’s inside. Decide on the frequency that works for you; most of the delivery services can be tailored to your specific daily, weekly, or monthly needs. It goes without saying that none of these options are cheap, but prices vary so make sure you read the fine print. Pouch, jar, or plate? That’s entirely up to you. But if you opt for plated foods, they are heat-and-eat, to make things even easier. There’s even a curated bundle for the pickiest of picky eaters.
Once Upon a Farm offers certified organic, cold-pressed 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. Of course, it begs the question, do celebrities make the best baby food? You'll have to try it to find out; the brand delivers nationwide.
Yumble's heat and eat meals range from a vegetarian burrito platter to a chicken and broccoli casserole. The cost for 12 meals per week is $7.50 per meal; delivery is nationwide. And the brand does curated boxes, including one aimed at picky eaters. The ingredients are organic when possible, nutritionally balanced, and regionally-sourced. And they're packed in recyclable containers.
One of the many food delivery companies out of California, 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 $35 and Yumi delivers to the 48 contiguous states.
Home Chef offers a slew of different meal options, but the ones most convenient for busy parents (with older kids) are the heat and eat meals. Pricing starts at $6.99 per meal, and delivery is nationwide but you need to enter your zip code to confirm availability. Every Monday, you can choose from 21 different meal options. Options range from ravioli to pulled pork to pot roast. The baked macaroni and cheese is a guaranteed kiddie crowd-pleaser.
Plum Organics makes, as the name indicates, organic baby food pouches by using only non-GMO blends that are gently cooked, unsalted, unsweetened, and kosher. We particularly like that the pouches are a puree of organic fruits, veggies, protein and grains, making up the perfect snack for your toddler. The brand itself was founded more than a decade ago to try to head picky eating off at the pass, by having babies taste and embrace unexpected food combos. There's nothing too fancy about these packs. But they get the job done and deliver nationwide.
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: $5 for one, $4.50 for two, and $4 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. The brand delivers nationwide.
Finger foods are messy, sure, but they also teach kids to feed themselves. And they expose them to different textures. Tiny Organics offers plant-based finger foods that are made fresh and shipped frozen. There's a quinoa, mushroom, and fennel blend. Or a kale and quinoa bowl. Among many other concoctions we want to eat ourselves. The meals last 3 months in the freezer, or 3 days in the fridge, and are ideal for babies 8 months and older. The meals do not contain milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, or soybeans; the brand delivers to the 48 contiguous states. The cost is $5.49 per meal.
Raised Real, an organic plant-based food subscription, 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, with per-meal prices of $5.50 and $5, respectively; the brand delivers to the 48 contiguous states.
You're covered whether you need new baby food flavors to please an infant still doing purées, or bigger meals for a 1-year-old, as plans are broken down by age: Babies (6, 8, and 10 months), toddlers (1 to 3 years old), and kids (4-14). 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! Dinners, delivered nationwide, are ready to reheat and serve.
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