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 intricate, healthy meals for their little ones, and may turn to processed food to fill the gaps. And good luck if your child is a picky eater whose idea of being adventurous is dipping chicken fingers into honey mustard. Behold the world of baby food delivery companies and subscription services, which provide a range of organic, non-GMO, sugar-free baby food concoctions in the convenient format of a food delivery box. They offer up a win-win situation: you don’t have to cook or even go to the store, and your kid will chow down on plenty of good stuff, including fruits, vegetables, and even quinoa.
If you’re having pre-made baby food delivered, 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 baby foods, they are heat-and-eat, to make things even easier. There’s even a curated bundle for the pickiest of picky eaters.
Note that the majority of the prices listed below vary widely depending on the plans you choose, the frequency, and how you personalize your meals.
The Best Baby Food Delivery and Subscription Services
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.
Amazon's house brand has a variety of organic formulas; this one is made with fresh sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and mixed vegetables. You get 12 servings per pack, so three tubs of each flavors. You open each container and your kid is ready to eat.
This family-owned brands specialized in pure fruit and vegetables that are regeneratively farmed. Meaning, they're better for the planet. Sample blends include mango, carrot, banana, or pear, or apple, sweet potato, and beet. Each pouch is organic, vegan, non-GMO, and recyclable.
These baby food pouches hit all the buzzwords: Organic, vegan, non-GMO, dairy free, gluten free, with no sugar added. You can choose between 10 different flavors, including sweet potato mango, white bean apple pumpkin, and spinach apple sweet potato. And per the brand, the food was designed specifically to support baby brain development until age three. Pouches start a $2.60 but get progressively cheaper the more you buy. A package of 56 pouches cost $123.
Each box contains 12 pouches of purees made from organic sweet potato, carrot and beet plus fats from olive oil. The food is on the savory side, so it's ideal for parents trying to limit their kids' sweet tooth, and per the brand has no added sugars or sugary fruits. The purees are neither sweetened nor salted, and every ingredient is organic and non-GMO. There's an option to order purees made from grass fed beef, free range chicken, uncured bacon and wild caught salmon.
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 8-24 meals per week, and start at $35 for one meal per day. Yumi delivers to the 48 contiguous states.
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: $3.49 per jar for one a day, $3.21 per jar for two a day, and $2.74 per jar for three a day. Their most popular plan, two meals per day, nets out to $45 per week. 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 meals cost $5.49 each, or $4.69 if you buy 24 at once.
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). Baby meals start a $6.89, and they have a $39 order minimum. 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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