The time has come and your little guy or girl is finally ready to start eating baby food. There are so many choices nowadays from organic and non-organic baby food that walking down the baby food aisle can be overwhelming. Which one is right for your family depends on what you prefer. Organic baby foods are made from ingredients produced without the use of pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics but are considerably higher in price than non-organic brands such as Gerber and Beech-Nut. If you decide to go the organic baby food route check out the below round-up of some of the best brands on the market.
Plum Organics was the first to introduce the spouted baby food pouch to the US baby food market in 2009 – a format that has since revolutionized a dormant category. Plum is best known for their innovative packaging and for their unique flavor combinations like Blueberry Pear & Purple Carrot. They use sophisticated ingredients that did not exist in commercial baby food such as: quinoa (Plum was the first to use ancient grains in stage 2 baby food), Greek yogurt (Plum was the first to use Greek yogurt in stage 2 baby food) acai, kale, chia, amaranth, and millet to name a few. The Mango Carrot and Greek Yogurt blend was a big hit with my little guy. I never saw him eat something so fast!! Another big hit were the World Baby blends. I thought the blends were really creative and my baby really liked them. There are four blends created from world cuisines like Mexican (Beans & Rice with Sweet Corn), Thailand (Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Rice), Italy (Zucchini & Roasted Squash with Pasta Marinara) and Morocco (Lentils & Roasted Squash with Apricots). These blends are a great way to introduce new flavors and spices to your baby to help train tiny taste buds. Plum Organics baby food is available nationwide at Target, Babies “R” Us and online at Amazon or from the Plum online store.
Sprout Organic Foods was founded in 2008 by a small group of like-minded friends, who wished to develop wholesome and organic baby food products that tasted like no others on the market. With culinary techniques developed in renowned Chef Tyler Florence’s own kitchen and restaurants, Sprout recipes feature tasty combinations of wholesome ingredients. Sprout’s mission is to create delicious and nutritious foods using the finest organic ingredients. Their baby food is available in three stages-Starting Solids (#1), 6 Months & Up (#2) and 8 Months & Up (#3), which grow with your child to provide a balance of wholesome and organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins. My baby loved Sprout’s unique and delicious recipes such as Peach Pumpkin Pie with Coconut, Pear Oatmeal with Maple & Carrot, Creamy Vegetables with Chicken, and Spiced Apple Rice Pudding with Zucchini. In addition to these the flavors there are so many more flavors to choose from. Sprout is available at major online retailers such as Babies R Us, Diapers.com and Amazon.com as well as supermarkets such as ShopRite, Stop & Shop and more.
Earth’s Best Earth’s Best is the first line of organic baby food as Ron Koss and Arnie Koss originally founded it in 1985. They recognized the need for wholesome, safe and pure baby food and that children deserved pure nutritious fruits handpicked from organic orchards, fresh vegetables picked from nature’s perfect soil, and recipes made without over-processed or genetically engineered ingredients. Earth’s Best provides this wholesome goodness right from the start. Earth’s Best is also one of the only brands that offers a full line of organic baby food including organic formulas, snacks, meals and even earth-friendly baby body products for your little one. Their baby food is available in jars and pouches in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd foods in a variety of wonderful flavors from veggie protein blends such as Spinach Lentil Brown Rice to world foods such as Ratatouille with Zucchini, Tomato and Roasted Red Peppers and superfruits Pomegranate Cranberry Apple. Earth’s Best also teamed up with Sesame Street to offer a line of organic products that include breakfast foods, fruit & yogurt smoothies, lunch & dinner meals and snacks to make healthy eating easy as 1-2-3! I really like that Earth’s Best has such a large assortment of products to choose from. My baby really liked the veggie protein and the superfruit blends. Earth’s Best can be purchased on their website as well as Babies R Us.
In 2006, Paul Lindley started Ella’s Kitchen in the UK and in 2009 the brand was introduced in the United States. Paul created Ella’s because he truly believed that his daughter (Ella) and her generation should have the opportunity to eat better food while also discovering that healthy eating can be fun, tasty and cool. The company feels it’s important to always approach things from a child’s point of view, so they’ve taken simple, natural ingredients that ooze goodness and created foods, and packaging, that connect with kids – with flavors, colors, textures and even names that will appeal to all of their senses. I do really like their packaging, which features great colors and cute pictures of food. It is very kid friendly! Ella’s Kitchen pouches come in three stages (1st stage: 4+ months and from 6+ months; 2nd stage: 7+ months; 3rd stage: 10+ months) and their flavors are really innovative and different such as Thai Curry Vegetables with rice, Vegetables & Chicken with mangoes and spices, Four Bean Feast, Beef Medley with veggies and potatoes, Apples Spinach and Rutabagas and so many more. I really like that this brand combines so many unique ingredients. My baby thoroughly enjoyed the Lip Smacking Spaghetti and Meat Sauce! Ella’s Kitchen can be purchased at Target stores and online.
Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, and founded and operated by moms, Happy Family™ is the first organic brand to offer a complete line of nutrient-rich foods for babies’, toddlers’, kids’ and even adults. Happy Family is constantly innovating and has been a pioneer in the industry, adding extra nutrition to its products—like Salba®, the super chia, probiotics, and choline for brain health—whenever possible. Happy Baby has a wonderful line full of great products for your little one such Happy Baby Cereal, Happy Bellies (first baby cereal with DHA, choline pre- & probiotics) Stage 1: starting solids, Stage 2:simple solids, homestyle meals and greek yogurt blends, Stage 3: hearty meals, Happy Puffs, Happy Yogis, Happy Creamies and Happy Munchies. The hearty meal flavors gobble gobble and chick chick were my little guy’s favorite blends. Also, the Happy Puffs snacks are a big hit in our house. Not only does the baby love them but my 5 year-old loves snacking on them and I’ve caught my wife sneaking a handful of the apple flavored ones!! Happy Family products are sold in major retailers across the country and a variety of online retailers such as amazon.com and diapers.com.