Babies are constantly changing, and the food you give them can change quite a lot. Not only does your baby’s ability to eat certain foods evolve over time, the food you give your little one can impact their growth and development for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to feed them the best, most nutritious foods you can find, despite the often difficult process of researching and purchasing foods in which you can be fully confident. Here are six of the best baby foods on the market today to give your baby, and a few options for healthy snacks you can pack in a bento lunch box when they transition to eating solid foods for the first time.
The Earth’s Best brand of organic baby food is available in most box stores. It’s free of harmful pesticides and other chemicals sometimes found in food, and it also contains simple ingredients: just pureed fruits and veggies, and water. There is no sugar, salt, artificial flavor, or preservative of any kind used in these foods, and the lids of each container are BPA free to help you avoid other dangerous chemicals often found in plastics. Earth’s Best baby foods are smooth and easy to swallow, making them an excellent choice for your baby’s first foods.
Happy Baby Organic Baby Cereal
Baby cereals can provide your child with unique textures and essential nutrients. Happy Baby Organic Baby Cereal is an oatmeal that’s been blended with four probiotics and vitamins, including A, B6, B12, C, D, and E, as well as iron, calcium, folate, and riboflavin. Th probiotics in the cereal can help soothe achy tummies, and there are no artificial ingredients or sweeteners to worry about. The packaging is also made without BPA, and the company that makes this gluten-free partners with a variety of charitable organizations, including Autism Speaks and the Allergy Kids Foundation.
Plum Organics Baby Bowls
The trend of yummy smoothie bowls is for everyone, even your baby. Plum Organics Baby Bowls can be given to babies who are six months old and up, and they’re perfect for when your baby is ready to sit at the table with you for a family dinner. The organic and GMO-free ingredients from Plum Organics are combined in interesting ways guaranteed to help your child enjoy every meal. They include pumpkin, banana, and cardamom; mango, carrot, and turmeric; and beet, apple, strawberry, and chia. These combos ensure that your baby is receiving a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables each day, and they’re served up in recyclable and BPA-free bowls. The bowls can be sealed and contain a freshness marker to help parents get the most out of each bowl.
Ella’s Kitchen Super Smooth Puree
Sometimes you need a healthy snack that you can grab and toss in your purse before a day out with your baby. Ella’s Kitchen Super Smooth Puree is a smoothie in a pouch for your baby. The purees contain no additives, including salt and sugar, and everything is organic and GMO-free. There are 38 flavor combinations, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free options for every family’s needs. The pouches come with caps and straws, so you don’t even need to worry about packing kid-friendly dishes and spoons for each meal. The Ella’s Kitchen company is family owned and operated.
Pure Spoon is a meal delivery service that sends nutritious baby foods right to your door. The company delivers to families in 48 states and uses a high-pressure pasteurization process to help preserve foods without the use of chemicals or high heat that could damage the nutrients found in the food. The food is made and packaged cold, but never frozen to ensure that everything stays as healthy and fresh as possible. Each meal is organic and comes in a reusable and recyclable plastic container. Deliveries are available in packages of 10 or 22, which parents can stock with whichever flavors their baby enjoys most, but you can also buy single containers for $3 each if you’re in need of some extras on any particular week. Pure Spoon is a great option for families who are short on time to research and shop for healthy, organic foods but still want to ensure that their children get nutritious meals.
Once Upon a Farm
These fairytale foods are worthy of your little prince or princess. Each pouch contains a whimsically-named, cold-pressed fruit or veggie puree, like The Fairest of Pears, Magic Velvet Mango, and Wild Rumpus Avocado. Once Upon a Farm also uses coconut milk and other healthy fats to support brain development in addition to the nutrients found in each mix. The pouches need to be kept cold in the refrigerator or with ice packs, so it’s something to consider if you’re rushing out the door for the day. They’re available with differing textures and flavors for older babies and toddlers, so if your baby falls in love with the flavors, the story doesn’t have to end too soon.
Bento Lunch Box for Baby
When it’s time for your baby to start eating solid foods, a bento lunch box can be a perfect storage container for all the delicious, nutrient-rich foods your baby will need. Bento lunch boxes keep foods separated thanks to the built-in compartments within each box. These can be filled with soft papayas and avocados, apple puree, and banana slices, all of which provide sweet, clean energy for your baby. Orange segments can be great for teething children. You can also fill your bento box with veggies, like cooked carrots and lentils. Brown rice and fortified cereal can provide your baby with both important nutrients and an introduction into self-feeding, as these foods are easy to pick up with little hands or a kid-friendly spoon. A Kangovou bento lunch box can keep all of these foods as warm or cool as they need to be, with a spill-proof lid and a metal body free of plastic chemicals that could harm your baby. A bento lunch box makes packing nutritious meals and snacks for your baby a breeze.