There are plenty of joyful moments in parenthood, but also a long list of questions once you bring the baby home, especially around what to feed him. That’s why we’ve put together a cheat sheet for sleep-deprived mamas and papas looking for wholesome options once baby starts on solid foods.
How to Choose the Best Baby Food
We might not be able to control how many hours your baby sleeps at night, but we can offer some tips on how to choose the best baby food.
Just like us, babies love variety, so help them get off on the right foot with a range of options. From fruits to veggies, keep those pouches rotating to see what they love (and loathe), and if they don’t take to something right away, keep trying. Just because they spit it out once doesn’t mean they’ll avoid it forever. Also, if your little one has any known allergies (like nuts or soy, for example), make a plan with your pediatrician, which might mean steering clear of those ingredients when introducing solids.
Top Baby Food Brands
Choosing the best baby food doesn’t have to be complicated. Thanks to brands that are just as committed to the health of your baby as you are, there are lots of great options to help baby’s first food experiences go smoothly.
Amara was made for moms and dads who want real homemade flavor—fast. Removing water from fresh fruits and veggies locks in the flavor, and because there are no additives or concentrate, nutrients stay intact. It’s real food for real life.
When Plum Organics’ cofounder became a parent, he and his wife suddenly spent all their time preparing fresh veggies to make sure their daughter had healthy food available. Now the company offers puréed fruits and vegetables mixed with superstar ingredients like quinoa, kale, and amaranth to help kids gain exposure to a range of wonderful flavors and nutrients.
Sensitive tummies can use a little extra nurturing, which is why NurturMe keeps its blends free from common allergens like gluten, dairy, soy, and egg. With no added preservatives, salt, or sugar, the entire line is certified organic, non-GMO, and kosher, so you can have one less thing to worry about.
Best Organic Baby Food
These gourmet options are organic for peace of mind when it comes to feeding your precious baby.
This recipe sweetens up green veggies with just the right amount of pear, perfect for budding palates.
Amara keeps things simple with only two ingredients: pumpkin and pear. A touch of cinnamon adds depth and helps introduce those baby taste buds to exciting new flavors.
Pack in some protein with black beans. Paired with earthy beets and sweet banana, it’s the perfect on-the-go meal.
Top Gluten-Free Baby Foods
Need to nix gluten? These top gluten-free baby foods will help keep baby’s tummy feeling good all day long.
Power up mealtime with an ancient grain and immunity pouch that’s also a tummy-friendly treat for infants, toddlers, and even the curious grown-up. Free from gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs, you’ll love the naturally sweet combo of tart apple and mellow pumpkin.
Baby will enjoy flavors straight from the farm in this re-sealable squeeze pouch. A blend of biodynamically grown mango, banana, pear, and carrot is sure to please. No added sweeteners, and perfect to tote on the go!
Soft for new eaters and gentle on sensitive gums, this resealable pouch is packed with pure organic fruit and a dash of lemon juice.
Peanut-Free Baby Food
If your little one has a peanut allergy, steer clear of nuts and feed stock up on these healthy options.
Happy Family makes goodness you can see. Clear packaging means little ones can grab for this green purée made with tasty kale, avocados, and apples—and no peanuts.
Give baby a taste of the tropics with organic papayas grown in the villages around Yeola in Western India. Paired with banana and sweet potato, it’s a great way to introduce baby to global flavors.
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