Whether you’re a first-time parent or you’ve got several kids, finding safe solid food for your baby is a must, especially with recent baby food recalls and heavy metals found in the food. And while finding the time to make fresh homemade baby food may be a safer alternative, it definitely presents its own challenges. That’s why I looked into baby food delivery services that promised to deliver all-natural, organic ingredients for my 5-month-old, Zeke.
You can find baby food delivery services that offer freshly prepared meals and don’t use preservatives to extend their shelf life. They’re convenient for parents who want their baby to eat healthy homemade dishes but don’t have the time to make them — similar to meal kits like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.
Here are my favorite baby meal delivery kits that you can try for every stage in your baby’s food journey. For more, here’s how meal kit prices stack up to grocery store prices.
How these baby food delivery services stack up to store bought food
Before I knew baby meal delivery services were a thing, I was giving Zeke Gerber baby food to try. But when I found out about a report on heavy metals found in commercial baby food, I decided it was time to try something different.
Immediately, I could see a difference between the freshly prepared food and store-bought food. For example, when comparing Gerber apples to Little Spoon apples, the texture was different and so was the taste — yes, I tried them. Gerber’s tasted sweeter while Little Spoon’s tasted more like Granny Smith apples — Zeke made a sour face while eating them. As for the texture, Gerber’s is more like a smooth applesauce while Little Spoon’s has more of a ground apple texture.
As for the price, a four-ounce tub of apples from Little Spoon will run you $2.96. With Gerber, you can get two 4-ounce tubs for $2.
One thing that stood out to me was the nutrition label. Apples naturally have calcium, but the Gerber apples label showed it had none; Little Spoon’s label listed 10mg of calcium.
When should you start your baby on solids?
It’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to wait until infants are roughly 6 months old before adding anything other than formula or breastmilk to their diet. However, some babies may be ready for solids as early as 4 months old, according to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
How do you know if your baby is ready to try solids? The Mayo Clinic says between 4 and 6 months old, they should show signs they’re ready by holding their head up on their own, sitting with support, leaning toward the food with their mouth open and putting toys or their hands up to their mouth.
Before giving your baby solids, always ask your pediatrician if it’s the right time. Your doctor can help you determine whether your baby is ready to begin eating solids based on their development.
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