Organic baby food in squeezable pouches is a growing trend that is actually a good one. Moms go organic for a few different reasons. But the most common is to avoid exposing their delicate and sensitive baby to harmful chemicals.
According to a study by the Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, commercially purchased food contains agricultural pesticides and exposure to pesticides can cause significant adverse health effects. We also found an amazing article online from Consumer Reports that backs all this up. Click here to read through it.
Conclusion: there is some pretty terrifying stuff to be found in non-organic baby foods.
But with so many choices and misleading marketing it can be tough to know just which ones are safe. Not to worry, Faveable has made it easy for you by putting together a list of the best organic baby food. We found 5 that stand out from the rest.
Just how did we choose these tasty 5? We researched hundreds of brands, read thousands of reviews by moms just like you, and compared all of the top-rated baby food to find the best overall. We even made sure to check all of the ingredients and packaging.
Certified organic, non GMO, gluten-free cereal with DHA and choline for brain and eye health.
Bland taste when just mixed with water.
With first glance at the ingredient list, there is organic whole grains, oats and then a long list of words we couldn't really understand. But what you're really seeing is a list of all of the added vitamins, minerals, and probiotics. Happy Baby adds supplements such as calcium and iron to help your little one grow. What we love about this cereal is that there is endless mixing possibilities. You can mix it with water, pureed juice, breast milk, or any other kind of milk. It can also be mixed in with formula or smoothies as a thickening agent.
This cereal has a more oatmeal-y flavor than others on the market. What we mean by this is that it's less neautral tasting. Whatever it is, young children seem to love it. For more flavor, parents suggested adding cinnamon or fruit to the cereal.
The Happy Baby Cereal comes in a BPA-free cannister that keeps the cereal fresh for up to a month. Just mix a few tablespoons of the cereal with whichever liquid you prefer and it's ready! This cereal is the perfect consistency so you can serve it in your child's bottle for on-the-go meals.
This cereal costs roughly $3.50 for a cannister, making it a slightly pricier option than your average cereal. And by slightly, we mean $0.50 more. However, a cannister typically lasts between 2-4 weeks so in the grand scheme of things, it's not a huge difference.
Sweetened with 100% fruit juice, lightly dusted with organic fruit or vegetable powder, and fortified with Choline for brain and eye health. Gluten-free flavor.
Loses freshness after 4-5 days.
The Happy Baby Organic Puffs first won us over with their ingredient list. Brown rice flour is the first ingredient unlike most puffs which have wheat. We think you'll be happy knowing these puffs have half the sugar than other puffs on the market. And it's in the form of fruit juice concentrate.
These puffs taste sweet initially followed by a mild toasted flavor. Children and moms love all 6 flavor varieties. Flavors include: purple carrot and blueberry, strawberry and beet, sweet potato and carrot, apple and broccoli, banana and pumpkin, and kale and spinach.
We love the packaging of these puffs and we think you will too. The BPA-free container is a lot smaller and more convenient than a box of cereal. Not to mention it just happens to fit perfectly in regular sized cup holders. Make sure to eat the puffs within a week of opening or transfer to an airtight container to prevent them from becoming stale.
These organic puffs come in at a moderate $17 for a pack of 6, falling in the mid range for kid puffs.
These freeze-dried snacks are made with USDA-certified organic yogurt, and no preservatives. The melt-in-your-mouth texture allows for easy chewing and swallowing.
High cane sugar content: 4g per 25 pieces
All of the ingredients in these snacks are USDA certified organic and gluten-free. This includes the cultured reduced fat milk, can sugar, fruit puree, nonfat dry milk, and tapioca starch. However, we do wish Gerber would have left out the cane sugar and instead used fruit juice concentrate to sweeten up these melts.
These light, airy, bites of yum taste exactly like "astronaut" ice cream, or freeze dried ice cream. If you have never tried freeze dried food, it tastes similar to what the food normally tastes like, but the texture is a little different. These yogurt melts are crunchy to an extent. Then they become soggy and melt once you put them in your mouth. Be sure to not leave them out of the bag for too long as the moisture in the air will make them soggy too.
We love that the bag that these little melts come in is resealable. This makes it perfect for throwing in your purse or diaper bag when errands overlap snack time.
For an organic product made with quality ingredients, $2.75 is a great price. You can find an even better deal on Amazon with the subscribe and save option.
This formula is patterned after breast milk: high quality protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (DHA & ARA).
Strong smell of iron and fish oil.
Lets face it- no formula is as good as breast milk but Earth's Best makes a close second. Charlotte Vallaeys, a Senior Analyst within the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Program stated that, "organic infant formula remains a safer and a far superior alternative to conventional formula. Organic formula’s milk does not come from cows that were fed GMO feed, given antibiotics or injected with synthetic growth hormones. Organic formula’s sweeteners and oils cannot be GMO, treated with pesticides or extracted with neurotoxic solvents. So the choice between organic or conventional formula is a no-brainer."
Ingredients: For formula, Earth's Best ingredients are as good as they're going to get. Although there is a long list, the main ingredients are lactose, nonfat milk, a few types of oils, vitamins and minerals. The good news is all of the ingredients are organic and non GMO. Also, there are no artifical flavors or colors.
Taste: Since there is no real way to describe the taste of baby formula, all we can say is that babies love it. You might not enjoy the taste, but it will for sure pass your baby's taste test.
Packaging: This formula comes in a 23.2 ounce BPA-free can. However, we were a little bummed that it doesn't come with a spoon or scoop.
Price: The average price per ounce for baby formula is anywhere between $0.75-$1.50. Earth's Best will cost roughly $1.14 per ounce making it an affordable choice especially for organic ingredients. We did some research and found that Amazon offers the best price compared to stores. You can save even more if you sign up for a delivery subscription.
Healthy on-the-go snack that is gluten-free, non GMO, and certified organic. Spoon fed out of the pouch is the most convenient thing.
High sugar content because of the pureed fruit.
You know an organic food product is good when you can count the ingredients on one hand. Happy Baby food consists of organic fruit and vegetable puree, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and organic lemon juice and thats all. There are no artificial colors or flavorings and they are naturally gluten-free.
Young children love the taste of this stuff, even the ones that have peas and kale in them. Since fruit is the main ingredient it really hides the taste of the bitter vegetables. This means you can sneak in those veggies for your picky eater. And if your child doesn't prefer one of the flavors there are 13 others to choose from. They even have one with pumpkin, apple, peaches, and cinnamon -sounds like a Thanksgiving pie to us.
Instead of jars the Happy Baby food comes in BPA-free pouchs designed with kids in mind. The packaging design includes playful characters, bright colors, and makes kale actually look exciting. No wonder kids beg for this stuff. Just squeeze into a bowl or onto a spoon and serve. Since there are no preservatives, make sure and use the opened pouch within 24 hours. What we love most about these pouches is that they are super convenient if you're on-the-go. Simply throw one in your car or diaper bag and you don't have to worry about it breaking like the glass jars do.
Most food pouches seem to average about $1 each. Happy Baby is a little higher than its competitors costing around $1.47 per pouch. But for an extra $0.47 we think it's worth putting a smile on child's face. It can be difficult to find the veggie pouches in local stores so be sure and buy those online!
Happy Baby vs. Plum: It was close competition between the Happy Baby food and Plum Organics baby food. However, most babies seem to like the taste of Happy Baby better and there are more varieties. Happy Baby is slightly more expensive - $0.40/ounce for Happy Baby and $0.30/ounce for Plum Organics.