10 Organic Baby Food Brands + Why You Should Always Go Organic
Megan Fahey, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian, Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Registered Yoga Teacher. She holds her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Bastyr University, where she was trained to artfully blend eastern and western healing modalities.
Life gets crazy a lot of the time, which is why we're grateful that there are so many great baby foods on the market to make feeding our little ones easy, whether we're relaxing at home or on the go—we're looking at you, squeeze packets!
Just remember: When you're filling your cart, the most important thing to look for? Organic. Here's a good place to start.
The 10 best organic baby foods.
It's easy to be daunted by the floor-to-ceiling shelves of baby foods at the grocery store, so before your next trip, check out this list of the best organic baby foods. Whichever brand you choose, you can't go wrong.
Beech Nut knows a thing or two about feeding babies—they've been doing it since 1931. The company's newer organic line features a little something for everyone: grain-based cereals for the littlest eaters, fruit and veggie blends, and oat bar snacks.
Plum Organics is based in Emeryville, California, and popped up on the baby food scene in 2007. They have everything from infant formula to kid-friendly snacks. Their puree pouches are known for being some of the most affordable on the market, and they come in a wide variety of flavors.
Happy Family Organics
Happy Family was founded by a mother of two who was looking for healthy and organic options when her little ones entered her life. They have two different types of baby cereal with two flavors of each: oatmeal, and oats & quinoa Clearly Crafted Cereal and multigrain and oatmeal Probiotic Cereal. All are fortified with iron and sure to support your child as they grow.
Sprout Organic Baby Food
Sprout is a pioneer when it comes to organic baby foods. They were the first to put baby food puree in a pouch. Now we can barely remember the days before this convenient storage concept. They offer fruit, vegetable, and grain blends. Once your baby gets a little bigger, they even have crunchy cheesy snacks.
Gerber Organic Baby Food
First, we have to pat Gerber on the back for warming our hearts two years in a row: Last year they selected their first baby with Down syndrome as their "spokesbaby," and this year they chose a beautiful little girl of Hmong descent. Second, we're so pumped that Gerber now offers organic baby food, including formula, grain-based cereals, fruit and veggie pouches and jars, yogurt blends, and snack cookies.
Amara Organic Baby Food
Amara is newer to the scene and offers something slightly different from the above options—powdered baby foods. These are great for travel. It's up to you if you want to add breast milk, formula, or good old water. Flavors include everything from potato kale to tropical mango.
Once Upon a Farm
Cofounded by mom of three (and one of our favorite celebs to laugh with on Instagram) Jennifer Garner in 2017, Once Upon a Farm offers pouches made with cold-pressed fruits and veggies to preserve all those beneficial nutrients. And just recently, the company announced it would be offering products to WIC-eligible families in Florida and West Virginia.
Babies and older kids alike will appreciate these tasty organic apple sauces from GoGo SqueeZ in fun flavors like "Apple Apple," "Apple Berry," "Apple Cinnamon," and "Apple Banana." The brand also offers non-GMO fruit and veggie pouches.
Why organic baby food is best.
Foods that are grown or processed without pesticides or synthetic fertilizer are considered organic. Non-organic fruits and vegetables often contain pesticide residue that you (or your baby) may then ingest when you eat them. Regulatory organizations like the U.S. Department of Agriculture work to limit the amount of pesticides on produce and in packaged foods to a safe level, but even so, many experts think it's important to do everything you can to minimize your baby's intake.
"Organic foods are important for little ones because their bodies are just so small. Any amount of chemicals or pesticides will end up more concentrated in their bodies," says integrative and functional medicine dietitian and gut health specialist Nour Zibdeh, RDN, who also happens to be a mom of three. She explains that organic foods have even been shown to contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Part of the reason the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are regulated is that there are serious health complications associated with them: One study indicates that children with higher levels of pesticides in their urine were at a 50 to 90% greater risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Now, "non-organic" doesn't mean that your baby will be consuming unhealthy levels of these chemicals, but if you have the option to eliminate something potentially problematic from their diet—especially when organic baby food is more accessible than ever—it's worth it in our opinion.
Want to make your own baby food?
We highly recommend any of these delicious and nutritious brands, which are guaranteed to supply your baby with essential vitamins and minerals. But when time abounds and your fridge is stocked, organic baby food can be made by simply using this step-by-step guide.
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