These convenient baby food services deliver healthy, nutritious food to happy kids -- and even happier parents.
Grocery shopping is one of those necessary hassles we all face, even if we don't have kids to buy for. It only gets harder when there's a toddler or newborn in the mix. It's not just going to the store that's time-consuming. You have to check all those labels so you can prioritize your child's specific needs, balancing their health and nutrition along with your budget.
We want to sort out the helpers, hacks and workarounds that make providing for the littlest of our little ones a lot more manageable in our fast-paced world. That's why new parents should consider investing in the best baby food delivery services to help order healthy baby food online, which leaves one less thing on your plate, one less trip to the grocery store and more time to spend with your kids.
These days, delivery companies specializing in baby food delivery are as abundant and convenient as adult meal delivery services. That means there's tons -- and many are fantastic. With so many healthy food delivery options online, our picks for the best baby food delivery service will help you narrow down the ideal options for you and your growing family.
First, let's consider nutrition. We all know choosing healthy food is important, no matter a person's age. For babies and toddlers, it's even more critical. Nutritious, high-quality baby food can help ensure proper development and growth (not to mention fewer meltdowns). If you're unsure of what to feed your wee one, baby food subscription services lay out all the nutrition information and ingredients, from healthy fats to other dietitian-noteworthy nutrition details. The types of food offered also evolve as your baby grows since older kids have different nutritional needs than the smallest babies.
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The best baby food delivery services also set up a plan so you can have the best veggie purees and 100% organic food for your tykes delivered to your door -- weekly or monthly -- so you're never without. These baby meals are made with whole, fresh food and are sure to offer options to please even a picky young eater or a child with food allergies.
Babies also require different nutrition and food types depending on their age and stage of development, so many of the best baby food delivery services curate meal plans, deliveries and special packages based on those specific needs. Options include customized baby food pouches, organic purees for an infant or more complete toddler meals, which include solid food and finger food made with wholesome, organic ingredients that can be easily grabbed by tiny hands. What's more, each meal delivery service offers an array of recipes and food or snack options, ensuring your baby doesn't get bored with their food and instilling healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
We've helped break things down for you to help find the best baby food subscription service. The following are eight of the best online baby food delivery services for babies, toddlers and busy parents:
These services are independently chosen by our editors and updated as we try new ones.
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If you want baby food meals that are healthy, fresh, fun and full of flavor look no further than Yumble Kids. This food subscription company offers a variety of weekly meal plans, nutrients and ingredients for young children, including fun solid food recipes such as pizza pockets with mashed potatoes and broccoli or cheese rotini with green beans. What's even better is that there's no cooking necessary: Just warm them up and you're good to go.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at four meals per week at $10 per meal, free shipping included with 6 meals per week at $9 per meal and up.
Little Spoon offers a wide variety of baby food and ingredient choices specially designed to boost various areas of your baby's development and health. After you answer a few questions about your baby, Little Spoon will create a customized nutrition plan for you and send fresh weekly deliveries of healthy food made from organic fruit and veggies -- simply choose how many baby meals you need per day. As an added bonus, the fresh baby food purees are made with organic ingredients and no preservatives.
For older kids up to 10 years, Little Spoon has a new service called Little Spoon Plates. This offshoot of the popular baby food delivery service includes healthy spins on bigger kid favorites like macaroni and cheese with hidden butternut squash, power-breaded chicken nuggets with veggies and kale turkey meatballs. All the Little Spoon Plates meals are fully prepared and ready to heat and eat. They start at $5 per serving.
Frequency and pricing: Three plan sizes (one, two, or three times per day), pricing dependent on location.
Little Spoon is also currently celebrating Memorial Day with 50% off blends and smoothies and 20% off plates for new customers. This offer expires May 30.
If you're still breastfeeding or bottle feeding, it's important to eat well and keep your body healthy -- for you and your baby. The Boobie Box will help you do just that, as it provides a variety of helpful products to aid in your nursing and eventually baby-led weaning. Each month, you'll get a box specially curated by a lactation counselor, including items like lactation teas, drinks and cookies, breastfeeding supplies and even toys.
Frequency and pricing: Starts at $25.50 per month.
Tykes not eating solid foods yet? Don't worry, Yumi has you covered. This company offers three "stages" of baby foods, including single ingredient purees like purple sweet potato, multi-ingredient purees like peaches and blackberry chia seed pudding and chunky puree options like a green vegetable medley combo. You can work your way through the sequential stages of Yumi meals, from nutritious infant meals to toddler meals, with weekly fresh deliveries, gradually introducing your children to yummy spoonfuls of new flavors, nutrients and textures, like quinoa, wheat germ oil and chia seeds.
Frequency and pricing: Three plan sizes (one, two, or three times per day), starting around $3.75 per day.
You might see a familiar face if you venture to the Once Upon a Farm website. That's right, this baby food delivery company is run by actress and mother-of-three Jennifer Garner. The company delivers fresh food pouches of cold-pressed baby food purees made from certified organic fruits and organic vegetables (like Magic Velvet Mango and Baby Bear Butternut Squash), plus it offers organic food for toddlers and young children, too. You can even purchase Once Upon a Farm's multi-ingredient purees individually to see if your little ones like the organic baby food pouches before committing to a subscription.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at $2.69 per cup or pouch of organic ingredients and free shipping for subscription-based services. $3.15 per cup or pouch plus $12 shipping for one-time purchases.
New customers can also save 30% off your first meal delivery from Once Upon a Farm with code SPRING30.
Whether you need fresh, delicious meals for your baby, toddler or child, Nurture Life has you covered. This baby food brand focuses on delivering nutritionally balanced, perfectly portioned meals for children of all ages and all of its meals are ready to serve in three minutes or less. Food is shipped refrigerated -- not frozen -- and, to be honest, if you don't have time to shop for food at the grocery store, it might be the closest thing you can get to homemade baby food by a personal chef.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at nine meals per week at $8 per meal, plus free shipping.
Expose your little ones to new tastes, textures and smells with food from Tiny Organics. This company supplies a variety of soft, organic finger food choices that are perfect for babies eight months and older and you can choose to get deliveries every two or four weeks. Tiny Organics promotes self-feeding as a way to make mealtimes more enjoyable and help your babies develop fine motor skills. Also, the food looks so tasty you might be tempted to steal a bite.
Frequency and pricing: Subscriptions start at 12 meals per week at $4.66 per meal.
This new player in the category operates on the idea that babies need different foods and nutrients at different stages of brain development. That's why it kicks things off with a quiz for your baby -- don't worry, you can take it for them -- to determine which of the organic fruit and veggie purees and snack bars will be most effective in turning your bundle of joy into the next Neil deGrasse Tyson. It's managed to sneak some very adult health foods like black beans, basil, spinach and chickpeas into eats your little one will actually, well, eat.
Pricing and frequency: The boxes ship every 14 days and can contain as many or as few items as you'd like, starting at $2.46. You can always update your shipment to include more or less and the experts at Cerebelly will make suggestions to adapt to your soon-to-be genius baby as they grow.
New customers can receive up to 50% off your first order from Cerebelly with code MDW50.
This story was originally written by Camryn Rabideau at CNET's former sister site Chowhound.