*A quick note: Little Spoon was kind enough to offer samples of both their puré and toddler meals, however, I did not let this sway my thoughts on their products. I have sampled Once Upon a Farm and Yumi’s offerings in the past as well, and will discuss my experience with all of them in this head to head review.
Finding the perfect baby food for your little one and your wallet can be daunting. With so many brands, both in stores and online, merely thinking about all the research sounds exhausting. We have all seen the horrifying photos of moldy pouches and baby food jars, which may be what led you down this path of comparing organic baby food for your little one in the first place. Well, buckle up. I’ve taken a deep dive into three of the top brands — Little Spoon, Yumi and, Once Upon a Farm — to provide an unbiased comparison of price, eco-friendly, sustainability, and nutritional value — and hopefully make your research a little easier.
While we all would love to be the parent that prepares fresh organic baby food for our little one each week, it’s just one more thing on our list to forget about. We’ve all had those great intentions, researched the recipes, only to have something come up (like a bad nap day or diaper blow out) – and end up running to the store for pre-made food. This is when I turned to find a baby food brand that has high-quality nutrition standards without fillers and preservatives that somehow keep them “shelf-stable” for months. (We’ve also reviewed ugly produce subscriptions like Hungry Harvest, Imperfect Foods, and Misfits Market, in case you are looking for other healthy food delivery options).
Is organic baby and toddler food necessary?
Baby food has been transformed over the past few years, with brands like Yumi, Little Spoon, and Once Upon a Farm paying special attention to organic ingredients with significantly fewer pesticide residues than conventional produce. Some people might buy organic baby food to limit their babies’ exposure to these residues — since infants might be more susceptible to harm potentially caused by pesticides than are adults. Some studies suggest that increased organic intake is associated with reduced incidence of conditions like high BMI, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, metabolic syndrome and more.
If you look into the process of how these companies make their baby food, you will find that some of the aggressive processing required to create a shelf-stable food can diminish the nutritional value (source: University of Glasgow researchers). To counteract this you could provide additional nutritional supplements, however, at that rate you may as well buy organic refrigerated baby food.