A lot has changed in the six years since Cole was a baby. There are several more gadgets that we mostly don’t need and cutting-edge ways to play and educate our little ones. What really came as a surprise to me is the amount of new brands of gourmet organic baby food on the shelves. For all of my kids, I have stayed with foods that have as few ingredients as possible and keep it organic whenever I can so for me this was exciting. At first anyway. Read on and I’ll explain.
I noticed one thing these newer brands have in common, cool package design. From the resealable zip pouches to the twist off top, the colors and styles are eye catching and had me at hello. Being attracted to a good looking product, I fell for the marketing and bought a few for Claire to try. I have to say I was excited to be using them because it seemed so chic and modern and for some reason healthier. Maybe it was because the pictures showed the foods that were inside in a more appealing way than the jar brands. A whole banana and a few other fruits large and pretty on the white background. One twist off variety is a solid color of strawberry red or pumpkin orange luring you to taste it’s contents.
Now granted, there are a few food combinations that weren’t available when Cole was being spoon fed so that part I have to say is a bit of an improvement. More whole grains like quinoa mixed with black bean and banana and a rice and lentil blend. Veggie and fruit combos of peas, pears and spinach or carrots and mango.
Even a few celebrity chefs have gotten into the business of baby feeding. Tyler Florence has a line called Sprout and it was the first one that caught my eye and purchased. Or how about some Zilly Fishy Dishy from chef Aldo Zilli and his line called Baby Zilli? All so yummy and good for baby, right? Well, yes they are, but here’s the catch, all are two to three times as expensive as their jar counterparts. All things being equal I am comparing only the organic brands since that is what I buy.
Now, you can argue that I could just make my own baby food and be done with it already. Hey, I had every intention of buying a Beaba food master mixer gadgety thingy and cooking up endless concoctions of fresh organic foods for my precious. Then reality struck and I had forgotten that I had two other kids, and a husband and I couldn’t be cooking, mashing, scooping and freezing all day to keep up with the Vaughn appetite and still have some semblance of order in my life.
Tell me then, is the pretty package and fancy name calling all worth it in the end? I’m not too sure, but I will tell you this, I will continue to buy a few here and there for a couple of reasons. One they are not glass so I can be a little more carefree when tossing them in my bag for on the go meals when more than a snack is in order. Two, ok so there is just that one thing. Still, the variety is appealing and the convenience (isn’t that part of the attraction?), is a time saver so those are pluses in my book.
Come to find out, thankfully Baby Claire is like her oldest brother Jake was an an infant. She would much rather eat table food over baby food. Even more so than the Cock-A-Leekie chicken with lentils and leeks.
What is your experience with the whole world of baby foods? Are you a make at home type or more the jar or pouch mom. Maybe you’re like me and a little of both.
There is a lot of info out there on the subject, but these may help get you started.
- Happy Baby makes a baby happy.
- The puffs from Plum Organics come in so many flavors. Claire (and most of us in the house) have tried all of them.
- For the Petite Palate you freeze these.
- Trying to keep it all local is Urban Baby Gourmet.
- Real Food! Love this one.
- Infomercial that makes me laugh. Have you ever tried this one? I’m curious.
- Interesting article on the timing of first solids.
- In NYC, this restaurant has organic baby food on their menu. I think we need to try this one. I’ll report back to you on it.
- Baby-led Weaning, it’s not what you may think. I have been basically doing this with Claire and it seems to be making her the happiest over any other form of food.
Eat well and you will…