Baby Food

Top 8 Packaged Baby Foods

Of course, we’re huge fans of making your own baby food, but what about when you don’t have time to meal prep? Or you’re on the go? Here are the products Bumpies love (and trust!).
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1. Plum Organics Fruit Blends

These all-natural fruit puree pouches are easy to grab and toss in the diaper bag. They’re great snacks because they contain more than one food, usually a fruit and veggie or a fruit and a grain.

Bumpies say: Plum’s pouches are great! We use them when we’re at home or on the go. I like that my baby is getting all the nutrients without those added preservatives.” — Tina B.

“We buy a lot of Plum’s fruit blends pouches because they’re so tasty. My baby loves them!” — Leslie R.

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2. Gerber Graduates Wagon Wheels

Is your baby ready to start finger foods? Try out Gerber Graduates Finger Foods, which have plenty of vitamin E, iron and zinc and don’t have artificial flavoring or coloring. Plus, they’re a fun snack to share at a play date!

Bumpies say: “A friend recommended Gerber wagon wheels to us because she loved how natural and flavorful they were. Plus, they’re made with whole grains. After using them, I totally agree.” — Joan H.

“I trust Gerber when I don't have time to make our own baby food.” — Jane S.

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3. Happy Baby Hearty Meals

This is baby’s whole, balanced meal in one single pouch: organic proteins, vegetables, fruit and “supergrains” all mixed up. The makers have even found ways to sneak in added vitamins, minerals and probiotics — what’s not to love about that?!

Bumpies say: “My husband and I primarily made our daughter’s baby food, but the handful of times we bought a pouch was from the Happy Baby line. They were the lowest in sugar and sodium.” — Nicole G.

“We swear by the Happy Family Hearty Meals. So practical, and they don't upset my baby’s stomach.” — Kristin H.

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4. Earth's Best First Foods

Here are perfect starter foods! Made for babies four months and older, these organic single-ingredient jarred foods are made with simplicity in mind.

Bumpies say: “I keep plenty of Earth’s Best purees in my diaper bag in case baby’s my daughter gets hungry when we’re running errands.” — Colleen F.

“Of all the products in the store, we like Earth’s Best most. My husband found it by accident and now, it’s the only kind we buy. I’ve even tried the food — it tasted fresh, not stale.” — Betty B.

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5. Ella’s Kitchen Stage 2 Foods

Not only are these foods made without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs (whew!), they come in cool, funky flavors (like Four Bean Feast) to get baby into new flavors.

Bumpies say:  “We love Ella’s Stage 2 baby foods because they’re organic with no colors or preservatives.” — Donna C.

“I like that Ella’s is made by a mom that knows how important feeding her daughter is. It makes me feel so good about choosing it.” — Lindsay V.

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6. Jack’s Harvest So Smooth Starter Pack

The So Smooth pack is dairy-, soy- and gluten-free and totally organic. Take our word for it: You won’t feel guilty serving up this premade baby food. It’s delivered to you frozen, so all you’ve got to do is thaw it, and you’ve got food as close to homemade as possible.

Bumpies say: “When I first heard about Jack’s Harvest, I had to try it — just out of curiosity. Turns out it was way better tasting than the food I was making for baby. I haven’t stopped placing orders since then!” — Maya J.

“We found the So Smooth Starter Pack online and haven’t looked back.” — Jacqueline B.

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7. Sprout Organic Entrees Advanced

Black beans and sweet corn? Vegetable lasagna? We would even eat these toddler meals! Plus, they prep in a flash.

Bumpies say: “Our son has a very sensitive stomach and when we’re on vacation I love that I don’t have to waste time reading through ingredients lists on Sprouts Entrees Advanced packaging. It’s a quick glance and I know if it’s safe for him. Score for us!” — Hannah B.

“When I log on to their website, I can actually see exactly what foods are used to make baby’s food.” — Ilona J.

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8. Beech Nut Steemies

Once your tot is past purees and onto full meals, you just might want some easy-prep dinners on hand in case you’re stuck with a hungry toddler and an empty fridge.

Bumpies say: “My son is 14 months and we swear by the Steamies line by Beech. For nights we leave him with a sitter, it’s a no-fuss meal she can prepare for him that he’ll eat and enjoy.” — Meghan V.

“I remember my mom used Beech Nut products with us at home. It reminded me of growing up and I wanted to give my little girl the same experience. It’s a little cheesy but I don’t care — she loves it!” — Adrienne Y.

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By Kylie McConville