I was not yet a vegetarian when my children were babies. Like most American kids of the time, my children ate baby foods from the two Big Baby Food Companies, although I did switch them over to cut up whole foods as soon as possible. At the time, organic foods were not well-publicized and commercial foods didn’t seem very suspect to me, so I don’t know what was available then.
Now, though, we know so much more about the importance of organically-grown foods and there are several baby food companies producing a variety of foods for babies. Of course, making your own baby food is probably the best idea, but many moms lack the time to do this. So, I wanted to give you a rundown on some of the organic baby food brands and their vegetarian offerings.
Earth’s Best is probably one of the best known and most widely available organic baby foods. I know they stock it at my grocery store and I have a couple of friends who feed it to their babies. They make everything from infant formula to teething biscuits and snacks as well as the jarred baby foods. They’re not a vegetarian company; their second-stage dinners feature meats. However, they have a decent variety of fruits and vegetables. They also offer veggies that are combined with brown rice.
Plum Organics offers foods in BPA-free pouches and never contain high-fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or artificial ingredients. I like that many of their fruits and vegetables are combined with quinoa, which is a great source of vegetarian protein. Their second-stage foods do include meat, but there’s plenty to choose from in the fruits and veggies and when combined with quinoa and other grains, they make a hearty meal for vegetarian babies.
Like the other two companies, Yummy Spoonfuls produces only certified-organic foods. They also promise that all of their foods are dairy and gluten-free and that the foods are not heat-processed. They claim that even many organic baby foods are, although I couldn’t find any information on cold vs. heat processing from the other two companies. Yummy Spoonfuls is also strictly vegetarian; they don’t offer meat products.
If I had babies at this stage of my life, I would probably be trying to make all of my baby foods from organic fruits and veggies, lentils and grains. But if I wasn’t able to, I’d be awfully grateful to have some organic choices like these.
I’d love to hear how you feed your vegetarian babies and which brands of foods seem to work best for you. If you make some or all of your baby’s food, I’d love it if you’d share how you manage it!