I just had my second baby boy in May ’10 and it’s amazing how many different products have jumped on the market since my first son was born. The biggest difference to me is how readily available organic baby food is. I no longer have to make the trek to the specialty grocers… it’s right on the shelf front and center with all the other jarred mainstays. And, there are a ton of different brands too! Three of my favs happen to be Plum Organics, Happy Baby and Bella Baby:
Plum Organics is the first ‘pouch’ I tried, and baby Nate loves every combo. I like the generous portion size of 4.22 oz which is a bit more than your average stage two jar. Plum also sells a spoon you can pop right on the end of the pouch for super portable feeding.
Happy Baby’s pouches are similar to Plum, and I really love some of their combos like banana, blueberry and beets (my toddler actually grabbed one and ate it right out of the pouch and wouldn’t give it back!). I like Happy Baby as a company too — they partner with Project Peanut Butter to feed malnourished children in Malawi. They have excellent toddler food as well.
Bella Baby is actually a frozen baby food product, which takes a bit more time to prepare, but it means there’s no ascorbic acid to preserve the food — a huge plus for babies with that kind of sensitivity. Each pouch has only one type of food, so you can mix and match, which I think is a great idea for creating variety. The pouches are also great for teething babies: you can open the top, wrap the bottom in a paper towel and allow them to suck on the frozen food.