Organic Baby Food: Online Sources
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Organic baby food has ridden a recent popularity wave due to restrictions on chemical toxins used during its cultivation and the higher nutritional value often associated with the products.
Developing immune systems are more susceptible to the toxins found in the environment and contained in the pesticides and fertilizers used to grow the majority of commercially available food.
That's leading health-conscious parents to look at organic diets for their growing newborns, and there are plenty of options available in today's market.
While traditional baby food giant Gerber has introduced an organic baby food line available nationally at outlets such as Walmart, Target and CVS/pharmacy, many other companies have stepped up to the organic baby food plate, as well, providing alternative products and options for feeding your baby organically.
Finding these alternative brands can be a little daunting, however, as distribution often is limited to local or select stores, but the Internet has helped make lesser-known brands more readily available. Here are three online sources for finding organic baby food.
Yummy Spoonfuls: Founded by a working mother in Marietta, Ga., as a way to provide additive-free nutrition for her baby, Yummy Spoonfuls has gone from a made-at-home meal for one operation to national acclaim as the highest-rated organic baby food by the now defunct Cookie parenting magazine.
Choose from Creamy (Stage 1), Mushy (Stage 2) or Chunky (Stage 3) Yummy flavors, each 100 percent USDA Certified Organic. Ingredients are sourced frequently at local organic farmers markets and prepared and flash frozen in re-sealable plastic containers. Prices range from $2 per four-ounce container for Creamy and Mushy flavors to $3 per six-ounce container of Chunky flavors.
Yummy Spoonfuls creates some interesting flavors, such as lentil and carrot porridge, and mashed dried apricot and brown rice cereal. Yummy Spoonfuls is available online through Amazon.com or YummySpoonfuls.com.
Pomme Bebe: Steeped in the tradition of centuries-old Bulgarian farming techniques, Pomme Bebe creates a seasonal menu of organic baby food out of its Newport Beach, Calif. flagship store. Available via the company's website for nationwide delivery, Pomme Bebe uses fresh local ingredients and features purees and heartier items for infants up to 12 months-plus.
Flash-frozen after preparation and shipped in recyclable containers, Pomme Bebe products can last in your home freezer for up to three months. Products range from $3.25 to $3.75 per four-ounce portion of pureed foods -- such as its apple and strawberry combination -- to $4.50 for heartier meals such as a chicken pot pie blend.
Ella's Kitchen: A recent British import, Ella's Kitchen's vegetable and fruit blend Stage 1 organic baby foods are sold exclusively at Babies "R" Us and Toys "R" Us outlets, as well as online. The 3.5 ounce squeezable containers are sold for $1.89 to $1.99 per container and feature pairings such as apple and parsnip, pears and peas and a sweet potato, pumpkin, apples and blueberries combo. Sweeter tasting fruit smoothie options come in three-ounce containers and sell for $1.39 to $1.49 per container.
Additionally, more than 17 brands of organic baby food can be found online through retail giant Amazon. Sprout, Happy Baby, Plum Organics and many others each provide unique flavors and their own packaging options. All are available for home delivery if not available at a store near you.
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