The Best Organic Baby Food That Both You and Your Kiddo Will Love

Written by Moss Lane Staff

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Starting to introduce food into your baby’s diet is an intimidating moment as a parent. Premade baby food may be the best option for your family and, even if you are considering making your own baby food, chances are you also want to get your hands on some premade options if (and when) time is tough to come by.

Many parents choose to purchase organic baby food when considering premade options. But there are hundreds of organic baby food brands. Are they truly all organic? Are there other certifications you can consider? Just because a brand is organic, is it good? What about packaging and pricing?

We’ve ranked the best organic baby food brands for 2021 based on the answers to these questions (and with special consideration for certain preferences).

Best Organic Baby Food Brands

Best Overall

BEST OVERALL

White Leaf Provisions

White Leaf Provisions Baby Food is USDA organic certified, Demeter Biodynamic certified and made from regeneratively farmed food. The latter two, in particular, help it stand out amongst other organic baby food brands. 

Regenerative farming is a philosophy that “looks to regenerate or heal the earth.” This means the farm implements practices to naturally improve the system it is a part of. The goal is for the farm to become self reliant. The Demeter certification adds to this, highlighting biodynamic practices such as zero use of GMOs whatsoever, building nutrient-rich soil, and setting aside land specifically to attract pollinators. All of this is incredibly important in how it helps the soil capture carbon. In fact, regenerative farming has been shown to absorb nearly 3% of global carbon emissions.

White Leaf Provisions is a family-run business. Their packaging is BPA, BPS, BP, and BPF as well as phthalate free. Their pouches can be recycled by working with their partner Terracycle. Their products are also Kosher certified and have no glyphosate residue.

Of all the organic baby food products on the market, White Leaf Provisions stands out on top for having the safest ingredients for your baby (and the earth!) thanks to their  biodynamic and regenerative farming standards. 

What Parents Love:

  • Clean ingredient list
  • Low in sugar
  • It’s a step above organic

What parents don’t love:

  • The consistency can be a bit runny
  • Small in size
  • The price

Other Notable Organic Baby Food Brands

Best Organic Baby Food Stage 1 

lil-gourmets

DETAILS

  • USDA certified organic, gluten free, and vegan
  • Their packaging is BPA free, phthalate free, and PVC free
  • Made in the USA

Lil’ Gourmets’ is our pick for best organic baby food for stage 1 due to their veggie forward recipes. Veggies and beans are their primary ingredients and their recipes are low in sugar. Their goal is to help develop healthier eating habits for your child over time with an early introduction to vegetables and introducing their palate to diverse flavors through their spices.

These are not shelf-stable products, however, and must be refrigerated. Their products have 30 days of shelf life. They use cups instead of pouches, which are 100% recyclable, and their packaging is BPA free, phthalate free, and PVC free.

Lil’ Gourmets products are USDA certified organic, gluten free, and vegan. Lil’ Gourmets ingredients are sourced in the US and their products are made in the USA. They have received the Clean Label Project Purity Award. Lil’ Gourmets is a certified women-owned business.

Best for Pouches

cerebelly

DETAILS

  • Caps and pouches are BPA free, BPS free, phthalate free, and melamine free
  • Free of the “Big 8” allergens, gluten, and preservatives

Cerebelly is an organic baby food brand started by a neurosurgeon that focuses on getting babies the nutrition they need to assist in brain and body development. They received the Clean Label Purity Project Purity Award that tests foods for such things as heavy metals, chemicals, and other toxins. Their products are free of the “Big 8” allergens, as well as gluten, and do not contain preservatives.

Cerebelly’s caps and pouches are BPA free, BPS free, phthalate free, and melamine free. In addition, they have a partnership with TerraCycle that, if you sign-up for, they’ll ship you a box to allow you to send in your pouches for recycling. If you buy through Cerebelly, you can even use the cardboard box they come in to ship to TerraCycle. 

While Cerebelly offers a customized, home delivery service, Cerebelly can also be found online and in-stores.

Cerebelly is woman-owned and manufactured in Canada and the USA.

Best for Subscription Service

yumi-baby-food

DETAILS

  • USDA certified organic, Kosher certified, and has no added sugar
  • Woman-owned and made in the USA

Yumi is our pick for best subscription-based service for baby food for a few reasons. To start, you can customize your quantity, having the option to order 8, 16, or 24 jars delivered weekly. They also have a customized plan that can be built, and evolved, based on your baby’s development.

Their baby food is USDA certified organic, Kosher certified, has no added sugar, and is made fresh. Their food is made weekly before it ships. This means the meals are good for one week. If you can’t get through them, you can freeze them for up to two months. They are free from major allergens such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.

Their jars are made from recyclable, BPA and BPS free plastic, and their packaging is recyclable, too. 

Yumi is woman-owned, and this product is made in the USA. 

Best Organic Baby Food Jars

Yumi is also our pick for best organic baby food jars as their jars and packaging are both recyclable. There are also organic baby food jars you can find in stores like Earth’s Best or Gerber, but we recommend Yumi over these brands due to their known high levels of toxic heavy metals. 

Best for Organic Meat Baby Food

serenity-kids

DETAILS

  • Grass fed and pasture raised meat from small American farms
  • Not certified organic, but claim to be organically raised and non-GMO

Serenity Kids is an husband and wife-owned organic baby food brand focused on delivering nutrient-dense foods to your child. Their our choice for best organic meat baby food as all of the protein in their food is from meat (instead of fillers like beans or dairy).

Their blends try to dial down the fruit and emphasize a mix of quality meats, organic veggies, and healthy fats. Their meat comes from small American farms and is grass fed and pasture raised. Their shelf-stable pouches have no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. Their products avoid dairy, eggs, nuts, and gluten. 

They source their ingredients from farms that practice regenerative agriculture (like White Leaf above) and also partner with Terracycle for recycling of their pouches. 

We love that Serenity Kids highlights and points to each farm that provides the ingredients for their baby food (explore for yourself here). This type of transparency is hard to find in the baby food business.

Serenity Kids made the decision to choose a pouch over a glass jar for their packaging as they create a smaller carbon footprint, particularly when it comes to transportation. According to Serenity Kids, for every one truckload of pouches, glass jars fill up 26 truckloads of the same number of units. Their pouches are BPA-free and their caps are recyclable. Their cases are made of 100% post-consumer recycled material and their pouch manufacturing facility is entirely solar-powered.

Serenity Kids products are not entirely organic certified. Their chicken and vegetables are organic certified, but their beef and pork are not certified, although they claim to be organically raised and have no GMOs. They have received the Clean Label Purity Project Purity Award.

Best for Puffs

Serenity Kids is also our pick for best puffs. A popular snack for babies, traditional baby puffs are known for high levels of toxic heavy metals. This is due to the rice often used in the recipe. For puffs, you’re better off avoiding any product with rice. Serenity Kids Puffs are grain free, and instead made from things such as broccoli and spinach with bone broth. 

Best for Quinoa

nurturme

DETAILS

  • Woman owned, USDA organic certified, Kosher certified, and Fair Trade
  • Made in the USA

NurturMe is an organic baby food that really focuses on digestive health. All of their foods are free from gluten, dairy, egg, and soy, and they add probiotics to help with digestion.

NurturMe is our pick for best baby food with quinoa, as they specifically trade out traditional rice in their product for the use of quinoa and other ancient grains as they’re complete proteins with lots of goodies like natural fiber. Quinoa is a good choice for your baby as it is hypoallergenic. 

NurturMe is woman owned, USDA organic certified and Kosher certified. It is made in the USA, and their quinoa is Fair Trade sourced from South America.

Best for Cereal

NurturMe is also our pick for best cereal as it is made primarily from quinoa. While multi-grain or oatmeal is also a good non-rice option, quinoa is a great option due to it also being a good source of protein. The rest of their ingredients are all naturally occurring plant-based ingredients, which again aligns with NurturMe’s focus on digestion. 

Their cereal comes as a dry mix that you can use breast milk, water, or formula to create the puree. 

Best for Fresh Food

once-upon-a-farm

DETAILS

  • USDA and Non GMO certified
  • Packaging is BPA and PVC free
  • Made in the USA

Once Upon a Farm organic baby food uses cold-pressure, instead of heat (the more popular method for baby foods) to protect their foods. This helps keep the nutrient content in place, but means this is not a shelf-stable baby food. These pouches must be refrigerated (but can be out of the fridge for up to 4 hours if you’re on the go).

Their food does not contain preservatives or additives. And while they avoid most major allergens, some of their blends do contain coconut. Their packaging is BPA and PVC free. Their bowls are recyclable, and their pouches and caps are recyclable through TerraCycle.

Once Upon a Farm has received the Clean Label Project Purity Award. Once Upon a Farm is a certified B-corp, as well as USDA and Non GMO certified. Their products are made in the US, and they have a separate facility in Canada for their Canandian products. All of Once Upon a Farm’s products are made with renewable energy, and their renewable energy purchases are third-party certified by Green-e.

Best for Dry Powder

amara

DETAILS

  • Unique drying process to retain nutrients
  • Shelf life of 12 to 18 months
  • Made in the USA and woman-owned

Amara Organic Baby Food’s focus is on giving your baby as natural of baby food as possible, emphasizing no additives or preservatives. In order to live up to this promise, they have a unique formula for their food that differs from others on this list. To keep as many of the nutrients intact as possible, they created their unique drying process. That’s right – Amara’s products come as a dry powder, versus a pre-made formula like those above. This gives them a shelf life of 12 to 18 months, but they do need to be eaten once made. You simply mix their powders fresh with breast milk, formula, or water to use. You can also mix it with cereals.

When it comes to packaging, Amara claims to use 12 times less plastic packaging than traditional baby food pouches.

Amara is made in the USA, USDA certified organic and woman-owned.

Organic Baby Food Buying Guide

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. You probably have numerous friends and family members telling you to stick to buying organic baby food and organic baby food only. But, you’ve probably asked yourself if it’s absolutely necessary.

Organic foods can be expensive. So before you make the investment, it is important you understand what organic means. There are foods that claim to be organic and aren’t certified – what should you do in that scenario? And can foods that claim to be organic also have unhealthy additions you’re looking to avoid?

There isn’t a straightforward answer, which is why we recommend a few things:

  1. Dive deep into what organic means, so you can feel empowered as you read labels.
  2. Read the label. Know all ingredients that are included in the food to see if there are fillers or high levels of sugar that indicate there’s a lot more going on in the baby food beyond the main ingredients emphasized on the front of the packaging. 
  3. Focus on learning about brands and their philosophies, and getting well acquainted with how they approach making their baby food. This will be what provides you the most peace of mind. As you can see from our list above, the majority of these brands are certified organic, but their approaches are very different. For example, you may prefer a cold-pressed or dried-approach to preserve the nutrients. Or, you may prefer to stick with a brand who partners with TerraCycle to ensure you can recycle your pouches. You may want to introduce meats, you may want more vegetables than fruit…these are all decisions you have to make for yourself, but it’s also why you can’t be looking for the organic seal alone when purchasing organic baby foods.
  4. Understand toxic heavy metals presence in baby food. There have been a handful of studies released in recent years that have revealed that toxic heavy metals are found in many organic baby food brands, such as Healthy Babies Bright Futures 2019 study and a 2021 report from the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Committee on Oversight and Reform. According to Healthy Babies Bright Futures, this is something you should consider when purchasing your food as “research continues to confirm widespread exposures and troubling risks for babies, including cancer and lifelong deficits in intelligence from exposures to these common food contaminants.” The 2021 report has received criticism as many brands opted to not participate, so their mere absence from the study makes them look better compared to those who opted to participate. If you want to be extra cautious here, look for the Clean Label Purity Project Purity Award when shopping for organic baby food. Additionally, watch out for foods that have some of the worst offenders. This chart from by Healthy Babies Bright Futures show swaps you can make to help avoid toxic heavy metals:

Healthy Babies Bright Futures also highlights the impact of certain foods on IQ loss. This is another helpful guide for you as your check the ingredients and labels for your organic baby food:

Starting to introduce your baby to food can be a stressful process in and of itself. Adding the pressure of trying to find the cleanest option for both your baby and the environment can be downright overwhelming. Consider each of the above as you make your decision, and rest easy knowing that there are some really good options available for your baby.

Lastly, if the organic baby food options you feel most comfortable with are too pricey, don’t forget that making your own baby food is a laborious but alternative option. You can even do a 50/50 split to help ease the cost and the time it will take you to prep your own food. If you do decide to make your own baby food, be sure you’re acquainted with shopping for organic foods in store, and try to prioritize purchasing USDA certified organic products when possible. Other good certifications to look for are Non GMO Project Certified, Fair Trade Certified, Food Alliance Certification, and Demeter.

Our Research Process

We started our research on best organic baby food brands by referencing the reviews, ingredients, manufacturing and packaging for most top organic players in the space, which included:

  1. Amara
  2. Baby Gourmet
  3. Baby’s Only
  4. Beech-Nut Organics
  5. Cerebelly
  6. Earth’s Best Organic
  7. Ella’s Kitchen
  8. Gerber Organic
  9. GoGo SqueeZ
  10. Happy Family/Happy Baby
  11. Happy Tot
  12. Healthy Times
  13. Holle
  14. Lil’ Gourmets
  15. Little Journey Pouches
  16. Little Spoon
  17. Love Child Organics
  18. Mama Bear Organic Baby Food
  19. NurturMe
  20. O Organics 
  21. Once Upon a Farm
  22. Parent’s Choice 
  23. Peter Rabbit Organics
  24. Plum Organics
  25. Pure Spoon
  26. Serenity Kids
  27. Simple Truth Organics 
  28. Sprout
  29. Square Baby
  30. Up & Up
  31. White Leaf Provisions
  32. WutsupBaby
  33. Yumi

There are many certified organic products with stellar reviews from parents, which means it’s hard to go wrong here. However, to compile our rankings, we emphasized the following:

  1. What else is added into the food, or noticeably left out. As a parent, you may want more diversity in your child’s diet than fruit, which is why we wanted to be sure to call out brands that were offering different approaches.
  2. The preparation of the food. Food prepared with a high amount of heat, cold-pressure, or even dried are all out there, and different parents will value things like shelf-stability or freshness.
  3. Packaging. Some brands have taken the time to create recyclable packaging or partner with TerraCycle while others have not. Lots of waste can be created in this space, which is why it was a particularly important measurement in our rankings.
  4. Toxic heavy metals. While we’ve covered the pros and cons of the recent study, brands that were able to certify they didn’t have issues with these or don’t contain the worst offenders received a higher rating.

Choosing an organic baby food, as with all decisions for your child, is a personal choice that will involve you weighing what’s most important to you, amongst many other factors. Our focus for the best organic baby foods was to give you as many options as possible, highlighting top ranked products based on what those personal preferences may be, along with a few that seemed to really check almost every category.

As you’re shopping for organic baby food, be sure to also check out our guide on organic baby cereal and organic baby clothes.

Sources

  1. https://www.healthybabyfood.org/sites/healthybabyfoods.org/files/2020-04/BabyFoodReport_ENGLISH_R6.pdf
  2. https://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/2-3-21%20ECP%20Baby%20Food%20Staff%20Report.pdf
  3. https://www.care.com/c/stories/4464/ready-for-stage-2-baby-food/
  4. https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/
  5. https://cleanlabelproject.org
  6. Cerebelly Customer Service
  7. Once Upon a Farm Customer Service
  8. NurturMe Customer Service

Moss Lane Staff

The Moss Lane Staff is comprised of seasoned content professionals who specialize in synthesizing large amounts of information and making it accessible to every day readers. This article was written and edited by multiple members of our staff to ensure comprehensive coverage of the topic.