Organic food is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic baby food is often made using a combination of organic fruits and vegetables, such as apple & pear.
A growing number of people prefer to feed their babies organic baby food in order to limit their exposure to these chemicals, many of which are designed to kill insects. It is not difficult to understand why some parents are keen to avoid feeding their child food that is covered in such a substance.
Also, there's no denying that organic food tastes better. We are convinced of that from our own experience. If you are sceptical, buy some organic potatoes for a change. This doesn't cost much extra and we are certain that you will notice the difference.
It also stands to reason that organic food is less likely to be treated, so you will find less salt and fewer preservatives in organic baby food than in normal food.
Organic food is almost always more expensive than the non-organic equivalent, so unless you can afford to buy ALL organic, it makes sense to prioritise.
Here is a list of 10 foods which are often fed to babies, either as it is found or as an ingredient, or commonly found to contain traces of pesticide (be warned - one study found a sample of strawberries contained more than 20 different pesticide residues!)
There are many organic baby food brands selling their products in the UK. Here is short guide to the ones we are familiar with.
Organix promote their 'no junk promise'. Their food is always organic, contains nothing unnecessary and tastes great! They mainly offer healthy snacks such as carrot pugs, apple rice cakes, oats bars and other fruit and vegetable based ideas.
This is a well-known brand in the UK. For children aged 6 months and over, they have a good range of textured meals such as spaghetti and meat sauce and chicken and rice casserole. They also have some fruit and veg combinations which come in a smoothie pouch such as apples, green beans and raisins. For children aged 1 year and over they have toddler snacks and smoothies which have always proved popular with my children. They have also started selling lunchbox drinks for slightly older children.
Plum Organics sell a formula that is made with organic non-fat cows milk. The cows are fed organic grain and hay that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. They also have baby bowls which attempt to move away from the old tradition of spoon-feeding babies into the modern age. As you would expect, there are fruit and vegetable based blends and smoothies for when you start introducing solids.
In addition to their formula milk, Hipp offer organic food that comes in pouches, jars, fruit pots, tray meals, cereals and drinks. They also cater for more specific dietary requirements such as no soya, wheat, egg, gluten, lactose or peanut options.
This brand sell everything in pouches but they have a wide range of adventurous flavours such as apple & apricot, banana, blueberry and apple, mango, pear and kale! Piccolo ingredients are planted and nurtured in independent family farms from across the Mediterranean.
Little Freddie organic baby food uses high quality ingredients with the triple guarantee of 'Always Organic, Always Nutritious, Always Delicious'. They never add any salts or preservatives and have a good range of products from cereals, pouches and snacks (all created with the help of a professional nutritionist) from ages 4 months and upwards.
There is no conclusive evidence from any study that definitively proves organic food is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than any other food.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support this idea, but if you do some research you'll also find evidence suggesting that organic food can result in more allergies (that doesn't make much sense to us, but who are we to argue?)
If your baby or child experiences any of the following symptoms after eating
it may be that your child has a food allergy, in which case you should take you take your baby to see the doctor. Amongst other things, the doctor may suggest using a food diary or prescribe antihistamines depending on the symptoms.
For reference, the US Food and Drug Administration list 8 foods which are reportedly responsible for up to 90% of all allergies. They are
so if your child is experiencing mild symptoms, you may want to try cutting one of these things out of your child's diet at a time.
It's safe to say that if you're reading this article you have a little baby (or one on the way), in which case you might want to read our independent high chair reviews which include reviews of leading brands such as JoJo, Hauck and Silver Cross.
We also have lots of organic baby food recipes, courtesy of Organix, which include
Turtle Fun Plate (insanely simple and popular - you'll see why!)
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