Once your baby hits their six-month milestone, their culinary world expands tenfold. They’ve been living off of milk and formula for their entire lives, and now they can enjoy a dozen or so new flavors. Although, they might stick their noses up at some of their new options at first. Your tot will get to try a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and meat – but all pureed, of course. They’ll even get to eat with a spoon, though you’ll be the one doing the feeding… and clean-up when the food gets on everything, but somehow doesn’t get into your baby’s mouth.
You might start spending more time roaming the grocery story trying to come up with a fruit and veggie combo to convince your baby to eat, babies can be picky too. But while you’re puzzling over combining sweet potato and apple, don’t forget about pre-packaged baby food. These pouches are designed to make sure your baby gets all of their nutrients, and it’ll save you some time in the kitchen.
We rounded up the best baby foods for your baby to eat during Stage 2. Gerber, Happy Baby and Earth’s Best Organic are all non-GMO and are made with organically harvested produce, so that can put your mind at ease.
And in a pinch, when you don’t have time to feed yourself, you might find yourself reaching for one of these pouches to get your nutrients. There’s nothing on the packages that imply an age restriction.
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1. Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Fruit & Veggie Variety Pack
This variety pack, which contains 18 food pouches, aims to expand your little one’s palate. It combines flavors like apple, blueberry and spinach to help your baby adjust to a variety of ingredients. Your baby will get a healthy mix of organic fruits and veggies with this pack. The pouch will also help you control exactly how much food goes on the spoon, which means there’s less of a chance that it ends up on the floor or the baby. Gerber Baby Food doesn’t contain GMOs, added sweeteners, added starch, artificial flavors or color.
2. Happy Baby Organic Stage 2 Baby Food
Happy Baby Organic pureed packs will introduce your baby to some intriguing food combos, including apricots, sweet potato and bananas. Although that might not be a combo you would personally order at a restaurant, it helps your baby get all of their nutrients. Plus, they’ll get used to different flavors in these pouches, so perhaps they wouldn’t be a picky eater when they get older. We can’t make any promises though. Happy Baby is organic and isn’t produced with any hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs. You receive 16 pouches in one pack.
3. Earth’s Best Organic Stage 2 Baby Food
BPA-free and resealable, these Earth’s Best Organics pouches are USDA-certified organic and don’t contain any GMOs, artificial flavors or colors. Earth’s Organic offers the most flavor options out of any of the Stage 2 Baby food in this list. They offer the more traditional fruit and veggie combos, in addition to some wild—in terms of baby food— combos, like the pureed spinach, lentil and brown rice pouch and the pasta with tomato, white bean and olive oil pouch.