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With all this talk of unsafe chemicals going into our highly processed foods, it’s no wonder we want to look out for our little ones’ diets. GMOs, high fat, sugar, allergens, and more have many of us thinking: what about baby food? That’s why I’m going to talk about a brand that addresses today’s high sodium levels and rampant GMO use in baby food, and that brand is Tiny Organics.
In this Tiny Organics Review, I’ll discuss the pros and cons of Tiny Organics, what food they offer, and 3 great alternatives to this organic baby food. Ready to start? Let’s dig in!
- 1 What is Tiny Organics?
- 2 About the Tiny Organics Brand
- 3 Pros and Cons to Tiny Organics
- 4 How Does Tiny Organics Work?
- 5 What Type of Food Does Tiny Organics Offer?
- 6 What Age Groups do Tiny Organics Cater to?
- 7 Importance of Feeding Your Child Healthy and Organic
- 8 Features of the Tiny Organics Meal Prep Service
- 9 Alternatives to Tiny Organics
- 10 Little Spoon
- 11 Hello Yumi
- 12 Cerebelly
- 13 FAQs
- 14 Tiny Organics Review: Wrapping Up
What is Tiny Organics?
Tiny Organics is a company that makes organic food for babies and toddlers. All their foods are organic, plant-based, and GMO-free. Tiny Organics works very similarly to other meal prep subscription programs (like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron.) You select a meal plan you would like to pay for, the kinds of baby food you want, and how much food you need in one package.
About the Tiny Organics Brand
Before choosing a product for your young one, I’m sure you want to know more about the brand. It seems like everyone these days is trying to get you to sign up for their food prep service, so what makes this one for babies and toddlers so special?
Science-Backed by Credible Sources
Did you know Michelle Obama is partnered with Tiny Organics? Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program to stop childhood obesity in America, “Veggies Early and Often,” supports that this brand has created a way for babies as young as 5-6 months old to enjoy real vegetables and create a positive relationship with healthy food.
Tiny Organics is also a member of the Food and Nutrition Innovation Council at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Striving to Make Your Child an Adventurous Eater
Tiny Organics helps your little one become a more adventurous eater by introducing them to a diverse palette of flavors early on. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure curry powder, coconut milk, gluten-free orzo, and shiitake mushrooms weren’t options for baby food flavors when we were growing up. It took some of us until adulthood to try some of these flavors!
Learning to Eat Independently
Tiny Organics makes baby food that is soft enough for children without teeth to be able to chew it; however, the consistency of the food is solid enough for kids to be able to eat it with their fingers.
Tiny Organics encourages parents to let their children eat the food with their hands so they can learn for themselves when they’ve had enough to eat and how to chew correctly. This helps your kid become an independent eater in the early stages of their life.
Pros and Cons to Tiny Organics
I’m a big fan of the Tiny Organics brand for the simple fact that we would want our children to have consistently healthy, plant-based meals. That being said, no brand is without its faults. That’s why we’re going to weigh the pros and cons of Tiny Organics in this quick chart.
How Does Tiny Organics Work?
Tiny Organics is a subscription-based service. This means that to buy baby food from Tiny, you’ll need to subscribe to one of their meal plans. Here are the steps to do that:
1. Make an account with Tiny Organics.
2. Answer a brief questionnaire about your child, so Tiny Organics can recommend options to you.
3. Choose which meal plan you’d like to pay for, keeping in mind that larger meal plans will be more expensive.
4. Pay for your box and wait for your Tiny Organics package to arrive!
For a frame of reference, one meal (one container) at Tiny Organics starts at $4.69. This price increases if you’re buying for a toddler as opposed to a baby.
What Type of Food Does Tiny Organics Offer?
Here comes the fun part-picking out the foods your child will like best! Tiny Organics has a nice variety of different meal choices for your baby or toddler, so in this section, I’ll break down what each of those choices is. One thing all of these choices have in common is that they are packed with nutrient-dense vegetables and don’t contain harmful preservatives.
There are currently 4 options on Tiny Organics for breakfast. These 4 breakfast bowls are all naturally sweetened with fruit and energizing with oats. According to Tiny Organics’ website, Bananas Foster and Oat Em Gee are 2 of their top-selling bowls.
- Bananas Foster-Banana, sweet potato, and butternut squash
- Apple π Oatmeal-Apple, oats, ginger, and cinnamon
- Oat Em Gee-Banana, blueberry, oats, and dates
- Pumpkin Spiced Oats-Pumpkin, oats, and coconut milk
Lunch and Dinner
There is a much wider selection of bowls to choose from in Tiny Organics’ lunch/dinner section. There are 15 choices, to be exact. What I love about all of these is how they showcase so many different cultures, flavors, textures, and vegetables. Coconut curry is a favorite bowl among Tiny Organics’ tiny consumers.
- Baby Burrito Bowl-Pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, and scallions
- The Wizard of Orzo-Zucchini, peas, and gluten-free orzo
- Coconut Curry-Butternut squash, carrots, peas, and red lentil
- Potato Hash-Potato, spinach, bell pepper, and onion
- The Perks of Being a Cauliflower-Cauliflower, carrot, peas, shiitake mushroom, and onion
- I Think Therefore I Yam-Yam, chickpeas, garlic, and cilantro
- Michelle My Broccoli Belle-Broccoli, sweet potato, and red bell pepper
- Valencian Paella-Bell pepper, tomato, peas, and onion
- Kale & Quinoa Bowl-Quinoa, carrot, kale, and raisins
- Ratatouille- Tomato, eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, and basil
- Turn the Beet Around-Beet, cabbage, and apple
- I’m a Pun-King-Pumpkin, black beans, and bell pepper
- Three Sisters-Mushroom, butternut squash, sweet corn, and tepary beans
- Sage & Stuffing Thyme-Quinoa, mushroom, and fennel
- Fill Me Up Butternut-Butternut squash, parsnip, and sweet potato
What are add ons? Well, you’ll have to be a Tiny subscriber to get them, but these add-ons include Tiny Organic’s Lactation Bites and their Mighty Meals. Mighty Meals are for growing toddlers that need an upgraded 7-ounce container of food. Currently, Tiny Organics only offers 3 of their bowls in larger sizes for Mighty Meals, but those 3 are their most popular flavors, which are:
- Coconut Curry
- Oat Em Gee
- Bananas Foster
What Age Groups do Tiny Organics Cater to?
Tiny Organics recommends that you start feeding your child their organic food around 6 months of age (but some children may need more time, some less.) The soft texture of Tiny’s food makes it easy for even babies to chew and swallow, no teeth needed. Tiny organics has the most options for babies, but they have a limited number of meals for toddlers, too.
Importance of Feeding Your Child Healthy and Organic
There is a long list of reasons why feeding your child healthy, organic food as soon as they can eat solids is proven to be beneficial to them for the rest of their life. Only a few of these reasons are:
Introducing healthy food right away leads kids to enjoy the taste of healthy food and form good eating habits
- Eating preservative-free food is better for your child’s overall health
- Eating solid foods at around 6 months old will help your child learn eating independence
Features of the Tiny Organics Meal Prep Service
In this section, I’d like to go into the specifics of what you’ll be getting when you sign up for Tiny Organics. Through this organic baby food subscription service, you can know each ingredient that goes into your baby or toddler’s diet. I love how simple it is to heat up the meal and how fresh they are, but we’ll go into further detail below.
Many types of food and flavorings go into Tiny Organics’ meals. Every meal features base starch, fruits or vegetables, and flavor/seasonings. The starch for all the breakfast bowls is oats. For the lunch/dinner bowls, the starch varies between oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, quinoa, gluten-free orzo, and more. There is a big variety of fruits and vegetables.
The microwave-safe containers, for both babies and toddlers, come with an easy-to-open lid. The container doesn’t have sharp edges, so you won’t have to worry about your little one getting hurt. The containers for babies hold a little over 3.5 ounces of food, and the Mighty Meal containers for toddlers hold 7 ounces of food.
One of the biggest reasons I love Tiny Organics is because none of their products contain GMOs or genetically modified organisms. Harmful insecticides, steroids, and other chemicals are usually present in foods that aren’t labeled “non-GMO.” Tiny Organics never puts this inedible stuff in their foods.
None of the Tiny Organics meals contain any dairy products. There is strong evidence to suggest consuming dairy after breastfeeding is not very good for you, and there is always the risk your child will be lactose intolerant. While Tiny Organics doesn’t put dairy in their bowls, their meals include calcium-dense vegetables.
One thing Tiny Organics prides itself on is never using any of the “Big 8” allergens. These foods that can commonly cause serious allergic reactions in people are:
- Tree Nuts
All the ingredients in Tiny Organics meals are plant-based. This means no milk, eggs, honey, and certainly no meat. All the ingredients are easy for a baby or toddler to digest, which is another reason I appreciate the plant-based approach.
Alternatives to Tiny Organics
If you would like to look into even more organic baby food companies and compare them to Tiny Organics, I have 3 suggestions for you. These are 3 great alternatives to Tiny Organics if you want even more variety for your little one or you’re simply interested in weighing your options.
Best for: Meal Prep
Little Spoon offers 4 different types of products you can buy. They offer organic, non-GMO baby food, healthy toddler meals, smoothies, and vitamin packs. Similar to Tiny Organics, Little Spoon isn’t only focusing on baby food. We like this brand for having a large variety of foods to pick from and for their creative ways of incorporating vegetables.
- Ingredients: Organic, non-GMO baby food
- Price Range: $2.50-$5.99 per item
- Best Feature: 4 Different Options
Little Spoon was started because the founders-Angela, Ben, Lisa, and Michelle-wanted to see a convenient, healthy way for parents to feed their small children. After realizing how potentially harmful baby food on the shelves could be, they decided to make their solution with organic, non-GMO baby food and creative, healthy toddler meals.
- Inexpensive, cheaper than Tiny Organics
- Lots of options
- All meals incorporate lots of vegetables
- Not all toddler food is organic and non-GMO
Best for: Snacks
Hello, Yumi is dedicated to keeping their food for babies and toddlers as clean as possible. None of their meals or snacks have common food allergens, preservatives, gluten, or added sugar.
All their products are organic. You can buy either vitamins and snacks separately or choose the baby food plan meant to be started when your child is 6 months old. Their plan will introduce your little one to many different flavors during crucial developmental stages.
- Ingredients: No gluten, preservatives, added sugars, or common food allergens
- Price Range: Snacks are $8.99
- Best Feature: Flavorful snack options
Angela and Evelyn are the founders of Hello Yumi, which started after Angela became pregnant and realized she was dissatisfied with all the baby food options she saw at the store. She and Evelyn aimed to create a baby food plan that only used clean ingredients and was high in nutrients needed during the early stages of life.
- All real, organic ingredients
- Plan for babies starting solid foods
- Introduces lots of new flavors
Best for: Supporting Brain Development
Cerebelly offers bundles with meals priced at $2.46 per meal. You can either choose one of their two bundle options, which is to create your own box of meals or have Cerebelly’s experts pick the meals for you or buy single products. This company also offers purees, smoothie-inspired snacks, and Smart Bars.
- Ingredients: Non-GMO, farm-fresh, BPA-free, gluten-free, organic
- Price Range: $2.46 per meal
- Best Feature: High in nutrients key in brain development
Cerebelly began when Dr. Purzner, a neurosurgeon, had her first 3 children. She understood how important nutrients are in the development of a young child’s brain, which is why she set about to make formulas that would offer optimal nutrition to babies and toddlers.
- High-quality, organic ingredients
- Vegan-only option included
- Option to build your own box or have Cerebelly pick it out
- Only very soft foods and Smart Bars
Answer: The food from Tiny Organics is completely safe. Tiny Organics offers fresh-to-frozen food that is delivered, still-frozen, to your door. All you have to do to prepare a Tiny Organics meal is heat it up for a few seconds.
Answer: On the bottom of each Tiny Organics bowl is an expiration date that will tell you when the food expires if you are storing it in the freezer. If you have thawed a Tiny Organics meal in the fridge, be sure to use it within 3 days. When the frozen fruits and vegetables are left to thaw, they go bad much quicker.
Answer: If you decide Tiny Organics just isn’t for you or you need some time off from it, canceling your subscription is easy. All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] saying you want to cancel. A member of the Tiny team will make sure your account isn’t being charged by them anymore. In the case your account is charged, Tiny Organics will give you a full refund.
Tiny Organics Review: Wrapping Up
We learned a ton about Tiny Organics baby food! I did a deep dive into the Tiny Organics brand, discuss the importance of feeding your child healthy meals, and offered up 3 alternative brands to Tiny Organics.
Do you have any questions about Tiny Organics or organic baby food? Leave me a comment down below with your questions, comments, and stories so we can get back to you ASAP. For even more great tips like this, check out our guide on how to find the best baby food!