You will find answers to the most common questions below.
Please check with your pediatrician for health and nutrition concerns about your baby.

feeding

Q: When should I start giving my baby solid foods?

Answer: Babies have different developmental milestones. Some babies are able to start eating solid foods as early as four months and others after six months. Typically, this can begin when your baby is able to sit up on their own and shows an interest in food.

Q: What are the first solid foods I should feed my baby?

Answer: Pediatricians largely recommend single ingredient and gluten free foods because they are easy to digest. We believe baby’s first grain should be a whole grain. Single-ingredient pureed organic fruits & vegetables such as our only apples, only pears, only peas, only carrots, only butternut squash, and only sweet potato also make excellent first food choices. They are gently cooked and pureed into a creamy texture with nothing added. Avocado is another excellent choice.

Q: When can I introduce other foods?

Answer: Always apply the five day rule when introducing new foods. Introduce one new food for five days before giving baby the next food. As a rule, only combine new foods with foods you know your baby tolerates well. This will ensure that allergies and food sensitivities can easily be traced.

Q: When can my baby eat the same foods as the rest of the family?

Answer: At age one, your baby is ready to eat the same foods as the rest of the family.  When baby joins in the family meal, please remember that growing babies have different dietary needs than adults. For example, babies need a lot of calories and nutrients to support the growth of muscle, tissue and bone.  Additionally, fat is important during the first two years of life.  It is the most concentrated source of energy and also important for healthy development of the brain and nervous system. Depending on your child’s history, your pediatrician might ask you to delay certain foods or introduce some with caution.

Q: How much food should I give my baby?

Answer: There is really no rush during the first few weeks of weaning. It is all about introducing your baby to this new concept of eating solid foods and not the quantity consumed. During this exciting time, your baby is experiencing completely new tastes and textures. Remember that milk or formula is still the main source of nutrition at this stage.

Q: Is there a best time to offer first foods?

Answer: Every child is different. We suggest trying a couple of different meal times to figure out your own feeding schedule. Take it slowly and you will find a rhythm that works well for you and your precious baby.

product

Q: What makes Yummy Spoonfuls® different from other baby foods?

Answer: Yummy Spoonfuls is inspired by the freshly homemade food parents wish to feed their babies and toddlers, but don’t have the time to make themselves. Yummy Spoonfuls starts with fresh organic fruits, vegetables, meats, whole grains and legumes that are gently cooked in small batches and quickly frozen to preserve flavor and nutrients at the peak of freshness without the need for preservatives.

Q: What are the different stages Yummy Spoonfuls® offers?

Answer: To make it easy for babies to transition from purees to soft solids, Yummy Spoonfuls’ flavors are divided into three stages.

Stage one purees are perfect for babies from the start of weaning and up. These smooth purees are made from single ingredients that are gentle on baby’s gums and tummies (we love Only Apple, Only Peas, and Only Carrot).

Stage two features food for the developing palates of babies aged nine months and up. We mix ingredients to create tantalizing flavors for your growing baby. The texture is a bit lumpy to encourage chewing. Try our Sweet Potato, Carrot, & Broccoli and our Butternut Squash & Peas.

Tots is perfect for toddlers just starting to feed themselves. These products help prepare toddlers for regular meals. The portion sizes are larger as toddlers rely on solid foods for more of their nutrition. The texture is chunky to encourage chewing and the yummy flavors help expand the palate. Your toddler will be able to easily grab the tasty solids or eat them with a spoon which helps develop motor skills. Try the Chicken Broccoli Bites and Lentil & Carrot!

Q: Why is Yummy Spoonfuls® frozen?

Answer: Freezing locks in nutrients and flavors at their peak of freshness without the need for preservatives or over-processing. Freezing is one of the most natural ways to preserve food and is similar to what we do at home when storing freshly cooked or leftover food.

Q: Is frozen as nutritious as freshly made?

Answer: In 1998, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that frozen fruits and vegetables provide the same essential nutrients and health benefits as fresh. It’s no wonder. The freezing process doesn’t dilute the food; it locks in nutrients and flavors without the use of any preservatives.

Q: Are herbs and spices good for my baby?

Answer: We believe so and use fresh, organic herbs & spices to create our delicious recipes. Every Yummy Spoonfuls’ recipe has been approved by a registered & licensed pediatric nutritionist to ensure they are appropriate for the age group. Herbs & spices enhance the flavor of foods and set baby up for a lifetime of adventurous eating.

Q: Yummy Spoonfuls® products are very bright; do you add color to your products?

Answer: Thank you for noticing! Vibrancy is fundamental to our products- both colors and flavors! We produce our food without the use of any preservatives or additives, including coloring agents. The vibrant colors all come directly from the food. We gently cook our food in small batches and lock-in the natural color through freezing. You can see and taste the difference!

Q: Why don’t you add salt or sugar to your baby food pouches?

Answer: We don’t add salt or sugar to our pouch meals simply because it is unnecessary. The sweetness of the fruits and the savory flavors of the vegetables are enough to please baby’s palate. Research shows that eating patterns are developed from the very first spoonful. So, give your baby a healthy start without the extra sugar and salt. This will help your baby develop a taste for clean, healthy, wholesome meals that will last a lifetime.

Q: Are any of your products gluten free?

Answer:   Yes. All of our products are gluten-free. We use ingredients that do not contain the top 8 allergens.  No Peanuts, TreeNuts, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, Egg, Soy or Dairy.  We partner with companies to make our yummy products using ingredients without the top 8 allergens but also ensure they have controls in place that protect our products from potential cross-contamination of allergens.  

Q: Are any of your products Vegan?

Answer:   Yes. All of our Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouches are vegan. In addition, three of our Tots products are vegan – Sweet Potato & Adzuki Beans bowl, Lentil & Carrots bowl and Sweet Potato Quinoa bites.

packaging

Q: Is your packaging BPA free and microwave safe?

Answer: Yes, all of our packaging is BPA-free, microwave safe, and easy-to-use. Our Tots trays are also oven safe.

Q: What is BPA and is it harmful to children?

Answer: BPA (Bisphenol A) is often found in food storage containers, including plastics and cans. It is a chemical that acts as a synthetic estrogen and endocrine disruptor.

product usage, storage and safety

Q: How long does your product last? When does it expire?

Answer: Our stage 1, stage 2 pouches and Tots meals will last up to 12 months in the freezer. Please check the ‘best before’ date on the packaging for the expiration date. All products must be used within 24 hours of heating or defrosting. Any leftover food should be refrigerated and not refrozen.

Q: How should I prepare the Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouches?

Answer: Stage 1 Yummy Spoonfuls fruit pouches are best served chilled and the veggies are best served warm.  Simply defrost overnight in the refrigerator or gently warm in a bowl of hot water.  To quickly defrost and heat, remove cap and microwave at 50% power in 10 second intervals.  Secure the cap, shake and massage the pouch to ensure even heat distribution.  Product will be hot; allow to cool for 1 minute and always check temperature before serving.

Stage 2 Yummy Spoonfuls fruit pouches are best served chilled and the veggies, legumes, and whole grains are best served warm.  Simply defrost overnight in the refrigerator or gently warm in a bowl of hot water.  To quickly defrost and heat, remove cap and microwave at 50% power in 10 second intervals.  Secure the cap, shake and massage the pouch to ensure even heat distribution.  Product will be hot; allow to cool for 1 minute and always check temperature before serving.

Do NOT cut open the pouches – simply unscrew the cap to serve.

Q: How should I store the Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouches?

Answer: Always keep the pouches in the freezer until use.  Use within 24 hours of heating or thawing.  Unused portions must be kept in the refrigerator.  Do not refreeze.

Keep out of reach of children 3 years or younger.  If cap seal is broken or loose, or pouch looks damaged, please discard.   Use with adult supervision.

Q: How should I prepare the Tots Bites?

(Please see separate instructions for the Tots Bowls)

Answer: You can prepare our Bites in either a microwave oven, a conventional oven, or a skillet. Just heat and serve!

Microwave Oven:
1: Remove film and place tray on a microwave safe plate.
2: Heat on High for 10 seconds.
3: Separate bites so they will heat evenly, place back in microwave for additional 30-40 seconds.

Conventional Oven:
1: Preheat Over to 350 F
2: Remove the film from the tray, separate the bites, and place evenly on a baking sheet.
3: Heat for 10 minutes, remove from oven.

Skillet:
1: Place in pan. Cover for best results.
2: Heat on Med-High for 3-3.5 minutes on each side.

Note:
Ovens vary, for best flavor do not overheat, product is fully cooked.
Store any unused portions in the refrigerator and use or discard after 24 hours.
Do Not Refreeze.

Caution:
Product will be hot, allow to cool for 1 minute and always check temperature before serving.

Q: How should I prepare the Tots Bowls?

(Please see separate instructions for the Tots Bites)
Answer: You can prepare our meals in either a microwave oven or a conventional oven. Either way, just heat and serve!

Microwave Oven:
1: Simply remove film from the tray and place on a microwave-safe plate.
2: Heat on High for 1 minute and stir thoroughly.
3: Heat for an additional 40-45 seconds and stir.

Conventional Oven:
1: Preheat Over to 350 F
2: Simply remove film from the tray and place the center of a baking sheet.
3: Heat for 30 minutes, remove from oven and stir thoroughly.

Note:
For best taste, we recommend cooking in a conventional oven. Ovens vary, do not overheat, product is fully cooked.
Store any unused portions in the Refrigerator and use or discard after 24 hours.
Do Not Refreeze.

Caution:
Product will be hot, allow to cool for one minute and always check temperature before serving as contents may be hot. Use with adult supervision.

Q: How should I store the Tots meals?

Answer: Please store the meals in the freezer until usage. Use within 24 hours of thawing and do not refreeze.

ingredients

Q: Is your food USDA certified organic?

Answer: Yes, we care about the health of your baby and the environment. On a pound-for-pound basis, babies consume more food than adults and we believe organic is best for developing babies. Our food is USDA certified organic. This means the ingredients have been grown according to strict standards (free from synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, ripening agents and fungicides for a minimum of three years) and are certified by independent, third parties. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting these standards.

Q: Is your food non-GMO and non-GE (free from genetically engineered ingredients)?

Answer: Yes, the Yummy Spoonfuls products are all free of chemicals, pesticides, GMOs, and genetically engineered ingredients.

Q: What are Genetically Engineered Ingredients?

Answer: Simply put, genetic engineering is the process of taking genes from one strain of plant, animal or virus and inserting them into another, with the goal of reproducing characteristics of the original species in the receiving species

where to buy

Q: Where can I buy Yummy Spoonfuls?

Answer:  You can find Yummy Spoonfuls in the kids frozen section at Target nation-wide.

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Q: Do you offer coupons?

Answer:   Yes, we often offer coupons through our Offer page. You can also join our Yummy family by following us on  Facebook, Instagram  or Twitter and by signing up for our Grow Up Yummy newsletter here.

Q: Can you send me samples?

Answer: While we would love to send samples of our frozen organic food for babies and toddlers to you, the perishable nature of our meals makes it cost prohibitive to do so. Stay connected to know when there may be a tasting in your area or request a coupon by contacting us.

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