At what age can my baby eat your food?
Babies can eat Fresh Bellies purees the moment they are ready for solids. While this is normally at six months, readiness varies from baby to baby, so please consult with your pediatrician. Once your baby is deemed ready for solids, you can feed them our tasty purees!
Stages is an industry concept that allows brands to sell different products by age. There is no proof that it is necessary to feed babies in stages and in fact, the AAP says there is no scientific evidence to prove that foods need to be introduced in any particular order. For this reason, and because there is sufficient evidence to show babies should be introduced to variety from the very beginning, we do not use stages to classify our food. Babies can eat Fresh Bellies the moment they are ready for solids and can continue eating them until they are 100+ years of age! Remember, when in doubt always consult with your pediatrician.
How do you cook your food?
Like any reputable Chef would! Our cooking methods vary by ingredients and while we never use sugar or salt, we season our food with herbs and spices to add flavor. The variations in cooking and the use of fresh ingredients result in slight differences in the color of our food. Our caramelized pears, for example, will sometimes be slightly caramel in color and other times yellow in color. The flavor, however, will always be amazing!
Don’t worry! Those delicious black specs are the result of our roasted red bell peppers. Yes, we said roasted. Because we cook our food like you would in your own kitchen, you’ll find variations like the roasted specs in our Cauliflower Bell Pepper flavor. You’ll also notice an incredible flavor that’s a lot more adventurous than your typical boiled or blanched baby food. Go ahead, give those taste buds a real treat!
Why can’t I peel back your seal?
To ensure the safety of our product, we use a tamper evident seal on all our cups. This is the film you find under our bright lids, keeping our delicious food intact. What this means for you is that the little sucker might be really stubborn. So, instead of pulling it off, you might have to poke a hole in the film to open the product and dig in!
Do your lids snap back on?
Absolutely! Our lids snap back on so you can store leftover food in the fridge. To snap the lids on properly, just hold them directly above the cup and snap them on. If you tilt the lid sideways they will not snap on. Tricky little suckers! It takes some getting used to but once you snap it on once, you’ll get the hang of it.
Where can we find your products?
Our products are available nationwide via our online store. For a list of store locations near you, please visit the Find Us section on our website. As we continue to expand our footprint we will provide updates on availability!
How many flavors do you offer?
We currently offer five flavors (two fruit and three vegetables) inspired by the essence of the seasons. We will roll out additional flavors in 2018.
Will my baby eat things like rosemary, cardamom, scallions, or Swiss chard?
Yes! Or at least, we hope so!
The more flavor children are introduced to when they start eating solids, the less likely it is they become picky eaters later in life. In fact, many babies will devour anything that is flavorful and tastes good when simply given the chance. Wouldn’t you?
We have seen skeptical moms pleasantly surprised when their babies cracked a smile at the taste of golden beets and thyme.
It used to be that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended starting with cereals or bland foods first, then veggies and finally fruit. Now, the AAP says there is no scientific evidence to prove that foods need to be introduced in any particular order. Remember, when in doubt, consult your pediatrician for expert advice.
Is your baby food organic?
Yes. While we are not certified, we only use ingredients from farms that are certified organic.
Why is your food sold refrigerated?
We do not use preservatives or additives in our food to make it shelf stable. Instead, we use natural ingredients and preserve our tastiness using High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP). This allows us to lock in the goodness, without turning to excessive heat or chemicals. Bright, flavorful and natural; our food tastes, looks and feels like baby food should!
Why do you use lemon juice in some of your flavors?
Lemons are a Chef’s secret weapon, and if you ask us, an essential ingredient in every kitchen. Think of all the times you squeezed some fresh lemons into your homemade hummus, over roasted broccoli or sautéed asparagus. Lemon juice enhances flavors and is a natural way to preserve food! For this very reason, they show up in our kitchen too. We use 100% lemon juice (and nothing else) in some of our vegetable flavors to preserve freshness and enhance flavor. While many products out in the market use fruit sugars to preserve freshness, we never add sweet fruit to our savory flavors. We also never use manufactured preservatives like ascorbic acid or citric acid. The end result is unmasked veggies and savory goodness that is free of preservatives.
Our cups, lids and spoons are all 100% recyclable and BPA/PVC free.