Navigating Commercially Available Baby Snacks

June 08, 2022 3 min read

When shopping for the best baby food and snacks, the choices can be overwhelming, often leaving you standing in the baby snack aisle with questions swirling through your head. 

What should you be looking for? Are additives okay? Should you only be feeding organic?

When you’re trying to decide what to feed your growing infants, making the healthiest choices is essential in helping to impact your little one’s long-term growth and development.

So how can you make sure that the snacks you’re feeding are made with well-balanced nutrition in mind? We’re here to help you find out. 

Includes Brain-Supporting Nutrients

The unfortunate truth is that many baby snacks and foods are not providing meaningful amounts of nutrients, like zinc, protein, and vitamin E, that your little one needs for their developing brain and body. 

Good snacks for your baby should include decent amounts of protein, vitamins, iron, zinc, selenium, copper, folate, and other nutrients. Aside from including critical nutrients, keep an eye out for organic or all-natural labels and high ingredient quality. Foods should be free from all heavy metals and harmful environmental and industrial contaminants.

If you see good nutritional qualities in a baby snack, you can rest assured that you are helping to contribute to your baby’s healthy growth and development during this critical phase in life. 

Focuses On Diet Diversity

Fruit purees are delicious, and definitely a favorite, but they are not the only food your child needs at this critical age. By exposing your infant to different flavors, textures, and types of foods, you introduce a variety of foods across the spectrum to ensure your infant meets growth and development goals. 

When choosing healthy baby snacks, you want real foods listed as the main ingredients, with little else. No long list of ingredients you’ve never heard of, let alone pronounce. For baby food snacks displaying a variety of veggies on the packaging, you may often find that is misleading and that there are very few veggies actually in the food itself. This can give parents a false sense of security in that they are feeding their growing children a balanced diet. 

Aside from fruits, look for cereals and grains, vegetables like squash or green beans, or even pureed proteins like chicken or turkey. It is also important to be aware that some brands may also include ingredients that are used for preservation or taste. 

Introduces Common Allergens Early and Often

Children are less likely to be atopic or allergic when they are exposed to diet diversity early in life and throughout the first 2 years. In the new 2020-2025 guidelines, the USDA suggests that “it is important to introduce potentially allergenic foods along with other complementary foods” within the first 4-6 months of life.

By introducing potentially allergenic foods, including peanuts, egg, cow milk products, tree nuts, wheat, crustacean shellfish, fish, and soy, the dietary guidelines suggest that this can reduce the risk of your infant developing a food allergy now and later in life.

Make Snack Time Count With SpoonfulONE

At SpoonfulONE, we believe in making snack time more meaningful.

Made from real, wholesome ingredients, SpoonfulONE’s delicious line of baby snacks makes consistent diet diversity a long-term habit. Every pack of SpoonfulONE includes 16 of the most common food allergens.

Easy to eat, packed with proteins, and designed for their growing needs - check out our line of allergen-full baby snacks.

  • Puffs (6+ months): A perfect on-the-go snack, Puffs are fun, vibrant snacks that come in a variety of flavors, are easy to pick up, and dissolve quickly in saliva.
  • Crunchy Puffs (9+ months): A new Puffs shape with savory flavors, Crunchy Puffs introduce your little one to a variety of flavors while they snack and self-feed. 
  • Oat Crackers (12+ months): Once your baby is actively biting and chewing food, Oat Crackers are the perfect way to maintain allergen feeding beyond the first year of life.