Baby food delivery services in London
From healthy meal delivery services to subscription boxes for babies, healthy food to feed your little one has never been easier for Londoners
Healthy eating for kids is a national obsession, and a parental one: from the moment our child is given the option to taste food other than breastmilk or formula, we want them to eat the most nutritious, colourful and balanced meals possible. Ideally everything will also be organic, locally sourced and sustainable, lovingly prepared by hand, from scratch, with as much variation as possible at every mealtime. We can dream, can't we?
The reality is that we're time-poor and stressed out, so this dream can't always become a reality. The good news for Londoners is that several baby food delivery services, subscription boxes and healthy kids' lunch companies have cropped up, delivering everything from organic purées to biodegradably packed lunches, to your door. Here are the names to know – and start ordering from.
A plant-based baby food subscription service, Mamamade ticks a lot of boxes for parents looking for nutritionally high foods without any nasties, as well as for unusual and exciting flavours for little ones - the veggie and wholegrain pouches include herbs and spices to develop a sophisticated palate from day one. You can order puree-only six-month-old meals, finger foods for older children, or a combination of both, which will arrive every two or four weeks and fit snugly in your freezer until baby is ready to eat them.
Bonus: all NHS parents are currently being offered boxes free of charge.
Photo: Little Tummy
Amazing news for new parents: Little Tummy, the award-winning baby food brand that uses cold-pressure processing to keep meals nutrient-heavy and flavourful, is now available on Deliveroo. The brainchild of Nadine Hellman and Dr Sophie Niedermaier-Patramani, Little Tummy dishes are centred around vegetables, like red lentils, mango and sweet potato or chickpeas, cauliflower and kale. You can subscribe to weekly boxes (from £20 a box) or order a one-off via Deliveroo if you're in central London. We don't need to mention model and mum-of-five Natalia Vodianova is a fan – but she is.
All the ingredients for tasty baby meals, courtesy of Little Eats
If you're looking for a meal delivery box for babies, then Little Eats has you covered. They'll deliver portioned, organic ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, along with meal-planning ideas and weaning tips, so you'll have everything you need for nutritious meals without the stress of planning, and food wastage will be minimal. The boxes are divided into four stages by age, with prices from £120 for four months.
Bellota's organic baby food range
Those early weaning days with a baby are thrilling, messy and exhausting, but also the crucial moment when you want to introduce your little one to lots of exciting new flavours. Bellota Baby, founded by mum-of-two Jade Ireland (with nutritionist Mary van der Westhuizen), is there for you, with certified organic and fresh deliciousness. You can serve your little one white bean, pea and mint, butternut squash and coconut, and roasted pepper and cashew purées without turning on the hob. You can also order bliss balls for older kids. Everything can be purchased as a one-off, or a subscription box, from £21 a week.
Kids' party food? Sorted, thanks to Little Eco Eats
Little Eco Eats
Parents are generally horrified at the amount of plastic waste a simple occasion like a kids' party or school trip can generate – but it's also tricky to ask small children to carry lunch boxes all day (and remember them) when they're travelling all over the city and around museums on public transport and on foot. Enter Little Eco Eats: purveyors of biodegradable, compostable and fully recyclable lunch boxes that can be delivered to you anywhere in London. The packed lunches include sandwiches, vegetables in a KeepCup, yogurt and a healthy snack (fruit jerky from surplus food brand Snact, fruit, raw chocolate buttons). For parties, they offer grazing boards for parents: cheese, charcuterie, pastries and – the key to survival at any child's party – prosecco (they'll even hire out staff if you need help on the day).
Ratatouïe delivers meals for kids of all ages
If you're looking for a food delivery service that tackles everything from a baby's needs to a large family's, then Ratatouïe can help, with veg-packed dishes for babies, toddlers and kids' such as chickpea and spinach stew with couscous and roasted ratatouille risotto. You can also order a family meal for up to six people, saving you the hassle of cooking a wholesome meal at the end of the day – and ensuring you, the parent, eat properly as well.