Savvy Parenting

Baby Food Delivery vs. Supermarket Baby Food

The last year has seen a massive increase in demand for home deliveries. The covid-19 pandemic limited the ability to go shopping for many people, and delivery services soon became the choice for many. Mothers with babies in particular sought delivery solutions as they did not want to risk the supermarkets, and this led to an expansion in the market with many more suppliers offering home deliveries.

Make a note here that we’re not necessarily talking about supermarket deliveries. Many specialist baby food delivery companies now offer a comprehensive range of products, usually of a high quality, delivered direct to the door. YUMI and Little Spoon are two of these, and we’ve put together a brief review of each so you can see what they’re all about. Of course, most of the major supermarkets also deliver – if you can find a slot – so why choose the specialists? Let’s look at the pros and cons of each method. 

Supermarket or Delivery? 

Before we get into our YUMI vs. Little Spoon comparison, let’s have a look at the advantages or otherwise of using these services over your regular supermarket. At present, the major benefit is that you will be able to get a slot for delivery with YUMI and Little Spoon whereas the supermarket will be overwhelmed and may not have available slots for a long time. This is not practical where baby food is concerned, as you need to be certain you will get your delivery.

The quality of baby food sold in supermarkets is certainly sufficient, but both YUMI and Little Spoon promise top quality products at sensible prices and offer a good range of options to keep mum and baby happy. Even in normal times it may be preferable to order from the specialists, rather than from supermarkets, as quality control is certain to be more stringent. Let’s talk about our two selected baby food delivery companies beginning with YUMI.

About YUMI

First, a quick point about quality control as mentioned above. A recent scare about substances such as heavy metals in baby foods caused concern but here’s what parents need to know about that, just to put your mind at rest. Another problem is that while supermarkets rely upon a variety of suppliers to take care of quality of their products, the baby food specialists have chosen theirs carefully in order to achieve the highest standards. So, what can you expect from YUMI?

YUMI was created as recently as 2017 but has already caused a stir. Founded by a pair of mums who did not like what they found among the ingredients in store-bought baby foods, it aims to provide quality organic baby food that is home-made on a weekly basis, with guarantees of healthy ingredients and no additives. The business has been a great success and is growing very quickly.

The pureed baby foods are the main product, but they also offer finger foods and bites for older babies and toddlers. We can’t stress enough that this is genuine home-made baby food created from carefully sourced organic ingredients, and many mothers are now firmly in the YUMI camp.

YUMI offers a weekly delivery service and charges by card on a monthly basis. If you wish to cancel a subscription it is easy to do. Signing up for the YUMI baby food delivery service is simple. You fill in your details and payment method and choose your plan – 1, 2 or 3 meals per day and by age – and then you’ll receive a recyclable package of baby food on the allotted delivery date and each one afterwards.

YUMI has a free delivery policy but its meals are more expensive than Little Spoon, but the difference may balance out over time. 

About Little Spoon

Like YUMI, Little Spoon is devoted to providing quality organic food for babies and has expanded its range to include ‘Plates’ which are meals for toddlers and older children up to the age of 10 years. Furthermore, their product range includes vitamins and probiotics, making the choice somewhat wider than the above.

The Little Spoon choice of meals is impressive, and the company is more established than YUMI having been founded in 2016. The founders wanted to bridge the gap between baby food that was of a high quality and that which is simply convenient, giving mothers the opportunity to buy quality organic and health food for babies and small children at affordable rates.

Where Little Spoon scores highly is in the range for older babies and children which consists of carefully devised meals that the children will not only want to eat but will enjoy, and that remain healthy and free from artificial colouring and preservatives. Little Spoon delivers fortnightly and also charges monthly by card. You can skip or cancel your subscription at any time you wish, and despatch is by courier every Tuesday with all packaging recyclable.

To sign up with Little Spoon you follow a simple process very much like that for YUMI and similar to most online subscription services. They want your name and address, payment method and also details of the child or children including any allergies and preferences, plus their age. Choose between 1, 2 or 3 meal a day plans, those for babies, toddlers or the Plates range for older kids, and then simply pick what you want in your delivery. Payment is safe and secure, and you are guaranteed quality food for baby and kids every time.

Each of the above two baby and child food delivery companies comes with its own merits, and there are different benefits to using YUMI or Little Spoon depending on what you want from the service. As we have said, the Little Spoon solution carries a delivery charge while the YUMI package does not, but there are other benefits that may sway a mother towards one or the other. Which is best? It’s hard to decide between these two impressive, reliable and highly regarded services, so let’s see if we can sum things up.

Which is Best?

If you are looking for a supplier of quality organic and healthy food for a baby up to the age of 2 years then either of these services can cater for you, and with an excellent choice whichever you use. If, however, you also need to feed an older child, only the Little Spoon service currently included food for toddlers and kids up to age 10 through its innovative and popular ‘Plates’ product line. That will obviously be the deciding factor if your situation is such, but what if it’s just for babies?

Both Little Spoon and YUMI do an excellent job of providing what they promise, and customer reviews of each give great praise to both the quality of the product and the service. Price wise, Little Spoons start at $2.74 per meal and YUMI at $3.75 – that’s quite a difference and it remains similar throughout – plus Little Spoons charges $5 or $6 per delivery, and YUMI is free. Things d balance out overall, so there’s not a lot in it. 

If you want to try them both that’s the best thing to do, as you can cancel your subscription easily at any time.