Mums’ picks 2018: best baby food

Mums have voted in their thousands to tell you the best baby and toddler products of 2018.

Once your baby reaches six months you’ll want the reassurance that her first mealtimes are enjoyable and good for her, whether you plan to use baby food jars and pouches regularly or as an occasional convenience. Parents have already done all the testing for you and reveal which baby food brands they recommend in 2018.Image of Mum's picks 2017 best baby food runner-up Aldi Mamia

5. Aldi Mamia

Why mums love it

Aldi Mamia uses only organic ingredients in its products. From breakfasts to finger foods, the range includes a selection of puree pouches, fruit pots and meals which don’t contain any added sugar. Snacks include mini apple rice cakes which are great dipped into fruity yoghurt for older babies.

Price: 52p (100g fruit pouch)

What mums say…

“The Aldi Mamia carrot snacks are really good as they easily melt on the tongue and help develop the hand to mouth coordination without being too messy. They’re really cheap and nice too.”

“The pouches are great for when you’re out and about. The breakfast ones are delicious and to be honest I couldn’t make it myself as cheaply.”Logo of Mums' picks 2017 best baby food runner-up Heinz Baby

4. Heinz Baby

Why mums love it

Promising to make products as close to homemade as possible, Heinz Baby uses ingredients you’d find in any family kitchen. From breakfasts to finger foods, the range includes products for every meal, presented in a variety of jars, pots and pouches.

Price: 90p (100g fruit pouch)

What mums say…

“I use the Heinz pouches. They are a good consistency and are much more reasonably priced than Ella’s Kitchen.”

“My son tried three new flavours of Heinz Baby food pouches. He loved the chicken flavour so much, he was trying to take the spoon off me before I had even put food on it!”Logo of Mums' picks 2017 best baby food runner-up Hipp Organic

3. Hipp Organic

Why mums love it

Hipp Organic prides itself on sourcing organic ingredients from sustainable farms. The weaning range includes puree pouches, fruit pots, meals in trays or jars and breakfast cereals.

Price: £1 (100g fruit pouch)

What mums say…

“My daughter loves Hipp Organic My First Sunday Dinner.”

“I use Hipp jars or pouches. There’s no added sugar or salt and they’re great when you’re out and about.”Logo of Mums' picks 2017 best baby food runner-up Cow & Gate

2. Cow & Gate

Why mums love it

Cow & Gate selects quality produce grown by farmers it trusts. The brand prides itself on the preparation process, washing, slicing and dicing ingredients until they are just the right size. Choose from purees in pouches and jars or toddler snacks such as rice cakes, breadsticks and fruit pieces.

Price: 90p (100g fruit pouch)

What mums say…

“My son loves Cow & Gate fruit yoghurt and he also enjoys the fruit cereal.”

“When I weaned my son he used to love eating Cow & Gate baby rice for breakfast.”Logo of Mums' picks 2017 best baby food winner Ella's Kitchen

1. Ella’s Kitchen

Why it’s a winner

Ella’s Kitchen offers a good range of flavours, using only organic ingredients. The brand encourages parents to start weaning with vegetables first, although a variety of fruit pouches, yoghurts and baby rice are also available. There’s a wide choice of meals for babies and toddlers, including dishes such as chicken paella, beef stew and bolognese bake. There’s also finger foods and products that are suitable for children with special dietary requirements.

Price: 90p (70g fruit pouch)

What mums say…

“I use the pouches as I can’t keep up with home cooking. I love them as they’re all natural ingredients with no hidden additives.”

“My daughter loves Ella’s Kitchen. The pouches are great when you’re out and about!”