For vegan parents, the idea of raising your child non-vegan can be pretty strange. Understandable, really. You wouldn’t put animal products into your body, why would you want to put them into your baby’s?
Fortunately, there’s an ever-expanding range of high-quality vegan baby foods on the market to put your mind at ease. You heard right! Let’s explore the best vegan baby food for you and your child.
Vegan baby formula
You or your partner may have breastfed your baby with no major issues. Or perhaps, like many parents, you looked to baby formula for some support.
Frustratingly, there is a serious lack of 100% vegan-friendly baby formula out there today. The toddler age range seems to be covered, but the entirely plant-based baby formula is hard to come by. That’s why we’ve created this summary of the best vegan baby foods, suitable for even the youngest babies.
Why are dairy-free baby formulas often not vegan?
Lots of dairy-free baby formulas out there contain Vitamin D3. This can be made from either lichen (a vegan-friendly source) or from sheep’s wool, which is an animal product.
If the dairy-free baby formula you’ve got your eye on states that it’s 100% plant-based on the label, you should be fine.
What do vegan babies need from their food?
- Protein: in the form of pulses, nuts and soy.
- Fats: preferably healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil.
- Vitamin B12: a micronutrient found in animal products, it can also be found in soy products and some cereals.
- Iodine: usually found in eggs, dairy products, and fish. Although it can be found in grains, it’s best to speak to your doctor about possible iodine supplements for your baby to avoid them developing a deficiency.
- Try to go organic where you can - whole foods are the healthiest option for babies.
Some of the best vegan baby food out there today
So, let’s take stock and check out some of the amazing options there are available for your vegan baby.
1. Pumpkin Tree Organics Organic Fruit Purees with Oat Seeds
Unbelievably convenient, delicious, and jam-packed with nutrients for your baby. This handy little pouch is a definite favorite among the parents here at PlantX.
Coming in a wonderful variety of flavors, these squeezy pouches of joy are super fibrous and bolstered by chia, flaxseed, and oats. Excellent for the health of your child!
Being proudly 100% organic, you know you are giving your child the best with Pumpkin Tree Organics.
2. Serenity Kids’ Veggie Pouches
Similar to Pumpkin Tree Organics, the guys at Serenity Kids have done parents a huge favor by making great vegan baby food unbelievably convenient and easy.
Packed into these humble pouches are plenty of organic vegetables such as spinach, sweet potato, squash, and many more.
Serenity Kids have been on a mission to create vegan baby food recipes which mimic breastmilk in terms of the nutrients and vitamins included.
Also, healthy fats like olive oil and avocado are added to encourage cognitive development and nutrient absorption.
3. Happy Baby’s Organic Broccoli and Carrots
Happy Baby has an impressive range of vegan baby food pouches, too. One of the best is this broccoli and carrots option.
Particularly excellent at interesting flavor combinations, other Happy Baby vegan baby food triumphs include their Organic Purple Carrots and Cauliflower, and Organic Squash, Chickpeas and Spinach. Your baby is going to have a seriously mature palette, and will grow just as strong as pop-eye!
100% organic and full of healthy fats, such as extra virgin olive oil, this delicious food pouch is a welcome burst of nutrients and minerals for your developing baby.
4. Else Nutrition’s Complete Nutrition for Toddlers
A beacon of hope to vegan parents, Else Nutrition has come up with a fantastic 100% plant-based formula for toddlers that has been endorsed by pediatric dietary experts and nutritionists.
Thank goodness for that!
Almonds, buckwheat, and tapioca constitute the three key ingredients of this pioneering plant-based formula. These whole plant foods are amazing sources of fiber, protein, healthy fats, and iron. What more could your baby want?
Vegan snacks for toddlers
1. Smart Sweets Peach Rings
Smart Sweets Peach Rings are perfect for using as bargaining power against your toddlers. Delicious, peachy, and juicy, you’ll struggle not to snaffle them all yourself instead of feeding them to your kids.
They may taste just like sweets, but these peach rings are also a great healthy vegan food - they contain plenty of fiber to keep your child’s digestive system ticking along.
2. Happy Baby’s Tomato and Basic Organic Snackers
Yummy and made from ancient grains, this handy snack is great for tiding kids over between meal times.
These cheeky snacks are organic and gluten-free, meaning they are easy on the tummy and suitable for your child if they have a gluten intolerance.
3. Bear Yoyo’s Strawberry and Mango Fruit Rolls
A die-hard favorite with PlantX parents, Bear Yoyo strawberry and mango fruit rolls are great for chucking in the bag quickly for a picnic or as an emergency snack when you’re out running errands with the kids.
With no added sugar and 100% natural ingredients, you get all the benefits of a snack hit whilst in the knowledge your children are eating something nutritious, healthy, and plant-based!
Here’s to happy healthy vegan babies!
Whatever other parents may say, it is most certainly possible to feed your babies good quality, healthy, wholesome vegan baby food.
Although 100% vegan breastmilk alternatives are thin on the ground, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to high-caliber vegan baby food suitable for babies aged 1 and over.
With Else Nutrition coming through on the vegan formula and the likes of Happy Baby and Pumpkin Tree Organics leading the charge on the pureed pouches, you can rest easy knowing your baby will have all the nutrients they need from vegan baby food.