If you're starting out on your weaning journey, then you'll know that practical and easy food options are super important - that's why the best baby food pouches should be on the top of your shopping list.
When you begin to introduce solids to your baby, food pouches are a great option because they're easy to store and can be taken on the go. As well as this, there are loads of delicious flavours and options that your child can get stuck into.
Being able to feed your baby nutritious and delicious food while you're on the go is vital. Sometimes, food pouches are the most convenient and tasty options available to both you and your baby.
How can I use my baby food pouches?
Not sure how you can incorporate food pouches into actual meals? Well, Ella's Kitchen is on hand to help you create yummy food for tiny tummies. We love this incredible fish fingers recipe!
There are lots of ways to include baby food pouches though, most mothers will use them as compact and easy food if you're in a rush or out and about.
Are baby food pouches healthy?
We recommend using baby food pouches up until 9 months because they'll be slightly thicker and a good way to work different ingredients into your baby's diet. They're a great tool to work your way onto solid food easily and accessibly.
After 9 months, though, you'll want to move your baby onto even thicker recipes with chunks and pieces for your baby to chew. You can still use baby food pouches within this time to slowly adapt.
So what baby food pouches should I be buying?
That said, there are loads of baby food pouches available to buy these days - it isn't about jars of spag bol anymore. With so many brands and flavours to choose from, how do you know which ones are best?
Luckily for you, we've rounded up the reviews from our Mother&Baby Awards testers to bring you our list of the best baby food pouches that you can buy today, either online or in the supermarkets.
Best baby food pouches
Shortlisted in the 2020 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
Little Freddie's Stage 2 meals are high in protein and a healthy option to enjoy during family mealtimes. We love that the recipe works to make a 'homemade taste' and the ingredients include sourced nutritious options.
Approved by a nutritionist, pick up this free range and organic Little Freddie pack of 6 baby food pouches.
Mum tester, Emma, said: "When my 9-month-old decides he is hungry there isn't much of a window to make him something to eat before all hell breaks loose and he ends up too upset to eat. So having something quick and convenient to prepare for him beats cooking my own meals from scratch every time! These pouches are super quick and easy to prepare resulting in more relaxed mealtime."
Read our full review of Little Freddie Organic Baby Food in the M&B Awards here
Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
A perfect choice for any parent popping out to the shops, the Tesco baby pouches range in both Stage 1 and 2 was shortlisted for our M&B Awards this year.
Chosen for its high-quality ingredients while being much cheaper than the leading brands, you can get your hands on this baby food pouch for quality with ease.
Mum tester Ruth said: "I would recommend them as they are good value for money, much cheaper than the leading brand which I feel is very expensive. They also have a good variety and I think they are just as good as the brand leader. My little one enjoyed the different options and I have bought more since testing."
Read our full read our full review of Tesco's Own Brand Baby Food Pouches in the M&B awards here
Winner of the 2021 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
Mamia's breakfast range of pouches are easy options for your little one's breakfast, taking the stress out of the first meal of the day (which is often a rush if you're trying to get to work and nursery on time).
Taking top spot for our Mother & Baby Best Baby Food Range 2021, Mamia is available in three flavours, they add variety to your baby's diet; they're good value for money too.
Mum tester, Tasleema, said: "The reason I would recommend this to other mums, friends, family, neighbours is that they have helped me with an easier breakfast routine. I no longer dread the morning feeding time for my weaning child who is a fussy eater, but seems to like these pouches. They are quick, easy and clean to transport."
Read our full review of the Mamia Breakfast Pouch Range in the 2021 M&B awards here
Silver winner in the 2018 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
These baby food pouches are made from 100 per cent organic products, giving you peace of mind knowing your weaning baby is getting filled with the good stuff. The screw top is a great idea and our panel of mum testers loved being able to see the nutritional value of the food.
If you've been to any baby aisle in the supermarket, you'll be able to recognise this brand and it's all organic for the best ingredients for your baby.
Mum tester, Beata Jenner, said: "A screw on top helps to open and close this pouch in minutes without any spillage or wastage concerns. It allows you to feed the hungry tummy in seconds, whether that's on the go or at home. They are also very versatile and can be used in any combination. I am experimenting with adding them to pasta or a meat dish, which my baby absolutely loves."
Read our full review of Ella's Kitchen Four Vegetable-only Flavours in the M&B Awards here
Shortlisted in the 2019 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
The range of Babease food pouches are perfect to introduce your little one to new flavours and textures. There's a wide range of ingredients to expand your baby's palate; they're all organic, suitable for vegetarians, dairy-free, gluten-free and contain no added salt or sugar.
We like these meals because they are broken up into four different types of baby food, even up to 10 months and finger food - perfect to develop your child's feeding stages.
Mum tester, Lauren, said: "I would recommend them as the pouch design is easy to use, quick, efficient and leaves a minimal mess. The flavours are brilliant and unlike any other baby foods on the market that tend to stick to 'traditional tastes', this widens the palates of weaning babies from the get-go."
Read our full review of Babease Stage 2 Vegetable Led Meals in the M&B Awards here.
Shortlisted in the 2020 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
If you loved the breakfast range, Aldi's Mamia also offers organic food pouches for the rest of the day.There are loads of flavours and recipes to choose from and the price is good value too.
Mum tester, Jenny, said: "Using this product has made feeding my baby on the go much easier. Not only is this more convenient, but it's great value for money. The range uses organic ingredients and doesn’t have any added sugar. I have been very impressed and will definitely continue to use them. In my opinion, they are as good (if not better) as other more well-known brands."
Read our full review of the Mamia Food Pouches Range in the M&B awards here
Bronze winner in the 2019 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
These Ella's Kitchen baby food pouches have no added sugar, salt or water, no additives or thickeners and are non-GM. The organic peas pouch contains simply peas and water, steamed to get the texture just right.
These are a great option for younger babies who aren't working up to lumps or chewing yet and will help them to love the taste of their veggies.
Mum tester Emma said: "Using Ella's pouches made weaning so easy, previously I had spent hours in the kitchen batch cooking, blending and freezing pots but the pouches made it so simple. They are also quick to warm up."
Read our full review of Ella's Kitchen Love Veg Range in the M&B awards here
Shortlisted in the 2018 M&B Awards Best Baby Food Range/Product
A huge selling point of Piccolo is the creative flavours on offer to expand your baby’s taste buds – you'll find beetroot, kale and cherry flavours in these baby food pouches.
The pouches went down really well with our panel of mum testers, although they wished there were smaller sizes on offer for smaller babies as these pouches are suitable for babies over seven months and are also gluten free.
Mum tester, Joanne Harding, said: "I would use these baby food pouches above others – they have unique mixes of healthy ingredients and my little boy enjoyed them. The thing that made them stand out from others I have seen is the wide mix of flavours, usually containing at least three key ingredients. They also add extra little ingredients like herbs or vanilla. It all feels very healthy and make life easier as a working mum."
Read our full review of Piccolo Organic Baby Food in the M&B awards here