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Little Spoon Reviews: Fresh, Organic Meal Delivery for Babies and Kids

Updated on 1 August 2021 • 11 minute read
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Overview 

Are you a busy or working parent thinking about getting a baby food delivery service from Little Spoon but unsure whether it’s healthy or if it’s the right choice for your little one

You’ve found the right place, mama! Let’s review the pros and cons of Little Spoon to see whether this organic baby meal delivery service is right for you.

You’ll also learn how much Little Spoon costs and whether they have meals available for older kids too.

 

Key Features 

Little Spoon is a food company that offers fresh, organic baby food sent right to your doorstep every two weeks. 

Meal plans are custom-made for your baby. It’s something that makes Little Spoon different from the other food companies offering meal delivery services for babies and toddlers.

 

Pricing/Packages

The pricing depends primarily on the type of meal and the plan you subscribe to. For example, BabyBlends start at $2.75 per meal while Plates start at $5 per meal.

Little Spoon Baby Foods (BabyBlends)

  • One meal per day = 14 meals delivered for two weeks = $3.50 per blend or $25 per week
  • Two meals per day = 28 meals delivered for two weeks = $3.20 per blend or $45 per week (instead of $49)
  • Three meals per day = 42 meals delivered for two weeks = $2.75 per blend or $58 per week (instead of $74)

 

Little Spoon Kid’s Meals (Plates)

  • Four meals per week = eight meals delivered for two weeks = $6.50 per meal or $26 per week
  • Six meals per week = 12 meals delivered for two weeks = $6 per meal or $36 per week (instead of $39)
  • Nine meals per week = 18 meals delivered for two weeks = $5.50 per meal or $50 per week (instead of $59) 
  • Twelve meals per week = 24 meals delivered for two weeks = $5 per meal or $60 per week (instead of $78)

 

Shipping costs a flat rate of $5 for BabyBlends and $6 for Plates.

 

Meal Flavors Available & Nutrition Facts 

Little Spoon offers BabyBlends, designed to introduce different kinds of flavors that might help keep your baby from becoming a picky eater in the future.

 

Moms' Choice

Little Spoon Baby Blends Kale Avocado Green Apple Chia

This textured baby food has vitamins and minerals from kale, avocado, green apple, and chia for your baby’s brain and bone development.
It’s made from certified organic ingredients with no preservatives, no artificial flavors, no heavy metals, no hormones or antibiotics, and no fillers. Everything in this jar is all-natural.

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Kids' Choice

Little Spoon Butternut Squash Puree

Butternut Squash is a smooth, certified-organic blend that contains potassium and vitamins A, C, and E to help promote your baby’s eye development and immunity.
This non-GMO, gluten-free, and sugar-free baby blend has no preservatives.

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Promotes Better Digestion

Little Spoon Apple

This apple nutritious blend contains soluble and insoluble fiber to help maintain your baby’s regular bowel movement. It’s good for digestion and can also help boost your child’s immunity.
Your baby can get potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C, K, and B6 from this organic red apple blend.

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Best for Brain Development

Little Spoon Sweet Potato Apple Blueberry Flax

Little Spoon combines sweet potatoes (rich in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber), flax (rich in Omega-3 fatty acids), blueberries (rich in flavonoids and antioxidants), and apples (rich in vitamin C and fiber) in this nutritious blend.
It’s good for your baby’s eye and brain development. This is also a textured blend that introduces them to different flavors in one meal.

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Promotes Immunity

Little Spoon Carrot Mango Coconut Milk Turmeric

Formulated to help improve immunity and eye development, this smooth blend is packed with folate, potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A & C.
Your baby gets antioxidants for better immunity from turmeric, and healthy fats for brain development from coconut milk. Plus, mangoes and carrots are rich sources of vitamin C and beta-carotene.

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These are the choices on the rotating menu (availability changes every season) for the baby food purees and food blends:

  • Apples
  • Avocado, green apple, broccoli, and spirulina
  • Bananas
  • Beet, banana, and mango
  • Blueberries
  • Blueberry, chickpea, spinach, pear, and rosemary
  • Broccoli, pineapple, banana, and hemp
  • Broccoli and spinach
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrot, apple, buckwheat, cinnamon, pumpkin seed, and flax oil
  • Carrot, apple, and ginger
  • Carrot, mango, banana, and chia
  • Carrot, mango, coconut milk, and turmeric
  • Kale
  • Kale, avocado, green apple, and chia
  • Kale, carrot, and pear
  • Kale, white bean, pear, basil, quinoa, and avocado oil
  • Mango
  • Pea, pear, and mint
  • Pear
  • Pitaya, pineapple, spinach, banana, and coconut oil
  • Prunes
  • Quinoa
  • Quinoa, butternut squash, kale, and apple
  • Quinoa, raspberry, pear, coconut milk, vanilla, dates, and wheat germ oil
  • Spinach, mango, banana, and hemp
  • Strawberry, basil, beet, pear, and chia
  • Strawberry and rhubarb
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sweet potato, apple, blueberry, and flax
  • Sweet potato and carrot
  • Sweet potato, apple, red bell pepper, and turmeric
  • Veggie puree
  • Zucchini

 

They also have seasonal flavors, such as:

  • Cranberry apple pie
  • Peppermint swirl
  • Gingerbread cookies

 

Nutritional facts (% Daily Values) for the butternut squash puree:

  • Calories: 50
  • Fats: 0g, 0%
  • Total carbohydrates: 13g, 14%
  • Dietary fibers: 2g
  • Proteins: 1g, 9%
  • Potassium: 60%
  • Vitamin C: 50%
  • Vitamin E: 30%
  • Vitamin A: 700%

 

Nutritional facts (% Daily Values) for the strawberry, basil, beet, pear, and chia blend:

  • Calories: 60
  • Fats: 1g
  • Total carbohydrates: 13g
  • Dietary fibers: 4g
  • Proteins: 1g, 9%
  • Potassium: 35%
  • Vitamin C: 45%
  • Folate: 70%
  • Vitamin B6: 20%
  • Calcium: 10%

 

Special meal options:

  • Options for dairy-free foods: Yes
  • Options for hypo-allergenic foods: Yes
  • Options for gluten-free foods: Yes
  • Options for vegetarian foods: Yes

 

Proteins for BabyBlends are completely sourced from plants: grains, legumes, and seeds.

Unlike some competitors such as Yumi, Little Spoon doesn’t offer finger foods in their toddler meals

But they do have other items not offered by Yumi: vitamins, probiotics, natural remedies for common ailments, and foods for big kids (marketed as Plates).

If your baby is ready for other solid foods aside from puree, you can slowly transition to the kid’s meals. Little Spoon will also guide you through this milestone.

 

Picky Eater's Favorite

Little Spoon Plates Chicken Pot Stickers

Made from antibiotic-free chicken and organic vegetables, the Chicken Pot Stickers are among the favorite meals from Little Spoon’s Plates menu.
This plate features chicken pot stickers, light veggie and quinoa stir fry, and steamed edamame.
Seasoned with sea salt, this organic finger food has no eggs, no nuts, and no dairy.

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Best Seller

Little Spoon Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

This delicious meat-free and nut-free blend contains fresh baby spinach and creamy ricotta cheese. It’s also topped with Little Spoon’s signature hidden veggie tomato sauce.
Each serving contains protein, vitamin D, calcium, iron, potassium, and dietary fiber.

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The following are the options for Little Spoon Plates for children up to 10 years old:

  • Beet superfood sliders with peas and sweet potato carrot poppers
  • Broccoli bites with green beans and sweet potato carrot poppers
  • Cauliflower croquettes with veggie millet poppers and carrots
  • Cheesy black bean pupusas with Spanish veggie rice
  • Chicken potstickers with quinoa veggie stir fry and edamame
  • Chicken super nuggets with broccoli and sweet potato carrot poppers
  • Chicken teriyaki with quinoa “fried rice”
  • Gluten-free cauliflower gnocchi with veggie marinara sauce
  • Mac and three cheese with invisible carrots and butternut squash
  • Penne and kale turkey meatballs with broccoli and veggie marinara sauce
  • Southwest chicken fajita bowl with Spanish veggie rice
  • Spaghetti and turkey meatballs with kale and broccoli
  • Spinach and cheese ravioli made with veggie marinara sauce
  • Three cheese egg bites and sweet potato hash
  • Three cheese tortellini and kale pesto
  • Turkey kale sliders with carrots and millet poppers 
  • Turkey rice balls with sweet potato mash
  • Turkey taco bowl with Spanish veggie rice
  • Veggie tenders with broccoli

 

Nutritional facts (% Daily Values) for the chicken potstickers:

  • Calories: 240
  • Fats: 7g, 9%
  • Total carbohydrates: 31g, 11%
  • Dietary fibers: 5g, 18%
  • Proteins: 14g
  • Potassium: 6%
  • Iron: 15%
  • Vitamin B6: 20%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Dietary fiber: 18%

 

Little Spoon offers the following dipping sauces, certified to have no preservatives and additives found in grocery store brands:

  • Avocado crema (guacamole dip with nutritious ingredients)
  • Creamy dill ranch (made with Greek yogurt)
  • Honey mustard (sweetened with honey and apple butter)
  • Soy glaze (Asian-inspired dumpling dipper)
  • Veggie ketchup (with butternut squash, carrots, and spinach)

 

Health Boosters Available & Nutrition Facts

 

Best Vitamin

Little Spoon Gut Feeling Probiotics

Gut Feeling is a non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian probiotic that’s made for your baby’s gut health.
It’s designed specifically for babies and contains 3 Billion CFU’s of clinically researched probiotics to help build a healthier and more resilient gut.

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Best Natural Remedy

Little Spoon Sniffle Shield

Sniffle Shield is a gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegetarian vitamin blend that contains zinc, prebiotics, and vitamins C & E to help improve your child’s immunity.

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Constipation Relief

Little Spoon Poopie Power

Get things moving and out with Poopie Power, a booster that contains vitamin C, probiotics, prebiotics and prune powder.
Each pack contains 3 billion CFU’s of Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 6594 to promote better digestion.

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Brain Booster

Little Spoon Wiz Kid

Wiz Kid gives your child a brain-boost and helps battle iron deficiency in a taste-free, easy-to-swallow formulation.
This non-GMO also contains iron, DHA, lutein, and vitamins E & C.

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Aside from healthy meals, Little Spoon also offers the following natural remedies, vitamins, and probiotics ($5.99 for a box with five packs):

  • Gut Feeling probiotics contain 3 Billion CFUs (colony-forming units) of Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 6594 to support your child’s tummy and immune health.
  • Sniffle Shield contains vitamins C & E, zinc, probiotics, and elderberry to provide a boost for your child’s immune system during sick days.
  • Poopie Power contains prebiotics, probiotics, and prunes to boost tummy health and help alleviate constipation.
  • Wiz Kid vitamins contain spinach, iron, vitamin E, and omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to support your child’s brain development.

 

Nutritional facts (% Daily Values) for the Sniffle Shield:

  • Calories: 5
  • Total carbohydrates: 2g
  • Vitamin C: 100%
  • Vitamin E: 100%
  • Zinc: 100%

 

Little Spoon recommends that you consult with your child’s pediatrician before using these health boosters and natural remedies.

 

Organic Food for Your Little One

Little Spoon uses organic ingredients certified by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

But why choose organic food for your little one? Many moms are unsure whether buying high-quality organic food is worth the high price tag.

Studies show that eating organic foods can reduce the risks of obesity, otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear), and congenital disabilities. It might also reduce risks of infertility, allergic sensitization (becoming sensitive to certain allergens), blood cancers called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and other types of cancer. (1)(2)

 

Allergens and Preferences

The baby purees by Little Spoon contain no allergens from the ‘Big Eight’ (fish, crustacean shellfish, eggs, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans).

Plates (the meals for the big kids) might contain some of these allergens. But these are indicated on the packaging, so you’ll know what to avoid.

 

Food Safety 

All Little Spoon products have:

  • No preservatives.
  • No additives.
  • No added sugars.
  • No artificial flavors.
  • No fillers.
  • No food coloring.
  • No hormones.
  • No heavy metals.
  • No GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
  • No extreme heat processing.

 

All Little Spoon products are prepared through HPP (high-pressure processing) in allergy-friendly kitchens with strict sanitation practices. Third-party lab tests are performed after each batch of meals, and kitchen facilities are also tested every week.

Extreme heat cooking techniques are avoided because that might reduce the foods’ nutritional value.

Each meal, BabyBlends or Plates, is placed in nutrition-preserving packaging that’s BPA-free. BPA (bisphenol-A) is a toxic chemical often used in manufacturing plastics.

In addition, all packaging materials are 100% curbside recyclable. The blue plates for the kiddie meals are dishwasher safe and can be reused for meals at home.

 

How Does Little Spoon Work?

To start your baby food subscription, you have to enter your baby’s details:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Food allergies
  • Other types of food consumed
  • The milk they’re drinking (breast milk or formula)
  • Meat preferences

 

It’s necessary to enter these details because your Little Spoon subscription is tailored to your baby’s needs and personal developmental history by a team of pediatricians and nutritionists.

You can’t choose what particular foods are included in your subscription, but you can pick how many meals you want to order per delivery (meals good for two weeks).

Deliveries are done every two weeks.

  • Delivery to 48 continental states: Yes
  • Delivery to Hawaii or Alaska: No

 

After your first order, you are free to modify your subscription anytime before the cutoff at 6 pm EST Saturday (the Saturday before your delivery schedule). 

You can pause, skip, modify, or cancel your subscription on your online account, including making a change in your delivery address before the cutoff.

You can also reach customer service through chat, call, text, or email.

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • All products are made from fresh, organic ingredients for healthy mealtime options.
  • Little Spoon teams up with pediatricians and nutritionists for tailor-made meal plans for your baby.
  • Little Spoon Baby Foods are created from tried-and-tested scientific methods to provide nutrition for your baby’s needs. 
  • Designed for picky eaters, Little Spoon Kid’s Meals are available for big kids up to 10 years old, with some ‘invisible’ vegetables added to the food.
  • Natural remedies, vitamins, and probiotics are also available.
  • Subscriptions are delivered every two weeks.

 

Cons

  • Little Spoon controls what foods are sent to your baby, based on the meal plan prepared by their team of nutritionists and pediatricians. Your baby might not like some of the foods they offer.
  • They don’t offer a refund for foods your baby refuses to eat.
  • Little Spoon Baby Foods are limited to purees. They don’t offer finger foods.
  • Little Spoon Kid’s Meals might have allergens, but these are indicated on the packaging.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Prior to Little Spoon, I made all of Olivia’s baby food. I wanted to be sure she was getting the best of the best. After being introduced to Little Spoon, I am no longer spending so much time each Sunday making food for the week. Little Spoon comes up with creations that I would have never thought of. She has been able to enjoy such a wide variety of foods! Olivia loves Little Spoon, and I love it too! The second she sees her Little Spoon food container, she is banging on her tray out of excitement. It almost takes two of us to feed her because she wants to eat it so quickly!” – Reviewer on the Little Spoon website.

 

You can edit your order based on what your baby likes/doesn’t like; the food is organic and doesn’t contain lemon juice (unlike the pouches), and because it’s made in small batches/not manufactured to be shelf-stable, it’s less likely to get contaminated by heavy metals from machinery (or so they say; some of the organic baby foods that are sold in stores do contain heavy metals according to Consumer Reports). I also like the convenience of not having to think about what foods/flavors to introduce when.” – Reviewer on Reddit.

 

Little Spoon is one of the first foods Dallas ate, and she absolutely loved all of the flavors! After reading that most baby food has been on shelves had been there as long as Dallas has been alive, I decided I needed to be more conscious about what I feed her. Little Spoon’s food is fresh and packed with the nutrients that Dallas needs in order to grow strong and healthy. I love the yummy flavors, too. Her favorite so far are the beets, apple, and rice! I stand behind Little Spoon, and Dallas definitely approves! We look forward to new meals to try with each shipment!” – Reviewer on the Little Spoon website.

 

Negative Reviews 

The turkey kale sliders with millet poppers and carrots food tastes bad. Honestly, this whole meal tasted like airplane food. The sliders were rubbery and not very good, and the carrots were mushy. I appreciate that Little Spoon tried to make a healthier, millet version of tater tots, but these lacked crunch and were not a hit with either of my kids.” – Reviewer on Reviewed.

 

Some of their blends contain 3+ ingredients, so if you’re committed to introducing each new food separately, you’ll need to figure out a way to do that. Sometimes the 2-day shipping actually takes 3-4 days. It’s kind of expensive, but my baby likes their stuff.” – Reviewer on Reddit.

 

It seems like an absurd waste of money. A service like this is going to make money, and taking a look at their website, it seems for a single puree a day, you are blowing $21 a week and close to $40 for 2 per day. You could spend significantly less getting a food processor or blender and buying fresh items at your local grocery store. You can use this as an opportunity to introduce new foods to your kid, rule out any potential allergies, and not waste money on food she dislikes.” – Reviewer on Reddit.

 

FAQs About Little Spoon

How is Little Spoon different from baby food sold in stores?

Little Spoon uses cold-pressure pasteurization for BabyBlends to ensure these fresh food purees stay fresh in your fridge for 14 days.

The baby food sold in stores might contain preservatives and are heavily processed with extreme heat to kill microorganisms so they can last for years on supermarket shelves.

 

Are Little Spoon baby meal options safe and organic?

All products are also Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Certified Organic.

These products also come in containers that don’t have BPA (bisphenol-A), a toxic chemical often used in making plastic containers and bottles.

 

Is Little Spoon FDA approved? 

Little Spoon adheres to the guidelines established by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). But they clearly indicate on their website that the FDA hasn’t evaluated their statements.

 

What age are Little Spoon products for? 

Baby Blends are for babies six months old and above until they are ready for solid foods at around ten to twelve months old.

Plates are designed for big kids up to 10 years old.

 

Do you heat Little Spoon food? 

You can heat Little Spoon foods (BabyBlends and Plates) in the microwave or a pot on the stove.

When heating Little Spoon baby food and toddler meals, don’t open the pack yet because the special Freshlock seal helps keep the temperature even during the process.

 

Can you freeze Little Spoon food? 

According to Little Spoon, their baby purees can last for 14 days in the fridge and up to three months in the freezer. Plates meal kits also last for 14 days in the fridge but only up to two months in the freezer.

 

What if my baby doesn’t like the food?

Note that Little Spoon doesn’t refund food packs that your child refuses to eat.

It can be frustrating to see your child rejecting the food you paid for, but Little Spoon recommends that you keep trying. They explained that a baby might need to taste new food at least 15 times before recognizing and developing a taste for it.

They also recommend involving big kids in the meal kit choices because that might make them feel empowered if they’re part of the meal planning process.

 

How can I cancel my Little Spoon subscription?

It’s easy to cancel your subscription from Little Spoon. You can do that on your online account or send a message to customer service.

 

What is Little Spoon’s Shipping Policy?

Your first order will be shipped out the following Tuesday after you make the order. Then, your food subscription will be delivered every two weeks after that.

Little Spoon currently delivers to 48 continental states in the US, but not to Alaska and Hawaii.

All meals are delivered with ice packs and placed inside packages made of recycled denim for insulation.

Once your Little Spoon order is shipped, you’ll receive the tracking details so you can monitor your delivery.

 

What is Little Spoon’s Return Policy?

Due to the nature of their products, Little Spoon doesn’t have a return policy.

 

Does Little Spoon have a recycling program?

The plates are completely recyclable and reusable. In addition, the food company is planning on launching a send-back program for the plates soon.

 

How to Contact Little Spoon

There are several ways to contact Little Spoon:

  • Call or text: 415-855-4155
  • Email: care@littlespoon.com
  • Live chat on the website: littlespoon.com 
  • Media inquiries: media@littlespoon.com

 

Alternatives to Little Spoon

If you want to compare your options, there are other alternatives to Little Spoon.

Other baby food subscription companies include:

  • Once Upon a Farm
  • Raised Real
  • Serenity Kids
  • Lil’  Gourmets
  • Mama Bear
  • Nurture Life
  • Plum Organics
  • Yumble
  • Tiny Organics
  • Cerebelly
  • White Leaf Provisions
  • Whole Foods
  • Yumi

 

Summary & Recommendation

Little Spoon is a food company that delivers baby food and complete meals for big kids right at your doorstep. 

We recommend Little Spoon because it offers a wide range of certified organic baby foods and kids’ meals tailored to your baby’s nutrition and development needs. But, mama, the final decision is still up to you.

Choose Little Spoon if:

  • You want to save time in meal planning while also providing your children with healthy, organic foods.
  • You want to let the experts take control over what your children should eat.
  • You don’t mind paying a higher price for organic food than other store brands.
  • You want the convenience of getting your children’s food delivered to your home.
  • You don’t mind getting your baby food orders every two weeks.

 

Don’t choose Little Spoon if:

  • You prefer making your baby’s food.
  • You can’t find a way to feed your baby new food provided in the meal plan.
  • You don’t like paying more for organic food products.
  • You want to get your baby food orders delivered every week.

 

 

 

REFERENCES

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7019963/

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6583612/

 

 

 

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