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Little Spoon vs. Yumi: Which Baby Food Subscription is the Best?

Updated on 26 May 2021 • 13 minute read
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Overview 

Is your little one ready to eat solid foods? It’s important to choose healthy meals packed with vitamins and minerals to meet your baby’s needs.

You can prepare your baby’s food at home, of course.

But if you’re a working parent or pressed for time, you can also opt for baby food delivery services such as Little Spoon and Yumi. They offer healthy meal options made with organic ingredients for your baby to try a variety of foods.

So, which baby meal delivery service is better: Little Spoon vs. Yumi

By the end of this comparison, you’ll know the pros and cons of these baby food subscription services to help you choose for your child.

 

Main Differences 

Little Spoon and Yumi are baby food delivery services that are both backed by pediatricians and nutrition experts. But these are their main differences:

Pricing and Shipping

  • Little Spoon’s BabyBlends start at $2.75 per meal, while Yumi food subscriptions start at $3.00. 
  • Little Spoon charges a flat-rate delivery fee of $5 for BabyBlends and $6 for Plates (food for older kids), while Yumi offers free delivery.

 

Delivery Frequency and Menu Options

  • Little Spoon delivers every two weeks, while Yumi delivers weekly.
  • Little Spoon has rotating menus that change every season, while Yumi offers different food items every week.
  • Little Spoon chooses the food sent to you, while Yumi lets you choose from the menu.

 

Available Food Options 

  • Little Spoon offers pureed baby food plus meal sets for kids up to 10 years old.
  • Yumi also offers pureed baby food plus finger foods for toddlers up to two years old.

 

Additional Products

  • Little Spoon offers toddler and big kid plate meals, vitamins & probiotics, and natural remedies for common ailments.
  • Yumi doesn’t have food service for kids older than two years old. They don’t have options for natural remedies and vitamins.

 

Packaging, Customer Service, & Community

  • Little Spoon uses BPA-free plastic tubs, while Yumi uses BPS-free glass jars. BPA (Bisphenol-A) is a toxic chemical used for commercial plastic manufacturing, while BPS (Bisphenol-S) is used for linings in many canned foods and beverages.
  • Little Spoon offers customer service with call, text, chat, or email support, but Yumi only offers customer service with the call, email, or text support, but no chat support.
  • Little Spoon has a dedicated parenting community where you can join and find answers to your parenting questions, while Yumi doesn’t. 

 

Key Features 

Little Spoon

  • Pricing/Packages: BabyBlends start at $2.75 per meal
  • Organic baby foods: Yes
  • Non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) Project Verified: Yes
  • USDA Organic Certified: Yes
  • Artificial flavors: No
  • Preservatives: No
  • Delivery: Every two weeks
  • Delivery fee: $5 for Baby Blends, $6 for Plates
  • Meal choices: Rotating menu, changes every season.
  • Choices for meal plan frequency: Yes
  • Food options: Pureed baby food, toddler and older kid meals
  • Additional products: Vitamins and probiotics, natural remedies for common ailments
  • Age foods are appropriate for: Up to 10 years old.
  • Recyclable packaging: Yes
  • Backed by pediatrician/nutritionist: Yes
  • Customer service: Email, call, chat, and text
  • Community: Yes
  • Cancel anytime: Yes
  • Options for hypo-allergenic foods: Yes
  • Options for gluten-free foods: Yes
  • Options for dairy-free foods: Yes
  • Options for vegetarian foods: Yes
  • Available in grocery stores: No
  • Military discount: Yes
  • Delivery to 48 continental states: Yes
  • Delivery to Hawaii or Alaska: No

 

You’ll need to provide these information during the ordering process: 

  • Your baby’s name
  • Your baby’s date of birth
  • Types of food they consume
  • The milk they drink (breast milk or formula)
  • Your baby’s food allergies
  • Your baby’s meat preferences

 

Meal Plans & Ordering

After entering those details, Little Spoon works with pediatricians and nutritionists to create a meal plan that fits your baby’s personal developmental history and needs.

They’ll also regularly provide food recommendations to support your baby’s health and growth needs. You’ll also receive information about what’s happening in your baby’s body with each developmental stage.

 

Modifying Food Orders

Little Spoon offers organic, non-GMO baby foods that are free from allergens and additives

Unlike Yumi, you can’t choose what foods will be included in your baby’s meal plan unless your baby suffers from food intolerance or allergies. That’s because the meal plan was tailored to your baby’s needs.

Little Spoon doesn’t offer refunds for foods that your baby didn’t like to eat. Instead, they encourage you to keep trying so your baby’s taste buds can get used to the new food.

 

Fresh, Organic Ingredients

The brand only uses fresh ingredients that expose your baby’s palate to a wide range of foods. That might help prevent them from becoming picky eaters as they grow older.

Little Spoon offers single-ingredient purees and combination veggie purees that include:

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Avocado oil
  • Bananas
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Buckwheat
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Chia
  • Chickpea
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut milk
  • Dates
  • Flax oil
  • Gingers
  • Hemp
  • Kale
  • Mangoes
  • Mint
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Pitaya
  • Prunes
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Quinoa
  • Spinach
  • Raspberry
  • Red bell pepper
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosemary
  • Spirulina
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry and 
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla
  • Wheat germ oil
  • White beans
  • Zucchini

 

These organic ingredients make healthy baby meals that provide your child with the proper nutrition needed for optimal brain and body development.

 

Special Features

Each pack of Little Spoon Baby Food comes with a little spoon made from non-toxic, BPA-free recycled materials (bisphenol-A is a toxic chemical used in making plastics). The teal spoons come in handy if you need to bring some packs on the go.

Through your online account, Little Spoon lets you make changes to your subscription (pause or cancel) anytime you need to.

Little Spoon also offers natural remedies and vitamin boosters that come in foil packs, so you can easily mix these into your BabyBlends. These vitamins and natural remedies are natural, sugar-free, and preservative-free.

Although they have food for older children, packaged and sold as Plates, this food subscription service doesn’t have finger foods for baby-led weaning.

 

Nutritional Facts and Ingredients

  • Little Spoon only uses fresh, organic ingredients.
  • All products are free from allergens.
  • All products are meat-free.
  • All products are certified organic baby food by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

 

Nutritional facts (% Daily Values) for the popular Strawberry Rhubarb blend (4 oz) that contains vanilla, coconut milk, banana, butternut squash, rhubarb, and strawberries:

  • Calories: 80
  • Fats: 3g, 10%
  • Total carbohydrates: 15g, 16%
  • Dietary fibers: 2g
  • Proteins: 1g, 9%
  • Calcium: 15%
  • Vitamin A: 70%
  • Magnesium: 30%
  • Vitamin C: 35%

 

Delivery Facts

  • Your orders will be shipped the following Tuesday after you place your order.
  • Subsequent orders will be shipped every two weeks afterward.
  • Once shipped, you’ll get an email with a tracking link so you can monitor your order.
  • Little Spoon delivers to 48 continental states in the US.
  • Meals are delivered in packaging with insulation, so your baby’s food remains fresh and cool.

 

Food Safety

All Little Spoon products go through HPP (high-pressure processing) to lock in nutrients, flavors, texture, color, and vitamins while also killing harmful bacteria.

Little Spoon doesn’t contain ingredients from the eight major allergens (tree nuts, milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, wheat, crustacean shellfish, and soy). Instead, protein sources for Little Spoon products are from plants: seeds, grains, and legumes.

But you can add little pieces of fish or chicken to your baby’s puree at home if your baby isn’t allergic to these ingredients.

 

Yumi

  • Pricing/Packages: BabyBlends start at $3.00 per meal
  • Organic baby foods: Yes
  • A facility certified by HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point): Yes
  • FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved: Yes
  • Artificial flavors: No
  • Preservatives: No
  • Delivery: Every week
  • Delivery fee: Free
  • Meal choices: Rotating menu, changes every week
  • Choices for meal plan frequency: Yes
  • Food options: Pureed baby food, finger foods (for ages 11 months and older)
  • Additional products: None
  • Age foods are appropriate for: Up to two years old.
  • Recyclable packaging: Yes
  • Backed by pediatrician/nutritionist: Yes
  • Customer service: Email, call, and text
  • Community: None
  • Cancel anytime: Yes
  • Options for hypo-allergenic foods: Yes
  • Options for gluten-free foods: Yes
  • Options for dairy-free foods: Yes
  • Options for vegetarian foods: Yes
  • Available in grocery stores: No
  • Military discount: Yes
  • Delivery to 48 continental states: Yes
  • Delivery to Hawaii or Alaska: No

 

To order from Yumi, you don’t need to enter your child’s information. You only have to choose from the following:

  • Meal plan (one meal, two meals, or three meals per day)
  • Recommended pack for age (meal stages)
  • Variety pack
  • Immunity pack
  • Baby-led weaning pack

 

Meal Plans & Ordering

Just like Little Spoon, you can also make changes to your subscription or cancel anytime. Your baby’s food will also be delivered in recyclable packaging with insulation that keeps the food fresh.

While this food subscription service doesn’t have foods for older kids, it offers finger foods for toddlers. The pureed baby foods also come in a wide range of textures, flavors, and food combinations.

Baby meals at Yumi are staged, allowing you to slowly introduce texture and different flavor combinations as your baby advances through the stages.

Yumi leans towards the baby-led weaning route, so your little ones can start eating solid foods when they’re ready.

 

Modifying Food Orders

Unlike Little Spoon, you can make modifications to your food orders at Yumi Baby Food

For example, you’re free to select boxes that don’t contain food items your baby doesn’t like to eat.

You can also pick the Tot Box, a meal that’s designed for baby-led weaning by encouraging independent eating as your child transitions from purées to solid foods.

 

Fresh, Organic Ingredients

Yumi works with a team of pediatricians, chefs, and nutritionists to create a balanced meal for your baby that’s rich in nutrients.

Due to rice having high levels of arsenic, Yumi avoids using it as an ingredient for their baby food. Instead, meals typically contain a wide range of grains, legumes, fruits, spices, root veggies, and fats.

Yumi offers single-ingredient purees, combinations, and toddler meals (finger foods) with the following ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Adzuki beans
  • Bananas
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Black beans
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chia
  • Chickpeas
  • Coconut milk
  • Curry
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Ginger
  • Japanese sweet potatoes
  • Kale
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Mangoes
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Peach
  • Pears
  • Purple sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Quinoa
  • Raspberries
  • Split peas
  • Turmeric 
  • Zucchini

 

Special Features

Meals are prepared weekly and stored in packaging that’s BPA and BPS-free. 

Yumi color codes each week’s products so you can easily spot which of the jars are new and which ones are from last week.

Each meal from Yumi is prepared weekly and stays fresh for seven days in the fridge. The jars of baby food can also be stored in the freezer (lasts for two months).

Each jar of baby food should be consumed within 24 hours after opening.

 

Nutritional Facts and Ingredients

  • All products are allergy-friendly.
  • All products use certified organic ingredients.
  • No extra sugars are added to your baby’s food.
  • All jars contain a 3:1 sugar to fiber ratio.

 

Nutritional facts (% Daily Values) for the popular Strawberry Basil Pie (4 oz) that contains strawberries, Japanese sweet potatoes, white beans, coconut milk, and basil:

  • Calories: 130
  • Fats: 7g, 23%
  • Total carbohydrates: 16g, 17%
  • Dietary fibers: 4g
  • Proteins: 3g, 27%
  • Calcium: 40mg, 15%
  • Iron: 1.2mg, 30%
  • Potassium: 370mg, 35%

 

Delivery Facts

  • The cut-off time for order adjustments is Tuesday at 11:59 PM PST.
  • All orders are delivered in temperature-controlled boxes with non-toxic, non-caustic ice packs and thermal liners made of recycled water bottles.
  • Foods are guaranteed to be fresh for up to 48 hours on the road to your home.

 

Food Safety

Yumi uses the home-cooked approach in preparing their fresh food products. They use regular kitchen processes such as steaming, sauteing, blending, and roasting to create your baby’s meals.

All Yumi baby and toddler meals are steamed to a certain temperature that kills potential bacteria. Then, these are sealed with MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) to pack in the nutrients and seal in the food’s freshness.

Just like Little Spoon, Yumi doesn’t include ingredients with the ‘Big Eight’ allergens (crustacean shellfish, eggs, peanuts, milk, tree nuts, fish, wheat, and soy).

Though Yumi baby foods don’t contain these allergens, their products are produced in a facility that processes peanuts. So, there might be a risk of cross-contamination.

 

Pros & Cons

Little Spoon: Pros

  • Little Spoon has pediatricians and nutritionists who help create tailor-made meal plans for your baby’s growing needs. 
  • They’re doing tried-and-tested scientific methods to provide proper nutrition for your baby.
  • Meals are made in smaller batches.
  • Meals are cheaper than the plans offered by Yumi.
  • They have meals (Plates) for older kids up to 10 years old.
  • They also offer vitamins and natural remedies.

 

Little Spoon: Cons

  • You don’t have an option to change the menu, even if your baby doesn’t like the food.
  • They won’t refund food that your baby refuses to eat.
  • They charge a shipping fee, while Yumi ships for free.
  • They only have pureed baby food (Blends) but no finger foods for toddlers.
  • They only ship every two weeks.

 

Yumi: Pros

  • Yumi also works with pediatricians, chefs, and nutrition experts to create their standard menus (but not to make custom meal plans for your baby).
  • You can change the food on the menu, so you don’t have to pay for the ones your baby doesn’t like to eat.
  • Yumi offers finger foods for baby-led weaning.
  • They don’t charge a shipping fee.
  • They ship weekly.
  • They color-code their items to help you stay organized
  • You can freeze jars for up to two months 

 

Yumi: Cons

  • Yumi only has food for toddlers up to two years old, none for older kids.
  • They don’t offer vitamins and natural remedies.
  • Yumi products are prepared in a facility that processes peanuts.

 

Why Choose Organic Baby and Toddler Food?

Studies have shown that consumption of organic food may reduce the incidence of allergic sensitization (becoming sensitive to certain allergens), otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (a group of blood cancers), infertility, and congenital disabilities. (1)

Eating organic foods is also linked to lower risks of obesity. In addition, because babies might be more susceptible to the harmful effects of pesticides than adults, organic baby and toddler food can limit their exposure to these toxic chemicals.

 

What Customers Say: Little Spoon

Positive Reviews 

We received our Plates today, and I am so impressed with everything! The packaging, instructions, and Kennadie went CRAZY for her ravioli! She loves food, but I’ve never seen her lick a plate clean like that! It was hilarious! We loved Little Spoon as her first bite, and I was very excited when I got the email about your new Plates. Thanks for making yummy fresh food for my little one!” – Reviewer on Little Spoon

 

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

 

Plates have truly been a Godsend. I am in the late stages of a severe chronic illness. I care so much about the food my daughter gets. However, I am not physically able to cook the way I would like. Plates have allowed all of that to change. I am so thankful for Little Spoon! We used Little Spoon for her baby food too! We will forever love you guys as a company and be thankful for what you are doing. Our baby has been fed well, which we couldn’t have done without your help!” – Reviewer on Little Spoon

 

Negative Reviews 

It seems super gimmicky and pointless. It is not at all hard to find organic purees without a bunch of added crap in them, but the website makes it sounds like unless you go through them, baby food is either laboriously made at home (it’s really not that hard to blend things or just fed simple table foods) or is pure poison full of additives (it’s not, baby food is actually highly regulated).” – Reviewer on Reddit

 

The food looks like crap, and my kids won’t eat it. Your customer service reps are horrible!” – Reviewer on Little Spoon’s Facebook page

 

Buyer beware. I have had a Blends subscription for quite some time now. It, for the most part, has gone well. My most recent Blends order was completely temperature abused by the post office, a runny mess, inedible at 90 degrees F. This is a perishable product not meant to go beyond 38 to 41 degrees F. A lot of my money was just wasted on this company as this entire shipment is not safe and is wasted. The ice packs did NOTHING to improve the safety of my order. This is not entirely the fault of Little Spoon. The post office is lousy, but beware that this could happen to you too. I will promptly be canceling my subscription as this food waste is expensive. Unsafe product can’t be served to my baby.” – Reviewer on Little Spoon’s Facebook page

 

What Customers Say: Yumi

Positive Reviews 

We love Yumi! It’s been fun trying all the different flavors and experimenting with new foods with our little one. Delivery is always on time and carefully packaged on ice; we live in AZ, so this is very important to us. Both my husband and I work full-time, and although we had every intention of making our own food, we found ourselves overwhelmed. I also like the fact that each order is specific to age. Our little guy loves the raspberry!” – Reviewer on Yumi

 

Yes – my kid loved it. We put it in the freezer and used it as needed. So we didn’t make the shipments as scheduled because we did baby-led feeding and only a bit of purées. (It says not to freeze them, but you totally can, and nothing bad happens at all.) The Yumi purées were incredible, though. Awesome options and seasonal flavors, too. My kid LOVED their “pumpkin pie” flavor.” – Reviewer on Reddit

 

Best baby food service! As a busy working mom, Yumi has been such a lifesaver! I feel good about what my baby is eating, it’s conveniently packaged for on the go, and he’s getting really adventurous! Customer service has always been exceptional, and I love how easy it is to pick what goes in the box. I wish I’d known about Yumi for my older son.” – Reviewer on Yumi

 

Negative Reviews 

Yumi baby food is hot garbage. Let me tell you. Our kid enjoyed MAYBE 3/10 of these packages. 1/10 of them he ate reluctantly, and 6/10 he totally did not want anything to do with. No surprise – the food tasted terrible, even to me, and I honestly think that the mixes were made by non-American grandmothers and robots. The spices were overpowering, the combinations of flavors made no sense, and the ‘bites’ were dried cardboard.” – Reviewer on Reddit

 

Baby wouldn’t eat any of it. I tried it and thought it was awful. I thought I was purchasing one box to try, and chose the food, hated by all. They now have sent two more boxes without any input from us as to the choices requested. I do not recommend it. No contact info in the box, and I couldn’t find my account on their page. Difficult to stop.” – Reviewer on Reviewopedia

 

Our guy also didn’t like Yumi. It was all so bland. Honestly, they are all 90% white beans, and that’s all they taste like. He ate some of the ‘bites’ but none of the purées.” – Reviewer on Reddit

 

Little Spoon vs. Yumi vs. Once Upon a Farm

Once Upon a Farm offers cold-pressed baby food packed in plastic pouches. 

Unfortunately, while they’re convenient as nutritious on-the-go food packs, they come in packaging that doesn’t let you see the food inside. So, you can’t check for discrepancies.

Even with high-quality ingredients, the food packs from Once Upon a Farm lack texture. They don’t also have finger foods and other items for older children.

But unlike Little Spoon and Yumi, the baby foods from Once Upon a Farm are available in stores. You also have more delivery options: every week, every two weeks, every three weeks, every four weeks, or every five weeks).

 

Baby Food Subscription FAQs

Can I freeze baby purées?

Yes. You can freeze the baby foods. But check the brand’s recommendations and make sure to put the unopened packs/jars in the freezer before the “Best Before” date. 

If frozen, Little Spoon lasts for three months while Yumi lasts for two months.

 

How can an allergy-friendly food subscription help with eczema?

Eczema causes patches of swelling, inflammation, itchiness, and cracked skin. Allergens can trigger it. 

By getting an allergy-friendly food subscription, you are assured that the food your child is eating doesn’t contain allergens included in the so-called ‘Big Eight’ (fish, crustacean shellfish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans, and peanuts).

Both Little Spoon and Yumi offer foods that are free from these allergens

Plates by Little Spoon (food for kids ages two to 10 years old) might contain allergens, but these are indicated on the labels.

 

Other Baby Food Delivery Subscription Companies

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

 

Summary & Recommendation 

Whenever possible, we recommend that you feed your baby only with fresh, organic food that’s free from pesticide residues and other forms of toxic chemicals used in food production.

Both Little Spoon and Yumi offer baby food subscriptions with meals created from certified organic, non-GMO, and allergy-free ingredients to provide safe and proper nutrition for your baby.

In choosing the best one for your baby, you might consider the following:

Choose Little Spoon if:

  • You want meals that are tailor-planned by nutritionists and pediatricians for your baby. Just remember that they won’t refund the foods your baby doesn’t like to eat.
  • You also want to order Plates for older kids, vitamins and prebiotics, and natural remedies.
  • You’re alright with food deliveries every two weeks.

 

Choose Yumi if:

  • You want more control over your order, so you won’t pay for foods that your baby doesn’t end up eating.
  • You want finger foods for baby-led weaning and feeding.
  • You want fresh baby food delivered every week.

 

It’s really a close competition between the two, from the price down to the ingredients used. 

 

REFERENCES

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

 

 

 

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