1. Heavenly range of Organic Baby and Toddler snacks, from £0.65, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner
Our gold winner comes in the form of the divine this year. These tasty snacks are full of superfood heroes such as spinach, kale and buckwheat, and can be chomped by babies and toddlers from six months old.
Everything in the range is certified organic and halal and comes in handy small packs you can pop into your bag or a preschool lunchbox (or your toddler’s pockets!). From savoury to fruity, there’s something for every little one to enjoy. There’s no added sugar and low levels of natural sugar, and you’ll find options for children with gluten or dairy allergies – the range was started by mum-of-four Shauna McCarney-Blair after she struggled to find healthy food suitable for her children’s allergies.
Choices include apple or banana flavour Happy Halo Bites, mango or strawberry Coconut Squishies and original or rosemary breadsticks.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Heavenly Organic Baby and Toddler snacks:
“I thought the range of products and flavours available was very good. They are ideal for weaning babies through to children, and I must admit to helping myself to a couple of the products too! The Crispy Veggie Waffles were our favourite – I liked the original flavours, and my son loved snacking on these. Weaning and toddler food is all about different flavours and textures, and Heavenly products matched this and more with the organic and no added sugar. It makes snacks on the go healthier to ease some of the mum guilt!” Mum of 2, Stacey
“What a great way to introduce little ones to new flavours! Loved the crunch of the waffles, and the taste was excellent. Lovely range of snacks to try, with flavours for every palate.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy Heavenly Organic Baby and Toddler snacks from: Amazon, Ocado and Sainsbury’s.
2. Organix corn puff range, £0.80, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner
As you might expect from the name, Organix is known for its excellent range of organic foods for little ones, and these packs are great when mums need to distract a curious muncher away from their own packet of crisps!
The corn puff range picks up this year’s silver award and is made using only organic ingredients – no colourings, flavourings or unnecessary additives. The puffs are gently baked into fun shapes that are just the right size for little fingers to grab hold of, with chunky melt-in-the-mouth pieces to help them navigate new textures. Options include Sweetcorn Rings and Cheese Stars.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Organix corn puff range:
“I regularly purchase this snack for my daughter and she loves it.” Mum of 2, Elaine
“There’s a nice crunch on these finger foods and they are a good size for little hands to hold.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy the Organix corn puff range from: Amazon, Ocado and Tesco.
3. Mamia Junior’s Mini Rice Cakes – Raspberry, Aldi, £0.55, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner
These 100% organic and brown wholegrain rice cakes are flavoured with apple juice concentrate for a taste of sweetness, and have added vitamin B1, but come in at a bargain price.
Our bronze award winners contain no preservatives, added sugar or artificial colours or flavours, and are suitable for babies from seven months. Perfect for little lunch boxes.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Mamia Junior’s Mini Rice Cakes – Raspberry:
“Very good value snack product, both my kids love these and the Apple flavour also. Good price point & happy to see no nasty additives.” Mum of 2, Elaine
“Tangy tasting crispy rice cake at a great price.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy Mamia Junior’s Mini Rice Cakes – Raspberry from: Aldi
4. Fresh fruit
Healthy, delicious, suitable for all the family, easy to pop into a handbag or lunchbox – when it comes to organic snacks, fresh ticks pretty much ever box. And according to the Soil Association, organic crops are of a much higher nutritional quality than non-organic, which is very appealing when you’re feeding a growing baby.
Organic fruit is no longer the specialised produce exclusive to farmers markets and delivery boxes (although you can find some great picks from both) – most of the major supermarkets are in on the act, meaning you can pick up a variety of organic fruit easily and fairly affordably. Chop it, slice it, or simply watch your little one’s delight as they take their first hearty bite out of a whole apple or pear.
You can buy organic fresh fruit from: Waitrose, Tesco and Abel & Cole.
5. Organix Goodies cereal bar range, Organix, £2.49
As any parent who has been stuck in a queue or on public transport with a toddler knows, pre-packed snacks can be an absolute lifesaver. This is where this year’s joint gold award winner in our best toddler food product/range category comes up trumps.
These soft oaty bars are packed full of juicy raisins, wholegrain oats and eight real fruit flavours, such as apple and orange, strawberry, or blackcurrant. They’re easy for little fingers to grasp (although they are pretty tasty, so they won’t be held on to for long) and packed into individual wrappers. Perfect for stuffing into your changing bag or pushchair basket for emergency snack attacks.
Organix’s no-junk promise means it uses the best organic ingredients, and there are no colourings, flavourings or unnecessary additives.
You can buy Organix Goodies cereal bar range from: Amazon, Waitrose and Boots.
6. Fresh vegetables
Vegetables will be the first food of choice for many parents when it’s time to wean their little one. Popular first foods include mashed or pureed sweet potatoes or butternut squash, while chunky sticks of carrot or cucumber make for great finger foods, especially as a chew for babies with sore teething gums. Choosing organic veg can give parents confidence that those first meals with be jam-packed with nutrients and free from chemical nasties.
You can buy fresh organic vegetables from: Abel & Cole, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
7. Mamia Apple & Pear Fruit Pots, Aldi, £0.99
Aldi’s budget-busting range is a great choice for parents who want to feed their little ones an organic diet while stretching that maternity pay to the max. Our judges loved the size and convenience of these fruit puree pots, which are contain 100% organic apples and pears (and no added sugar).
Named gold winner in our best organic food products for babies and toddlers category, they are suitable from 4 months plus, and make up one of your baby’s five a day.
You can buy Mamia Apple & Pear Fruit Pots from: Aldi
8. Kiddylicious Veggie Straws, £0.70
These handy-sized packs contain a variety of different coloured straws that are just the right size for little hands.
Suitable for babies aged nine months and above, the tube-shaped straws have hollow centres and aim to help your little one develop their pincer grip and hand-to-mouth coordination.
You can buy Kiddylicious Veggie Straws from: Amazon, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.
9. Little Dish Pop Pops, £0.75
These delicious savoury snacks are made with 40% chickpeas and contain considerably less salt than the average bag of crisps. They’re also gluten free, low in saturated fat and a source of protein.
Choose from original or cheese flavours, and if your little one can’t finish the bag there’s a little sticker to reseal with every pack.
You can buy Little Dish Pop Pops from: Waitrose, Tesco and Amazon.
10. Organic raisins
If you’re looking for a treat that’s just the right size for little fingers to grab, raisins are a great compromise between healthy veg and tasty but naughty sweets. Although they are naturally high in sugars, they have greater nutritional value than candy and are a source of fibre for your little one.
You can buy them in useful child-size boxes for convenience (such as Organix Goodies Raisins, £1.49 for 6x14g) but for better value buy a regular 500g or 1kg bag and pop a few into little tupperware boxes so you’ve always got a grab-and-go snack ready.
You can buy organic raisins from: Superdrug and Waitrose.
We’ve got more eating and foodie ideas for you and your family below: