20th July 2021
To help you pick the best baby food for your little one, we've asked parents to rank popular baby food brands for appearance, smell, value for money and convenience. We also asked about the range of options, as well as baby's happiness.
Our guide to the best baby food brands includes some familiar names – Ella's Kitchen, Heinz For Baby and HiPP Organic – as well as some own brands including Aldi Mamia Organic. We asked parents to tell us which they preferred, and which their babies liked the best.
Our guide will help you to decide whether to opt for the big names or give own brands a go.
In our latest baby food survey, we asked 268 parents with children up to five years old to rate each baby food brand they've tried.
We asked what they thought of the baby food according to the following criteria: whether it looks appealing, smells good, is value for money, is convenient to transport and use, and if the brand offers a good range of options.
The survey included 21 baby food brands, with a 10% difference between the top-scoring and lowest-scoring brands.
Star ratings range from one to five. The more stars the better. Minimum sample size in brackets.
was the brand that most parents had tried in our survey. Everything in its extensive range is organic, and includes purées in pouches, meals and snacks. Its ideal for little ones with dietary requirements, as many products are free from dairy, gluten, nuts, egg and soya.
To discover which food babies like the best, we also asked parents how happy, if at all, their baby was when eating the baby food.
One brand had a surprising 100% of parents saying their baby was happy to eat it. There were two other popular brands not far behind, with 99% of parents saying the food made their babies happy.
This compares with the least popular brand, which 90% of parents said their baby was happy to eat.
Tesco own brand
Heinz For Baby
Asda Little Angels
Sainsbury's Little Ones
Mia & Ben
Cow & Gate (pouches and jars)
Aldi Mamia Organic
Marks & Spencer Tiny Taste Buds
The NHS advises waiting until your baby is at least six months old before you start introducing them to solid foods.
It's important to remember you're getting your baby used to the idea of eating, so how much they eat isn't too important. They'll still be getting most of their calories and nutrients from formula or breast milk.
You can start by feeding your baby smooth and easy-to-digest foods such as purées and baby porridge, and then graduate to different tastes and textures.