This post is sponsored by Raised Real.
In the age of online shopping, it’s no surprise to me that you can now get organic baby food delivered straight to your door. I tried out Raised Real a few weeks ago, a service that ships you 20 baby-ready meals every 2 weeks. The meals are ready to steam right out of the freezer, and most packets call for only 10 or 15 minutes of cook time with the optional puree step afterwards. We’re past the puree stage at 11 months old, so that makes cleanup even easier. The ingredients are fresh, organically-sourced, flash-frozen to preserve the most nutrients, and pre-portioned.
For busy moms and dads, a subscription like this is a dream. Use code IRINA25 for $25 off your first delivery.
The Raised Real reusable cooler comes with the baby food packets, info cards, and dry ice to keep the food safe if you’re out when it’s delivered. You want to make sure to put the packets in your freezer right away and to not touch the dry ice with bare hands (newbie here, I had actually never used dry ice before, haha). When you’re ready to make a meal, put water in your baby food maker reservoir, open a packet into the main compartment, set the appropriate steam time, and wait 10-15 minutes. It’s super quick and simple, and I feel like I’m serving my baby a variety of nutritious foods without the prep time.
The 20 packets are made up of 5 different kinds of meals, 4 of each. All meals contain healthy fats, proteins, and are less than 9 grams of sugar each. Meals rotate frequently, so that helps with developing your baby’s palate. Everything is plant-based and vegan, but you can add your own meat if you’d like.
I tried the food myself, and it was delish. But most importantly, my son gobbled up almost everything I served him.
Raised Real is ideal for babies 6 months and up, which coincides with when most people start introducing solids. As a general guideline, at 6 months, you steam and puree. Blend a little longer for a thinner consistency. At about 9 months, you can steam and puree, but use less water, which is great for transitioning to table food. And around 12 months, just steam and serve. My babies are both pretty independent eaters and never let me spoon-feed them very long, so I haven’t done purees in a while. I just cut things into small enough pieces so that if my son does swallow something whole, it’s unlikely to get stuck. He has 6 teeth right now, but he gets excited and sometimes just swallows food without chewing properly.
The Raised Real membership is $95 every 2 weeks, which works out to $4.75 a meal. Use code IRINA25 for $25 off your first delivery. Shipping is free, and you can skip or cancel anytime. Let me know if you try it and what you think!
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