When deciding what to feed your baby, your first concern is probably how to make sure they’re getting the nutrients that they need. Luckily, a vibrant vegan diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and plant proteins can provide your baby with everything they need to grow up healthy and strong. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Well-planned vegan … diets are appropriate, and they satisfy the nutrient needs and promote normal growth at all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, [and] adolescence.” Of course, you should always consult with your health-care provider when deciding how to feed your child, but that should always be the case, whether or not your child is vegan.
To help you find healthful nutrition for your child, we’ve compiled a list of vegan baby foods for the first stages of life:
Features: Its products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, BPA-free, and kosher. Every food item on the website includes a loud and proud “vegan” label.
Jennifer Garner’s baby-food company is particularly noteworthy. No, not just because it’s that Jennifer Garner. The brand offers fruits and veggies as well as other foods, such as Just Right Porridge and Caroberry Mousse—and of course, they’re dairy-free.
Features: It offers different formula options for your baby’s various growth stages.
This company has a wide range of products, including formulas, toddler foods, kids’ foods, personal-care items, and frozen foods.
Features: Its baby foods are available in 10 varieties, so your little monster is sure to find a favorite.
Pumpkin Tree’s line of baby foods, Peter Rabbit Organics, offers handy, BPA-free pouches filled with nothing but organic fruits and vegetables.
These products are easy to find at stores such as Babies “R” Us, Target, and Walgreens as well as through Amazon.
This company uses organic fruits and vegetables. The formulas are simple and pure, often just one fruit, one vegetable, and water.
Features: This company has separate product lines for mothers, babies, toddlers, and kids.
It also offers many vegan snacks, such as Sweet Potato + Rosemary Chickpea Straws, Gentle Teething Wafers, and Fruit & Oat Bars. Not all products are vegan, so check the ingredients to make sure that the flavor doesn’t contain anything animal-derived.
Features: Many products provide extra vitamins, such as vitamin D from organic cremini mushrooms, B12, and more.
Its cereals, veggie Power Blends, and Quinoa Squares are all vegan and created for different age groups.
Features: Its products are available at most local grocery stores, at Walmart, and through Amazon.
This brand focuses on non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Its product line includes cereals as well as baby food jars, pouches, and snacks.
We do not need meat or dairy “products” to thrive, and cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nurture their young. Life is better for everyone when we leave animal-derived foods off our—and our children’s—plates.
Avoid foods that support exploitation, and set an example of compassion. Read more about raising vegan children.