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Yumi Baby Food Makes Feeding My Child Easy

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Yumi purées are delicious but, at four ounces each, they just don’t fill me up. Okay, okay, okay—I know these little tubs are made for babies. But with options like banana cream pie, pat juk, and mulligatawny, I can’t say I haven’t been tempted to steal a bite or two from my baby when she isn’t looking.

Yumi, which provides weekly shipments of foods tailored to a child’s developmental stages (as in, purées at the very beginning, chunkier foods and “pinchables” later on), takes a lot of the guesswork—and, for me, the anxiety—out of feeding a baby. As with all things parenting, there’s a lot to research, and I’ve found that what I want for my daughter (a varied diet of high-quality, nutrient-rich foods so that she’s nourished and exposed to a bevy of flavors of textures) often butts up against the reality of life (limited time in the day, limited patience for cooking food that will ultimately be thrown on the floor). With Yumi, we get three to four new flavors a week and the food is made of whole, organic ingredients minus preservatives and added sugar. That means the banana cream pie isn’t actually sweet—it’s made of bananas, sweet potato, and coconut milk, with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg—and, if I were eating the mulligatawny myself, I’d add a big pinch of salt. But the baby enjoys them, and she’s tried mushrooms, tomatoes, and beets in the last couple of weeks. Is dragonfruit next?

The thing about minimally processed baby food is that I could, theoretically, make most of these myself—that is, if I were willing to steam Japanese sweet potatoes and adzuki beans (two major players in the Yumiverse) and purée them—but quietly!—with all sorts of other nutrient-dense foods as the baby sleeps. And while I do cook for her post-bedtime and feed her finger-food versions of what I’m eating and rotate in allergens to keep up her exposure (Yumi is allergen-free), Yumi is still great insurance. I keep some jars in the fridge, where they last for seven days, and transfer others to the freezer, where they’re good for two months. I turn to them when I’m tired or busy, when we’re spending the weekend at an Airbnb, or when we’re having a meal at my parents’ house (and I have anticipated that they might attempt to feed her grapes, jelly beans, or other choking hazards…no, no, no, no, no, please don’t).

At around $4 a jar, Yumi is certainly quite expensive and, because they’re perishable, the tubs are shipped with a lot of packing material (even though a lot of it is recyclable, it’s waste nonetheless). So it may not be a perfect solution or one we’ll use for every meal, but for now, it makes mealtime (and meal-prep time) a little less stressful. Now, if only they’d start making adult versions…