Frequently Asked Questions

We know there’s a lot of learning + discovery that comes with feeding your mini. We’re here to help every step of the way.

The Little Spoon Way

Your meals will arrive cold and packed with ice—be sure to pop them in the fridge or freezer as soon as possible. Don’t worry if anything froze in transit, they’ll naturally thaw in the fridge or stay frozen in the freezer.

Our Babyblends and Smoothies stay fresh for 14 days in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer. Our Plates and Biteables can be stored in the fridge for 7 days or the freezer for up to 2 months. Our snacks are pantry friendly and do not need to be refrigerated.

All of our meals stay fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks and our Babyblends, Biteables, Smoothies and Plates can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Our snacks do not need to be refrigerated.

Try serving our blends at different temperatures. Warm from the fridge by placing the container in a dish of warm water or transferring the blend to a microwave-safe dish + heating in 15-second increments. Frozen Babyblends can be thawed in the fridge overnight or in a bowl of warm water for 20 minutes.

For Plates + Biteables, you can pop them in the microwave as is or transfer the food to an oven safe dish + heat in the oven for a crispy finish—each meal comes with preferred heating instructions and can be heated from frozen.

For Lunchers, simply enjoy straight from the fridge. If you are taking a Luncher on the go, simply place it into an insulated bag or lunch box with a frozen gel pack.

All our meals stay fresh in the fridge for 7 days, except for Babyblends and Smoothies, which stay fresh for 14 days. Our Babyblends, Biteables, Smoothies, and Plates can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Our snacks do not need to be refrigerated. 

Our Plates and Biteables are designed to be heated in the microwave or oven. You can check out all the heating details by clicking on any meal on our menu page to see recommendations. 

Our Smoothies are designed to be enjoyed cold. Feel free to take your Smoothie on the go for up to 4 hours without refrigeration. If you’re traveling for longer, we recommend bringing an ice pack or freezing your Smoothie to naturally thaw throughout the day. 

Our Lunchers are fresh and need to be stored in the fridge. If they’re sealed, they’ll stay fresh for 7 days. If they’ve been opened, you can save leftovers in an airtight container to consume within 3 days. We do not recommend freezing Lunchers as the taste and texture can change. 

Our snacks can be stored at room temperature and feature a ‘best by’ date on the package.

You will receive an order reminder email the week prior to your delivery. If you’d like to make any changes to your order, you can do so anytime before 5PM EST on Saturday. If you have any questions, concerns, or simply would like to talk through your mini’s menu, you can chat with us anytime on your account or email us at [email protected].  [email protected].

At Little Spoon, our dedication to sustainability is reflected in every aspect of our packaging, ensuring that we not only provide safe and healthy meals for your little ones but also contribute positively to our planet’s health. Here’s what makes our packaging environmentally friendly:

100% Curbside Recyclable:

  • All packaging materials used by Little Spoon are designed with recyclability in mind. Our goal is to make the disposal process as convenient as possible for our customers, supporting efforts to minimize waste and environmental impact.

Material Composition:

  • Containers: Crafted from #1 PET plastic, known for its strong recycling capabilities and acceptance in curbside recycling programs across many communities.
  • Lids: Made from #5 PP plastic, which is also widely accepted in curbside recycling programs, ensuring that every part of our packaging can be recycled.

Safety and Sustainability Standards:

  • We are committed to safety and sustainability, ensuring all our packaging materials are BPA-free and Phthalate-free, eliminating exposure to harmful toxins. This commitment extends to both the well-being of your family and the environment.

We actively encourage our customers to participate in recycling our packaging. By choosing Little Spoon, you’re not just making a healthy choice for your child but also a responsible choice for the environment.

Starting Solids

Look out for signs of readiness in your baby like sitting up independently, showing interest in + reaching for food, good head and neck control. Of course, we recommend consulting your pediatrician before making any mealtime decisions.
We suggest starting with simple, single-ingredient Babyblends like Pear or Butternut Squash or introducing whole soft foods like avocado or banana.

Introducing food to your babe is a slow process. They might reject the food you put in front of them altogether the first few times. In fact, it can take up to 15 exposures for a kiddo to accept a new food. If you are struggling to get your babe to try a new ingredient, try adding a familiar food or even breastmilk or formula. Consistency is key!

Little Spoon’s Baby Puffs help encourage self feeding skills while also supplementing meal + snacktime. That’s why they are offered in 2 different shapes, Banana Pitaya Rings and Kale Apple Curls, perfect for babies to develop fine motor skills and practice their grasping technique. Created alongside a speech pathologist, each shape is made for tiny hands to learn to grasp, pinch and chew. 

Yes, Little Spoon’s menu is made to grow with your mini. We have blends from Stages 1-6 that are tailor-made for each step of the eating journey. 
Stage 1 – Single Ingredient Blends
6+ Months
Single-ingredient very smooth organic purees to jumpstart your little’s starting solids journey. 
Stage 2 – Two Ingredient Blends
6+ Months
Smooth, two-ingredient blends for babies who are ready to try combos and new ingredients.
Stage 3 – Three Ingredient Blends 
7+ Months
Combo blends smooth in texture designed for palate expansion. 
Stage 4 – Four Ingredient Blends
8+ Months
Multi-ingredient blends with thicker textures and unique combinations.
Stage 5 – Five or More Ingredient Blends
8+ Months
Unique combinations with thicker textures + chunkier ingredients. 
Stage 6 – Transition Blends
9+ Months
Thicker, textured transition meals with whole pieces perfect for transitioning to table foods and baby-led weaning.

Transitioning to Finger Foods

Some parents will offer finger foods as early as 6 months, especially if they are doing baby-led weaning but most babies will be ready around 8-9 months. Around this time, you’ll notice that they’re able to pick up smaller pieces of food with two fingers. This is known as the “pincer grasp” and is the number one sign your little one is ready to start finger foods. Once your baby has mastered smooth purees, you can progress to foods with a little more texture.

Whether you are going the baby-led weaning route or transitioning from purees, safety is the most important factor when starting finger foods. A good rule is to serve pieces of food that are about the size of your pinky nail and soft enough to be easily smushed between your fingers. We developed our Biteables with these specific guidelines in mind so that transitioning to table foods could be as seamless as possible. Each meal is cut to the appropriate size, cooked to be soft in texture and incorporates approachable, bite-sized ingredients like squishy beans + peas, roasted potatoes and steamed veggies.
Yes!  Babies don’t need teeth to eat solids, they mash their food with their gums. Your baby’s front teeth aren’t actually used for chewing and back molars don’t start coming in until  12-16 months or sometimes older. The general rule is, if you can mash it between your thumb and forefinger, your child can mash it with their gums. That’s why Little Spoon Biteables are cut-to-size and cooked to be soft for this early eating stage.

The AAP suggests steering clear of foods like hot dogs, uncooked carrots, nuts, grapes, popcorn, candy and nut butters until your kiddo is a bit older. Additionally, it is not recommended that babies under 1 consume honey.

Yes! Little Spoon’s Transition Meals are specifically designed with a thicker, textured consistency with whole pieces of food to transition your kiddo from purees to table foods. 

Once your babe has mastered Transition Meals, we recommend introducing Biteables, our transition-to-table-foods meals developed to address the pain points of this mealtime stage. Each meal is cut to the appropriate size, made with fresh ingredients and high in protein so that your mini gets the nutrition they need every step of the way. Our community loves the Grass-Fed Meatballs and Mini Cheesy Pasta.

Tackling Snacktime

All of our snacks are made to be loved by adventurous eaters + picky eaters alike! If you’re looking for a few recommendations, we suggest trying our Chocolate Chip Oat Bake, Strawberry Banana Shake Smoothie, Brownie Batter Dipsters, or Mac and Cheesy Veggie Loops with your picky eater.
It can be hard to strike the right balance between meal and snack time with your kiddo. The silver lining is, there’s no “right” way to approach snacks. The key is to make sure snacks don’t curb your kiddo’s appetite for meals and that you feel good about the snack options available. That’s why Little Spoon has made delicious, junk-free snack options that you and your kiddo can agree on.
At Little Spoon, our team has worked tirelessly to create delicious, junk-free snack options that feature clean ingredients, hidden veggies + real fruit.
While other snack time solutions are full of oils such as sunflower oil, Little Spoon focuses on using oils filled with healthy fats and antioxidants like olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil throughout our snack line.

Little Spoon has a wide variety of snack options to help you tackle snacktime for all ages. 

Puffs can be introduced to babies 6+ months old. They are made to help young eaters develop their pincer grasp and other oral skills, so they are meltable and easy to grasp.

Smoothies can also be introduced to early eaters 6+ months old.

Oat Bakes and Veggie Loops can be introduced to kiddos 2+ years old.

Fruit Rippers and Dipsters can be introduced to kiddos 3+ years old.

Toddler + Big Kid Meals

The most important thing is to stay consistent with meal + snacktime. This will help your mini learn when to expect food and set their body into a rhythm. It’s helpful to provide two choices at mealtime to help your kiddo feel a sense of control over their food while not overwhelming them with options.

Repeat exposure is also key in getting your kiddo to accept a new ingredient. We recommend introducing new foods alongside larger portion of a ‘safe’ food that you know they enjoy. For example, if you are introducing broccoli for the first time to your babe, place a smaller portion of broccoli next to a larger portion of a familiar food you know they like. It might take a few times, but this positive association will help build a familiarity with the new ingredient. 

We created our finger foods + kid’s meals with this philosophy in mind. Ingredients like roasted sweet potato, broccoli and turkey kale meatballs can be found in both our Biteables and Plates to ensure that your mini can transition seamlessly between mealtime stages.

We recommend avoiding distractions like screens, toys + books at mealtime. Make it a part of the day that is focused on food and family. Additionally, we’re big believers in a low-pressure, happy eating environment. That means no rewards or tricks when it comes to mealtime. The more relaxed you are, the more positive the environment will be for your babe. Make it an opportunity to teach your kiddo about where food comes from + how it helps fuel their body.
At Little Spoon, we pride ourselves on making meals that even the pickiest of eaters will love. We recommend trying our Mini White Mac and Cheese, Shredded Fajita Chicken, Chicken Super Nuggets, Mini Pancakes or Spinach and Cheese Ravioli.

Your Kiddo’s Lunchtime

Lunchers are perfect for kids age 5 and up (though some younger kids love them too!) We’ve designed our packaging to make it super easy to open without assistance so that your kiddo can make their own lunchtime creations at school or on the go.

Absolutely! We’ve made sure our lunchers are school-friendly by steering clear of peanuts and tree nuts. Some lunchers may include soy, milk, and wheat. For those details, taking a peek at the nutrition labels on our packages is the best way to go. We want to make sure you feel confident and informed about what’s in your child’s lunch box!

Some of the components of our Lunchers have small amounts of added sugar in the form of fruit purees, maple syrup, agave etc. We keep added sugar low because we think your kiddo is sweet enough!

Have more questions?

We have answers.

Talk to one of our Care Specialists via email at [email protected] or schedule time to talk over the phone using THIS LINK.