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 packs or dry ice depending on the weather—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.

All of our meals stay fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you’re feeding Babyblends, 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 the microwave 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, you can pop the Plate in the microwave as is or transfer the food to an oven safe dish + heat in the oven for a crispy finish—each Plate comes with preferred heating instructions and can be heated from frozen.

All your Little Spoon products can be stored in the fridge for up to 14 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months.

Our Plates are designed to be heated in the microwave or oven—you can check the recommended heating instructions by clicking on any Plate on our menu page.

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’d recommend bringing an ice pack or freezing your Smoothie to naturally thaw throughout the day.

Our Babyblends are designed to be enjoyed fresh and may be enjoyed cold or warm. As noted above, they can be stored in the fridge for up to 14 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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 our site or email us at [email protected].

For our box and trays, simply breakdown the cardboard and recycle curbside.

For our insulation, we’ve collaborated with Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program to use recycled denim to help keep your box cold. Simply click here for more information on how to send the denim liner back for FREE so that it can be further repurposed. If you’d rather dispose of the liner, remove the insulation from its recyclable plastic sleeve to discard.

Our gel packs can also be recycled, simply cut the corner, pour gel into trash and dispose of the rinsed film in your recycling bin.

Our Babyblends container, spoon and lid as well as our Plates and seals are all made out of #5 PP recyclable plastic and can be placed in your recycling bin.

Plates are made to be reused and are microwave and top rack dishwasher safe.

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!

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 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 and chunkier ingredients. 

Stage 6 – Transition Blends

9+ Months

Thicker, textured transition meals with whole pieces of food 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 at 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. These guidelines make it easy for your babe to pick up and chew (even without teeth!) and reduce the risk of choking. Try soft, mashable vegetables like sweet potato and zucchini, soft pasta or even ground meat.

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 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 finger foods from our Plates menu such as Whole Wheat Penne and Kale Turkey Meatballs + Broccoli Bites.

Picky Eating

The most important thing is to stay consistent with meal and snacktime. This will help your mini learn when to expect food and set their body into a rhythm. At mealtime, it’s helpful to provide two choices 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 recommend avoiding distractions like screens, toys and 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 and how it helps fuel their body.

At Little Spoon, we pride ourselves on making meals and snacks that even the pickiest of eaters will love. We recommend trying our Chicken Super Nuggets, Mac and Three Cheese, Mini Pancakes or Spinach and Cheese Ravioli. When it comes to snacks, our Sun Butter + Jelly, Strawberry Banana Shake and Golden Apple Pie Smoothies are picky-eater favorites.

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.