From the Start
From the Start
Introducing the first 100 Flavors
At Tiny Organics, we believe in building lifelong adventurous eaters. We do this by introducing your little one to their first 100 flavors before the age of two. We're grounded in the science of food to give your child the most nutritious start possible. Our meals are 100% organic finger foods, plant-based and free of the Big-8 allergens. We have carefully crafted these meals to suit your baby’s and toddler’s developmental milestones and over 70% of our meals are savory-forward. Tiny meals are made fresh and shipped frozen straight to your door.
At Tiny, we follow research that shows the more flavors and textures you introduce in the first two years of your little one’s life, the more likely they are to become adventurous eaters later on. We're here to help your baby and toddler foster a lifelong positive relationship with food, cultivate healthy eating patterns and create a willingness to try new things. We incorporate the right nutrients for your baby's and toddler's gut health, bone health, immunity and brain development.
Compatible with Baby-Led Weaning
Gill Rapley, author of Baby-Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food, believes that beginning at around six months, all healthy babies can feed themselves if given the opportunity. Uh, say what?
Instead of the parent choosing how much the baby eats, BLW-ievers and recent research suggest that if your baby has the ability to choose what and how much they eat, it can promote their confidence, develop hand-eye coordination and chewing abilities, and decrease the possibility of picky eating later in life. There are some notable downsides, namely, the mess!
Whether you choose BLW or not (or opt for some combo of the two!) we believe that the decision you make is the right one. Tiny is compatible with both feeding styles as our meals are “mashy” enough to go utensil free, should you choose!
When should I start solids/finger foods with my little one?
We recommend starting Tiny Organics with little ones who are 8 months and older. Unlike purees, our food is textured finger foods (while still extra soft and chewable, so no teeth needed!) We know that some babies show an interest in whole foods as early as 5 or 6 months of age and some are ready later. At Tiny, we suggest going by your little one’s “readiness cues” to determine whether your child is ready for solids.
If your child can:
1) Sit up independently and has complete head and neck control,
2) Bring her hands to her mouth
3) Lean forward in the highchair and is showing interest in food, then your baby is ready to play with more textured food! 😊
Organic for the win!
Every single ingredient we use at Tiny Organics is USDA-certified organic and non-GMO. This means, all of our ingredients - from bananas to curry powder - are produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. By choosing organic, you are also supporting farmers who are preserving natural ecosystems.
Tiny Organics is a member of the Food and Nutrition Innovation Council at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, professor at the Friedman School, is personally serving as Tiny's scientific advisor. All our meals were created by a chef and a team of neonatal nutritionists.
NEED TO KNOW
Gagging and choking
Choking is every parent's biggest concern when introducing solids and finger foods. It's important to know the difference between gagging and choking. Babies who are younger than 7 months have their gag reflex closer to the front of their mouth. Your baby may start gagging and coughing, even though the food is still safely far away from the airway and this is what they have to do in order to be able to learn how to eat. Coughing in the beginning is normal and becomes less frequent within a couple of weeks after starting solids.
On the other hand, choking is something very serious that should not be taken lightly. A choking baby will not be able to make any sound (crying or coughing) and will turn a shade of blue. Here is an official guide on how to stop choking.
We know this all sounds scary. But here's the thing, gagging happens, but choking is extremely rare. As long as you stick to the recommended size of foods, warm the food until it's extra soft and mushy and are present with your child when they are eating, then chances are that serving more textured foods will be pleasant for both you and your little one.
Keys to a successful mealtime
1. Your little one is the pilot, you're the co-pilot: Let your LO set the pace and encourage them to adjust portion sizes to match their hunger.
2. Create a relaxed environment: Create a positive mealtime experience so that your little one will look forward to shared mealtimes.
3. It's all about variety: Exposure to different textures, tastes and smells decreases the possibility of picky eating later in life.
4. Embrace the mess: Learning to eat is all about exploring and play - and it will be messy! Self-feeding helps develop dexterity and fine motor skills.
5. Repetition, repetition, repetition: Experts say that it can take up to a dozen or more times for your little one to accept a new flavor - don't give up!
6. Find your inner 'peas': Don't rush your little one or distract them while they are getting to know new flavors and textures. Encourage them to learn in their own pace and savor the food.
7. Patience is key: Try giving your little one breastmilk or formula before trying out more textured foods so they're not hungry and have the patience to focus on learning to eat.
8. Support your little one (in more ways than one): Make sure your baby is able to sit upright without assistance. Practice sitting in a highchair before mealtime.
9. Spread the love: If your little one has siblings, share those new flavors and cuisines with the rest of the family.
Great Soft Textured Foods for Babies and Toddlers
Quartered, Wedged, or Squished Fruits: