What are the Ovia Family Awards?
Every year we ask Ovia parents to nominate the products and brands that supported their parenting journey and to tell us how/why they made such an impact on their lives.
We analyze thousands of votes, pieces of feedback, and thoughtful recommendations to find the best of the best to give an Ovia Family Award. When you see our seal, you know that what you’re buying was chosen by parents who have used it, trust it, and really do recommend it to families just like yours.
In this category, we’re giving awards for:
- Best baby snack
- Best baby food
- Best baby food processor
For all our other winners, visit our Ovia Family Awards Hub.
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Best Baby Snack Bottle: Gerber Puffs
There is only one flavor that he likes, but my son can sit and eat a whole container of these now. He’s loved them since he was about 9 months old!”
Though these little puffs might look crunchy, they’re actually designed to melt in your baby’s mouth. This is great for little ones who haven’t quite figured out how to chew yet, which is totally understandable. Chewing is hard, ya know? Ya gotta make your jaw go up, and then down, and then up again. It’s a whole thing.
Gerber Puffs are also nice and small and easily stick to little fingers, which is great for little ones who are still learning to self-feed. Each pack contains 2 grams of whole grains per serving, 5 essential vitamins & minerals, and no GMOs, artificial flavors, or sweeteners.
“My baby was obsessed with these. Great for a pre-dinner snack/distraction.”
“Not much nutritional benefit to these but love how baby can practice picking up food and these are very easy to eat – they melt in your mouth. Good to keep baby busy while preparing dinner or out running errands.”
You aren’t going to get complete nutrition from a snack (which is kind of the definition of “snack”) but in addition to quieting a hungry tummy, Gerber Puffs can keep a bored baby busy.
And they’re apparently good for parents, too?
“Both of my kids love these and could eat them all the time! Healthy snack with great flavors. (Even I have eaten them at times.)”
“My baby loves these! And they aren’t half bad as an adult trying them.”
Stock up on Gerber Puffs here.
Or chow down on our other finalists:
Best Baby Food: Beech-Nut
Good quality, nice flavor blends, great customer service.”
Even if you haven’t heard of Beech-Nut, you’ve probably experienced how they’ve affected the world of baby food. Do you know those vacuum-sealed glass jars that most baby food comes in? Well, Beech-Nut engineers invented those!
They’ve been making baby food since 1930, and have a commitment to using natural ingredients that are locally-sourced and using sustainable production methods.
“The colors of their food are so vibrant and the ingredients are so natural. You can literally read the label and know exactly what your baby is eating!”
“Lots of options, nothing included other than what’s on the label. The closest thing to homemade food.”
Among the many varieties of natural Beech-Nut foods, you’ll also find lots of organic options and on-the-go pouches for very busy babies. We recommend a quick read of their food safety standards to really get what Beech-Nut is all about.
“Both of my children have tried Beech-Nut and Gerber and have always liked Beech-Nut over any other brand.”
Give Beech-Nut a go here.
If trying Beech-Nut puts a bad taste in your baby’s mouth, take a bite of our other finalists:
Best Baby Food Processor: Baby Bullet
Baby Bullet is so easy to use, clean, and store. The cute little containers also hold the perfect amount of food for my little one. Wouldn’t trade the Bullet for anything else!”
Maybe you want to be your own baby food brand? Well, with the Baby Bullet, you can make that dream a reality! If you’re eating something delicious and nutritious and you want to share (a mashed-up version of) it with your baby, the Baby Bullet turns your meal into meal…y baby food.
The Baby Bullet lets you easily make and store up to a week’s worth of baby food from ingredients you choose. It’s good for Stage 1 purees and Stage 2 textured foods. Not sure what to serve in each feeding stage? Baby Bullet has you covered.
“My favorite part is the booklet that comes with it with recipes and really breaks down how to introduce food to your little one. The food containers made it easy to prep food ahead of time, which is a must for busy families!”
“It is very easy to use, storage is great! Came with a wonderful book that has all the recipes, and also bits of information for a first-time mom!!”
And it has a smiley face on the front that is…cute. Yes, after much deliberation we’ve decided that having a face on your food processor is a good thing and is cute.
We love to see a brand that’s doing everything it can to support new parents on their journey. With a thoughtfully designed system, awesome customer support, and helpful recipes we’re proud to give this Ovia Family Award to Baby Bullet.