We recently partnered with Little Tummy, a brand-new baby food subscription service, which brings fresh, paediatrician-approved baby meals to parents’ doorsteps. We spoke to the founders to understand a little more about them and their company.
What is the motivation behind Little Tummy?
We bring fresh and healthy baby food directly to parents’ doorsteps. When it comes to their food, babies are currently getting a bad deal: The baby food from the supermarket shelves is not tasty and nutritious enough.
Little Tummy is changing this. Using our cold-pressure-method (HPP) allows us to lock in all vitamins, micronutrients as well as fresh taste and texture of our products. The best thing is that our In-House Paediatrician Sophie has created all the recipes, so they meet all nutritional requirements of little ones. This empowers parents to offer healthy foods to their babies from the very beginning, giving them the nutrition they need to take on the world.
How is Little Tummy different from what is available in the market today?
Our cold-pressure method (HPP) allows us to lock in all natural vitamins, micronutrients and, most importantly, the authentic taste of our ingredients. Moreover, this method inactivates bacteria and other harmful germs, so it makes the meals completely safe. Other baby food brands usually heat-treat their meals, which destroys not only bacteria, but also vitamins and micronutrients. The purees also lose their authentic taste. We know from research that we should get our babies used to fresh and authentic tastes from early on to help them make healthy food choices later on in life.
We use a lot of vegetables for our meals, preferably the dark green ones because they have a great nutritional composition.
How are your baby food dishes designed?
Our In-House Paediatrician Sophie created all the recipes by taking nutritional needs into account. At the same time, she made sure that the ingredient combinations are yummy and something you wouldn’t necessarily cook at home. She combines plant-based protein sources, such as chickpeas and lentils, with vegetables, some fruit and healthy fatty acids, such as rapeseed oil. Thus, the recipes have a well-rounded taste and have all the nutrients our little ones need at this stage.
What are some myths about baby food that you want to bust?
‘If my baby doesn’t like it at the first try, I should not try again.’
We have an inborn preference for sweet tastes and need to get used to more bitter tastes, such as broccoli or kale. It can take up to 15 trials until a baby accepts a new taste. It is worth being persistent!
‘It is best to start with bland or sweet foods’
Research has shown that the best way to start introducing solids is by offering a range of dark green vegetables, as it will get our babies used to healthy flavours. They are also relatively iron-rich, which is a micronutrient our babies need around the age of 6 months for their growth and development. Baby rice, on the other hand, tastes bland and is poor in its nutritional value.
‘You can only start with either finger food or purees’
Most parents give a mixture of both, purees and finger foods, as both have advantages and disadvantages. Finger foods is great for supporting babies’ fine motor skills and independence. Purees are usually richer in nutritional content and make less mess. Every baby has a personal preference, so it is important to make it work for the family.
What are three must haves in babies’ diets?
Iron-rich food sources, such as dark green vegetables, pulses and lentils as well as red meat or poultry
Think of nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids and iodine, which you can find in fish or plant-based sources, such as vegetable oils or nuts.
Authentic tastes: Between 6 and 12 months, a baby can get used to all kinds of flavours. It is our window of opportunity to introduce flavours we usually eat in our family. After their first birthday, babies get more sceptical of new flavours, we call it ‘neophobia’ – fear of new things. Don’t be afraid to give your baby food with intense flavours, as long as it doesn’t contain extra salt, sugar or a lot of spices.
What do you love most about your job?
Sophie: Working with new parents is the most wonderful thing about my job. Seeing a family grow up together and being there for them with a few tips and tricks is the best feeling in the world. Little Tummy gives me the opportunity to do this for hundreds of families throughout the UK and this makes me jump out of bed and go to work every morning.
Nadine: I truly believe that what we eat not only has a huge impact on our health but also on our happiness and well- being. That’s why I love to bring fresh and healthier foods to little ones – I always wanted to create something meaningful what makes a positive impact on people’s lives. Seeing our little tummy’s faces when their enjoy our meals and then looking into their parent’s happy faces is just incredible!
You recently partnered with us. What do you like about working with us?
Clapham Mums are a great community where parents can get advice on activities and happenings in their area. The regular discounts and offers are a great way to support them, as parents already have enough on their plates.
Where do you see your business in 10 years?
We would like to grow Little Tummy into a community where parents find reassurance. And for sure, we are also looking forward to developing more recipes!
Parents can subscribe to Little Tummy, choosing a meal selection and delivery cycle. Deliveries will take place on Fridays. Little Tummy will start taking orders from 8th of April. Until then you can sign up on their website to save 15% on your first delivery.
Little Tummy offers Clapham Mums 30% off your first Little Tummy order using the code ClaphamP30CP.