How to Ensure Your Baby's Diet is Balanced with London's Meal Delivery Services

Will G
February 16, 2024
5 min read


One of the main reasons why parents in London are choosing to use baby meal delivery services is so that they can ensure their baby is getting a nutritionally balanced diet when they don’t have the time to cook themselves.

The first 1000 days of your baby’s life are essential for laying the foundations of your baby’s relationship with food, so, as a result, making the right decision for your baby when it comes to nutrition can be a difficult one for new parents.

In this article, we’re going to look at the best ways to ensure your baby is getting a balanced diet when using baby meal delivery services and what actually constitutes a “balanced” diet for a baby.

What kind of baby food delivery services are there in London?

If you’re a new parent in London, you may have already noticed that there has been a rise in the number of parents using baby meal delivery services for their little ones.

It seems like every other day you hear about a new baby meal company on your mum's WhatsApp group!Most baby meal delivery services in London are designed to try and ease the stress and workload for busy parents. Baby food is not the same as adult food, so for many parents, having to deal with cooking different meals for themselves, a baby, (and potentially older children!) is basically an impossible task without turning into a full-time chef.

They are especially popular for working parents who don’t want their child’s nutrition to be sacrificed by them having to go back to work after maternity or paternity leave.

Most work on a subscription basis, which allows you to have regular baby meals delivered so you can skip the planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning that would usually come with cooking the meals yourself.

Baby food delivery services in London generally fall into 3 different categories:

  1. Baby pouches & jars
  2. Frozen pots
  3. Fresh, homemade meals

Pouches and jars are convenient thanks to their long shelf life and palatable flavours. They are generally used when parents are “on the go” and need some emergency backup food thrown into the buggy.

Frozen pot delivery services are a good option if you like to have a nutritious and healthy backup option in the freezer for the days you don’t have time to cook. The meals are generally limited to “saucy” dishes which freeze well and can take a bit of time to defrost, heat up and then cool down enough to eat.

Fresh, homemade delivery services like V&Me are for parents who want proper freshly cooked meals delivered on a regular basis that have the variety and nutrition that young babies need for their development. It’s designed to be a guilt-free alternative to home cooking that is as close to homemade food as possible.

Why can’t London parents just cook for themselves instead of relying on baby food delivery services?

If only it were that simple! The thing is, most parents do try and cook for their kids for the majority of the time, but, inevitably, there are times when you either just don’t have the energy, time or imagination to whip up a nutritious, homemade meal from scratch.

Once you add in other things like going back to work after maternity leave, a partner who is already working full time and the million other things you have to do to look after a young baby, you might be left wondering…” how the hell am I supposed to have time for all this?”

So, what actually is a nutritionally balanced diet for a baby?

This could obviously be a very long paragraph, but we’re going to simplify it down to one main thing: Variety.

Ensuring your baby is regularly exposed to a variety of ingredients, nutrients, flavours, textures and tastes is the best way to make sure their diet is balanced.

And remember, variety is applicable to all types of food. So, for example, try to offer your baby a variety of healthy energy sources like pasta, bread, rice and potato, and don’t rely on just one of those for all their meals!

Why is it especially important for a baby to have a nutritionally balanced diet?

As we mentioned above, the first 1000 days of your baby’s life are the most important part of their growth and development as children. Their brain is almost 80% developed by the age of 3, so what you feed your baby during this key period will have a profound effect on their future eating habits and overall well-being.

It’s also important to make the most of the 6-18 month period before the “neophobic” years (when children naturally become more picky with their food) set in. Before that happens, introducing your baby to a wide variety of ingredients and flavours can actually help prevent fussy eating, or lessen the severity of it.

Out of all the baby food delivery services in London, why V&Me?

If you’re a busy parent who’s short on the time and energy required to make sure that their baby is getting a regular nutritionally balanced meal, V&Me’s expert-planned baby menu might be the solution for you.

Out of all the choices in London, there is no other baby food delivery service that comes close when it comes to freshness, variety and nutrition.

Every day, the team of chefs in Battersea prepare a different daily menu from scratch that has all been planned by leading paediatric experts to ensure that your baby is getting everything they need for their growth and development.

Thanks to the 36-meal rotating menu, variety is easy with V&Me. Your baby will never get bored of the same food and you can enjoy the peace of mind they are getting regular balanced meals.

How to sign up?

If you live in London and you want to join the growing number of parents getting fresh baby meal deliveries to their doorstep, click the link below and get your first delivery now!

We are now delivering to almost all central London postcodes, including popular areas like Wandsworth, Clapham, Battersea, Kensington, Fulham, Greenwich, Queen’s Park, Islington, Lewisham and many more!

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About the author
Will G
February 16, 2024
Will is our very own in-house baby food expert! He is the go-to for anything baby, weaning, or product related. Working directly with experts, professors and paediatric dietitians, our content aims to keep you up to date on the latest tips, advice and opinions, giving you and your little one the best start for developing healthy eating habits.
Phoenix Baker
Product Manager
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