Product Review & Giveaway: Happy Baby

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on July 22, 2010

It’s not often I get jazzed about food products for little ones. But when my youngest started solids last year, I remember loving the Happy Baby Frozen meals I picked up at Whole Foods. I recently tried the products they have for toddlers and got giddy all over again.

But before I go on, let me tell you about the company…

According to their website, Happy Baby “…is committed to making baby and toddler food as healthy and delicious as homemade with the essential nutrients needed for optimal growth and development.”

I like that the company has both a medical and nutrition advisor: Dr. Robert Sears and Amy Marlow, MPH, RD. And to top it off, HAPPY BABY works with Project Peanut Butter to help feed starving children in Malawi. Every package purchased goes towards this effort.

I’m going to review the products we’ve tried followed by information on how you can win some great (free) stuff.

baby meals

Happy Baby Frozen: I’ll admit it. I wasn’t as gung ho about making baby food the second time around. I was working and dealing with a poor-sleeping (but cute) little guy. The Happy Baby Frozen Meals include a variety of nutritious foods perfect for baby — greens, squash, salmon, peas, brown rice and chicken. They come in three textures: simple puree (6+ months), Smooth combos (7+) and Sorta chunky (9+).

All of these homemade meals are made with whole, organic foods. I love that they include salmon and chicken in addition to the fruits and veggies. The ones we tried had a good flavor and my little guy polished them off.

Happy Bellies

Happy Bellies: These are organic, whole grain cereals with added DHA and probiotics. These cereals (also iron-fortified) make a great first food for baby. As I recommended in my cereal post, infant cereals can extend beyond the first year of life since the first two years are when children are at the highest risk for iron deficiency.

Each 3 Tbsp of cereal contains 16mg of DHA which can go towards meeting your little one’s needs. They also contain live and active cultures (probiotics). While these ingredients are not necessary, they are nice additions. My son ate this up like he usually eats his cereal.

salmonstix

Happy Bites: These products are designed for toddlers but can be for older kids too. There are six varieties including breakfast pocket, fish bites, mac & cheese, salmon stix and veggie tots.

We tried the salmon stix and veggie tots. Unlike regular fish sticks, the Salmon Stix contain 520mg of DHA and EPA (for more on the benefits/amounts of DHA kids need see article). They taste really good and make simple finger foods. My 3-year old tried one with some ketchup.

The veggies tots are a mix of potatoes, carrots, corn, red peppers and other healthful ingredients. They are a good source of vitamin A and an excellent source of vitamin C. I cut these into little pieces and gave to my little one as a snack. Both of these products tasted delicious (I can eat them too, right?).

Check out some of Happy Baby’s other products including Happy Puffs, Happy Melts and Happy Tots.They also have downloadable feeding guides developed by health professionals. This is some good stuff.

After trying (and liking) their products, I approached Happy Baby and they were generous enough to offer some product for this giveaway. The following gift basket ($72 value) contains:

• 1 HAPPYBABY tote (16”w x 12”h x 6”d)
• 1 organic cotton HAPPYBABY| bib
• 1 organic cotton HAPPYBABY| t-shirt
• 3 canisters of HAPPYBELLIES organic cereal | Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Multi-Grain
• 3 canisters of HAPPYBABYPUFFS organic baby snacks | Apple, Apple/Banana, Greens
• 8 FREE trial coupons for HAPPYBABY frozen meals of your choice
• Infant and toddler Nutrition Guide written by Dr. Sears and Amy Marlow, RD MPH CDN
• FAQ on Probiotics & DHA
• HAPPYFAMILY Recipes

StarterKit

Here’s what you have to do to enter the Happy Baby giveaway:

1) Leave a comment saying why you need healthy and convenient food products for your kids.

2) For another entry, sign up for Raise Healthy Eaters’ email updates or RSS Feed. If you already subscribe, tell at least one friend about Raise Healthy Eaters. Leave another comment saying what you did.

3) To increase your chances further, become a facebook fan of Raise Healthy Eaters. If you are already a fan (now called like), suggest some of your friends become fans. Leave another comment saying what you did.

4) And for a bonus entry, tweet this post, share this post on Facebook or become a fan of Happy Family. Again, let me know you did it by leaving another comment.

This giveaway is short and sweet and will end Sunday the 25th at midnight. The winner will be picked at random.org. Good luck!

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Cheryl July 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Liked Raise Healthy Eaters on facebook.

Cheryl July 25, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Share the post on facebook! thanks or the opportunity!

Grace July 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I work full time, am working toward an MBA and have two wonderful little boys. I want to feed them healthy, quick foods!

Diane July 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

With all the processed food options available today, it’s increasingly vital that my kids learn to eat healthy, fresh foods from the start. Happy Baby help me accomplish that goal, especially on days when life just gets too busy!

Diane July 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I just “liked” Raising healthy Eaters on Facebook.

Diane July 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Signed up for the email updates…

Diane July 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I’m a fan of Happy Family on facebook.

valarie July 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

My son loves healthy baby yougurt bite….and the dogs too when he shares!

lesley July 25, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I signed up for the Emails

lesley July 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I liked your page on Facebook

lesley July 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I shared this on my Facebook page.

lesley July 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I choose healthy prodcuts because they are much better for my kids and nieces.

Maya July 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I want to raise a healthy eater. Thank you for making that possible and easier.

Maya July 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Just subscribed to your feed.

Maya July 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Facebook fan!

Sunny S. July 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I need healthy convenient food because I am a first time mom who works and trying to find the balance here.

Sunny S. July 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I subscribe to your e-mail!

Sunny S. July 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I am a fan of Happy Family on FB via my husband and my shared account.

Sunny S. July 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I became a fan on FB of Raise Healthy eaters!

Ashley R July 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I need healthy and convenient foods for my kids because sometimes I don’t want to cook! And I deserve a break, right?? :)
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Ashley R July 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I “Like” Raise Healthy Eaters on FB! (Ashley Reynolds)
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I “Like” Happy Family on FB! (Ashley Reynolds)
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Mary July 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I’d love to have my baby eat healthy food for each and every meal so that he’ll grow up healthy and happy, but sometimes it takes more time than I can afford. Convenient and healthy food for the win!!!

Beth July 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

The more healthy choices out there, the better!

Ruth Hill July 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I need convenient healthy food for my daughter so I don’t give in and let her eat junk food!!

Ruth Hill July 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm

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ltist July 26, 2010 at 12:06 am

thank goodness for happybaby brand!!! it’s the only brand that consistently uses organic ingredients geared towards babies and toddlers. never have to worry about scary stuff on the ingredient list.

jamie July 26, 2010 at 5:07 am

plwase enter me.

Erin July 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

Boo. I went through all the step and am 11 hours late. :(

I love Happy Family!! We don’t have much but I insist on feeding my son organic foods! We have the oatmeal right now and he LOVEs it! I know they are better for him and they offer a ton more variety and flavours than they “standard” brands. ;D

Renee F July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

My daughter has spent the first 7 months of her life struggling with everything we’ve put into her mouth. She has horrible reflux and is unable to maintain much of what she consumes. Therefore I need to know that whatever she does take in, is highly nutritious and good for her! We currently give her Happy Bellies rice cereal in her bottle and so far it seems to be helping. So thank you!

JennyOH July 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

We need healthy food products for our one year old daughter for so many reasons! I am one of the people you mentioned in another post who have struggled with obesity my whole life after always being told to “clean your plate” as a child, so it’s so important to me to teach my daughter healthy eating habits. However, I work full time and my husband is a student and lay minister (in addition to being a SAHD) so the time and energy to prepare healthy meals isn’t always there. I’ve read a lot about Happy Baby and would love to try their products.

JennyOH July 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I just signed up for your RSS feed – so glad to have found your blog!

andrea beaulieu July 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm

We started our baby on Happybellies organic rice and oatmeal cereal about 2 weeks ago and feel so confidant that we are feeding him the BEST product possible! A lot of mom’s have been asking me if I’m feeding him Earth’s BEst because they know we are really into organic products for our little one and I feel so proud that I can tell them all about Happy Baby cereal! We are waiting for the gluten free cereal puffs that I heard are coming out this summer, I hope, hope, hope they come out soon because we are so anxious to see our little munch them right up :) thank you Happy Baby for giving my husband and I the confidance in at least one area, Feeding, that we are doing something right, this is our first baby, so we are not really sure what the heck we are doing!HAHA!!

Sarah C July 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Healthy and fast foods are a must for us, because it seems we are always on the go with our young son. We have family spread out everywhere and it seems we never stay put for very long. Having snacks that are ready to eat for the little one and knowing they are healthy makes things a little easier!

Sarah C July 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm

i’m facebook fan of happy baby – it’s how i found your blog!

Dawn K. July 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

With both my husband and I working full time, it sometimes hard to get find the time to cook from scratch. This gift pack would be great for my little one when she’s ready for starting solids in a few months!

Angela Pasetes July 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

Would love to feed baby healthy food and feed my cooking desires at the same time!

devotchka August 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Added your RSS feed to my Google reader!

devotchka August 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Why I need healthy and convenient food products: Because I have a 2-yr-old and I live in a town that has very little-to-nothing in the way of organic or otherwise simple & healthy yet convenient food products in the stores, and sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking from scratch! I could buy HappyBaby or similar products on Amazon.com, but to do so usually means I have to buy in bulk, and what if he doesn’t like it? He also has an 8-month-old cousin whose mother is unemployed and struggling that we could share this with!

sammy October 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I became a facebook fan.. I really only want to supply my baby girl with the best diet!

Patty November 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’m interested in Happy Baby. My son is 4.5 months now and I received a couple of free packets of happy baby from this festival I went to. This product looked interesting to me and i’m looking to start my baby by trying out happy baby. Allergies run in my family and my baby already has allergic reactions to what i’m eatting (while nursing). So I’m very very careful in picking out what to give him. I’m glad I came across happy baby at this festival and now looking it up. I’ll test it out when he starts solids next month.

Sugar March 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

One of the gifts I would like to give my daugther is to eat healthy and only have organic. Th stuff they put in the other foods are terrible. It’s too late for me but not for her

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