Updated on November 20, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Introducing solid foods to your baby is a big milestone, and an exciting time for you both! A whole new world of flavorful experiences awaits your little one, and the options are limitless. If you are considering making your own baby food, you might be overwhelmed with baby brain-boosting foods and recipes, food preparation methods, and tools. As a busy parent, the last thing you need on your plate is to spend countless hours researching the best baby food storage containers.
So we’ve done the research for you, and dished up this list of the 7 best baby food storage containers. No matter what you have a taste for, we’ve got something for everyone here.
The Best Baby Food Storage Containers for Your Baby
(Best bang for your buck — $$)
Why it’s great: This baby food storage set comes with 18 4-ounce plastic containers, the most for your money. At a little over $1 a container, the price can’t be beaten. These are great if you plan to make ahead baby food, even better if you plan to color-code them, as they come with colorful lids! For the parents who prefer plastic, who maybe have concerns with using glass due to possible breaks, this set is ideal!
These containers are made with lead-free, BPA-free food-safe plastic and come with leak-proof, screw-on plastic lids in bright multicolors. These containers heave graduated measurements on them and come with 36 stickers for easy labeling. They are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and super easy to clean.
Keep in mind: While the containers hold 4 ounces when filled to the brim, the measurement markings only go up to 3 ounces. You won’t be able to fill to the top if you plan on freezing them, as the food will expand on freezing.
Good for: Those who prefer plastic to glass, and budget shoppers
(Best baby food on-the-Go — $)
Why it’s great: These baby food storage pouches are a hit among babies everywhere! Babies just love to suck food out of pouches – it just comes naturally to them. Not only are these a cinch to use, but they also eliminate mess by eliminating the need for a bowl and spoon, and are perfect for busy mornings and on-the-go snacking.
This set comes as a pack of 10 7-ounce reusable, refillable plastic pouches. The plastic is food-grade, BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free, freezer safe, washable, and recyclable when they’ve reached the end of their life. They come with plastic screw-on caps, and a large zip-lock side opening for ease of cleaning and filling when using the included plastic funnel. In addition, the company backs its product with a 1-year guarantee which covers all included parts!
Keep in mind: These can be a little tricky or labor-intensive to clean, but rinsing right away should help. They claim to be dishwasher friendly but many parents claim to have better results just hand washing.
Good for: Feeding on the go, and little hands that aren’t quite adept at using a spoon yet!
(Best set for the make-ahead mom — $$$)
Why it’s great: This baby food jar set is perfect for when you want to make a whole batch of baby food at once to freeze and store for later. This sells as a set of 12 4-ounce glass jars with plastic lids in multicolored bright or pastel color combinations. The lids have no gaskets, so they are a breeze to clean. They screw on and are leakproof, and the set also includes a dry erase marker to use for labeling them. These high-quality jars are food-safe glass, 100% nontoxic, freezer safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe, making them super convenient – and safe – to use. The jars have measurement markings up to 2 ounces but will hold 4 ounces when filled to the top.
What sets these apart from the rest are the people behind them: this is a small, family-owned business with superior customer service, 5-star reviews, and a genuine desire to see their customers satisfied. If you have any issues with your jars, they will address them and replace them as needed.
Keep in mind: Due to the design of the lid, they don’t stack particularly well, and the empty jars don’t nest within one another for ease of storage.
Good for: When you want to make large batches of baby food at once, and prefer glass to plastic, this set of a dozen jars is your best bet!
(Best multifunctional containers — $$)
Why it’s great: This glass food storage set is easy on the eyes: while it’s perfect for baby food with its 4-ounce containers, nothing about it screams ‘BABY’ so they are practical for other uses as well, and will serve you long after baby outgrows baby food. These containers stack and nest beautifully, and also work great for small sides, condiments, dressings, dips, and grown-up lunches.
This set of 6 rectangular dishes is made of sturdy, borosilicate glass, which won’t leach chemicals into your food. What’s more is that you can portion out your food, freeze it, and reheat it in the oven or microwave without ever having to transfer the food. When you’re done, just stick in the top rack of your dishwasher! What could be easier than that? The containers come with BPA-free plastic, snap-locking lids with gaskets that are meant to be removed for cleaning, and provide an airtight, leak-proof lock. The company also provides a 5-year warranty on their products.
Keep in mind: Cleaning requires removing the rubber gasket. Be sure to remember to replace the gasket after cleaning to ensure an airtight, leak-proof seal when done.
Good for: When you want containers to have a life after baby.
(Best simple solution to homemade baby food — $$)
Why it’s great: This silicone freezing tray is a steal when you consider how easy it is to use, and how much use you can actually get out of it. Divided into 9 2.5-ounce pods, this tray is super simple to fill with food, snap the locking lid on, and slide into the freezer. When the food is frozen, you can pop the lid off, pop the food pods out of the flexible tray to store in ziplock bags, and use the tray again for the next batch! Or, you can just pop out one pod of food at a time, on an as-needed basis. Super simple!
These trays come in 7 fun colors and are made with premium quality, food-grade silicone that is naturally bacteria- and stain-resistant, and also free of all the bad stuff you want to keep away from baby. These nonstick, space-saving pods are graduated to demarcate 1- and 2-ounce increments and are stackable in the freezer. And, you don’t have a ton of tiny jars and lids to wash and keep track of. Bonus! The company has also partnered with an award-winning author and dietician to provide buyers with a 47-page e-book filled with baby food recipes and tips.
Keep in mind: While it says dishwasher safe, these trays are best hand-washed, as some folks say theirs was ruined in the dishwasher. Also, heads up, they may have that “new silicone” smell upon arrival. Just soak it in dish soap and/or vinegar before using, and that should do the trick.
Good for: When you want to keep it simple!
(Best big baby food bowls — $$)
Why it’s great: These baby food bowls are great for when your growing baby’s appetite begins to grow bigger. These glass bowls measure in at 7 ounces apiece, our biggest baby food containers listed here, and come in a set of 4. They have super cute designs on the lids, which are made of BPA- and lead-free plastic, and rubber gaskets to ensure an airtight and leak-proof seal. The super tough bowls are made from thermal shock-resistant borosilicate glass that’s free of BPA, lead, phthalate, and PVC. They can go directly from the freezer to the microwave or oven up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit without defrosting. Now that’s convenient. They have a stackable design, and other dish sets that coordinate as well. These baby food bowls are microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
Keep in mind: At nearly $5 a jar, these are a little pricier than our other favorites. But when you consider they hold much larger portions, they are worthwhile when baby no longer gets his fill after just a couple of ounces.
Good for: When you need larger portions
(Best quality — $$)
Why it’s great: These glass ‘baby blocks’ have a unique design: they are shaped as blocks and fit neatly into a little plastic tray that holds all 4 of them quite conveniently. The tray also makes for tidy stacking should you have more than one set. These can be great for dips, condiments, and dressings as well as lunches when not using them for baby food.
This 4-set of 4-ounce jars are made with borosilicate glass and have measurements demarcated up to 4 ounces. They come with BPA-free plastic, leak-proof snapping lids with removable gaskets for ease of cleaning. These jars are oven-safe and can go directly from the freezer to the oven, or microwave, and are dishwasher safe as well. They also come in two color choices.
Keep in mind: At nearly $5 a jar, these are a bit more costly, but you get what you pay for. We love these, and so does everyone else: and there isn’t a single customer review that is less than 3 stars.
Good for: When you want to go for top quality
FAQs about baby food storage containers
1. How do I choose baby food storage containers?
First, you should consider how you plan to go about your baby food making process. Do you plan to make it fresh daily, or make ahead in larger batches? Do you plan to freeze baby food? How do you intend to reheat your baby food? Do you use a microwave, or an oven, or warm water? All of these questions are important as the answers will help guide you toward the right food storage solutions for you.
2. What are the pros and cons of plastic food storage containers?
Plastic can be really convenient in that it is lightweight, doesn’t shatter when dropped on hard surfaces, and is generally fairly affordable. Some childcare facilities only allow food in plastic containers. However, you want to be sure the plastic you choose is free of phthalates, BPA, lead, and other harmful chemicals and toxins that can leach into food. Plastic is also not very environmentally friendly, so if you are concerned with your carbon footprint and the impact of your purchases, you may wish to avoid plastics. Plastic can be prone to food stains over time. If you intend to freeze your baby food, be sure your plastic is freezer-safe. You also need to be careful when heating food in plastic: many plastics are not safe when reheated in the microwave, and plastic baby food containers are not oven-safe. Also, plastic eventually wears out, and in the trash it goes, only to head to the landfill and then be replaced.
3. What are the pros and cons of glass food storage containers?
Glass food storage containers are generally more expensive than their plastic counterparts, but for good reason: they last forever, unless you break them first, which is its main downside. There are many different grades of glass so you want to be sure you purchase shock-resistant, thermal glass that can withstand what you intend to use it for. Will you use it in the oven? Be sure it is oven-safe. Not all glass is. Glass is generally not prone to staining, and glass food storage containers usually come with better quality designed lids that provide more airtight, leakproof seal than plastic containers do. Glass is also more environmentally sustainable, and recyclable. So, you spend more upfront, but it pays off in the end.
4. Are reusable baby food pouches worth it?
That really all depends on the individual. Many people claim they are super simple to fill, use, and clean, while others claim the exact opposite. Made from plastic, however, their lifespan is also limited, so they won’t last forever. They might be better for occasional use, when on the go or in a hurry, but then again, due to their low cost, many might not fret over having to replace them when they reach the end of their life.
5. How do you store baby food?
Baby food, once prepared, should be stored in the refrigerator or the freezer. It should not be left out for more than two hours. Baby food can generally last a few days in the fridge, and several months in the freezer.
Glass or plastic, jar or pouch, dishwasher or handwashing, microwave or oven, the options abound. There is something for everyone, and now that we’ve helped you narrow it down a bit on how to store your baby food, you can get back to planning and concocting healthy, flavorful food combinations for your hungry little muffin!