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Yumi Review

UPDATED Dec. 2019
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Launched in 2017, Yumi is a Los Angeles-based baby food delivery service that offers organic blends crafted by an experienced team of pediatricians, nutritionists, and professional chefs. The service is designed to help you provide just the right food to your baby at just the right time, gradually introducing your little one to more than 80 flavorful ingredients that support healthy development.

At first glance, Yumi blends seem to be immensely varied, carefully crafted, and of exceptionally high quality. In this Yumi review, we will take a closer look at the company’s offer to help you discover whether this baby food is the right fit for your tiny human’s needs as well as your family budget.

Yumi printscreen homepage

How Yumi Works

Shopping at Yumi requires a subscription. Depending on your little one’s age, your subscription can include meals suitable for Stage 1, Stages 2 and 3 or Stage 4. All the meals are handpicked by Yumi’s expert staff, so there are no customizations. You can only choose the meal plan that works for your little one and decide on the number of meals you want to receive per delivery. Now, this is where things get a bit strange.

Namely, before getting started with the ordering process, it is hard to figure out what the exact meal plans are based on what is stated on the website. Furthermore, you are informed that you can choose to receive 1, 2 or 3 meals a day, that is, 7 to 21 per week.

However, as we are writing this Yumi review, the only 2 options you can choose from are 2 meals per day and 3 meals per day. After you make this decision, you can choose from 3 meal plans: the 6 Month box for Stage 1, the Starters Only box for Stage 1, and the Variety pack for Stages 2 and 3. The Tot box for toddlers is offered separately. The plans are vaguely described, so before you make your choice, you only get to learn that you get “a little bit of everything” or that the meals are pre-selected based on your baby’s age.

Yumi kid meals on table

Based on our research, the 6 Month box brings you 8 different blend flavors per week. Surprisingly enough, the Starters Only box brings you the exact same flavors, 8 of them total.

The only difference between the 2 plans is the number of jars per flavor. With the Starters Only box, you get the same number of jars for each flavor (2 or 3, depending on the number of meals you get per day). The 6 Month box lets your little one enjoy some flavors more frequently than others (e.g. your weekly delivery includes 3 jars of mango and only 1 of peach if you order 2 meals per day or 4 jars of mango and 2 of peach if you order 3 meals per day).

Once you take a look at the order overview, the math seems to be wrong because you get 16 instead of 14 blends a week with the 2-meals-per-day option and 24 instead of 21 blends per week with the 3-meals-per-day option. We do not know how to explain this.

Moving on, the Variety pack for Stages 2 and 3 brings you 7 different blends per week. If you choose to receive 2 blends per day, your delivery includes 4 jars of 1 flavor and 2 jars of each of the remaining 6 flavors. This amounts to 16 blends per week, not 14 as you would have guessed by multiplying 2 blends by 7 days a week. With 3 blends per day, you get 6 jars of 1 flavor and 3 jars of each of the remaining 6 flavors. This amounts to 24 instead of 21 jars per week.

With the Tot box, you get 4 different finger foods per week, each particularly designed for toddlers. If you choose to get 2 meals per day, you get 10 bites of each finger food variety (40 bites total). With 3 meals per day, you get 15 bites per variety (60 bites total).

If everything so far sounds confusing, that is because it is. The service has not done an outstanding job explaining what you get with each meal plan – and as shown previously, the numbers seem off. What we know for sure is that whether you choose to get baby food for Stage 1, Stages 2 and 3 or Stage 4 (toddlers), you can get 2 or 3 meals per day. Your little one gets to enjoy 4 different flavors per week at Stage 4, 7 flavors per week at Stages 2 and 3, and 8 different flavors per week at Stage 1.

You can change the number of meals per day at any time and skip a delivery whenever you wish, directly from your Yumi account. If you want to cancel your subscription, you simply need to send an email to the Yumi staff. The cut-off for making changes to your upcoming deliveries is Tuesday at 11:59 PM PST the week before your next delivery is scheduled to arrive.

What Makes Yumi Different

Based on everything we have mentioned in the previous section of this Yumi review, the main negative distinctive feature of this service is that it has not made ordering as simple as it could be. Now, let us move on to the positives.

Each meal in Yumi’s offer is made of certified organic, non-GMO ingredients primarily sourced from local farms. All the meals are free from the 8 most common allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy. Everything is vegan and vegetarian-friendly as well. Designed by experts in early childhood nutrition, the blends are optimally suited for the developmental needs of tiny humans.

Yumi bites and hands

In addition to providing healthy and meticulously crafted food for the youngest members of the family, Yumi offers excellent opportunities for parents to learn more about their little ones’ dietary needs. All Yumi subscribers gain access to free nutritional coaching that can help them make the best possible food choices for their babies.

It is further worth noting that Yumi is a service that is not all about profit but also does its best to help those in need. All unused food it produces goes to Impact LA, a non-profit organization that provides food to the disadvantaged.

Finally, the service offers thoughtful gifts for young parents and their tiny humans. You can opt for a Yumi gift card with a custom value of your choice or send someone 5, 10 or 20 jars of Yumi food per week for as many weeks as you wish. Gift deliveries start at $38.33 per week.

Each meal in Yumi’s offer is made of certified organic, non-GMO ingredients primarily sourced from local farms. All the meals are free from the 8 most common allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy. Everything is vegan and vegetarian-friendly as well. Designed by experts in early childhood nutrition, the blends are optimally suited for the developmental needs of tiny humans.

Meals And Recipes

Yumi meal options
For Kids
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

Yumi has more than 60 certified organic, allergy-friendly, plant-based blends in its offer, which makes its selection of baby food one of the most impressive and diverse on the market. The blends are made of 80+ varieties of fruit, veg, spices, and superfoods and they contain no added sugar, concentrates or any artificial substances. The selection of blends delivered changes weekly, providing your child with a highly diverse and well-balanced diet.

Yumi blends meals on white background

At Stage 1 (4+ months), your little one gets to enjoy Smooth Singles, that is, 1-ingredient purees. The flavors are numerous and include chard, Japanese sweet potato, kiwi, apple, beet, mango, and more.

Stage 2 (7+ months) is dedicated to Smooth Soups & Pies or simply put, multi-ingredient purees. Some of the flavors include Apple Pie with apples, Japanese sweet potato, coconut milk, and white beans, Texas Chili with sweet potato, apple, cinnamon, and black beans, and Baby Borscht Soup with beets, flax, coconut milk, and spinach.

During Stage 3 (9+ months), tiny humans can indulge in Chunky Puddings & Bowls, that is, chunky multi-ingredient purees. The exciting mixes in the Stage 3 section include the likes of Cubano Bowl (flax, kale, quinoa, banana, and black beans) and Kiwi Chia Pudding (kiwi, coconut milk, chia seeds, quinoa, and banana).

Yumi Smooth Singles meals

For Stage 4 (10+ months), that is, for adventurous tots, Yumi has adapted some of its blend recipes to create fun and crunchy bites and puffs. You can expect to get flavor combos like Cubano Bites (banana, spinach, black beans, garlic, and green banana flour), Beet Puffs (sorghum flour, beet powder, and coconut oil), and Carrot Spinach Millet Bites (millet, carrot, spinach, cilantro, oats, and garlic).

All the meals come in 4-ounce jars, which means that 1 jar can yield 2-3 servings if your little one is just starting solids. Each meal contains no less than 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals from 5+ essential nutrients.

Yumi Cubano Bites

Storing Tips

Yumi blends and bites are prepared fresh for the week. You can keep them in your fridge for 7 days. Each jar has the expiration date printed under the lid. If you want to freeze the meals, you can keep them in the freezer for 2 months. You should use them up within 24 hours once thawed or opened.

The blends are made of 80+ varieties of fruit, veg, spices, and superfoods and they contain no added sugar, concentrates or any artificial substances. The selection of blends delivered changes weekly, providing your child with a highly diverse and well-balanced diet.

Pricing

With Yumi, the price you pay per meal depends on the number of meals you get per day/week and the type of food you order (blends or bites/puffs). The prices range from $3.75 to $4.64 per meal.

If you are ordering baby food for Stage 1 or Stages 2 and 3, you pay:

  • $4.64 per meal, $65 per week if you get 2 meals per day;
  • $4.29 per meal, $90 per week if you receive 3 meals per day.

In case you opt for the Tot box featuring bites and puffs for toddlers, you pay:

  • $4.06 per meal, $65 per week if you get 2 meals per day;
  • $3.75 per day, $90 per week if you opt for 3 meals per day.

The prices are not the lowest on the market, but they are justified by the quality. Shipping is always free, no matter which options you choose.

Stages 1, 2, and 3
Meals per weekPrice per mealPrice per week
14$4.64$65
21$4.29$90
Stage 4 (the Tot box)
Meals per weekPrice per mealPrice per week
14$4.06$65
21$3.74$90

Delivery Areas

In the past years, Yumi has been expanding its delivery map at a steady pace. At first, it only delivered to California addresses, but now it ships to all 48 continental US states. It is currently coming up with a solution that would enable it to ship to Alaska and Hawaii as well.

Yumi blends are shipped via OnTrack and FedEx. Orders normally arrive by 9 pm on Wednesday. You can get more precise information on the estimated time of arrival by visiting the Orders section of your Yumi account.

Yumi Pros & Cons

To make sure Yumi meets all your standards and expectations, it is important to know its biggest advantages and disadvantages. With a short overview of its pros and cons, you can easily decide if Yumi is the right meal delivery service for you.

Pros
  • More than 60 fresh baby meals for different food stages
  • Over 80 locally sourced, certified organic, and non-GMO ingredients
  • Developed by pediatricians, nutritionists, and chefs
  • Vegan and vegetarian-friendly
  • Allergy-friendly
  • Free nutritional coaching
  • Free shipping

Cons

  • Site navigation issues
  • Meal plans are not clearly presented

Sample Dishes

With Yumi, you get delicious meals prepared by pro chefs at affordable prices. To find out what kinds of delights you will receive in your delivery, we have chosen a couple of sample dishes that accurately represents its offer and can help you decide if it is the right service for you.

Bottom Line

Apart from the less-than-effortless ordering process described earlier in this Yumi review, we have found no major flaws with this service. There are many blends to try out and every single blend is organic and designed by culinary, medical, and nutrition experts. The recipes are creative and perfectly suit the needs of little ones who are just starting or already enjoying solids. All subscriptions come with free shipping and free nutritional counseling is a truly wonderful bonus that caring parents greatly appreciate.

Our only desire is that Yumi dedicates some time and effort to redesigning and restructuring its website, thus making navigation and ordering easier and allowing its customers to get a better understanding of how the service works prior to purchase.


* All the prices on this website are subject to change without notice. While we put a great deal of effort into making sure that all the prices are accurate, one or more products may have outdated prices. Please visit the specific product’s official website for exact prices.
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