Thistle Baby

Billing

Are you a subscription service?

Yes, we make feeding your little one easy so just set it and forget it! Your subscription will auto-renew on Tuesdays at 11:59 pm when you’re charged for the following Friday’s delivery. We’re super flexible - just pause or cancel at anytime before then for that week’s delivery.

How do I pause or cancel my subscription?

You may pause or cancel your subscription at anytime. Just make sure you get changes in before Tuesday at 11:59 pm for the following Friday’s delivery. Email baby@thistle.co and our customer service team will get you sorted :)

How much does it cost?

Our meals currently cost $2.15/each or $45 per box, including free local or overnight delivery. This includes 3 recipes worth of diverse, organic produce; producing a total of 21 meals or 1 weeks worth of food.

I’m travelling - what are my options?

If you’re travelling in California or Nevada, we’d be happy to send your box to your temporary address! Just email baby@thistle.co the address and dates you’ll be there and we will update your information.

If you’re travelling outside of California & Nevada, or you wish to pause your delivery temporarily, please email baby@thistle.co and let us know. We’d be happy to set up a date for your subscription to automatically resume!

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged on Tuesdays at midnight for a delivery that arrives the following Friday.

Who can I contact about a question or concern?

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to baby@thistle.co and we will respond as soon as we can!

Delivery

Where do you deliver?

We currently deliver Thistle Baby throughout California & Nevada and depending on your location, your box will either be hand delivered to your door via local couriers (San Francisco Bay Area) or shipped overnight (rest of California & Nevada).

Not in our delivery zone? Send an email to baby@thistle.co with your zipcode and we’ll give you priority access when we expand to your area!

When can I expect my delivery?

After you sign up, you’ll receive an email with your exact delivery date and time. Dependent on where you live, you will either receive a Friday delivery through our shipping provider or through our local courier service.

How will I know if my order is on the way?

If you live in the Bay Area and receive local delivery, you will receive a text message letting you know when to expect your delivery. If you live outside the Bay Area, you’ll receive an email with tracking information from our shipping provider.

What if I’m not at home when my delivery arrives?

No worries! Your box will arrive with insulation & ice packs to ensure it stays cold. Just be sure to put your fruit & veggie packets into the freezer once you’re back home, or your fridge if you plan to make baby food within 24 hours.

Thistle Baby Food

What can I expect in a Thistle Baby box?

You will get 3 pre-portioned packets of flash-frozen fruits & vegetables as well as herbs, spices & superfoods, all organically sourced and pre-washed, portioned, and chopped, ready to steam & blend. We’re passionate about ensuring our recipes provide the nourishment your little one needs with flavors that develop tiny taste buds. We also never add preservatives, sodium, or other nasties found in store bought brands.

How many meals will this make?

Our box includes 3 recipes worth of diverse organic produce and herbs, spices or superfoods; producing a total of 21 meals or 1 weeks worth of food. Each meal makes approximately 2.5 - 3 fl oz of food (about 5-6 tablespoons), depending on amount of liquid used.

Which stages of baby food do you offer?

We currently offer blends for Stages 2 & 3 but plan on introducing more stages very soon! If you’d like to be updated when we expand our offering, please reach out to baby@thistle.co

Are your ingredients organic?

Yes, our ingredients are sourced from organic farms and vendors to ensure your baby is never exposed to pesticides or any other nasties found on or in conventional produce.

Where do you source your ingredients from?

We source our ingredients exclusively from organic farms & vendors who share our vision for fresh, nutrient-dense produce & high quality standards.

How long do the meals last after being cooked?

Our food stays fresh in the fridge for 3 days and in the freezer for 1 month. We advise you not to leave your baby food out at room temperature for more than an hour.

What if my child has a food allergy?

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accommodate specific allergies. All of our meals are dairy, soy, gluten and nut-free. However, our ingredients are prepared in a facility that processes nuts and soy (not gluten or dairy). We recommend refraining from delivery if your baby has severe allergies to nuts or soy.

If you have more questions about allergies, our team would be happy to help you! Please email baby@thistle.co

Nutrition

Are the meals good for my baby?
Absolutely! Thistle’s meals are always nutritionally-designed, with your baby’s health as our top priority. We offer a variety of ingredients in every color of the rainbow to ensure that your baby is getting all the nutrients they need to grow strong physically & mentally.
Why do you use flash frozen ingredients?
Your baby’s health is our top concern, so we flash freeze all ingredients to retain the most nutrients possible. Studies have shown that the nutritional value of frozen produce is equal to, and possibly better than, fresh produce. Read more here.
How much should my baby eat each day?

The answer is as much as (s)he wants! Your baby knows how much to eat and it can vary significantly day to day or meal to meal. That said here are some general guidelines - just remember you know your baby best and if you have specific questions on your baby’s eating, please reach out to your pediatrician.

Birth to 4 months: Your baby’s digestive tract is still developing, so solid or pureed foods are off-limits for now

4 to 6 months: Begin with 1 teaspoon of pureed food and gradually increase to 1 tablespoon mixed with breast milk or formula per meal

6 to 8 months: Increase from 1 tablespoon with supplemental liquid to 2-3 tablespoons of just puree per meal

8 months +: Begin exploring more solid foods such as yogurt, oats, protein, soft cooked veggies, etc. and add these to 4+ tablespoons of puree

Are herbs, spices & superfoods safe for my baby?
Herbs, spices and superfoods can be traced back to the start of civilization and have been added to baby food in different countries & cultures for many generations. When introducing a new herb, spice or superfood to your child’s diet, start with a minimal amount and gradually increase if well tolerated. ‘Good eaters’ aren’t born - they’re made. And with by introducing herbs, spices & superfoods you’re developing not only your baby’s palate, but healthy eating practices they’ll carry with them for life.

How To Make

Does this require any prep work?
Not at all! All of our produce is pre-washed, portioned, and chopped so all you need to do is open, steam and blend.
What equipment do I need?
Great question! We recommend you have the following: Pot with a lid Steaming basket or a steaming machine Blender, food processor, or immersion blender Containers to store your food. If you have any concerns or questions about the list above, please email baby@thistle.co - there are plenty of additional ways to cook our food we’d be happy to tell you about, such as sous vide, roasting or boiling (you can even microwave, although we don’t recommend it)
Should I make all three recipes at once, or one at a time?
Up to you! Some parents like to do them all in one go and feed their baby a different puree for every meal; others like to make recipes at different points in the week as needed. If you want to make them all at once, we recommend storing any food that will not be eaten within 3 days in BPA-free baby-food specific or ice cube freezer trays.
Do I need to defrost the produce packet before I cook it?
Nope! While we recommend you defrost your produce packet overnight in the fridge, you can also steam the ingredients directly from the freezer - just note that it’ll take a few minutes longer to cook.
Do I need to add anything to the meals?
For younger babies, add additional liquid (such as water, breast milk/formula, or stock) to reach a thinner consistency. For older babies, you can add additional ingredients (such as yogurt, cooked eggs, oats, or meat protein) for a thicker consistency and higher calorie count. Other than these personal customizations, absolutely nothing! Our meals are already packed full of nutrients and bursting with flavor.

Other

How do I recycle or compost the box materials?

Please help us in our commitment to reduce waste by reusing and recycling your packaging materials:

THE BOX: Our boxes are 100% recyclable - just break down the box and place curbside with your recycling.

INSULATION: Our insulated liner is made from 100% recycled material (recycled burlap sacks from coffee houses) and simply throwing it in the trash adds no new material to the waste stream. If you’d like, the fiber can also be composted and the LDPE film surrounding it can be recycled at your local grocery store or plastic recycling facility.

ICE PACKS: Our ice packs are 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and can be reused, donated, or recycled! Organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Goodwill, local food banks & soup kitchens, the SPCA, and youth sports clubs or dance companies all love ice pack donations. To dispose of the ice packs, simply cut the corner of the thawed pack and drain the contents into your compost or garbage and recycle the plastic bag.

INGREDIENT PACKETS: All of our ingredient bags are made of plastic that can be recycled. Simply rinse and place with your recycling.