“ Brand: Bebivita / Age: 4 - 18 months „
Breakfast was the final meal I introduced to my daughter and it proved the most difficult.
I tried many different baby breakfasts with little success at first and then I tried Bebivita Fruity Breakfast Cereal. I didn't hold out much hope.
The box looked slightly old-fashioned compared to the others on the shelf and it was a brand name I'd never heard of.
To prepare it said to start with two tablespoons of powder and add hot water. I did this and the consistency was a bit like scrambled egg. Oh dear. But a bit more water made it creamier and smooth with no lumps, a bit like Ready Brek. My daughter finished the lot.
This cereal is suitable from four months to 18 months and you simply increase the amount of powder in the bowl as your baby's appetite grows. My daughter is still happily eating this breakfast along with other cereals at 11 months old and I think it is just as suitable for her now, being a good step up to porridge, which is what I'll probably start her on once she is a year old.
Bebivita cereal also comes in apple and oat flavour and this is just as tasty, according to my daughter.
I now almost fill the bowl with powder to meet her appetite.
This cereal is handy as it comes with its own milk powder so you don't have to heat up milk. I put some water in a bottle and heat it in the bottle warmer for five minutes and it ensures the cereal is warm but also at the right temperature for my baby to eat straight away.
You can add fruit or yoghurt to add more texture and flavour to it but I quite like giving this cereal to my daughter as it is as she has texture from other cereals.
It costs just under £1.50 a box and a box lasts at least a week, even with the big portions I serve my daughter. At the beginning I think it lasted about two weeks.
I would highly recommend it as a nutritious, tasty and easy to prepare breakfast for your baby.
Breakfast for my 6 month old baby had mainly consisted of mashed banana and various fruit purées mixed with baby rice so I thought it was time to introduce something new. I began with the Heinz baby breakfast cereals. My son enjoyed the change so I intended to buy more however during my online shop at Tesco I noticed cheaper alternative - Bebivita.
I had previously paid £2.05 for 125g of the Heinz product, Bebivita currently retails at £1.29 for 160g! I couldn't believe the price difference and bought both the apple and oat and fruity breakfast cereals.
Bebivita Fruity Breakfast Cereal is packaged in a bright yellow coloured cardboard box, unusually I doesn't have a picture of a baby on the front! The box depicts a bowl of cereal, various fruits and what looks like a teddy bear biscuit.
The cereal itself is like the baby version of Ready Brek, it is very fine and powdery, there is not much of an aroma when opened. It is straight forward to prepare, the powder is mixed with previously boiled water. User instructions advise that initially 2.5 tablespoons of the product should be mixed with 3 tablespoons of water.
I have never followed the instructions and mix to my own desired consistency, I don't like it to be too runny as things can become very messy!
I also add a scoop of Organic formula or breast milk to the water prior to mixing (I assumed before use that the product was mixed in the same way as baby rice!).
Once prepared, the cereal is an off white colour, with a tinge of yellow. It is smooth and creamy and can be easily eaten from a soft spoon. I have tried the product myself and it is actually quite palatable. I usually find baby foods quite artificial tasting but this isn't bad. Although described as fruity cereal, there is no one predominant fruit flavour, it is slightly sweet, not overly so.
If I have any spare fruit purée I occasionally add this to the mix as I find this compliments it quite well.
The cereal is designed for use from 4 to 18 months and the manufacturers claim that it is a good source of vitamins, calcium & iron. There are no artificial additives or GM ingredients.
It should be noted that the product does contain cows milk, gluten and wheat.
My son certainly enjoys it, not only for breakfast - I sometimes offer it as a pudding after a meal.
I would certainly recommend trying it as it is an equal to the more popular products, if not their superior.
A good value product :-)