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Whilst in Boots picking up the usual jars , milk , nappies etc . I noticed the Boots international range . Mmm I thought , I'll get some , although my girlfriend hadn't written it on the list . I noticed the the range is about 20p dearer than the baby boots organics that we normally buy . But hey whats 20p here or there , so I bought the potato and leek soup packet . It cost about 99p , for approx 150ml . It is in a neat little sachet that could be easily poped into the changing bag when you are on the move . Well guess what my daughter had for tea that night , the soup ( suitable from 4 months , although our daughter is older than that that ). My girlfriend walk through the door and said " what is that awful stink ". The soup should be renamed garlic soup , it stank and the flavour of garlic was so strong out tot refused to eat more than 2 mouthfulls . For soup it was exceedingly stoggy too , it was just like a jar basically and about twice the price . It also gave our tot really bad garlic breath and burps all evening !!! Needless to say we haven't tried any more in the range . They do jars , from 4 , 7 and 12 months . If you've tried them let me know of they are any better . We're sticking to Hipp and Boot's Organics for the moment .
Like all parents, i am keen that my baby has a wide variety of tastes and textures and am so glad that he has inherited a love of food from his parents! I like to make meals myself but do tend to rely on jars especially as my son goes to a c/minder and it is so convenient to pack ready-made sometimes. I am therefore always on the look out for new tastes for him to enjoy and was pleased to see that as well as their traditional and organic ranges, Boots do an international range. Like the name suggests, there are meals for baby that are based on Indian, chinese and Mexican recipes, to name but a few and the ones that we have tried so far have gone down a treat - especially the sweet&sour pork balls with vegetables which smells divine!
I will first of all say that anyone who has a weaning baby should try these. Many normal baby foods taste really bland and are 99 percent carrot (slight exagerration, but everyone will know what I mean). Boots International is where baby food gets interesting. I recommend trying the Sunset Guava and Pear as a breakfast (or dessert) and the Lasagne with Pork as a dinner or tea as they are absolutely lovely, so much so that Matthew cannot get enough in his mouth each time. There are many other flavours to choose from and I cannot wait til he moves on to 7 months jars because they open even more doors for baby's tastebuds (and mine;-).
When I saw this drink at boots I thought it would be really good (especially as it can be drunk warm or cold) and would be better to give my baby a drink with a nice taste rather than just water. (It can be used from 4 weeks old) It is a sugar free powder which you simply make up by adding 100ml of water for every teaspoonful. Once made up it can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours (in a sealed container), and once the tub is opened it needs to be used within 6 weeks (provides 40 servings) The powder is available in different flavours. I bought a 160 gram tub of lemon, barley and camomile (because camomile is supposed to be relaxing). When I tried feeding this to my baby he refused it to start with then spat it out, I could tell it was too bitter by the look on his face, and when I kept on trying to feed it to him he started crying (he's 9 weeks old). So I diluted it so 1 teaspoonful had 200 ml of water (double what the tub tells you to use). He still refused the drink!!! I tried it to and it tastes absoluely awful, now I can understand why he won't drink it, the smell is overpowering and the taste is far too bitter for a baby. I wouldn't recommend this flavour to anyone but I think the powder is a good idea. I would never buy this flavour again but I might try others (eg. they do strawberry) which might taste a bit better. So I think for now it's back to cool boiled water!!!!
If you are looking to broaden your baby's taste in babyfood, then there is probably no better range than Boots International. There is curry, sweet and sour, Salmon and Dill and Italian recipes, all very tasty, particularly the Salmon one, a good introduction to the taste of fish. The meals can be a bit lumpy, so I would mash them for a baby who is not too accustomed to lumps, but they are good sized jars and not too expensive; Boots generally have an offer, whereby if you buy 5 you get 1 free or a similiar offer. Don't forget the poppadums!!
The Boots international range offers something a bit different in the line of baby food. A lot of baby foods can be similar and quite bland. This is fine when first weaning. This range on the other hand is ideal for introducing the older baby to stronger and more varied tastes. My daughter has particularly enjoyed the range of tropical fruits. The foods have an appealling texture and appearance. Being a Boots brand food, they are also competitively priced. My only hesitation in recommending this product is that the range is not organic.
My daughter really enjoys the boots international range! I try to give her home made food as often as possible but often run out of ideas! These meals are great, they are a really good texture and introduce wonderful new flavours! My daughter can be fussy with other baby foods as they are quite often bland and gloopy but these meals actually had some flavour! They are fairly expensive but well worth it as intriducing a baby to different flavours makes less far less fussy eaters!
Have you ever tasted your babies food that comes in a jar. We all know how bland and uninspiring they are. I tried a Boots International jar and was pleasently surprised. My wee ones both loved them and were happy tucking into chicken korma and chinese sweet and sour at 5 mths. They are the only baby food that I have tasted any flavour in. I think my son's wide range of tastes have a lot to do with these jars and starting to eat the same as the family quite young. At 3years he loves food from our local Indian and all the italian food I make. Even my 10mths my daughter loves chicken korma from the takeaway. (I scrape most of the sauce of so the nappies aren't too bad). Yum Yum !!!