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Since I started to wean my daughter onto purees at six months old, I have been sticking to my preferred brand of Organix, purely for the fact that they have no added salt, sugar, e-numbers, colourings, preservatives and general junk added. But whilst she does love the Organix range it is quite limited and at times, hard to find in the shops. Also, I am yet to introduce meat into her diet so it's always a challenge finding new combinations of rice, veg, oats and fruit. I don't give her the jars exclusively, of course, but they are an absolute Godsend if we are out and about.
So when I saw an offer recently in Boots for any 7 stage 1 jarred foods for £3.50, I thought I might try supplementing my usual Organix jars with a few Boots Organics. I decided we'd try the Cheesy Broccoli and Potato, and the Carrot and Potato. Just like Organix, there are no nasties added to the Boots jars and though they are only 5p cheaper per jar at 60p, I find by combining the two brands it allows for a lot more choice.
Now when I give my daughter a jar, I tend to put half of it in a bowl and save the other half for later, which you can do with these, as long as they are stored in the fridge and served within 24 hours (she tends to have the rest the same day). I then give her half a jar of fruit or rice, as a 'pudding'.
So far my daughter has absolutely loved every flavour of Boots Organics she has tried, so the experiment has been a great success! I also give her home cooked food, porridges and cereals, and fresh pureed fruit, and I find that the jars compliment the texture, tastes and flavour mixes very well. I highly recommend the Boots Organics range of foods - they are good, clean, simple and wholesome, they are affordable, and most importantly, little palletes love them!
Five out of five, I will certainly be buying more of these and will be trying the other items in the Boots Organics range (dried foods, boxed foods and fruit pots). A really great range which is very accessible and easy to buy - even the small Boots chemist near me stocks them, and the full range is available online for home delivery or in store collection at no extra cost. When baby events are running they are on 3 for 2, currently they are on 7 for £3.50, but at 60p a jar I think they're perfectly affordable and fair even when not on offer.
I find that Boots do offer a good selection of Organic baby food but you do have to visit one of their large stores to actually see properly what is on offer. In the smaller stores they do tend to only stock 5 or 6 very general and not particularly exciting basics.
They offer quite a wide range of 4 - 7 month and 7 month plus jars as well as snacks such as rice cakes.
The 4 - 7 month foods are very smooth and from my baby's reaction do have a good flavour. She actually enjoyed these more than most other brands. The Turkey Casserole made her actually go mmmmm as she ate it and no other food had managed that reaction from her. At nearly 1 year old if she is not well and off her food offering that flavour jar can do the trick to get a meal into her.
The 7 month plus jars also offer a good range of flavours and are not too lumpy so offer a good step up from the purees but without causing too much difficulty as a first go at some lumps.
Buying the pots individually can be expensive but Boots do from time to time offer special deals that are well worth looking out for.
I have never been into organic food for muself, but as soon as i had babies i realised i didnt want them been filled up with junk. So whenever out shopping organic ranges in the babys section are usually my firts choice.
Reason been they dont contain all the additives that any other food would, usualy no sugars added either or salt which is again main.
Boots do quite a few snacks which are organic, however they no longer do boots baby food. Boots prices are always cheaper than the other ranges which also helps. I also noticed with their rice cakes they have more of a variety with flavours etc, i have noticed orange and apple ones. My girls have never been that keen on rice cakes as i do find them to be a bit plastic feeling and dry but i would definately rate any boots products, im a great lover of them.
Weaning a baby can be a bit of a challenge as you try to find healthy things to feed them. If you aren't much of a cook yourself, then making baby food may seem like a bit of a challenge - pre made baby meals in pots are an obvious solution. They come with recommended age of baby - a good guideline but some babies can cope with different things at different times so use your own judgement. Boots offer a range of organic baby food. Organic food is grown with only a minimum of pesticides (check out the soil association website if you want more information on this one). Furthermore, the food isn't full of colourings, flavourings and other nasties, making it better for baby. Boots pots - these are ready to eat meals in little pots - all you have to do is open and spoon it into your infant (ok, we know this isn't ever as easy as it sounds). The meals contain veg and some have meat in. The pots would be a little too big for a child who is just being weaned and as the appetite grows, would eventualy become insufficeint, which is their biggest flaw. Cost wise they aren't superb value - you end up paying about 70p a pot, and once you are on to two baby meals a day, it adds up quickly. The range is good, if you have a Boots of decent proportions. Bit thin if you have a vegeterian baby though. My favourites are the dried organic food products - these are powders that you either make up with baby milk or pre-boiled water. (follow the very simple instructions on the side of the packet) They have significant advantages - they keep better, you can make up as much or as little as your baby is likely to eat and you can add them to other things (more later). The dried organics are fruit and veg based, with some porridge products and the all important baby rice. They make up into a gloopy consistency that is easy to eat, and they taste ok. Yes, for the purposes of research, I have tried them. Plus I wouldn't want to feed my baby something
unless I knew it tasted reasonable. If you cook up fruit for your baby, you will find it tends to come out rather runny - especially apple. If you add one of the Boots dry organic mixes to your cooked fruit, you can get a decent consistency. I find that adding the baby rice works especially well. The baby rice itself is nice, and compliments any fruit to good effect. Furthermore, baby is very keen on this, and consumer recomendations are always encouraging! I would recomend keeping some Boots organic dry baby food in your cupboard, for emergencies and for padding out sloppier meals. It doesn't cost much (£1.70 ish for 120 grams)and it keeps well, especially if you put it in a tin. At time of writing Boots have a three for two offer on dry baby foods, excluding baby rice.
When boots discontinued their own range of baby foods I was dismayed. My son loved them especially the chicken and pineapple jar and I tried to find an alternative for him but it was no use no other brands carried this flavour. I usually feed my son Jamie who is 11 months on veggies and meals that I prepare for him from scratch but I keep a few jars handy just in case I'm exhausted or simply too plain lazy. They are also handy to carry with you if you are going visiting or away for the day. I used to think that organic baby food was too expensive for my budget but when boots introduced their own range it was very reasonable at 69p per jar for the 7 month range just 2p per jar dearer than their international range which I buy for Jamie sometimes too. The choice was very good and has a great range of deserts too at the same price. I have never tried organic food before so I wasn't really sure what to expect, I knew that it is pure with no additives or preserves and no fertiliser etc was used in growing the ingredients. Last week I tried these for the first time as boots were doing a special offer on them six for the price of five so I bought one of each flavour except the turkey and vegetables as Jamie hates turkey. I opened the jar of mixed garden vegetables and steak and it was bright orange. Oh! if this wasn't organic I would have never put this near my babies mouth as it screamed of food colouring but I was safe in the fact that nothing is added to this food. It smelt good and I had a wee taste just to see what it was like mmmn not too bad for a jar of baby food but it was what Jamie thought of it that counted. Well he scoffed the lot in record time with a contented smile and a big burp that assured me that he enjoyed it. I have gave him most of the different jars now but the one he seemed to enjoy most was the spag bol which I was tempted to eat myself as it was delicious and tasted just l
ike the real thing. The jars come in a 190g size which is slightly smaller than other ranges but if your child is still hungry after I would suggest a yogurt or even a rusk to chew on for afters. As some of the range is bright orange ie. the spag bol and the mixed veg and steak I thought the stains would never come out of his bibs but to my amazement they did and I didn't even put them through a boil wash result! They really are the best range out there just now that money can buy so I would recommend popping along to your local boots and snatch a few jars while there still on offer. I can't comment on the four month range as I forgot to look as my son's too old for them but I would presume that the range is of similar quality and price.
Ok so there is a bit of plagerism going on here , I'm not actually going to talk to you about rice krispies ... but I am going to tell you about Boots organic rice cakes . Boots Oranic Rice Cakes ************************ OK you've all probably seen these on the bottom of the baby food shelves , glanced at them and thought they'ed probably be a bit bland and that your baby would take one taste and spit it out . We decided to buy some for our tot a wee while ago , we tried her on rusks and organix breadsticks and thought she might fancy a change .They only cost 92p for a 50g bag ( which is quite a lot of rice cakes consiering that they consist of puffed rice and hardly weigh anything) . They are made with organic rice, and if you've read any of my other baby food opinions you'd know why I prefer organic food . They are from 6 months and are an ideal finger food , they are really light and can easliy be pooped into the changing bag for a snack for baby while in town . Each individual cake is about the size of a milk carton lid , so ideal for little hands to hold a grip and are great for encouraging self-feeding . They are perfect for mealtimes when time is precious . A rice cake with grated cheese or mashed banana is a quick easy healthy lunch for a baby . Our tot generally has them as a mid morning or afternnon snack with some juice . Once opened the rice cakes last for about 2 weeks , they do go a bit soft if you leave them in the bag , so we put them in a sterilized plastic tub . The rice cakes are just Organic wholegrain brown rice and contain Thiamin ( so they contain lots of Folic acid - good for baby and pregnant women and the rest of us ) . The brown rice ensures they conatin lots of fibre and so when eaten with a drink of juice can prevent constipation , occasionally a problem with bottle fed babies . They have no added salt , egg + gluten free , vegetarian
and do not contain dairy of soya products . BUT don't just take my word for it , buy some and let me know how you get on !
All my prayers were answered at once when I dicovered Boots seven month old baby foods. They are quite smooth with just a few lumps rather than being a jar full of lumps like Heinz. My daughter loves all the Boots ones and they even do an International selection for the more adventurous amongst you. One of her favourites is the pasta and ham one it just has small bits of pasta in it. And they se jars instead of tims so you haven't got to mess around emptying the remains into a fridge safe container. I would recommend the Boots 7 month jars to those of you who are struggling to find a brand that your baby doesn't choke on.
These tiny pasta stars are brilliant! They are organic. The listed ingrediants are orgainic durum wheat semolina and thiamin. But they do contain gluten so might not be suitable for all babies, even though Boots recommend them from 4 months. They take just 7 minutes to cook and can be used in home cooked recipes that are pasta based, but also with other purees to get the baby started on lumps. Another way I used them was to 'bulk up' bought tins of 4 month food to introduce lumps. The 4 month food goes further too as you're adding pasta!
At last another brand of baby food that makes breakfast packets with NO ADDED SUGAR!! The fact that it is organic also is an added bonus but I primarily tried this range because all the other makes seem to have sugar in their breakfasts. I'm a packet-scrutineerer and I never buy baby food in jars of packets with sugar in and so I only ever have bought Baby Organix breakfasts until now. The Boots packets are bigger too. 250g for £2.65 instead of 120g for £1.95-£2.19 so making them good value for money!
I like you have tried every baby food going! they all cost a fortune and no one likes throwing them away, so i tracked down only THREE varietys that are completly smooth, they ar eteh Boots Organics Range and the ONLY ones which are smooth are SPAGETTI BOLOGNAISE, STEAK AND GARDEN VEGTABLES,and CREAMED VEGTABLES they are the only flavours i have tried the other flavours in this range but even they are too lumpy, my son is nearly 13 months and still on these three foods!! he has been on them since he was 7 months and sure i have tried the others but the lumps means he gags or takes too long to chew and gets bored, he never used to sleep but now i realise that was because he wasnt 'full up' he is now a lot better to cope with. and sleeps from 7 till 7.
**UPDATED AT END OF OPINION*I have a 7 month old boy who cannot cope with lumpy food yet. All the other 7-month jars/tins are full of lumps, and huge lumps at that. I bought some of the Boots organic 7 month range the other day expecting it to be the same as the others, but no. They are a smooth as the 4-month range but the jars are larger to cater for a 7 months olds growing appetite and there are more recipes to choose from. They also taste great if I have to lick the spoon !! I have enjoyed mealtimes more with these jars, than the others which used to end up on the floor. **UPDATE** Jack is now 9 months old and still totally loves these jars of food, and will not touch any others. He still cannot tolerate lumps and I feel a bit let down by Boots as all of a sudden their 7-month jars have started to get lumpier, and if Jack has a lump he just gags and then is violently sick. He really enjoyed the Spaghetti Bolognaise jar but can no longer have it. The jars are quite expensive anyway but as you can imagine Jack is a growing lad and needs the bigger jars, so now has to have 1 and a half of the smaller 4 month jars as they are smooth. I do give him home cooked food for tea, but for convenience and variation I give him jars at lunchtime, does anyone else know of 7 month foods, organic that are not lumpy ?? I don't think so.
You have to be so careful what solid food you give a 4 month old baby when starting him/her on solid food. Books and magazines tell you no gluten, no dairy foods, no eggs and no meat until at least 6 months. I know there is a lot of conflicting advice about this, but I say: when in doubt, play it safe. Living in Cork in Ireland, I find that the choice of baby food is rather limited, and I’m quite shocked to see the amount of food for babies labelled “from 4 months” containing oats, wheat, eggs, milk, cream, chicken and pork, not to mention the modified cornflour and maltodextrin, whatever they may be. The Boots Organics range offers a selection of jars with very few ingredients other than those pictured on the label. This is so important because you can be sure that your baby isn't eating anything that's not good for her. For example, their 'Mixed Vegetables' jar contains organic carrot, potato, cauliflower and peas, water and corn oil. Their 'Apple & Pear Surprise' contains organic apple, pear, apple juice, vitamin C and Calcium. Nice and simple. The price of jars is around 60p, similar to other organic baby foods. My baby loves them, as they're simple tastes. They're also a good runny consistency, unlike some of the other vegetable brands (like Heinz) where you have to mash it up and add water to get the right thickness for a baby who's just starting solids. I would like to see more of a selection, however. I have no intention of ‘preaching’, but I would just like to add that, as every mum knows, you can’t beat making your own food for your baby. It might be a hassle that you can do without, and bought baby food is heaven sent for working mums. But you know that it’s better for your baby, and it’s certainly cheaper. I really must dust off my old food processor …………