“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 4 months „
Recently me and my husband have been trying Jayden on solids, we started off with baby rice which he loved, as he was getting on so well with the solids and he was less hungry between bottles we have been keeping him to having breakfast, lunch, dinner and then a bottle before bed. Although he loves his baby rice I was a bit worried that he might get board having the same thing for all three meals so I decided to buy him some baby porridge to start him off on. We had been using the Cow and Gate baby rice so decided to purchase the Cow and Gate Sunny Start Creamy Porridge.
The Cow & Gate Sunny Start Creamy Porridge comes in a rectangle cardboard box, the top part is red with a large Cow & Gate logo, just underneath this are the words Sunny Start in red and orange writing with the name Creamy Porridge just beneath this. Right at the bottom of the box is information about the porridge, and a large section of the box is taken up with a picture of a baby enjoying a bowl of the porridge sat at a table. The back of the box contains some product information as well as the how to prepare the porridge, the sides of the box contains information such as the ingredients and the nutritional information, this is all clearly written in blue writing. The actual porridge comes inside a plain foil bag inside the box which keeps the powder from leaking out of the box as well as keeping it fresh.
The Cow & Gate Sunny Start Creamy Porridge looks very similar to the Cow & Gate baby rice, it is in the form on a fine powder but instead of being white it is a creamy yellow colour, it has a sweet smell to it, however this is not overly strong at all. The porridge contains 6 key vitamins and minerals and has no added sugar or salt, it also has no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives as well as being gluten free and contains no egg. the porridge is mild and contains nothing that will upset your baby's tummy, you do not have to worry about feeding your baby anything artificial.
When the porridge is made it forms a smooth paste which is slightly sticky, I usually warm the porridge before giving it to Jayden, however before it is warmed it has an almost gritty texture to it which does not seem to be very appealing at all, however once warmed it is smooth and has quite a nice creamy smell to it, the porridge maintains its yellowy colour and I have to admit I have tried it and it really does not taste that bad at all, it is nothing like regular adult porridge but it does taste creamy and quite tasty.
How to Prepare
Preparing the Cow & Gate Sunny Starts Creamy Porridge is very quick and easy to make. You simply add 1 spoon of porridge to 3 spoonfuls of boiled water and stir, now I personally add the porridge to Jayden's milk from his bottle, I do this purely because the porridge is extra food to Jayden's normal bottle of milk so if he eats his porridge made with water and then does not finish his bottle I am concerned that he will not be getting all of the milk that he needs so if I make the porridge with milk he is having milk in the cereal as well as in his bottle. The amounts are just a guideline, as your babies appetite grows you can add more porridge to the bowl and more or less water (or in my case milk) depending on the texture you want, with the size spoon that Jayden has I find that 2 spoonfuls is the perfect amount, I then add some of his milk from his bottle until I get it to a smooth paste. Once I have the consistency that I want I then heat it in the microwave, I do have to be careful doing this in case there are hot spots, however I do wait until it is cooler before I feed it to Jayden, but I do not think he would be too impressed with cold porridge to start the day with, also heating the porridge gets rid of the gritty consistency.
These are written on the side of the box and are not overly clear to find, however they include
* If serving warm check the temperature before feeding it to your baby
* Contains naturally occurring sugars so clean your baby's teeth especially before bed
* Do not leaving your baby during feeding time
Price and Availability
The Cow & Gate Sunny Starts Creamy Porridge can be purchased from most supermarkets as well as chemists such as Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds. We purchased ours from our local Tesco and the 125g box costs just £2.05, personally I feel this is a good price for this product, we only use a small amount of the porridge at a time and this makes a decent amount of porridge for Jayden to eat for breakfast.
We have been using Cow & Gate Sunny Start Creamy Porridge for a while now and so far it has been a success, the first time I gave it to Jayden he was a bit confused by the different taste and texture and I was a bit concerned he wasn't going to like it, however after a couple of spoonfuls he loved it and now when you have given him one spoonful he smiles and kicks his legs for more, if I'm not quick enough for him he gets very frustrated and starts to shout for more.
I am happy feeding him this particular brand of porridge as I know that it does not contain any artificial chemicals and is something healthy for him to start the day with. This product is aimed at children from 4 to 6 months onwards so is perfect for your baby's first experience of solid food. I will certainly continue to purchase this for Jayden whilst he is getting used to solids as he really does enjoy it, he loves the taste of this and has got on extremely well with it since he has been having it for breakfast, I would certainly recommend this to anyone thinking of starting their baby on solid foods.
My grandson is now seven months old as some of you know he lives here with me and his mum, so I enjoy helping in bringing him up.
I love getting up in the mornings and walking into the kitches as he's usually up before me sat in his high chair having his breakfast. As soon as he sees me his smile beams out at me and he lights up the day.
Sometimes I get up early enough to help feed him and he loves his creamy porridge fron Cow & Gate.
You can buy the packets of creamy porridge at most supermarkets, for around £2 a pack for 125g which will make breakfasts for about a week but it's all depending on how much your little one eats and what consitancy you make it too.
I think the porridge looks a little like smooth oats when it's made up but it a powered that you add warm water too. It doesn't smell of anything in particular but Oscar loves it for his breakfast and will sit there with his mouth open before you have the chance to refill the spoon and get it back to his mouth again.
This has no added sugar or salt and has a quarter of the vitamins your baby needs each day. The box is cardboard with a foil package inside that keeps the dry powder intact, I roll down the top everytime I use it so it doesn't get damp and nothing gets in it.
The picture on the front of the box is of a baby eating porridge, the box is light blue and the logo Cow & Gate in red lettering so, it's very easy to spot on the supermarket shelves as your shopping and is found in the baby food section.
It is aslo guten free and free from artificial preservatives, flavourings or colouring which is good to know when feeding your baby.
The ingredients are:_
Baby-graded Milled Cereals, rice, corn.
Calcium, Iron, Zinc, vanilla and cinnamon, skimmed milk poweder, demineralised whey powder and vegetable fat.
This has to be stored in a cool place not in the fridge, I keep it in the kitchen cupboard where Oscar has his food and snacks.
I like to see him eating this as it is a good start to the day for him. He gets up at around 6am in the morning and likes to have breakfast in his high chair, he then plays for a while then has a nap once the food has settled in his stomach at around 9am where one of us walks him in his pram until he sleeps.
He sometimes has a drink of milk inbetween but not always sometimes he prefers water as he doesn't have juice yet.
He seems to love this as if he doesn't like something he shuts his mouth turns his head and you have no chance of getting him to eat it and so I'm happy to recommend this to you.
My baby loves this product, he finishes every last spoonful and reaches for the bowl at the end to check I have not left any in it!
My baby was early and suffered with severe colic. I was concerned that weaning may upset his sensitive little belly again and opted to start on pure baby rice before moving to the porridge.
The product is gluten free which is a real positive and is part of the baby balance range.
The product states that it is suitable from four months, however I weaned in line with the department of health recommendation and started at 6 months. He has moved to cow and gate porridge and baby rice from being only breastfed. I serve this as part of a mixed feeding regime as I am trying babyled weaning so allow finger foods to be present also and he will move between spoonfuls of the porridge and picking up chunks of fruit at breakfast time.
Its easily miade up with boiled water, I am really pleased with this product and so is my little man.
When my children started the weaning stage i was shocked to discover that most baby cereals contained gluten even though they said ' suitable from four to six months onwards' cow and gates baby balance creamed porridge was one of the only ones i found that was actually suitable so i brought quite a few packs.
At first i made up a tiny amount with water as stated on the packet but depending on your baby you can add more or less water to make it to the consistency you require. My babies all loved their porridge first thing in the morning and as they got older i added various pureed fruits to it which went down well with them.
Once they got older i found that it was working out quite expensive as they were having so much of the packet at once, but for weaning and up till around 9 months this product was a god send to us.
I remember when my babies were small, I couldn't wait for them to reach the age of 4 months. Why 4 months? Because that's when I could start giving them 'real' food. Well, that's if you call pureed carrots and white slop real food.
It's maybe peculiar to me, but I used to love trying out all the different baby foods on offer. It's amazing what's available in the supermarket for those babies to eat and it certainly saves on the time involved in making your own baby food.
Breakfast cereal is probably my favourite food in the world and we have a cupboard full of just about every cereal you could imagine. However, babies need to start off with something very bland and more often that not, plain baby rice is baby's first introduction to solid food.
For those wishing to tempt their baby with something a little more flavoursome, this creamy porridge from Cow & Gate is a good place to start. All three of my children were fed this early on during their weaning and all three of them guzzled it down with no trouble, if not more than a little mess!
~~~How to Make the Porridge~~~
When you first start weaning your baby, they'll only need tiny amounts. The amount recommended on the packet suggests one spoon of porridge is mixed with 3 spoons of water. You don't need to use milk as milk is included as an ingredient.
So, just add the desired amount of porridge to a bowl, add warm water, stir and serve. Easy as that. You really can't go wrong. I mean, even if you wanted lumpy porridge, you'd have a hard time making any with this product.
~~~What's in It~~~
What gives this porridge its delicious flavour (I know this because I've tested it each time before feeding it to my babies) is the added flavouring of vanilla and cinnamon. The main ingredients are milled rice and corn, whey powder, skimmed milk powder, vegetable fat (emulsifier soy lecithin) and calcium.
It also has added vitamins in the form of vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin E, Pantothenic acid, Thiamin (B1), Vitamin (B6), vitamin A, folic acid, Biotin and Vitamin D3. Additionally it has iron and zinc, all important for growing babies.
For those with certain allergies or intolerances, it's gluten and egg free.
There is no added salt or sugar and a serving will provide your baby with one third of their daily vitamin requirements. It's a great way to start the day.
Cow & Gate porridge is packed in a sealed, inner foil bag which you need to cut open. Once it's been opened you should fold the bag down in clip it together to ensure it retains it freshness. Once the inner bag has been opened, the contents should be used up within 28 days. You should store the bag inside its box in a cool, dry place.
For each 25g of cereal powder made up with 75ml of water you'll provide your baby with 108 calories, 3.4g of protein, 16.2g of carbs, 3.3g of fat, 0.8g of fibre and 0.03g of sodium.
Each box of Cow & Gate baby balance Creamy Porridge is supplied in a 125g box. It's suitable for babies from the age of 4 months. I know some nutritionists are recommending not weaning your baby before 6 months now. However, my babies were all extremely hungry and I fed them all this cereal at 4 months with no ill effects.
It's available in most supermarkets, stores and chemists for around £2.05.
As mentioned earlier, I fed all my 3 children on this breakfast cereal and all of them loved it. It's incredibly easy to make. I used to boil water in the kettle and let it cool down before mixing it with the cereal. I'd always test it before feeding it to my baby - for a temperature check of course!
Although I always started weaning with pure baby rice, my babies made it quite clear they preferred the taste of this porridge. A little goes a long way and the packet would be used up well before the 28 day deadline.
This porridge tastes really nice on its own and doesn't really need the addition of extra food such as bananas which would alter its taste. If you make it too thin or thick, it's easy to adjust by adding more water or cereal until you achieve the thickness you require.
And now, even though I haven't fed my own children this porridge for quite a few years, they all still really love porridge!
This is a first-stage weaning food and is suitable from 4 months upwards as it is gluten free.
It was another big hit with my baby when he was between 4 and 6 months. I think he was just a fan of baby cereals in general.
This says to make it up with water but I also did it with expressed breast milk when my son was off his milk for a couple of days as I was worried that he was not getting enough and he enjoyed it this way too.
As with all the Cow and Gate cereals, if you make it according to the instructions you end up with watery slop but this is easily remedied by just continuing to add small extra amounts of the cereal until it reaches a suitable consistency for your baby.
I got this mainly in Asda although a couple of times it was on offer for 2 boxes for £2.50 in Boots which we obviously took advantage of. We easily went through a box of this each week and it was especially good during bouts of teething as it is a very bland and mild flavour which I guess was nice for his sore gums.
It was readily available in all of our local supermarkets and when we ran out of cereal while away in Cumbria even the little co-op in Windermere sold it - a definate bonus!
Fortified milk with cereals & vanilla