“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 6 months „
Having used Cow and Gate baby milk from the start with my daughter naturally when weaning her I started with their puree range. There is a a very wide choice of purees in the Cow and Gate range including: main meals such as my first bologenese, grandpa's sunday lunch and fishermans bake, desserts such as apple and banana swirl and apple crumble and breakfasts such as porridge or fruity muesli.
The purees are clealy marked at the stage and age of baby they are appropriate for and this one does not have any added sugar or preservatives. The fruity muesli is a stage one product suitable from 6 months and comes in a 125g jar. It is decribed as pureed apple and banana with milled oats- these are completely blended, so the puree itself is totally smooth.
It is widely available from supermarkets and chemists and like the other purees in the range costs around 70p per jar, although Boots sometimes have an offer where you can buy 10 jars for £5.
The puree itself is creamy coloured and is quite smooth. It smells quite appetizing too. My daughter really enjoyes this - she started having it at 6 months having tried other purees previously. It is her favourite breakfast. Having tried this I can confirm it does taste fruity but it is more of a hint than a strong taste and its difficult to pick out individual fruits.
We serve it to her straight from the jar, as she will eat all of it in one sitting, however if your child will only eat some you are advised to put the required amount in a bowl and keep the jar refridgerated and it can be kept for upto 48 hours.
The product itself does not stain if the inevitable happens and it ends up on clothes unlike some of the brighter coloured purees.
The only disadvantage is that a glass jar is less easy to transport than purees which come in pouches or cartons.
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I had run out of my daughters puddings the other day and was at a loss of what to do. Fruit puddings are the only thing that is stopping my daughter from getting constipated at the moment and she will not eat fresh fruit. Luckily I had ordered some of the wrong foods for her and this jar of fruity muesli was one of them. After her dinner I thought I would give it a try. She has always eaten cow and gate fruit pots so felt quite confident that she would eat this.
This is part of the fruit range that cow and gate do in their range of jars and comes with an orange lid with a picture of an apple on the top. I like that they colour code their jars because it makes it easier to find what you are looking for when you are shopping. It is part of the 1 2 3 range that means that it is blended to a smooth paste that makes it easy for your child to swallow and that it is also good for the older stages of development when they are eating more solid foods. This is able to be given to children 4 months upwards which is the normal age of weaning. I have always weaned my children around this age although my last daughter wanted the milk for a longer period so she was weaned at around 6 months which the health visitors now advise.
This jar is made from the best baby grade ingredients, it has been approved by mothers and babies and is created by baby nutritionists who work for cow and gate to ensure that you child is getting a balanced diet. There are no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, no added milk or lactose, no added egg or sugar and is suitable for vegetarians. All this information is supplied on the side of the jar which I find very useful.
This is able to be fed as a pudding or as a breakfast due to it is pureed apple and banana with milled oats which makes it good for both. It also contains vitamin c which is a good vitamin for children's growth. This is a 125g jar and as a pudding my daughter will eat half a jar after her dinner and tea, if she is to have this for breakfast she would eat the full jar.
I like cow and gates produce and this jar is one of the best that they do. I am reassured that my daughter is getting the best for her to develop and that she is getting a healthy diet at such a young age. I think that these jars a reasonably priced and in asda at the moment it is 9 jars for £5 when asda take them off a deal either Morrison's or boots put them on a deal so some shopping around can be needed from time to time.
I think that most children will eat this jar due to it has a nice taste and they will find it very easy to swallow. There is also no need to warm this jar up due to the sweet taste a child will eat it right from the jar. This is the other good thing about these jars because if you are out and about it is easy to open feed and close the jar without any spills or hassle.
When we were advised to start weaning our little boy early, to help settle his nightmarish sleep patterns, I was a little concerned about what it might do to his system, at 14 weeks he was 3 weeks earlier then the 4-6 month guideline and we had been warned that the baby rice he would need to start on could leave him constipated. The first few days went well as his system still had to process the new food going into his body but I knew it would only be a matter of time before things started to change, I decided to introduce a little fruit into his diet to keep him "regular" but I only had bananas in the house at the time and these are quite difficult for young tummies to digest, I was unable to get to the shops to buy anything different but fortunately had picked up a few jars of Cow & Gate food when they'd been on offer for emergency purposes.
Looking through the different flavours I'd picked I spotted a jar of "fruity muesli" made up with oats, apple and banana it seemed like a good option to help keep Jacks system going nicely and the level of banana compared to the light puree consistency meant it would be easier for Jack to digest then regular mashed banana. Other than the fruit and oats Cow & Gate "fruity muesli" only contains apple juice, wheat starch and vitamin c, it has no added milk, lactose, egg, sugar, colourings, flavourings or preservatives making it as close to a home made meal as possible, it is suitable for vegetarians and being approved by baby nutritionalists means you have the added feeling of reassurance that you're providing your little one a good, healthy meal.
The puree is of quite a runny consistency but is thick enough to scoop onto a spoon, have a bib handy though as there's every chance some will drip off the spoon as you're waiting for your little one to open their mouths! This particular flavour is best served cold and as a dessert, it's great for getting baby used to the tastes of fruit and should hopefully instil a love of fruit into them so they'll still happily eat fruit as they grow older. Portion size will depend on the age of your baby and their individual appetite, I started Jack off with ¼ of a 125g jar per meal but soon discovered that he cleared the bowl quickly and always wanted more so I increased his meals to a half jar each time. It is recommended that you feed your little one from a bowl, this allows you to have a more measured portion and also means the remaining food can be kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours, feeding from the jar is convenient when out and about but means any remaining food should be discarded.
When I gave Jack his first taste of the food he reacted as someone would to any new sensation and was a little surprised, he quickly took to the flavour though and would be wolfing down each spoonful, his little mouth opening eagerly for each new spoonful and getting a little stroppy if I was taking too long. The smile on his chubby face told me he enjoyed this new food which certainly helped reassure me that I was doing the right thing for him. Being so young means that he's not the tidiest of eaters and I spend equally as much time mopping his face with a bib as I do feeding him, I've not found the food stains in anyway and always washes out, unlike a lasagne version I tried with my daughter when she was a baby!
Having got a smudge of the food on my hand I decided to taste it for myself to see just what Jack was experiencing, despite there being 57% apple compared to 20% banana the banana flavour is quite strong, it blends well with the apple and isn't too sharp that it would be unpleasant for the delicate taste buds of a young baby, being a first stage food it does need to be quite a mild flavour and while it's not exactly to my personal tastes it isn't designed for the more complex requirements of an adults palette, Jack likes it so it's clearly reaching it's target audience.
With the food being as natural as possible for a jar food I'm happy to use it for Jack without concern over any unpleasant ingredients entering his system, while I would usually make up fruit purees myself the jar is great for convenience, you can throw one in your travel bag when going on a journey or buy one while you're out and be able to feed your little one direct from the jar, the lids seal tight on the food ensuring it will stay fresh and wont spill, the glass jars are also quite useful for storing your home made foods in, after they've been washed out, and storing in the freezer for use on a another day. Jack loves the "fruity muesli" and we've and no sign of trouble in regards to the content of his nappy with everything being as it should be, it's been a success all round.
The jars cost in the region of 50p per 125g and is available in supermarkets and pharmacies such as Boots and Superdrug who sell baby food. I picked mine up as part of Asda's 8 for £3.50 offer.
Typical nutritional value per 100g, from all natural ingredients is-
I always used to but this breakfast for my son. He first had it when he was around 5 months old and loved it he still eats it for breakfast now and he is 14 months. I found that it was a graet breakfast for him cause you could have it hot or cold. He would eat it any way you gave it to him and still will. Being a muesli it seemed to keep him contented up until it was time for lunch. Is was a great sized jar. When he was younger he would eat half a jar and as the months went on he started to eat the whole jar. It seems to be a nice texture not too thick and lumpy its really smooth and fruity. Also another plus with this breakfast it it light in colour so it didnt seem to stain any of his bibs or baby grows like most do!!
Pureed apple and bananas with oat flakes.