“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 4 months „
When I started weaning my daughter we initially started with the Cow and Gate Fruit Purees, then started to incorporate some of the vegetable options such as the Cauliflower cheese and finally moved on to the main meals.
Grandpa's Sunday lunch was the first main meal we tried and as far as my daughter was concerned Granpa could keep it thank you very much.
Like the other Cow and Gate baby purees this is clearly marked with the stage (1) and the age from which it is suitable (4-6 months). It comes in a 125g jar and costs around 70p It can be brought from Supermarkets and chemists.
This puree is chicken and vegetables and there is no added salt or preservatives. It is bright orange in colour and is quite a thick puree compared to some of the others. We have found that the fruit purees are very smooth and thin, the vegetable ones are a little thicker and the main meals are thicker still and not quite as smooth.
It contains peas, carrot, tomatoe and sweetcorn as well as the chicken. However when I tasted it I could not pick out any individual flavours, and it most certainly tasted like baby food unlike some of the others. It also has a somewhat distinctive smell, the only way I can think to describe it is like dog food.
I had brought 4 jars as I often find with my daughter especially with main meals we have to try something a few times before she gets a taste for it. However feeding her this was a real battle of wills, she instantly took at dislike to it and no amount of silly noises, cajoling or persuasion would convince her otherwise.
I tried her with this one 3 separate occasion and each time she would scream as soon as she tasted it. As far as she was concerned Grandpa could keep it thank you very much.
However she has loved other main meal purees we have tried, but this is probably just down to her individual tastes. This may very well appeal to other children.
I think one of the things that put both myself and my daughter off was the smell. Also as a very brightly coloured puree, be very aware of what you and your child are wearing (and of anything in flinging distance) as it does stain even if you try and remove immediately.
This was not for us- but that could be more to do with personal taste than anything wrong with the product. However possibly dont do as we did and buy 4 jars until you know your child will eat it. A better solution would have been for us to buy one jar and to put some in a bowl. The remainder in the jar can be put in the fridge and kept for up to 48 hours allowing the child plenty of time to get used to the taste in smaller quantities so you can decide whether to buy more.
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My children love their food. Usually by a certain age all my children have liked to eat my dinners and lots of them. My new baby who is now 7 months old is different from the others she is not keen on eating my food and is now eating too much of the mix your own packet food so I have bought a wide range of jars for her to eat, which she seems to be enjoying.
I have gone for the cow and gate range due to my daughter eating the cow and gate fruit pots. They are from the baby balance range which I was impressed with when she was having the fruit pots. They are full of goodness that helps with my daughter's development.
The first one that she has eaten is the grandpa's Sunday lunch. This is a stage on pot which is for 4 months plus. It has a little blue circle on the front that says stage 1. This pot is a smooth substance that is easy for my child to swallow. This seems a little solid for her to eat from the jar and a 125g jar is too big for her to finish in one go due to just starting to wean her. I usually use just half a jar at dinner and half a jar at tea at the minute. I empty this into a bowl and warm the food in the microwave so that it is a little smoother for her to swallow and she also enjoys it more when it is slightly warmed.
Cow and gate also have different ranges which is brilliant, and all the pots are colour coded which I like. The vegetarian is green, the fish is blue, the meat is read and the chicken is yellow. This is a chicken which has a yellow top with a picture of a chicken leg on the top of it. This makes it easy for me to know which ones my daughter likes to which she doesn't. This is also helpful for vegetarians because they know they can buy the blue or the green without picking up the wrong jar.
The jars that I have are 125g and are half the size of the normal jars. These are brilliant for babies that are just weaning because you do not waste any food. You are able to heat it in the jar if the whole jar is eaten in one sitting or you are able to empty half the contents to warm and feed.
The main points that cow and gate have on the jar is that it is perfectly smooth and easy to swallow, the best baby grade ingredients, approved by babies and mums and baby nutritionists ensure the right goodness in every mouthful. This is good to know so that your child is well looked after when they are eating. I like that they have their own specialised nutritionists that work for my child's health and that I feel reassured that my child's health is looked after when she is not eating my food.
There are no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, no added salt, no added milk and lactose, no added egg and gluten free. This is useful information because children have a lot of allergies to foods and the contents of this jar are very safe for all children.
There is also serving suggestions on the jar that state how to feed safely and how to store. It does state to heat the jar in warm water but to take care when microwaving which is a lot easier for me. You must discard of any unused foods because of health issues so it is best to feed out of a separate bowl. Once opened you can refrigerate for up to 48 hours which means less waste. You also must not freeze this. All ingredients in this are natural and this I like to know so I know my child is getting the very best.
The ingredients in this are pureed vegetables with chicken, baby grade vegetables (potato, peas, carrot, tomato, sweet corn), cooking water, chicken and cornflour. This is a good mixture of vegetables in my opinion and my daughter seems to enjoy this mix.
The jar is made of glass so I make sure these are put in a cupboard away from messing hands. It also has a safety button cap that clicks when opened. If this button is not pushed down you must not feed your child with it because it may be contaminated and will harm your child. This information is also stated on the jar.
I find these jars easy to use and very healthy for my daughter they are a good source of vitamins and minerals for my daughter. This size is perfect for weaning and when she is eating more they do bigger jars in this range too. These are on special at asda at 9 for £5 which is just over a weeks worth of dinners. These have got a good sell by date and I am able to use two pots at a time because it lasts up to 48 hours in the fridge. Overall I think these are very good for babies and look and smell quiet appetising. They are brilliant if you are on the go and are easy to use. I find them very suitable for my daughter and have found that she does not pull faces when she is eating these. I think that they do a wide range of flavours that is a bonus for my daughter with different ingredients because it is getting her used to eating different food and trying different flavours. Also because of the wide range she is getting different vitamins in each jar which is giving her a balanced diet.
My Daughter absolutely loved this particular flavour of Cow and Gate baby food. I think overall they do quite a good range of flavours and introduce babies to different textures and types of food at a good young age.
The Grandpa's lunch flavour is full of chicken and vegetables and is finished in a gravy type sauce (obviously without all the salt). Its smooth enough to give a baby of four to six months without the worry of choking on chunks as it seems to have been blended quite well.
This food jar gives off quite a pleasant smell when opened which is surprising as most made with vegetables smell quite strange and off-putting.
The jar states its 'baby balance' which i believe as they seem to have added a variety of both regular and exotic vegetables and chicken for a protein source. Also listed on the jar is all the nutritional information which is useful for parents checking details for allergies etc.
Once opened the jar will last for 24 hours if refrigerated so can be used over 2 days if your baby doesn't have a huge appetite. These jars also have the stage level stated on the jar so you know exactly which level your baby should be at for their age for example Stage 2 is for babies aged 7-10 months who are starting to tolerate larger chunks of food and more varied flavours. I would certainly recommend these jars and this lovely flavour to all parents.
My son is now 1 year old, but unfortunately 2 days after his birthday he came down with some sort of heavy cold/flu type bug. He had a temperature, a cough, was miserable, was throwing up and would not eat anything. This went on for quite a few days and now a week later, the temperature, cough and misery have practically gone, however he has not regained his appetite, this means that he is only looking for pureed food and bottles of milk. The result is that he is not getting enough calories during the day and has started to waken at nights because he is hungry.
My son had a really good appetite prior to his illness and had a good, extensive diet, although lactose intolerant he was eating a wide variety of foods. He has now reverted to the early weaning stage and I am determined that he will not lose any more weight and will regain his previous interest in food. To help try to increase his calorie intake I have bought a few ready made baby foods to try and at least get something "solid" into him. I had previously used the Cow and Gate Baby Balance jars as emergency food, when I didn't have time to home cook his meals, so I have bought a few of the jars I know he liked when he was younger.
One of the recipes in the range is Grandpa's Sunday Lunch, a blend of chicken and vegetables. The jar contains 125g; it is a small jar and has the Cow and Gate logos on the labels and some nutritional information. This meal is recommended for babies aged from 4 months or at Stage 1. Recent health advice has recommended that babies should not be weaned onto solid foods until they are at least 6 months old, however some parents feel their children needs solids before 6 months.
Many of the products in the range are suitable for babies with intolerances, each jar has a handy little list of what the product is free of. With Grandpa's Sunday Lunch there is:
No artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives
No added salt
No added milk and lactose
No added egg
The contents of the jar are an orangey, light brown colour and the smell is of vegetables with a very slight hint of chicken. The contents are completely smooth and lump free. The ingredients state there is 10% chicken in the recipe. The other ingredients include:
Baby grade vegetables (potato, peas, carrot, tomato, sweetcorn) 67%
The jar also contains a list of the nutritional information. For a very small jar, there is an awful lot of information contained on the labelling.
I have tasted the contents and they are quite bland but not unpleasant, the overriding taste I get is of the peas but my son seems to really enjoy it. I empty the contents into a bowl and heat in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, until it is just warm, it can be given cold but I just think cold food is not great tasting, if you heat all the food don't reheat it, throw any unused away. However if you don't heat the whole jar and you have some left you can keep it in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
There is more information on the Cow and Gate Baby Balance range on www.cowandgate.co.uk
All in all I would recommend this as a baby food. It is nutritious and tasty and my son enjoys it. Hopefully now that my son has started to take a bit more of an interest in food he will return to his normal healthy diet, but in the meantime I will continue with some of these meals just to keep him going.
Pureed vegetables with chicken.