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Cow & Gate Baby Balance My First Bolognese

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Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 4 months

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      09.09.2011 23:34
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      My daughter enjoys eating this

      Up until the age of 6 moths I had only fed my daughter pureed fruit and veg. Once she hit six month I decided to try introducing different foods to her. I do ocassionally blend up what we eat but a lot of the time things that I eat regularly are unsuitable for her, also I don't have the space to store endless portions of baby food in the freezer. I randomly selected several jars from Tesco where they were 10 for £5, separately this jar costs 59p.

      A jar contains 125g.

      The jar says that is is for stage 1 weaning and it is recommended for 4 months and over. However I was told by my Health Visitor and I have read in several books that meat shouldn't be given until 6 months so for that reason I never gave it before 6 months.

      The ingredients are; Carrot (40%), Potato, Tomato (18%) White Beans, Beef (10%) and Corn Oil. The food contains no added salt, no added sugar, no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, no milk or eggs and it is also gluten free.

      When you open the jar it does smell similar to bolognese that you would make at home. It has a nice tomatoey smell. The food itself is very orange in colour and I have found that it does stain clothes, so I have now bought a plastic wipe clean bib to avoid this. The food can be served hot or cold. I always serve this warm as when it is cold out of the jar it can be a little lumpy. You can heat it either by standing it in a bowl of warm water or by microwaving. If you choose to microwave you need to stir well to avoid hot spots.

      If you feed your baby straight out of the jar then any uneaten food needs to be discarded.

      My daughter really likes this, in the past when I have fed her just veg purees she has spat them out. But this she really enjoys and can easily finish the whole jar. I have also tasted this and considering it has no extras it is actually really tasty. You can taste the beef and tomatoes. It also has a consistency that is easy for your baby to digest.

      Out of all of the jars we have tried this is one of our favourite lunches. I would give this 5 out of 5.

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      22.03.2010 10:33
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      healthy food for babies

      I tried to start my daughter on my own food the other day and she will not eat it at all. This meant that I had to go to my local shop and pick up some baby jars of food for her to eat. I have always bought cow and gate because I think they are the best foods for children. They have a baby balance range which is made specially to help children with their development.

      This jar cost me 69p from my local shop but in your supermarket they are 57p and they usually have them on a special deal that they are 9 for £4 which is better value for money. Not all local shops sell these jars luckily mine does because they are the only ones that my daughter eats. She is not too keen on the beef or pork jars but this first Bolognese she likes. I like that she will eat this one because one of our weekly meals is Bolognese and I am hoping that this will give her enough of the flavour to eventually eat my meals.

      This is a stage 1 jar which means that it is made into a smooth paste to make it easy for your child to swallow when they are first eating foods. My daughter has not had any problems with eating this and does enjoy eating it too. It is part of the baby balance range which is developed by baby nutritionists to ensure that your child is getting everything they need out of their food to ensure they are developing well. They also use baby grade vegetables which are specially grown and only the best are used in the foods. This jar is able to be eaten from 4 months plus which used to be the normal age of weaning your children. They now say that you do not have to feed you child food until they are 6 months.

      This jar is part of the pork and beef range of food and it is shown with a red lid that has a picture of a leg of meat on the top. I like that they colour code the foods because it makes it easier to find the foods that your child likes out of the range and if you are vegetarian then it is easy to find the food that suits you too. This jar is widely available in all the supermarkets and there always seems to be a stock in asda when I go shopping.

      This jar is made from beef and has carrot, potato, tomato, white beans and corn oil in the jar which is perfectly blended to a smooth consistency. Unlike some of the other jars the cooking water is not used in this but I feel that it still holds a lot of goodness for my daughter.

      It is a 125g jar which when your child is first eating this food they will only eat half a jar and the other half can be stored in the fridge for 48 hours to be used again as long as you have not fed your child from the jar with the first meal. My daughter has eaten the whole jar of this food and screamed at me for more because she enjoyed it so much which is a good sign that she is enjoying her food. There are no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, there is no added salt, milk, lactose or egg and it is gluten free. I find this very useful information due to some children are allergic to a lot of foods or have an eating deficiency.

      They state on the jar serving suggestions which state that you use clean appliances, if the child is only eating half a jar to empty it into a bowl before feeding and store the other half in the jar in the fridge for up to 48 hours. It states to be careful about the heat when you are warming due to some parts may warm more than others. Any food that may be left you are to discard of to ensure your child stays healthy due to food may become decontaminated when left. It also states that the food may contain staining although they do not use artificial colourings. With this jar it does stain the face unless it is wiped as soon as finishing and bibs and clothes also get stained and I would advise to have a good stain remover if feeding your child this.

      They also have their customer care line number on the jar in case you have any questions or queries about the product and the web address is also on the label for you to search for more information about your child's development or what their foods contain. It also states about brushing your child's teeth to help with dental hygiene.

      This food is easy to use and smells ok when heated. To me it doesn't taste very nice but my daughter loves it. It is easy to store and open. They are widely available and filling for my daughter. I feel that they are full of all the goodness that she needs and they are good value for money. The only thing that is a pain about this food is that it stains clothes and is a pain to get out. I like these jars and would advise parents to try them when weaning their children.

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      07.01.2010 19:00
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      Highly recommended!

      I usually cook for my family but occasionally I prepare such food which cannot be given to my younger one (e.g. mushrooms) so I have a few bottles of ready made baby food. One of my son's favourite is Cow & Gate Baby Balance My Firs Bolognese.


      First impressions
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      This baby food is packed in a little jar with metal lid. It is quite easy to open it and it can be re-closed if your baby doesn't eat all of it. There is a little boy on the left side of the Cow & Gate logo and vegetables on the right side. This is a 1 stage food which means that you can give it to your baby from the age of 4 month according to the label. I would suggest from 7-8 month as meat has to be introduced gradually.


      Ingredients and nutritional information
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      The ingredients are puréed carrot (40%), potato, tomato (18%), white beans, beef (10%) and corn oil. This jar of baby food contains 100 kcal energy.
      This is a perfectly smooth and easy to swallow. There are no artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives in it. This baby food doesn't contain added salt, milk, lactose, egg and gluten.


      Price and where to buy
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      I bought this jar of baby food in Sainsbury's for 52 pence. It is on offer now, so if you buy 10 Cow & Gate products of this size (125 g) you can get them for 4.5 pounds. I know for sure that it is available in Tesco as well because occasionally I buy them there. I think it is available in most of the supermarkets.


      My opinion
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      Although I prefer to give my son the meals I cook there are days when I have to give my younger one ready made baby meal. I think this particular one is really good. I always taste it before I give it to my son. It has real Spaghetti Bolognese taste with dominating carrot taste of course (40% of it is carrot purée). I think it is a delicious meal and my son really loves it. We tried several types and this one belongs to those few I re-buy from time to time. I put this meal (before opening the jar) into hot water for a few minutes then I open the jar and stir the meal well. Recommended yummy baby food.

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    • Product Details

      Pureed carrot and tomato with beef.