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My youngest daughter is nearly 3 years old but unfortunately due to earlier reflux she has damage to one of her values which causes incidents of sickness for no apparent reason, she has become reluctant to try out new foods and sticks with what she knows instead. After seeing a specialist we have been advise to let her have the jars of baby food if that is the food she is confident with and this is one of her favourites.
I buy these jars from either Tesco or Asda as they are generally on offer at either 10 for £5 or 12 for £6 which makes them 50p per meal which is a reasonable price to pay to know I am getting something half decent into her. If you buy one jar at a time then they cost £1.09 each so the offer makes the jars much better value.
The lids on the jars are colour coordinated so if they contain chicken they are yellow, beef is red, vegetables is green and fish is blue, this makes it easy to select jars if your child doesn't eat a certain item such as if you were raising your child as a vegetarian. A jar holds 250gs of food and it is suitable for 10 months upwards but I have found that these jars have more lumps in them than some of the toddler meals which is why I buy more of these than any of the other brands.
It states on the jar there is a natural source of Omega 3, has no added salt and no preservatives, you also have a list of ingredients the main of which are vegetables 39% pasta 25% and tuna 11%. This jar contains 180 calories so considering that a 2 year old child needs between 1000-1400 depending on how active they are it does mean that this is a relatively low amount but I pad out with fruit and deserts such as custards and yoghurts.
The food in the jar smells of fish when you open the lid but not a bad fishy smell, the sauce is orange which is a pain as it stains so I insist on feeding my daughter when she has this. There are whole peas in the food which Emily loves anyway but there is also courgette, carrot and onion in it which Emily won't eat so this helps to get extra vegetables into Emily.
Emily loves this food and she wolfs the whole jars with no persuasion at all, I like that there are plenty of lumps of food in the jar rather than some of them which are more sauce then lumps. I am happy to pay for these jars for my daughter while it is what she needs but do hope to be able to expand her diet more within the next few months as she will start nursery and see other children eating at snack time which I am hoping will help.
My baby will turn 1 this month and really enjoys Cow and Gate, Scrummy Tuna Penne. He is always clapping his hands when he is having is dinner, I guess because it tastes so good. Come to think of it, it actually smells great too. It is not at all fishy smelling and is infact very mild and saucy.
I find that it has the right texture and consistency for his age. The food is easily digested and he stays full for a long time after. Ofcourse, he has pudding after his main meal too. Some meals cause wind in babies, but I find that this meal does not with my baby.
Also very appealing is that there is no added salt, preservatives and colourants in Cow and Gate products. This is very reassuring to all mothers like myself. Cow and Gate are always coming out with interesting meals which is great variety for a growing baby with developing tastebuds.
This meal is stage 3, so it is suitable for babies aged 10 months and older. It comes in a large bottle which if not fed directly from the bottle, the remainder can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours. As babies have very small tummies, I feed my baby, half for his lunch and the other half for his dinner.
This meal retails at £0.93- £0.96 each, at most supermarkets but also look out for baby events where there are offers available for 6 for £5 which saves you £0.58- £0.76.
Great choice for a healthy, happy baby!!!
Mixed vegetables with pasta and tuna.