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My daughter loves porridge and I was buying her the Cow and Gate porridge jars, and one day noticed this on the shelf and decided to give it a try. It is widely available in shops and online. I got ours from boots and it cost £2.05 for 125g box.
This particular one is Banana and Strawberry, and is suitable from 4-6 months but they also do other varieties and flavours including some suitable from 7 months and older. To make up the porridge you simply mix baby's usual milk with the required amount of porridge. The suggested ratio is one spoonful of porridge to 8 spoonfuls of baby's usual milk.
I like that I can make this to my daughter's preferred consistency and that it is so easy to make up and cools quickly so there aren't too many tears whilst waiting for breakfast. Its also really handy to be able to just make up as much or as little as you need each time and saves on waste. I find this works out much cheaper than the jars of porridge, as theses cost around 70p per jar and I can get 5-6 portions out of one packet- which works out at around 34p-41p.
Once opened a packet can be stored for up to 28 days provided its is in a cool dry place.
I have tried this porridge and have to say it is quite nice. It has a mild strawberry/banana flavour and is not overpowering or overly sweet. The porridge itself has a pink tinge from the strawberry. My daughter absolutely loves this, its certainly one of her favourite breakfasts. We have gone on to buy other flavours in the range and recently brought some of the 7month ones now she is a little older. This porridge makes a lovely breakfast and I would highly recommend.
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I know theres not much incentive in writing food or drink reviews lately but Ive suggested quite a few different products from thise categories over the last few weeks and I am determined to get them finished by the end of the week! That and the fact that I cant seem to focus on anything else today and I though writing about food would be slightly easier! A lot of those product suggestions have been baby food as my mom keeps giving me big, long lists of everything Alfie eats so I can review them and I never get around to it well not until today so I thought Id start things off with something I suggested ages ago now "Cow & Gate Banana & Strawberry Porridge" which incidentally Alfie is having a bowl of now so I thought Id get round to writing about it LOL.
Price: Around £1.50 - 125g Box
Stockists: Any Supermarket
For: Babies from 4mths+ and great for breakfast time.
Nutritional Information: [ Per 25g Cereal]
Basically this porridge is meant to contain everything the baby needs to keep them going till the next bottle/meal while cutting out all the stuff they dont need. For example this porridge contains no added salt or sugar, no artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives & no added egg. It is also gluten free so basically this is everything anyone could need from one meal and is designed to fill them up for ages.
To make this is very simple as you only need to use one spoon of cereal and 3 spoons of water - or so it says on the box anyway. Whenever we have tried to do it that way the porridge has been far to thick and lumpy so much more water has had to be added but it does say that their way is only a guide and the amount of water and mixture will depend on the age and hunger of the individual baby all I know is 1 spoon of porridge and 3 water is not enough for a 5 month old. Also a quick tip is instead of using water use their baby formula milk as Alfie prefers it when we make it that way and I think it fills him up for longer that way as well!
Now I obviously can comment on whether or not this tastes good but I can judge by what Alfie thinks. He doesnt like it! My mom thinks he just doesnt like sweet/pudding foods in general but he is very fussy with this one and often refuses to have it at all although since having this my mom bought some fruity porridge which contains the exact same fruit and he loves that one so I dont really understand. Obviously I cant recommend this as Alfie doesnt like it but other babies might love it especially if they like sweeter foods and it is very easy to make and fills them up for ages so it is a really good, balanced meal for them. I will say try it out but it wont be something they all love. 3 stars from me!
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