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When my little girl was being weaned I did everything suggested in terms of introducing her a wide variety of fruits, veg etc etc and 90% of the time made everything from scratch, however, she absolutely adored fruit pots, as they were so smooth for her to swallow when she had a limited number of teeth. SHe is now just over 2 and she still loves these fruit pots. I mostly buy these Cow and Gate fruit pots to mix in with her porridge or weetabix in the morning, to avoid using sugar and take away the blandness. SHe loves it so much I have to make sure to mix it in rather than leave it in on top of the porridge otherwise she could be found taking it off the top and leaving the rest of the breakfast! Another reason I use these pots is in the winter time when the choice of fruit that she likes is much more limited. SHe doesn't have a great taste for lots of fruit, but will eat bananas, melon, mango and pineapple, and that's about it. Three of those fruits wouldn't always be the ripest or most plentiful in the winter months, so I desperately try to get some sort of fruit into my daughter every day. I use these fruit pots for a change from banana's in the winter time.
I only ever purchase these Cow and Gate fruit pots from Asda where they always seem to be a £1 for four. There is a wide variety of fruit selections for these pots and I buy a variety for my daughter as she will eat any of them, and have any of them mixed in to her breakfast. These are suitable for children from 4 months to 36 months. I often purchase the Fruit Cocktail pots as they have a handful of fruits within each pot. In each of these Fruit Cocktail pots, there is 1/2 the recommended amount of Vitamin C, as well as equating to one portion of fruit per pot. There is also no added sugar which is reassuring and are made from 100% fruit. All sounds good.
I would be lost without these fruit pots, as I think I would find it difficult to give porridge or weetabix a pleasant taste apart from using sugar. THese are so handy in the morning, and I tend to use half a pot each morning, putting the other half in the fridge. They are also great to bring with you if you are out for the day as fruit, or as a quick snack. I have a friend who has a son who refuses to eat any fruit and this is the only way she can get any fruit into him in the meantime until he gets a little older. I hope my daughter will develop a wider taste in fruits as she gets older, but at least this is a back up when she tires of the fruit that she does eat.
Great purees from a respected brand.
I think fruit and vegetables are very important in a child's diet and right from birth almost I have given both my kids these food items and luckily they have always liked and enjoyed eating them so that is great.
One of the food items that I fed them pretty early on is these Frutapura fruit purée pots from Cow and Gate. We still have them now as a nice treat for dessert instead of say a yogurt or a bit of cake and actually I find its these my kids ask for instead of the cake!
In the beginning I was looking for a quick and convenient way of feeding them some fruit on the go. I had been cooking and blending up my own fruit but this was getting a bit time consuming which is why I went looking for an alternative and found these from Cow and Gate in Boots. Obviously right at the very beginning small babies can only eat puréed food and as my son and daughter really liked purées and yogurts, that type of thing, I knew they would like these.
Frutapura fruit pots are basically little pots of pureed fruit that are actually very tasty indeed. According to Cow and Gate, "Frutapura offers a large variety of smooth and delicious award winning purées made from 100% fruit specially grown & carefully selected at dedicated baby fruit orchards. Helping your toddler to independently explore & develop a great taste for fruits from an early age. Bursting with 100% fruit with vitamin C. No preservatives, colourings or flavourings."
They come in quite a few different flavours but fruit cocktails seems to be the one they like the best. This one is described as a mix of apple, pear, apricot, banana & orange with vitamin C. I've never tasted them myself but they do smell fairly delicious. My kids will absolutely wolf these down as they love the sweet flavours and often ask for more than one pot in a sitting. This purée has a light orange colour to it and is fairly thick with quite a bit of texture. It's not as runny as some purées can be which is nice. The purée stays on the spoon nicely which is great for my son as he's not 100% confident with a spoon yet!
The purée comes in a plastic pot with a foil lid that you simply peel back, this is easy and convenient to get into and you don't need a separate bowl which is nice, they are ready to serve when you open them.
They are also very convenient to take out with you for the day too as you do not have to refrigerate them until you have opened them so I could store them in the cupboard and then their lunch bags until I needed them.
A pack of four 100g pots from Boots costs just £1.79 which I think is a really good price. A great snack for both babies and toddlers and one I definitely recommend.
When my son was 7 months old I decided that it was time for him to start having a pudding after his meals. I did start off with all the best intentions in the world and started to puree all his fruit and freeze it in batches, but with all the best will in the world when I returned to work I simply couldn't find them time to prepare all his food myself. I therefore took the easy way out and decided to buy him some fruit pots from our local Tesco.
After looking at a lot of the different puddings on offer in the baby food section I decided to try Cow & gate frutapura, they cost £1.66 for four pots. The reason I decided to try these was that it states on the front of the packet that they are made from 100% fruit with vitamin C.
The tubs are wrapped in a cardboard outer case with the Cow and Gate logo at the top of the packet. The flavour I am reviewing is fruit cocktail and it states the flavour at the bottom of the packet. There is a picture of fruit in the middle and two babies at the bottom. It also states on the front that they are suitable from 4-36 months and that they have won a mother & baby gold award for the best baby food/drink.
On the back it advises you that the fruit cocktail is made from apple, pear, apricot, banana, & orange with vitamin C. It also advises you that it is made from 100% fruit which is specially grown and carefully selected at dedicated baby fruit orchards. It also states that there are no preservatives, no artificial flavourings, no artificial colourings, only the natural sweetness of fruit, gluten free, egg & soya free and milk and lactose free.
The ingredients per pot are ¾ of a small apple, a slice of pear, ¼ of an apricot, 2 slices of banana, a teaspoon of concentrated apple & orange juice and vitamin C, so you can see that there aren't any hidden, nasty things that you find in some baby food products.
Serving suggestions are that the product can be served warm or at room temperature and the jar may be stored for upto 48 hours once opened. To be honest I keep these pots on the fridge and serve them to my son straight from there, so he seems to like them cold.
The pots themselves are just like yoghurt pots but are made from see through plastic, they have tear off lids just like the yoghurt pots and each fruit pot is 100g.
From the first time I gave my son these fruit pots to try he absolutely loved them, he simply couldn't get enough!! His little face lights up whenever he sees me open one for him and he still has his mouth open for more even when the pot has all gone! I think he would eat 2 pots in one sitting if I let him!!! I obviously had to have a taste myself, for review purposes and to be honest I find them to be a bit too sweet for my liking, they are very fruity and you can definitely taste the fruit, but im not keen on the sweetness, but my son loves them so who am I to argue?!
Fruit cocktail with added Vitamin C.