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My little boy is nearly eight months old now, where does the time go, and we have been weaning him since he was about 4 months old. It has gone really well and now he is pretty much eating everything we do which is nice. I think part of the reason why he likes food so much is because we have offered him lots of different choice and variety and he is always willing to try new thing. I generally make all his food for him, fresh from scratch but sometimes when you are out or dare I say it, just can't be bothered to cook, these Ella's Kitchen pouches are great. According to an article I read, "Ella's kitchen range, was begun by Ella's Dad who promised Ella and her brother, Patrick, that he would only manufacture foods made with simple, nutritionally good, organic ingredients. He believes that children should have the opportunity to eat better food and also to discover that healthy food can be fun, tasty and cool."
They have been my favourite baby food pouches for a while now and I also used them for my little girl a few years ago. In the beginning we gave my little boy the 4+ month pouches which were very pureed and thin, some, including the fruit were almost runny and easy for him to eat. Now he is past that stage we have been feeding him the 7+ month pouches for a while now.
According to the packaging, "Ella's Kitchen Stage 2 meals are perfect for babies of 7 months or more. The recipes have been created by their dietitian and approved by Sam, their nutritionist, amongst other health professionals. They contain a balanced mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to help growing babies grow! They have specifically made them textured not lumpy, to encourage babies to begin to chew without any difficulty in swallowing."
You can definitely tell that these are much thicker than the pouches for 4+ months. You can actually see the bits of food in them and there is a lot of texture which is great. I find once you move into the 7 month stage also there is so much more choice on flavour combinations including lots of protein like chicken. One of my little boys favourites is this chicken casserole called Chick chick Chicken casserole. The ingredients are listed as organic vegetale stock 33%( water, vegetables: carrots, parsnips, leeks, onions, sweede, peppercorns, marjoram, parsley & thyme), carrots 24%, broccoli 11%, chicken 11%, dried apricots 5%, rice 5%, mint <1%. Its an orangey yellow coloured paste and smells lovely actually. The package is yellow and comes with an orange lid.
The pouch is so easy to use. I basically just take the top off and squeeze out a little portion onto a spoon and feed my son straight from there. Its easy and it also cuts down on mess which is great. I find these pouches very handy when we are out and about and I also think he gets great nutrition from them, all you could want in a baby meal. These pouches are a little bit more expensive than the 4+ month ones, they cost about £1.10 in my local Tesco's but are food I definitely recommend.