“ Manufacturer: Heinz / Age: 4-6 Months „
My grandson is now old enough to eat baby food and liquidised food as he's now six months old and starting to hold finger food and get his taste buds developing. I have loved it him and my daughter being here since he was born as it has been great to have a baby in the house again.
I have been lucky enough to be able to take part in his routine, having him at nights sometimes to give my daughter a rest, baby sitting and also helping to feed him during the day while she gets his washing done or runs for a shower. It's been so nice to be able to be bonded with him closely.
When he was first weaned he was bought baby rice and banana yogurt cereal in a packet and has romped on from drinking bottles to eating three meals a day and drinking water instead of milk, with the occassional bottle milk at nights as he is now sleeping through.
He does have his favourite food and this Heinz Dinners cauliflower & broccoli cheese is one of them.
This is a 125g pack of dried baby food for babies from 4-6 months old. It comes in a dark and light green cardboard box with a foil fresh inner where the food is kept.
To make it you just add water and can add the amounts you like to get the consistancy the baby likes, at first we used to make it thin but now he likes to chew things he has it a little more thincker.
The powder inside is a whiteish colour with bits in, this mixes well with warm water to the desired consistancy.
This has no preservatives or artificial colours and has vitamins and minerals to make up a meal that's healthy and balanced for your baby.
My grandson seeems to love this and although it's the two of my least favourite vegetables combined, as I hate cauliflower and broccoli, he wolfs it down.
It is enriched with Vitamin A B C and D and is gluten and egg free as well as being suitable for vegetarians.
I'm happy to reecommend this to you for your baby, as it's filling, looks a good consisitancy when made and has good ingredients in it.
It costs around £2 a box and you can buy it in Morrison's .
My children have never been any problems when switching from bottle to solid foods and each one has been fed differently. When I had my son there wasn't many jars on the shelves but lots of mix your own packets which were great for many reasons. When I had my daughter I could only find the basic baby rice in the packets no flavoured ones. Now with my second daughter I have noticed that there is a few more mix your own packet foods on the shelf.
The one that I have recently bought is Heinz Dinners, the flavour that I bought was Cauliflower and broccoli cheese. The reason that I bought this is because in this range on the Asda home delivery there is only two to choose from this and Mediterranean veg and rice which I had already got. My daughter liked the Mediterranean one that much that I thought I would try the other one to give her something different for dinner and tea. There are some others on the web site but not dinner packets, they are breakfasts or plain baby rice and to be honest there is not much more choice in stock in the shop. The packets are coming back but not as much as they used to be and this is slightly disappointing.
The Heinz dinner contains a combination of cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and leek with creamy cheese and rice. It states on the back of the pack that they are great for dinner or tea and are enriched with vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and C, which work to develop healthy eyesight, skin and gums. This is good information about what the food will be doing for your child when they are just starting to eat. There is a lot of nutritional information on the side of the pack and it shows that it contains a lot of vitamins that your child needs to develop and have a healthy diet.
The ingredients are flour (rice maize), vegetables (cauliflower 24%, Broccoli (8%), spinach, leek), skimmed milk powder, malt dextrin, vegetable oil, cheese (4%) milk protein, natural flavourings, yeast extract, calcium carbonate, vitamin c, vitamin e, niacin, zinc sulphate, iron, riboflavin, vitamin b6, thaiamin, vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin d, vitamin b12. These ingredients are good to know because they help the blood ensures iron and calcium for your child growth. It contains milk so this is not suitable for dairy intolerant children.
The storage instructions are also on the side of the box and state that once it is opened it is to be used within 6 weeks, this is also to be stored in a cool dry place away from odours. This is 125g box and lasts me about a week at the moment, once my children start eating this in 3 days I tend to make my own foods for them or buy the jars which works out cheaper.
The feeding advice is easy to understand and new time parents will not struggle with this. You measure the amount you want into a bowl with a spoon, add the required amount of warm boiled water and mix. There is a feeding table under this that states how many spoonfuls to make and how much water to add for what age group. It also states that more water can be added to alter the consistency which is what I do.
There is no added sugar, no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours, it is a great source of calcium, iron and zinc, enriched with vitamins A B C D and niacin, it is gluten and egg free and is suitable for vegetarians. This is good information because I think it is always best to know what you are feeding your child and how much it will help them.
You can also find out more information about feeding from Heinz care line on 0800212991 or visit their website on www.heinzbaby.co.uk. This is good information to know for parents that may not be sure or need that little bit of a helping hand.
The reason that I like the packet foods when first weaning is because you are able to mix the amount you want so you are not wasting food, babies do not eat as much as the required stated amount when they first try food because they have to get used to it and I find jars get wasted which means I waste money. Also each child likes a different consistency which is able to be achieved with this too. The reason that I like the Heinz ones is that they are full of fresh veg that is stated very well on the box and gives me a lot of information about how it will help my baby which I find very comforting. The deal on these is that you can get 3 boxes for £5 at asda so I am able to buy a breakfast, dinner and tea for the week which I like. The only problem that I have with this range is there is not much choice in flavours which would make it much better. This is a brilliant first food for babies much better than the jars for weaning.