“ Brand: Heinz / Age: 4 months „
My son has been eating fruit and vegetable purees at lunch and dinner for the last two weeks now. I had imagined that the weaning process would take some time to get going and so was prepared to take things nice and slowly. However, my son's appetite was so huge that we decided this week to try a bit of breakfast. (Of course, government guidelines are that babies aren't weaned until 6 months, but all babies are different and some may need it that little bit earlier. Check with your health visitor if you are considering weaning early, I did with mine and she was very helpful. But I digress ...)
I was unsure as to what to give him. I mean, lunch and dinner are easy, some home-made pureed veg and pureed fruit for afters. But breakfast ... the only things I could think of didn't seem particularly baby friendly, at least not for a 5 month old. After looking in the supermarket, I saw that many manufacturers do cereals especially for babies. Since my son loves baby rice, I decided to give this one a try since I assumed it would be quite similar. It is recommended for babies aged between 4 and 6 months.
The packaging mine came in is different to the one in the picture by the way. It now comes in a yellow box with oats and apples on the front. Still the same product though.
The cereal is packaged in a foil bag that is quite strong, I needed scissors to open it. Once open, I could see that the cereal looked a lot like baby rice, so I was happy with that. It doesn't have a strong smell, but there is a faint fruity aroma, nicer than rice anyway! As well as apple, there are also blackcurrants in the mix, and you can see tiny pieces of them throughout the cereal.
A plus point of this for me is that you mix the cereal with water, so I didn't have to prepare any milk to go with it. I just used boiled water that had cooled to ever so slightly warm.
The instructions on the package have a handy table on the back that gives guidelines for babies of different ages. Well, I say handy, I'm not sure the amounts given were suitable for my boy, but each baby is different so I would recommend using them as a rough guide. I used 4 dessert spoons for my 5 month old son, and added the suggested 4 spoons of water. The resulting 'paste' is quite thick, and I added another spoon and a half of water to make it a little thinner. It's all about individual preference I think.
Once mixed, the smell was a little stronger and, I have to say, quite appetising compared with baby rice which is rank. I even tried a bit myself ... not bad! Of course, the real verdict has to come from my son who loved it! He finished the whole bowl, mouth open wide awaiting the next spoonful before he'd swallowed the last. He was not impressed when the bowl was empty either.
I would recommend this for anyone looking for an easy to prepare breakfast for a little one just starting out on solids. You probably won't need more than one or two boxes at the most however, as a little goes a fairly long way. By the time baby has finished the box, they will probably be moving onto more substantial breakfasts.
The cereal is fortified with many different vitamins, and is a particularly good source of calcium, iron and zinc. It is egg free, but not gluten free. It has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
I paid £2.01 for a 125g box at Tesco. Since I make all of my son's other food at home, I have no idea whether that is a reasonable price or not! It seems a little expensive to me, but as I said before, a little goes a long way and I can see me getting quite a few breakfasts out of this one box.
This is a great cereal for young babies, and both myself and my son would recommend it!
When my daughter was 17 weeks old I decided I would try her on some baby rice to start to introduce her into solids. After a few days of that which she seemed particularly unimpressed by I decided to buy something with a little more flavour. There are several leading brands to go for and a range of cereals but I wanted one that I could mix with water rather than her milk which can be a bit messy, so I decided to try Heinz breakfast Oats & Apple cereal which was £1.99.
The cereal comes in a foil sealed bag (containing 125grams of cereal) inside a box. I cant say that I'm a fan of these foil bags as they are notoriously difficult to open by hand so I tend to cut them along the top with scissors and then roll the bag over and seal it with a peg so it stays fresh. As with most packaged children's foods it needs to be used within 6 weeks of opening.
First impressions when I opened the bag were that it didn't really smell of anything I'm not sure if I expected to be able to smell apples but I was left slightly disappointed. The guidelines on the back of the box suggest approx 3 level dessertspoons mixed with approx 3 dessert spoons of warm previously boiled water for age 4 months +. I found that that left me with a very thick mixture so I added another spoonful of water which made it a better consistency. Still couldn't particularly smell apples but it certainly smelt more appetising even if it looked like wallpaper paste. Now the moment of truth, what would the taste test reveal.....she loved it! I have found that with jars of breakfast cereal she finds that a little runny and isn't really interested, whereas with this she loved the taste and the consistency seemed to be much better for her to swallow. I have tried this cereal a few more times to make sure it wasn't a fluke and she absolutely devours it. The only down side is that it doesn't only look like wallpaper paste but sticks like it too and can be very difficult to get off clothes or skin!!
The front of the box advertises "no added salt, colours or preservatives" and that it contains "vitamins and minerals" and that it is suitable from 4-6 months onwards. According to the ingredients it contains 18% apple which is slightly lower than I had expected but was higher than some of the others I looked at.
I have continued to use this cereal and I have to say its one of my daughter's favourites. It's incredibly easy to mix up and even when I have had to give her breakfast outside of the house as you only need boiled water which can be taken in a flask. Ultimately I will move onto home made foods but as a breakfast cereal I'm really pleased with it.
Oats & apple cereal enriched with vitamins and minerals for healthy growth.