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*** this is an old review now as I had to wait to suggest it ***
I have just started weaning by baby boy. He has just turned four months and he and I were both ready to start the process. THere are various schools of thought on this subject. Some people say you should only start at 6 months because up until then their gut is not sophisticated enough to take food but I started weaning my little girl at 4 months old and she was fine and also my little boy is really showing signs of wanting to eat, grabbing at everything and putting it in his mouth and practically salivating at any food we eat in front of him. He is completely breast feed and sometime I cannot keep up with his demand so for me it was a perfect time to start.
The first food I tried him with was baby rice which is the first food recommended for babies. Baby rice is basically ground down rice that is practically in powder form. Its very simple, bland and doesn't taste of much but its got a little bit more texture than just plain milk and so it gets them used to having food in their mouths and to eating. I decided to try the Hipp range of foods and bought a box of the Hipp Organic 100% baby rice. A 160g box cost me £2.19, 15p dearer than the nearest competitor in Boots but as it has organic in the title I didn't mind paying that few pence more. I knew I probably would only have to buy one or two boxes as with my daughter she quickly moved onto pureed vegetables and didn't stay on the rice for long so I thought the same would be true of my little boy.
This baby rice is recommended from 4+ months and this is advertised on the box which is another reason why I decided to purchase this particular brand. Hipp Say that this cereal contains vitamin B1 which is an important nutrient that helps your baby release energy from the food they eat to help their growth and development. I really liked the sound of this because my little boy is rolling onto his front and always moving and so some extra energy would be brilliant for him.
In order to prepare the rice it is very simple. YOu basically just add your baby's usual milk. As I breast feed I express some milk off and add it to the rice and make it up that way instead of using formula. The amounts are shown on the side of the box. FOr example they tell you to mix 1 level tablespoon of this rice with about 1 tablespoon of baby's usual warmed milk in a bowl to produce a smooth consistency. The rice mixes well with my milk I find and I do get a really nice smooth consistency, its not lumpy at all. The best way to describe the consistency is wallpaper paste, not very appetising but my little boy absolutely loves it. He has been wolfing it down since we started so I'm glad I purchased this particular box.
The rice is gluten free and has no added sugar, no GM or preservatives and is a first food that I recommend.