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My mum brought this Apple, Banana And 4 Cereal Breakfast for my sister when she was a baby and even though she's nearly 2 1/2 she still likes it with warm milk. We've carried on giving it to her because there's loads less sugar in it than Ready Brek and other porridge cereals.
It's a dried cereal and you just mix it with the baby's normal milk, you can use hot or cold milk so it's good for taking out with you as well. My sister has it for breakfast quite often but it was also good when she was sick a few weeks ago, she couldn't keep anything down but my mum made her some of this up thinner than usual and she was ok with it.
I've tried it and don't like it much because the flavour is very bland. Saying that it's not meant for me and my sister loves the flavour. It smells quite strong of bananas when you're mixing the milk in, the smell is even stronger if you're using hot milk. The main thing I could taste in it was the cereal and that's quite nice, being a baby food it's not as sweet as I'd have my own cereal but is still nice and natural tasting.
The apple flavour is there under the banana and it's quite tangy, I think the flavour is more like apple juice than fresh apples and I was right because I've just looked at the ingredients and HIPP have used organic reduced acid apple juice in this breakfast cereal.
It's very wholesome I think and is perfect for small babies, there's no reason why bigger children shouldn't eat it either because the combination of cereals, fruit and milk make it a much healthier breakfast than boxed cereal.
Another thing is that my mate's baby is 9 months old and she started feeding him this when he was about 5 months after my mum told her what good cereal it is. Her son had NEVER slept through the night before because he's mega greedy and was waking up every 2 hours for milk feeds, but as soon as she started feeding him this a few spoons through the day it kept him full for longer and she's started being able to sleep herself now he's sleeping and satisfied for longer.
A box of this cereal costs about £1.75 so it's not the cheapest in the supermarket but it's organic and very good for your baby so it's worth the money I reckon.
A brilliant product produced to make your baby's first meal of the day good, wholesome and nutritional. As with other Hipp products, I had a free sample of this, my daughter loves it, you can see the bits of fruit in the cereal, only very tiny bits but they add to the overall appearance of the breakfast which is really fruity porridge. It takes seconds to make up using previously boiled cooled water and a little porridge does go a long way when made up, there are guidelines on the pack with how much porridge to water but you can make it up to your babys' preferred consistency. It can be expensive to buy roughly £1.80 a box but is often on special offer in the big supermarkets making it even better value. The box packaging itself is brightly coloured, making it stand out in the crowd amongst other branded cereals. Definately a thumbs up from me and my daughter.
HiPP Organic introduced the baby foods to the UK in 1995. They produce cereals, juice, ready made jars, biscuits and powdered meals for babies and toddlers.
HiPP Organic apple, banana and 4 cereal breakfast is dried product which you simply mix with your baby's usual milk to make a cereal based breakfast meal for your baby. It is available in 250g boxes at Asda and Tesco (It may be in other supermarkets also, but these are the two that I have seen it on sale in). It is also available to buy at the Hipp Shop online; www.hipp.co.uk at a current price of £9.20 for 4 250g boxes. I paid around £1.76 at Tesco last week so I is considerably cheaper at the supermarkets.
It is suitable for stage 2 of the weaning process, which is around 6 - 7 months.
**THE SMELL, TEXTURE, APPEARANCE AND TASTE**
A lot of the dried recipes from Heinz and HiPP that I have seen simply require mixing with water. I did not read the pack instructions properly initially and went ahead and mixed the dried produce with cooled boiled water and the result was pretty gross, like a thick wallpaper paste. So, I then read the instructions and re-made the cereal with my sons usual milk. He now has full fat milk on his cereals and rusks so I did not need to first mix up formula. The result was a little better. The consistency and texture was still the same but the colour was now more creamy. I added a little more milk to make the cereal less pasty. The oats and barley are clearly visible in the mix. It does smell fruity and sweet but not overpoweringly of either apple of banana.
I try all of my sons food before feeding it to him, I wouldn't want him to eat anything I wouldn't! It tastes just okay in my opinion, neither the apple nor the banana stand out to me. The oats and cereal add a nice texture to the fruit. Its palatable.
As I have said, I thought it was just okay. My son doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as other breakfasts he has tried. There is no 'singy' through this one. He does eat it though and has had it was about 4 mornings since I bought the box. I will persist with it until the box is done, but probably will not buy anymore.
Overall, I think dried produce is convenient but I wouldn't want it to be my sons' sole source of food.
Review may also be found on ciao - theshinyone - July 2009