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I breastfeed my son and from the age of four months he seemed hungry very often. In spite of my very best efforts, he absolutely hates formula milk and that's when I decided to start him on mushy food.
All the advice I get from official sources (midwives, websites etc) is that you shouldn't wean babies until six months but I found out that most kids in my family get weaned around four months. Apparently they all have huge appetites!
So how did I end up choosing this? I didn't set out with any particular brand in mind. I think I went for this mostly because it says 'organic' on the packet, and is suitable from four months of age. Also, banana and peach sounded quite alright. I went through the ingredients list and about 40% was formula milk, so I figured it wouldn't be too bad to start my little one on this.
It comes packaged in a rectangular cardboard box which is mostly a light green all around with the above image on the front. It comes in a weight of 230 g, I haven't seen any other size. It costs a little more than £2, a bit less when on offer. On the inside, the cereal is contained in a sealed foil bag which can be easily removed from the box. The box has a tab on top to ensure easy opening and closing.
The cereal is beige coloured, with the consistency of coarse powder. There are some larger flakes mixed in as well, which I presume are banana flakes. There isn't much of a smell to speak of. When I tasted the cereal, I felt it a bit too sweet for me but my son seems to like it very much. You can tell there is banana flavour somewhere in there, but I didn't get much of peach coming through. Which I don't mind, because I really don't like peach.
Using this is very simple, just add boiled water to get the consistency of your preference. You can get it ready in a minute.
This product has got the Practical Parenting gold award and Prima Baby best value award but why I like it is of course because my son eats it with absolutely no complaints. Right from the first time he tasted it, he enjoys it very much. Initially I started out with two teaspoons made into a watery fluid, but now we are upto four or five spoons in a thick consistency. Now that he is eating well, I am trying to give him other things as well and cut the cereal down to once a day.
I had a few concerns about giving him food so early, but this cereal has not caused him any problems. He has not been constipated at all ( although I do make sure I give lots of water) and he has not had any allergic reactions.
I am very happy with this cereal and I am planning to try other flavours as well, but they seem a bit hard to find.
Other flavours from Hipp suitable from four months are Baby Rice and Apple, Orange and Banana flavour.
Ingredients- ( which they claim are all organic except some added vitamins and minerals)- 41% follow on milk, whey powder, vegetable oil, skimmed milk, rice flour, various vitamins and minerals, 3% peach powder and 3% banana flakes (which is a bit of a let down considering they have banana and peach written in huge bold letters on the front).
It states on the packet that it is gluten free, and contains no added sugars or preservatives.
Any how, as my son seems to be enjoying it and I cant find anything harmful in the list of ingredients, I am happy to recommend this product to you.