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I am in the weaning process with my little boy and its going well. In general I make all of my little boys food, I am an expert at cooking and blending up carrots, apples, butternut squash etc. However, when we go out for the day I am a bit cautious about taking food out for a long time and not being able to refrigerate it properly and so for times when we are out and about I like to take jars of baby food with me. The great thing about these is that they are sealed and protected until you open them so you can cart them around and then if for any reason you don't use them you can serve them another day and have not wasted it.
I started my little boy on Hipp baby rice and so I have decided to stick with the Hipp jars of baby food. They are a little bit more expensive than other brands probably due to the fact that they are organic but he seems to really like them and so do I so I am sticking with this brand. We have done well with the baby rice so we are moving slowly onto other foods and I thought one of the best flavours to start him on was a rice pudding as this is quite near to just regular baby rice and probably an easy meal to digest.
To me, rice pudding is probably the most horrible thing you can eat but my little boy loves this one. Now, I actually haven't tried it myself so I cannot comment on the flavour but I can on the colour and consistency. This is a very very light yellow, off white colour and has the consistency of thick glue. The mixture is quite thick and gloomy and it is not very exciting but babies really like bland foods at this age and my sons seems to really like it. I don't think it would be a jar that we rely on for a long time, I think this will just do for the next couple of weeks before he moves onto more sophisticated tastes and flavours but to start with this is really great. The ingredients listed in this jar are Organic milk (65%), organic cooked rice (19%), water, organic wholegrain rice flakes, calcium carbonate, thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin A, vitamin D. So, as you can see its pretty pure with not much in it but I like that fact and feel happy serving it to my son.
The jar this rice pudding comes in has a safety lid that pops up when you first open the jar so you know it has not been tampered with which gives you really nice peace of mind in my opinion. A 190g jar costs £0.79 which I don't think is too bad.
My son loves this - it has been great as a handy one to have in the cupboard when he has refused the lovely homemade mixes i have made up yet i feel he still needs something - i have to admit i do make most of my own meals for my son but this is a jar i do keep a stock of as it is easy for him to swallow, he has never refused it and it provides a good source of calcium. However i would not feed him this daily or anything near it as the fat content is quite high i feel and it contains quite a lot of sugar too to be given that frequently. I think it is a good option for first weaning your baby as it is quite a neutral flavour and easy texture to swallow and is easy for Mums to take with them if they are out and about rather than trying to find hot water to heat homemade things up.
I found RUST and black mold spores >>inside<< my jar of HIPP baby food! i sent the TWO jars back to then and as i fully expected the came up with some rubbish about there was micro amounts of rust in the lid but not on the food because it was impossible during test to get it in the jar, well thats funny because i had seen it in the jar in question with my own eyes!! it was heaving with orange rust and black mold was on the rim!
BEWARE mums and dads if your food jar has rust in the lid DO NOT feed it to your baby but the FSA this is your food agency at your local council DO NOT SENT IT TO HIPP with there cleverly written reports that hide the facts!.
I have the third jar still which i kept back!! and i will be showing it to the FSA! Hipp had the cheek to offer me more of there baby food as compensation!!
Please type rust in hipp baby food in to google and you will see its happed before too!
Also f you read other stories on HIPP its totally shocking whats happened.
Smooth blend of rice and whole milk.