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When I first started weaning my daughter I decided to start with fruit and veg purees, as I was unsure what my daughter would like I made some of my own purees and purchased a few jars. While browsing in Tesco I came across this Hipp jar for 65p. You can also get 10 for £5.
The jar contains 125g of veg. All of Hipp's baby foods are certified organic. The jar contains 100% veg and no additives. This jar is for stage one weaning and is suitable for 4 months and over. You can serve this warm or cold. To heat it up you are advised to stand the jar in a bowl of warm water. You can also microwave the contents but only on a gentle heat and you need to stir throughly before giving to your baby so you can avoid hotspots.
As my daughter was weaned from four months initially she only ate a small amount, because of this I spooned out what I needed and stored the rest in the fridge where it can be kept for up to 48 hours. This meant I could use a full jar over a few days. If you serve this jar cold it doesn't have a very nice consistency it reminds me of when you leave mashed potato and it goes stiff. My daughter didn't enjoy this cold. When it is heated up it has a much nicer consistency, it isn't too runny but id nice and smooth.
The food itself doesn't have much of a smell. It is orange in colour which I have found stains all of my daughters plastic bowls and rubber spoons, to minimise this you need to rinse these straight after use.
I have tasted this myself and I have to say I personally found it really bland, unfortunately my daughter didn't like this either. I tried her on several occasions as I know it can take a few attempts but she spat this out time after time, whereas she was happy to eat other things. I think this is probably because it isn't sweet enough for her liking she prefers sweet potatoes to ordinary potatoes.
I would only rate this 2 out of 5 as it didn't work for us. But it's all about trial and error.
This is a good first weaning food.
We had wanted to wait to the 6 month mark to give my son his first solids (first "real" foods, instead of milk). However, we found it very hard indeed. Our son just seemed very, very, very hungry and as I'd managed to breast feed exclusively up to the four month mark and was feeling like I wasn't giving enough milk to him myself and not willing to compromise our breastfeeding relationship by introducing formula milk (and to be honest, not really wanting or needing too) I decided it might be time to start slowly introducing solids to our son's diet.
At first it was little spoonfuls here or there offered to him before each milk feed - we went with our gut on that one so I don't know if that's the "right" thing to do. My husband, bless him, made up some carrots for our boy and he hasn't had any baby experience whatsoever. As I was so ill I thought I could leave it up to him to sort and organise. I just didn't picture myself as being a Mum who fed her baby from jars - no judgement meant, just stating fact. However, this was another thing that changed.
The carrots my husband had made were still hard and couldn't be mashed. So I broke down in tears and he disappeared sheepishly to the shops and picked up some of these jars of food.
At first my son took them little by little as we didn't want to overload his digestive system - and I was paranoid I was doing him some long term damage! - and all was well. I finally became relaxed about offering him food from jars and cooking from scratch when we could. However, the jars are just so handy as it's not always possible to dash out the door and have a ready prepared meal for him.
Plus, we don't own a freezer :(. So all in all I would recommend these jars as a "first food" as they seem to be loved by my son at least. Also, as the jar suggests the carrots and potatoes definitely are tender so there's a lot to relax about when it comes to freaking out about them choking on their food. Or there was for me!
Tesco or ASDA often times do 10 for £5 on these jars, so it's worth stocking up on a few whenever there's a deal on as they tend to become pretty expensive when bought separately.
When My son was ready for his first foods I tried him on loads of different baby foods but there was one that was overwhelmingly his favourite - the Hipp Organic tender carrots and potatoes.
The first thing you notice about it is that it actually smells like real food - fresh and carrot like. This might sound obvious but you'd be amazed at how many baby foods smell a bit ... dodgy shall I say?
The texture is smooth and just the right consistency - easy for babies to swallow without being soup like. If you actually taste it (I always took it upon myself to taste them - why would I feed it to my kids if I didn't like it?) it tastes like sweet carrots with a bit of potato but mainly carrots.
The colour is bright orange - beware on clothes because any drips are a nightmare to get out and lots of his pale T-shirts. So a good, all covering bib is a must.
Obviously the two most important things about a baby food are is it good for my child and will my child actually eat it? Hipp ticks both boxes. With it being organic I felt confident that I was doing right by him and being just carrots and potatoes I knew it would be healthy. The Hipp range is balanced for fat, has no added sugars or salt and, so I was confident it didn't contained any nasties.
It was also one of the only things my son would eat - so much so that he turned slightly orange and the health visitor thought he was jaundiced! Thankfully it was down to the large amounts of carrots he was consuming through the Hipp jars - which I know makes me sound like a terrible mother but he was such a fussy eater I figured it was better him eating two of those a day than toast which was the only other he's eat for a while.
This was one of the first tastes my son had - i had tried blending my own but it was just a little lumpy to start with so this did help wean him until i got the hang of making my own purees. It is a good option i think as there are no hidden extras as there are in some jars like small amounts of salt in stocks etc but this contains pure carrots and potato although you really can only taste the carrot and i feel the potato was maybe just added to bulk it out. My son does like this and it makes going out easy as you just take the jar and dont have to worry about your homemade ones spilling from your container. However be warned this carrot will stain clothes and to be honest your baby may even suffer from an orange bottom as a result so dont be shocked at that it is just the carrot pigmentation.
This is one of the first jars of baby food i bought my son because it sounded quite plain and simple compared to some of the other 'exoticly' flavoured recipes. I was right you can hardly taste the potatoes and mainly tastes or carrot so was a nice plain taste to start of with.
Plus it only contains Organic vegetables (carrots, potatoes), water, very plain and no 'added extra's'! He loved it. However, now i think it is a little bland for him and he likes more mixture in his food, i have thought it to be a good idea to maybe mix it with another jar of food or even with some home made food instead.
This is another one of Hipp's jars that stains alot! Bright orange stains appear everywhere and i find it almost impossible to get rid of them.
The jar is about 50p but many shops that stock them have special offers on such as asda, they have 8 jars for £3.50 on at the moment.
Smooth blend of carrots and potatoes.