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This is a stage 1 jar of baby food meaning that it is suitable for babies who are 4+ months old. I have started weaning my 4 month old as he was definitely starting to show signs of wanting proper food. He is hungry all the time and just existing on a diet if mummy's milk was not cutting it for him so I decided to start him on food. Now, I usually try to make all my own baby food which is quire simple but sometimes these jars of baby food are a godsend. There are times when you just don't feel like steaming and pureeing another carrot or butternut squash for dinner and don't have any backup in the freezer so a baby food jar in the cupboard is great. Plus, if we are out for the day I do not like to carry my own food as I am always worried about contamination and it getting too warm if out of the fridge for a long time. You do have to be careful when you are weaning a young baby. These jars are great because they are safe to take out until you open them as they have a lid that pops up to tell you that they are fresh and uncontaminated. Hipp is my favourite range of baby food as it is all certified organic and from what I have read on baby websites it seems to be a well trusted brand. With this particular flavour you get a very pureed meal. When babies are very little puree is really the only recommended way of eating as this is all their little guts and mouths can deal with. This puree in this jar is very smooth and almost lie a medium thickness paste. It is virtually impossible to see any texture in it as all the rice and chicken has been blended together so unlike the next stage of food where you will actually see little chunks of carrot and bits of rice, in this jar you do not see any of that. The food is an orange colour although how you distinguish this between any other flavour of baby food is beyond me as just about any flavour of jar you get at this stage is orange and looks the same to me. The ingredients are listed on the jar as vegetables (carrots, peas, tomatoes, onions), water, cooked rice, chicken, rapeseed oil. According to the back of the jar it 1 portion of veg which at stage 1 is equal to 30g. I think its really important to introduce fruits and vegetables into my little boys diet as soon as I can so it will be a taste he gets used to and enjoys for years to come and makes the whole weaning/eating process a lot easier. The fact that there are all these great ingredients in this Hipp jar makes me feel very good about serving it to my little boy. He seems to like this flavour and has taken to it really well. You can serve it in a number of ways. If I am going to use the jar at just one sitting I just serve straight from the jar and use a spoon in the jar, that way when we've finished we just throw the jar away. However if you want to serve it over two meals I recommend spooning a little bit into a bowl and serving it from there and then putting the rest of the jar back in the fridge with the lid on so you can use it a bit later. I purchase this jar from Boots for £0.65 which I think was good value and a baby meal I recommend.
I have recently changed the baby foods that I have been feeding my daughter. My normal jars that I buy are cow and gate but my daughter is very funny about the tastes of food that she eats and will get board of eating the same thing for too long. I have tried her on my foods but she is not a fan which is a bit disappointing because it is cheaper. This jar of food is part of the Hipp organic range. Normally I do not buy organic produce but I thought I would give this a try and it would be better for my daughter because it is supposed to be better healthier produce. This jar is a 125g jar which is a good size for one meal sitting for my daughter. It is a stage 1 jar which means that it is mixed to be smooth and easy for my daughter to swallow. This has not created any problems for my daughter to swallow and she has eaten the whole jar without wanting to stop. This jar can be fed to babies from 4 months which means it is perfect for first weaning. This jar is vegetables with rice and chicken. The reason that I chose this jar was because as a family we eat rice a lot and vegetables which means it should get her used to the foods that we eat and it contains chicken so that I know she is getting the protein from the meats. The ingredients in this are carrots, peas, tomatoes, onions, water which is all organic, organic cooked rice, organic chicken and organic sunflower oil. I like the range of vegetables in this jar and the fact that tomatoes is used due to my daughter does seem to like the taste of those. There is no added salt and it is gluten free, there is no added milk and it is preserved by heating and sterile packaging. I like it that they have stated how the food is preserved because some other brands do not tell you and this is good and interesting information to know so that you can ensure you child is being cared for in the right way. They have an important feeding advice on the jar too. This states that you are to mix the food well before putting it in a bowl to feed and to always use a plastic spoon. You are to serve the food at room temperature or heat it in the feeding bowl placed in a bowl of hot water. If you are using a microwave like I do you have to be aware that the food heats unevenly and to mix the food once heated and leave to cool for a while this will solve the problem with uneven heating I have found. Once opened you must replace the cap if some food is still left in the jar and then this can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours. This is not a problem for me due to my daughter will eat the whole jar in one sitting. When you are first weaning you will find that you child will only eat half the jar or less so this is good that it is able to be stored for the next meal. Cow and gate have a longer storage time after opening but 24 hours I sufficient to me. You should also not re heat food that is left this should be thrown away. It also states on the jar that although the food does not contain artificial colouring that it can still stain clothes and leave an orange tinge to the skin. I have noticed with this jar that it does not stain the clothes at all and my daughters skin is also not left with an orange tinge. This is good due to my daughter suffers from dry skin around her face which is prone to being discoloured by baby foods. It also states on the side of the jar that the department of health recommends that breastfeeding is to be done for the first 6 months without starting food. This changed in the last 2 years and I have never waited till 6 months to wean my children they have all started baby rice at 4 months old. This is only a recommendation and if you have any questions speak to your health visitor who will be able to advise you if they are a good one rather than the ones that follow the book and have no children of their own they do not seem to understand that all children are different. As a parent you will usually know when you should start your child on foods all mine have been different. My son was 4 months old my first daughter was 4 ½ months old and my youngest was 5 months old because she wasn't interested in eating and was satisfied with milk. Overall I am very pleased with this range of food and have found that my daughter really likes the taste of this jar. This jar I emptied all of into a bowl and she ate the lot without crying for more like she did with the first one. I like the ingredients that are used in this jar because we eat most of these in our meals and I hope that it is getting her used to wanting to eat my food when I try her again. I think that it is a very healthy meal and I have found that it fills her very well. It smelt nice when I opened it and when testing it for her I found that it has a nice taste to it and doesn't taste like other baby jars that I have had to test. It is very smooth in consistency and my daughter has had no problems with eating this. It is easy to open and to store, the best before date is very good on this too. It is a pale orange in colour and does not stain clothes or the skin which is very good. I would recommend this to parents because I think that they do a wide range of different flavours that taste much nicer than the other foods we have had. It reminds me of foods that I would eat rather than foods that only a baby would eat because they do not taste very nice. It is easy to heat and to feed and is developed by their own baby nutritionists. I think that my daughter is getting all the nutrition that she needs in her diet with the help of these jars and that she is getting a good and varied taste of foods. These can be found on a special deal at asda which is 9 for £4 which is almost a weeks worth of food and most supermarkets will have these on a special deal or even Boots. If you can shop around you will be able to grab a bargain and the fact that with these jars you are able to feed on the go is great because something unexpected will always happen when you have children. I think that they give good information on the jars but would recommend that they split the foods into categories better so that you know what type of food you are buying like cow and gate do. It is a brilliant food for baby and will be buying this again.
Mixed vegetables and rice simmered with chicken.