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My daughter started showing signs that she was ready to be weaned at around the four month mark. Currently, the government guidelines state that you should wait until your baby is 6 months before you start to introduce food but obviously every baby is different. There are only limited products available that you are able to give from 4 months onwards. One of these products is the Organix First Organic Wholegrain Baby Rice.
Organix actually produce a rather large range of baby food products. One thing I like about Organix is that they have a "no junk promise" which means their products contain no added sugar, no colourings and no artificial flavourings.
My parents actually first bought us this product and suggested we use it to introduce Molly to a texture rather than the liquid milk that she was used to. The idea is that you mix baby's usual milk, be it breast or formula with some of the rice and make a paste to feed your baby. In theory, because it wont taste too dissimilar to your baby's usual milk, it is a gentle way of getting your baby used to solids as they only need to deal with the new texture rather than a new texture and taste at the same time.
The very first time we used this product we made Molly a very milky paste, with much more milk than was recommended. The idea was that we didn't want to give her anything too solid as she was still relatively young but we wanted to see how she would cope with having something other than just milk. We needed have worried; she literally inhaled the entire lot!
Molly is now nearly six months and eats three meals, well purees a day but Organix is a brand that we go back to time and time again. We have tried using other products that are similar such as Cow and Gate baby rice but it just doesn't match up to Organix. One thing I love about the Organix baby rice is that it is made with baby's usual milk and for some reason; this means that it is really easy to mix. Most of the other baby rice's we have tried are made with water and whenever we mix them, the mixture goes really lumpy and is difficult to feed to our baby (who shouldn't be having lumps anyway!)
Molly usually has Organix first organic wholegrain baby rice for breakfast. She has home made purees for her other meals throughout the day and just recently, I have stirred a homemade strawberry puree into her rice which basically makes her a strawberry porridge for breakfast.
A 100 gram box of Organix baby rice costs £1.69 and you would be surprised at how long that will last you so I think that it is pretty good value for money. Each breakfast uses only two tablespoons of this product so a little really does go a long way.
I am a very big fan of this product so obviously I would recommend it. Like I mentioned earlier, we have used other products and keep coming back to Organix so that must say something. This can be used on its own as just a baby rice meal or you can mix in other purees both sweet and savoury and turn this into another dish completely
After breastfeeding my baby for six months I wanted to move her onto something a bit more solid but which wouldn't shock her system too much. I wanted something smooth and easy to digest, too. A few people suggested Heinz Rusks but after finding out they have over a teaspoon of sugar per rusk I decided to go down the no added junk route, for now.
Organix baby rice is excellent, it is literally just finely milled rice with a little bit of Vitamin B1. All you need to do is make it up with baby's regular milk - I use my own, you can make a small amount - three tablespoons of rice to one of milk, or double up for a bigger baby / breakfast.
It mixes up well to a sort of porridge which tastes quite nice - if plain - and can be adjusted in consistency by adding a little more milk. I kept it quite soft and loose for the first few times. My daughter took to it well, and by day two of weaning was on bananas, and then onto flavoured Organix porridges and cereals. It's a great 'gateway' into solid foods, a wonderful first taste for weaning. And crucially, there's no added junk at all. Because it's rather bland (in a good way) you can supplement it with some mashed fruit to bulk it up a bit.
My daughter slept a lot better after she started on baby rice and moved on to more adventurous foods, and I am so glad I stuck to my guns on the sugar and junk, because she is a healthy baby at the right weight with good teeth (all two of them!). I have since stuck to the Organix brand and will do so - as they provide organic, sugar free, junk free food for baby.
A box of Organix Baby Rice costs around £1.99 and will last you a month (based on two small measures a day). Well worth it! You can purchase it in most larger supermarkets, Boots, some Superdrug and online via Organix directly. I am so glad that I went Organix - they're brilliant. Five out of five - a six if I could!
As with my first baby, I had fully intended to fully breastfeed my second until he was 6 months old. Unfortunately things didn't work out as planned - the combination of an extremely hungry baby and a prolapsed disc in my spine meant that I have been unable to sit/lie for the long periods required to breast feed satisfactorily. I began weaning James at four months and have since been advised that this was the correct thing to do as he has the height/weight ratio of a child aged 18 months (he is now six months!).
I began the weaning process as advised, very simply, baby rice mixed with breast milk (if I had expressed) or formula. The rice is a gentle introduction to weaning due to its smooth texture and is easy for baby to digest.
Importantly at this early stage, the rice is gluten free.
The rice is very easy to prepare. Initially I followed the instructions to the letter - 1 level tablespoon of rice mixed with three tablespoons of milk. Nowadays, I use my best guess method as different consistencies are required depending upon what I am adding to the rice.
The rice is recommended for use from stage 1 of weaning - 4 to 6 months.
James took to the rice well and after a couple of days I began adding a puree of apple and pear and we have never looked back! The rice is a great addition to a vegetable puree, a particular favourite is carrots, courgettes and grated cheese, the rice helps to bulk up the dish.
I would like to say that I chose Organix because I only serve organic food - this is not the case! Unusually, Organix happened to be the cheapest product on offer at the time.
However - the Organix 'No Junk Promise' certainly takes the strain out of feeding baby, I find that once I have read through the ingredients on any one of the Organix products, I don't bother to do so with the next.
The brand ensures that there is no added sugar, salt or additives in any of their range. In respect of baby rice, this is made from purely from organic wholegrain rice flakes with a trace of thiamin (vitamin B1).
Further nutritional information can be found at www.organix.com
100g is currently on sale in Tesco for £1.69, the price has increased since my original purchase and it is now priced in a similar region to other brands of rice. It can be found with similar baby products and is packaged in cardboard, with the rice contained in a foil bag within the box.
I would recommend this product as a simple and easy way to introduce your baby to his/her first solid foods - a no fear, no fuss food.
A few months ago when we started weaning our baby, we started him on Organix First organic Baby Rice. Although the recent packaging looks different to this picture! They must have changed it. It is now a green little box.
In deciding what to wean you baby with... I wanted mine to have the best start to solids, therefore, an organic brand was what I was after. Organix now have a "no junk" promise so this was what sold it to me. My little fellow will not have sugar nor salt in his diet.
The consistency of this baby rice is very creamy and lovely, but make sure to add more milk than it says on the instructions, because the rice really absorbs the milk up and goes very dry and baby doesn't seem to like it when it happens.
Creamy lovely rice which my little one likes, liked it from the start, then gradually added some fruits and that went down well too.
The only thing that they could change with this produt is the price, it is quite pricy. But then again, it is organic and organic foods tend to be more expensive. At least the consumer would be able to trace the ingredients back to its origin... It is good to know that it is good food for baby.
It really fills the baby up. It is wholegrain rice too.
Would recommend this baby rice to you all first time mums out there not knowing which baby rice to choose!
I wasn't very keen to give my son baby rice - even though several people had told me it was a "perfect weaning food" I was quite happy weaning my baby boy onto carrots, thank you very much.
However, on a whim, my husband bought some baby rice from Tesco for around the £1.69 mark and we haven't looked back since.
Pour the quantity you want into a bowl (I'd suggest a little because it does bulk up!), then put in babies milk - either formula or expressed breast milk - and mix it up. We like to add fruit into the baby rice in order to give my son appropriate nutrition as I believe the baby rice just fills their tummies and isn't really offering them the nutrition they'd get from freshly prepared fruit or veggies. However, as my son has a good appetite it isn't really something I've worried about, to be honest.
The baby rice will come out in a powder form and be packaged in a silver sealed bag for freshness - I'd suggest either buying a plastic clip from the shops that keeps the freshness if you're like my husband and not so great at mastering the twist and seal method of closing these bags once opened. I'd suggest keeping the box for it as it means once it's in the box any little spills can be thrown out with the box once it's all done.
This is a very versatile staple to have around and seeing as they add baby rice to most baby foods I'd say if you're wary of it to give it a go - but wouldn't recommend it in cases where baby isn't gaining weight as I think they'll take in less of baby rice as it fills them so quickly!
Our little girl is almost five and a half months and drinking stage two milk like a little trooper so we decided to look into weaning her early, with baby rice and fruit puree to get her started, my mind was made up that baby rice was the way to go as the milky flavour would be more likely welcomed than a new flavour of puree, and hopefully fill her up and keep her satisfied.
There are many leading brands of baby food widely available, and after doing much research I wanted to try the Organix range. Organix products include no added salt, extracts, colourings etc, just good wholesome food suited to your babies needs with added vitamins to ensure dietery needs are met. This particular packet stated for use for babies 4-6 months so I felt at ease buying this product. The packaging strikes me as a very family friendly company that have a homemade feel about them. I feel confident in this company and my research shows that many other mums would recommend these products highly too.
So on to the real test, does she like it? Weaning can vary between babies alot, although some professionals do not recommend weaning before six months, some studies show weaning no earlier than four months is acceptable if the solids given are lighter to digest such as baby rice/porridge and purees. In our case our little one isn't satisfied with her five 7oz feeds a day and needs a top up at lunch time to get settled before a nap in the afternoon; We use the baby rice to achieve this.
On first attempt we excitedly grab at the unopened weaning spoons and sealed weaning bowls, and quickly place them in the steriliser for a once over whilst carefully reading instructions. After adding cooled boiled water the rice mixture is ready, smelling rather nice and becoming thicker as it cools. Naturally curiosity gets the better of me and I have a quick spoonful, and it's yummy! Even if she isn't a fan I could quite happily polish it off. We load up the spoon with a small mouthful and aim it towards her lips, pulling all sorts of funny faces to encourage her of course!
Well little madam was not so impressed, she sat there with it in her mouth and decide not to chew or swallow. After about five minutes she started swilling it around licking her lips and decided that she did in gact like it was calling out for more. Second attempt she lapped up a few more spoonfuls, making sure she saved some on her bib for later and we all seemed quite content.
Since we have added the Organix baby rice to her routine she seems happier and more excited about feed times, shes growing well and enjoys her food. I bought these in Poundland at £1.00 a box, I think they retail for slightly more elsewhere. I would say a good buy for hungry babies and tasty enough for mums and dads to polish off leftovers!
I never used this brand of baby rice with my Daughter but have recently started to wean my Son and tried this product for the first time. My Son seems to enjoy this brand more than the others i have tried and its quite reasonably priced.
At first i tried Boots' own but i found that my Son would just bring it back up and grimace everytime i gave him a spoonful. Thats when i decided to give this brand a go and since then ive continued to buy it.
I would advise parents to use rice only when first weaning as anything else is too much for the baby to digest at and rice is very plain and similar to milk, so is the best choice in my opinion.
I also prefer to use this brand as it is organic (as it says on the front) and so is better for the baby in the long run. When weaning my Daughter i gave her rice for 3 weeks before i tried anything else, just to get her used to the spoon and the different texture so i wouldnt buy more than one box to begin with as it may last a while.
Why baby rice?
World Health Organisation guidelines suggest that babies should be exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age and then be gradually introduced to solid foods, but the reality is that many parents in this country choose to wean a little earlier than 6 months. In that case it is even more important that the first food you choose is safe and healthy for your baby and that makes an organic baby rice an obvious choice.
Rice is one of the safest foods there is allergy-wise (a total restriction diet will often take you right back to pears, rice and lamb as being the three foods least likely to cause an allergic reaction) and by opting for organic you can be sure that your precious little one is not exposed to unnecessary chemicals at this particularly vulnerable stage in his or her life.
Lizzie Vann created Organix (then Baby Organix) with its No Junk Promise in order to provide good quality food for babies. Over time their range has expanded to include food for toddlers, children and now mums as well, hence the dropping of the Baby from the name. Throughout this time their promise has been to use safe, pure, natural and nutritious ingredients and to campaign for safer food for children - their current campaign calls for a Government investigation into why pesticide residue levels on fruits are so high.
In addition to their ethics, I like the fact that Organix products are pure, with no cheap fillers, and are very clearly labelled with age recommendations and allergy information. My only reservation here is that Organix Baby Rice is still labelled as being suitable from 4-6 months when WHO advice is not to give babies solids before 6 months, but I guess they are going along with the convention in this country of starting babies off slightly younger - when all the other products on the market are labelled as from 4 months they would be at a significant disadvantage not to have anything suitable for babies younger than 6 months.
Organix Baby Rice is made from organically produced wholegrain rice, fortified with Vitamin B1(thiamin) and nothing else. There are no fillers or flavourings, so you can add your baby's usual milk to give it a familiar flavour at first, or use water and juice for a change, or add it to other purees or foods you have prepared to thicken them a little before serving. Using wholegrain rice, according to the information on the Organix website (which is, incidentally, very helpful and informative on all sorts of infant and child feeding issues) is better because "wholegrains contain more minerals, vitamins and fibre than processed grains, and take longer to digest, leaving you more satisfied."
We found Organix Baby Rice an ideal first food because it could be mixed with baby's usual milk - in our case expressed breast milk - and made runny at first, so that our son could get a first experience of foods which were not totally liquid, then slightly thicker as using a spoon became easier, then much thicker when he wanted to handle the spoon himself. One thing to watch out for though, if you do use breast milk, is that the enzymes in breast milk start to digest the rice even as you are mixing it up, so it cannot be made in advance because even the thickest mixture will turn to liquid again very quickly!
All of our children have loved their first experience of food, I think especially because the taste was familiar, so they had time to concentrate on the new experience of texture without being hit by too many new things at once. My husband and I loved the fact that it was very easy to clear up after, especially since any unused baby rice just dissolved into the milk and could be poured away!
The baby rice was very easy to use: just scoop a few teaspoonfuls into a cup and mix to a paste of whatever consistency you want by adding liquid. It was easy to get a smooth paste and very easy to adjust the consistency.
The packet is of cardboard, with a foil bag inside which has to be cut open (can be a bit of a pain if you don't have scissors or a sharp knife handy) and resealed to keep the rice fresh (we found a clip fastener, twist tie or even elastic band worked well) - or you could empty the contents into a Tupperware container if you are more organised than we are!
Like the rest of the Organix range, Organix baby rice is available in Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose, but not all supermarkets. It costs a little more than some other baby rices, but Organix products seem to be on special offer fairly regularly, so we tend to stock up then. If you wait until 6 months and your baby takes to solids quickly then you may well find you only need one or two boxes anyway, so a few pennies extra is a small price to pay for the peace of mind of using a brand you can trust.
I guess that brings me to my last point, which is that some people would ask if baby rice is necessary at all? Lots of parents now practise baby led weaning, where the puree stage is pretty much skipped and babies are encouraged to eat when they are ready to feed themselves, using things they can pick up and chew easily. We have done this to a certain extent, but I think I would say that my children have all liked things like baby rice alongside finger foods - and from my point of view it's a good way for them to practise spoon control without making too much mess!
n.b. This review has previously appeared under my name on ciao.co.uk
After comparing a few different brands of baby rice in the supermarket when we decided to start weaning our daughter at 18 weeks old I was drawn to this one as it was Wholegrain and Organic.
I think I paid about £1.14 for the box from Tesco.
The baby rice has added vitamin B1 but other than this has nothing added extra, which as good to know when you are feeding a baby then if they have a bad reaction you can quickly narrow it down to what caused it.
It is easy to mix up and the pack gives you good instructions - I always weigh it as I am never sure what they mean when they say spoonfuls. So you mix 12g of the powdered baby rice with 3oz of baby's usual milk. I found this made a nice thick gloop that stayed on the spoon well but was also easy for baby to swallow.
The first time I gave my daughter the baby rice she loved it! I think it was definatly a good introduction to solid food for her.
As we started weaning relatively early she only had baby rice once or twice a day for about 2 weeks but we still only got through less than a packet. Once she started on fruit and veg purees I would use a bit to make the food a better consistancy for her and when she was starting to get an increased appetite I would bulk out her purees with some baby rice as well.
I think this is a good introduction for baby's first food.
It is recommended that you don't start to wean your baby before the age of 6 months, however all babies are different and some require food earlier than other babies, but you should definitely not wean before the age of 17 weeks.
When Rhys reached 21 weeks he started acting as if milk wasn't enough to satisfy him by itself, he started waking on a night, draining his bottles and seemed to be hungry all the time, I therefore made the decision to start weaning him slowly.
The thought of which is the best food to choose for my son was very daunting to say the least, there are so many different products on the market offering different things, I looked at all the different baby rice's that were available, they all seem pretty much the same but I opted to try Organix first wholegrain baby rice. The reason I decided to try this one was because it was organic and whole grain and on the front of the box it states that there is no junk in it.
A 100g box of this cost me 98p from Sainsburys. The box itself is a light blue in color and it states in red at the top that this is for stage 1, which is from 4-6 months. In large letters on the front of the box it states first and underneath says that it is wholegrain baby rice, it also states that it has added vitamin B1. The part that attracted me was that it states that there is a no junk promise and that there is no added sugar, no added colourings, no added flavourings and is organically grown.
On the back there is a section that tells you how important first tastes are for a baby (something we are already aware of, I presume!!) It also lists the ingredients, which is something that I look carefully at when choosing baby food and all the ingredients are 100% organic whole grain baby flakes and a trace of vitamin B1.
The powder itself is sealed in a silver foil packet, once cut open it reveals the powdered baby milk inside. The baby rice itself is a cream coloured, very fine powder. On the side of the box there is a guideline to advise what amounts you should give (it does state that they are guidelines only, so to adapt to suit your baby) It states that from 4 months you should mix one level tablespoon of baby rice with 4 level tablespoons of the baby's usual milk. Then it states from 7 months you should increase this to two level tablespoons of baby rice with 8 level tablespoons of baby's milk.
I found that with this baby rice it goes quite runny at first but the longer you leave it the more it thickens up, so be aware of this as the first time I made it I found that by the time I went to start feeding Rhys it was too thick for him, therefore I had to mix with more milk!!
I had a taste of this and I have to say that it didn't taste very nice at all!!! In fact it didn't really taste of anything!! But that is the whole idea of introducing baby rice when you start weaning, as your baby needs to get used to the idea of putting something other than milk in his mouth and you have to start this with very bland flavours.
I must say that Rhys liked it very much!! He ate the whole portion I had made for him and then kept opening his mouth for more. So I am pleased to say that the baby rice was a success in our house!!!