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I have much practice in weaning babies, I have had three after all. Unfortunately none of them have been easy weaners and afetr having my third I think I have found out why! Baby Rice, the traditional firts weaning food looks and tastes like wall-paper paste. If this was going to be my first taste of nything solid it would put me off too!
So after stuggling through with my two boys, when I had my daughter I spotted the 'Plum' range in my local Boots (I have also seen it in Sainsbury's and Tesco's too). I had a Advantage card voucher which would give me lots of extra points if I spent £15 or more on baby products, so being a points-a-holic I decided to give this a go. I had also read some articles about the amount of sugar in baby cereals I was pleased to see that there isnt any sugar in these.
It recommends that is mixed together with babies usual milk, so when I made it up with breast milk I instantly noticed that it wasnt as runny as Baby Rice, and it looked more like porridge that a watery white paste. My Daughter wasnt as put off as she had been with baby rice and she actually ate a couple of mouthfuls. She seemsed happy with it so it gets the thumbs up from her! To me it tastes very bland, but I have a sweet tooth, and more importantly im not going to be eating it.
The box is a lovely purple colour, I suppose keeping with the 'plum' theme, and it lists the ingredients of the 'Super Porridge' as Organic quinoa flour,Organic whole grain rice flour,Organic whole grain millet flour
Organic amaranth flour and Thiamin, so there are no nasties in there! I dont know much about Quinoa, but I do remeber Gilian McKeith banging on about it alot on 'You are what you eat', so it must be good for you.
The price is a bit steep - £2.99 for a 125g box. Also, the whol point in weaning is to introduce your baby to new flavours, which this isnt going to offer, so I wouldnt imagine you buying more than a couple of boxes before moving onto another sort of cereal. However there are other cereals in the range which add in fruit. My Daughters favourite at the moment is Plum and Banana. the range increases and diversifies as the babies get older to introduce different textures.
I think I will be sticking with the Plum range, I feel that my concience is clear and I know im not giving my baby anything nasty, plus she enjoys it and she is a very fussy eater, so as it isnt broke I wont try and fix it!
I bought this porridge when Sainsburys had a 1/3 off baby event as without the special offer it is very pricey. However Plum are a brand that I trust to use natural products and produce something that will be very good for my baby so I felt it was worth a bit extra.
I started my son with it from about 6 months. I made it by warming milk then mixing in the porridge to the desired consistency and then adding a fruit puree cube out of the freezer for added flavour. When I was on holiday I made it with boiled water as I didn't have the facility to store or heat milk and it was fine but obviously doesn't have as many nutrients as if you make it with milk.
It took both of us a couple of goes to get used to it as it was a bit of a strange taste being made with amaranth and quinoa which aren't things that I've tried before, but once I got used to it I thought it was really lovely and my son obviously agreed as he ate huge bowlfuls of it. Unfortunately the price was a bit restrictive so after a couple of packets we moved onto an instant oat / Ready Brek type cereal which wasn't nearly as tasty but much cheaper and it did the job.
I bought this product as a breakfast cereal for my little boy and he seems to like it.
I bought it from my local Booths supermarket and it cost £2.99 so it is more pricey than your average cow and gate baby breakfast cereal. You get 175g of dry porridge in a bag. To make it you add water and milk (100ml to 15 g of porridge) and I usually just pop it in the microwave for a bit but you could just use warm milk from a bottle if you wanted. It's up to you how much you give your child.
My little boy has been eating it since about 7 months and is now on 4 coffee scoops worth of dry porridge.
Plum porridge uses only natural ingrediants with no nasties added. They use organic products where possible (Thiamin isn't though). It's based on the idea of giving 'superfoods' to your littel one.
This version is gluten free and suitable from 4 months (although weaning advice is 6 months). The four grains are:
Organic quinoa flour (42.1%)
Organic whole grain rice flour (42.1%)
Organic whole grain millet flour (10.5%)
Organic amaranth flour (5.3%)
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
We've now moved on to the apricot and apple cereal which is quite tasty.
Overall it's more pricey but full of goodness for your little one. If they won't eat ready brek and weetabix (which mine wouldn't) I'd give it a go. It seems to keep him going really well during the day.