“ Brand: Plum / Age: 6 months „
Plum baby food is a refreshing taste on quick and simple food that you can give your baby. Unlike most instant baby foods you can taste that the product is full of good quality food. They are so nice that I could actually eat a pot myself quite happily. Sometimes baby food can taste vile and look just as bad. But with these plum tubs they look like real food and taste like real food. They are also in a the right size lumps for my baby. Which make them a pleasure for him to eat. I have not had any problems with this food at all. Also the packaging is brilliant when you are out and about, the pots are great that you can easily feed directly from it without hassle. They are also great little pots for you to keep. Although they do not have lids I always keep them, they are great for putting in little bits of fruit to feed your baby straight from afterwards.
I've tried to do the whole homemade baby food thing but I quickly realised that I'm not actually organised enough to ensure David always had a meal ready. I started off giving him the small Heinz tins but he didn't get on with the gloopiness of them, then a visit to The Baby Show introduced me to the Plum range of food. The lady manning the Plum stand knew my mum (bizarrely) and I came away with literally boxes of Squash and Sweet Potato Purée - around seventy individual meals, an unexpected bonus for taking me mam out!
David loves it so it must taste nice (by baby standards!), but what I appreciate is that it's a very gentle food which actually seems to help with the reflux he's suffered from since he was born. The ingredients list is reassuringly short; 43% organic butternut squash, water, 16% organic carrots, 10% organic sweet potato and 4% organic quinoa flakes. There are absolutely no nasties in this food (nor any of the Plum range) and the smell, always a deciding factor for me, is of 'real' food rather than pureed mush as you'd expect from other brands. Or my homemade baby food.
I know why it appeals to David, because this is a sweet food even though it's a main meal recipe and not a pudding. Now, don't all shout at once but David has been having a dab of honey on his dummy since he was tiny and has therefore developed a sweet tooth. He laps this up, I obviously give him other flavours and fruit pots for variety but he doesn't seem to be getting bored of this purée and howls if I don't get the next spoon into his mouth quick enough.
The texture is soft and smooth, perfect for first stage weaning. The quinoa flakes act as a thickener, they are chosen over other cereal types as quinoa is more easily digestible and is also packed with energy. The food has a good consistency for baby to swallow (David chews his, which is odd to watch knowing it's basically a thick liquid), and a good consistency for mum as it stays on the spoon nicely without sliding off!
This food is part of Plum's stage one range, being suitable for babies of four months and above at the beginning of the weaning phase. Obviously, the nanny state recommend babies shouldn't start on solids until six months old - but if you use your sense and discard this 'advice' I'd definitely recommend this as a starting point. Due to his reflux David has quite a delicate gastric system but he keeps the purée down well, it's not a miracle and he is sometimes sick after eating but it's a big improvement to when he was eating the Heinz food. You can add your own pureed vegetables to this one, I've used pureed green beans and also cauliflower to give David a deeper understanding of flavours - he enjoyed both of these and I'd definitely use this purée as a base to add meat and other ingredients to as he gets older and more confident with his feeding.
The pots are an ideal size, 100g is packaged in a plastic lidded tub. When I first started David on it he'd eat half a pot and I'd keep the other half in the fridge ready for either his next meal or the following day. The purée can be given warm or at room temperature, David (helpfully) prefers it straight off the shelf and now he's eating a full pot this makes life a bit easier for me as obviously it needs warming if you're serving the half-pot you've saved on the fridge. I learned you have to be careful heating in the microwave as the purée warms up very quickly and unevenly, I'm a big fan of the microwave but definitely recommend using the hot water method to warm this particular food.
All the stage one Plum Baby foods (including this one) cost 99p, making it an expensive way of feeding your baby if you want to exclusively give this organic and nutritious purée. I personally think it's worth the money though; it's kind to David's insides, seems to satisfy his appetite and is made from the best quality ingredients. What more can a baby ask for? Apart from a mummy who can actually cook herself.