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When I was weaning my son, I did quite a bit of research on the internet to make sure that I was going about it the right way and in the hope of picking up some good tips. One of the things that I was interested in, and found it difficult to find any information on, was portion size for each stage of weaning. For the first stage, I would freeze basic purees e.g. apple, potato, carrot etc into ice cube trays and store the ice cubes in plastic bags. I could then remove the relevant amount of ice cubes to make the meal up. However, it soon became apparent that to have a good variety of purees stored in this way would take up a lot of storage room in my freezer. I came across these baby weaning storage pots during an online search and I thought that they would not only be a storage solution but they would be much more convenient for taking out and about with me.
I purchased the pots for both stage 1 and stage 2 weaning. Obviously, stage 2 pots were similar to stage 1 just a little bigger. I purchased them from Amazon each costing £6-£7. The pots are small clear plastic pots with a hinged lid that opens up and reseals. They come sat in an indented ice cube style tray. I personally didn't use this as I found it bulky and just put the pots in lose in my freezer drawer. There are 8 pots in a set so they hold a decent amount of puree in total. The pots are easy to clean and microwave safe, so you can heat the puree easily (taking care to eliminate hot spots of course). I found the pots themselves were quite resilient and did not lose their shape even after constant freezing. However, the hinge of the lid was weak and several of these snapped so the lid became separate to the pot. It still pushed on and snapped in to place but did not feel as secure as when the hinge was in tact - especially if taking the puree out with me. Having said that, I experienced no issues with leakage.
I found these pots really convenient and a great guide for portion size. Even when my son progressed on to larger sized meals, I used these to freeze 'desserts' - fruit purees or rice pudding etc - so I did get quite a lot of use from them. Perhaps they are a little on the expensive side for what they are but, as a novice weaner. I was happy to pay the price for a bit of guidance.
I spent quite a lot of time looking for the right containers to store baby food when weaning my daughter. They vary in price and having never done it before and I wanted something that would be value for money. As we all know baby products can be expensive and I did not want the added expensive of buying something that wasn't quite what I had hoped for.
The pack features eight plastic pots with snap on lids with a really useful tray to store them in, which also means that if another set is purchased they can be stacked neatly in the fridge/freezer for easy storage. Each container has markings up the side for you to measure out the quantity of baby food and will hold a maximum of 70ml. The lids are flip top, secured at one side so are easy to shut and impossible to lose!! They also shut tight and when out and about I haven't had any spills or leaks.
The containers are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. I have used in all three and they are still in good working order. Apparently they are also sterilizer safe but I have never tried them in mine. For early weaning there are smaller sized pots from the same makers. I decided to go straight to the bigger size as I was not sure how long I would use these smaller pots for before needing the bigger ones. I am very glad I did as my daughter will happily munch down a full container worth and it has only been a few weeks into weaning. If you would like my advice I would go straight onto the bigger size (stage2).
I have been very pleased with these containers, they do everything that I needed them to, and are very useful when out and about. The only possible improvement I could suggest would be somewhere on the pots to write down what they contain, I know others on the market have little writeable strips where you can write down the contents and expiry date on them. At the moment I use paper and sellotape and that works perfectly fine, a friend of mine uses a whiteboard pen which you can rub off- just be careful when doing so so that the pen does not come into contact with the baby food.
But overall a really useful product for introducing solids and weaning. I would definitely recommend this product to my friends.
My little girl is now at that age where I am starting to introduce her to food, I have been given a brilliant book which gives me a step by step on how to do this & it gives me loads of recipes but they all make about six portions of food and I had nothing to put the extra in so I started searching the net for some containers.
First port of call was eBay to see if they had anything reasonably cheap on there but no luck, there where loads of pots but by the time I added postage they worked out expensive so I next looked on Amazon and in the baby section they had a category for weaning equipment so I took a look.
I came across some Happy Mummy Baby Cubes (Stage 1) and thought these looked ideal but after reading the reviews which said they only last a couple of week because you cant get much food in them I took a look at the stage 2 set which where the larger version of stage 1.
They are basically a set of eight individual cubes which have measurements on the side (30ml, 45ml, 60ml & 70ml), 70ml is about 2oz. The pots have lids which are attached on one edge so they can never be lost and snap shut firmly so are very unlikely to pop open if you have them in a bag. They are 5.5cm square so are a nice size to take out and about with you
These pots are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe so they are absolutely ideal for baby food, you can mix a big batch up, divide it into portions and stick it in the freezer so you never waste any food and they come with a white tray which makes the pots very easy to stack so they take up less room in your freezer.
These cost me £5.95 from Amazon and had free delivery, I ordered them on a Monday and they arrived the next morning, these have come in very handy for me and I think I'm going to order a couple more sets.
Forget about freezing baby food in ice-cube trays or big bulky plastic pots, these baby food weaning pots stage one are the future! Tray of 8 individual pots with snap on lids.