“ Brand: Hipp „
Good Morning everyone! We have been very lucky recently and able to test the Hipp Organic range! As parents to our little boy we have been through the struggles of finding foods he will eat, foods that are easy to transport, and foods that are affordable! This, is all 3!
We received a parcel containing lots of different flavours. To begin with,we have the 4+ month pouches. The flavours were
* plum, pear & blackcurrant
* parsnip, sweet squash and chicken
* sweet squash, sweetcorn and peas
* parsnip, sweet potato and broccoli
Then we had 7+ month pouches. These flavours were
* hearty cottage pie
* vegetable and chicken risotto
* sweet potato, cauliflower and sweetcorn bake
* mild tomato and chicken curry
Finally, we had a selection of 4+ month small (dessert size) pouches. These flavours were
* apples and baby rice
* banana and baby rice
* peaches and baby rice
* peach, mango and banana with yoghurt
* banana, apple and apricot with yoghurt
What a lovely variety! You have the traditional meals with cottage pie and curry, yet different combinations such as the plum, pear and blackcurrant, for the little one to explore.
Flavour wise, these were lovely. They smelt like real food rather than the processed blobs some companies provide! We set about testing them all out straight away, and found that most were accepted by the little one, which is rare! The only ones he was slightly reluctant on were the curry and cottage pie, which he does have homemade at times. He still ate some, but didn't finish it all on these. The sweet ones though - wow! He gobbled these like nobody's business! The small pouches were literally gone in a few minutes, especially both peach ones! If you have a sweet toothed baby in particular like us, these are definitely for you!
Preference of these pouches was a cold temperature. For all flavours. They were more easily accepted cold than when we warmed them, and more was eaten. We kept them in a cold area - not as cold as the fridge, but slightly below the average room temperature!
When it came to trips out, these were so handy! They are slim and compact, so easy to slide into a handbag or changing bag. We used to use the glass jar foods, which in a bag took up space, and made us wary of putting the bag down too hard! With these, it doesn't matter how hard you throw the bag, it won't break!
Design wise, it is rather good. The seal is super tight, and we haven't encountered any leaks - even after opening, resealing and squeezing it as a test! Another highly positive about this packet, is the nozzle. It is think yet wide enough to allow the food easily through, it means everything is focused in the direction it needs to go accurately - no food sprays or splatters when squeezing into the bowl. Our little boy also liked sucking it like a straw. Now obviously, that's not the original design, and there are warnings to supervise use, we held the packet and the nozzle if he wanted to suck it, so we know it won't go anywhere. Just one warning regarding this product though - the edges of the packet can be a bit rough! Not on all of them, but on a few we had some sharp edging, which as we picked them up, caused scratches and cuts. So please be wary of how you handle them, and don't leave in reach of children!
Overall, we love these pouches! Tasty, convenient, and best of all - DIFFERENT! You can find these pouches now in your nearest supermarket and all good stockists.
When i came to the point of weeing my daughter, i went to sainsburys and had a good look at all the baby food. I was attracted to the hip organic stage one as it had a big sign sayin 9 jars for £4. I was worried alot would get wasted but it says "once opened eat within 24 hours" and my daughter really liked them so none got wasted. The jars i chose were banana yogurt breakfast as my daughter is a huge fan of banana, cauliflower cheese, cottage pie, sweet squash and chicken, mango and banana melba and mixed vegetable medley. There wasnt a single taste my daughter didnt like so each time i went shopping i tried to get something different.
The consistency once the jar is open is very much like cream cheese. Once poored into a bowl and warmed it goes very runny. My daughter got extremely messy and i couldnt wait to move her onto thicker food. To me, all the savoury jars smell of a pasta sauce no matter what was in them, i thought this could be a bit boring but my daughter has never complained.
*stage one flavours*
Breakfast jars- Apple & Cranberry Breakfast, Banana Yogurt Breakfast, Creamy Rice Breakfast.
Savoury jars- Cauliflower Cheese, Cheesy Spinach & Potato Bake, Cottage Pie, Creamy Parsnip, Potato & Cauliflower Creamy Parsnip Potato & Cauliflower, Mixed Vegetable Medley, Sweet Squash & Chicken, Tender Carrots & Potatoes, Vegetable & Beef Hotpot, Vegetable & Lentil Bake, Vegetable & Turkey Casserole, Vegetables with Rice & Chicken.
Desert jars- Apple & Banana Puree, Apple & Blueberry Dessert, Apple & Pear Pudding, Banana & Peach Dessert, Banana & Rice Pudding, Banana Custard, Mango & Banana Melba, Red Fruit & Apple Compote, Rice Pudding, William Christ Pears.
Aswell as jars your can also get pots. The wholesome pots come with 2 pots, breakfast pots come with 4 pots, dessert pots come with 4 pots and you can also get dry cereal which lasted me about a month. Wholesome pots range from around £1.87 in asda, dessert pots range from £1.50 or 3 for £4 from asda and dry cereal is about £2 or 3 for £5.
This stage of baby food can be used from 4months although its not recommended to start your baby until 6 months unless youve been told to do so by a doctor or health visitor. The jars average from shop to shop. In asda you can pick them up for 62p a jar or a special offer of 10 jars for £5. Thats just 50p a jar. Sainsburys sell them at 9 jars for £6. All baby jars are gm ingerident free, milk free, soya free, wheat free, egg free, gluten free, nut free and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Everything that goes into this jar is pefect to give your child the best start in life. You can also get a variety of weening stage jars and food that start from 6months.
*Stage 2 from 7months*
The day my daughter turned 7months i was very lucky as she was on her last jar so i went out and bought her 10 jars for £6 from asda. I was a little worried about the amount of lumps and pasta i found but my daughter had no problems. I was very happy with the end result as my daughter was full and not very messy. I much prefer this stage to stage 1!
*Stage 2 flavours*
There is a large list of flavours so i will list my daughters favorites.
*breakfast jars*- Creamy rice porridge
*Savoury jars*- Caribbean Casserole with Chicken, Cheesy Pasta Bake, Mediterranean Potato & Lamb, Pasta Italienne with Ham, Rigatoni Napoli, Spaghetti Carbonara, Vegetable & Chicken Risotto and Vegetable, Pork & Apple Roast Dinner.
*Dessert jars*- Cocoa & Vanilla Dessert. My daughter loves this jar the most. Im happy to buy it on a regular basis as i no its not crammed full of sugar.
Like stage one you can also get dried cereals, wholesome pots and fruit pots.
*Snacks and Drinks*
To go with your babys dinner or when out and about you can get crumble rusks which are stage 1 from 6months. You can also get rice cakes stage 2 from 7months.
I try to encourage my daughter to have a drink with a meal so i decided to buy her apple and grape juice stage 1. To start with my daughter kept spitting it out so i tried it and can now see why, its very sharp and leaves a sweet taste so i added alot of water and warmed it slighly now my daughter is happy to drink it. You can also get juices with mineral water to save you watering it yourself. These juices come in 750ml bottles. That have a smaller 200ml which it mineral water with a splash of juice which is perfect if you on the go.
Overall im extremely satisfied with the way my daughter is making progress and alot of that id due to the wonderfull taste and easy to swallow hipp organic baby food range.
When I was fist weaning my son 10 years ago, Hipp organic jars had only just come onto the market. He was a real fussy eater and refused anything home made but thankfully the Hipp Carrots and potato were a hit and saved my sanity in those first few weeks on weaning. In fact, he liked them so much he turned slightly orange through all the carrots! But at least I could be confident that he was having good stuff (and he did expand his variety as he got a bit older.)
Now I have a 6 month old daughter and have bought the Hipp organic jars again, along with some of their cereals. She loves them and so do I for their convenience and wide range of healthy, balanced meals.
I have noticed that the food is smooth and a good texture for babies - some of the other brands can be a bit thick and lumpy. Because they are carefully balanced for sugar and salt (non added) and good fats I did notice at first that the bowl seemed a bit greasy after some of the meals. However, I realised that this was probably a good thing as babies need a bit of fat in their diets and in a plastic bowl it's going to be more noticeable.
Their packet cereals have been a hit too - my daughter starts with porridge or baby rice mixed with fruit in the morning and all of them mix well to a smooth consistency.
They are on the more expensive side of the baby food ranges but I don't mind this as their always eaten and are organic. I don't use Hipp exclusively with my daughter as thankfully she's not nearly as fussy an eater as my son. We try her on lots of different types but the Hipp are consistently our favourites - particularly for savoury meals.
I started using Hipp as a brand when weaning my son, he never did take very well to my home made dishes so we offered him some jars and have always mixed the jars that we buy for variety. Hipp jars have always gone down well in our household, our son enjoys them and always gets to the bottom of the bowl.
The Stage 1 jars are nice and smooth, a good natural step from a just milk diet onto some foods, as you baby approaches 7 months you then move onto stage 2 jars, which again in this household have never been refused. they do a great range of foods my sons current favorite being the vegtable lasagne. They are still purreed but contain lots of little lumps, at this stage the muscles are developing for the lumps and its vital to move through the stages quickly for development.
At 10 months you then change to a stage 3 jar, which is mostly mashed instead of purreed which is great for the little ones, Hipp also offer meals from 15 months with are like mini ready meals, my son is too small of these but I think they look great for nights that you are in a rush and need something quick for your little one.
I origionally bought these when I started weening my son last month. They were on offer in the super market and came in a large range of choices. I picked them as they have a lot that just contain vegetables and this was all I wanted to give him before he was 6 months. Upon opening the jar I discovered they are quite thick, this is good as it means less mess. Less mess is definately a bonus as this baby food stains like crazy! All of the bibs in my house are now bright orange and I cannot for the life of me get it out of them! On a brighter note, my son loves them, I however think a lot of them taste very bland. There are others on the market that taste much more like the food that they are supposed to be.
They can also be served at room temperature or warm. So my sons verdict = good. Me, I will stick to my food thanks.
I am very impressed with the Hipp organic range of baby food.
They come in stages from weaning to toddler and each stage is a different size, thickness or consistency and specially suited for your child's age. Stage one is pure mush for the weaning stage, stage two is a little bit lumpier and stage 3 is very lumpy. I'm not sure if there is a next stage as I haven't got that far yet lol
There are quite a few jars including pasta i.e. tomato pasta, cheesy pasta... and a few others such as hotpots and casseroles too. They also do hipp desserts but my son isn't too keen on them
In Tescos they do deals. I think the last one i saw was 8 jars of stage 2 for £5. unfortunately the stage 3 jars are about 97p each! which has slightly put me off to be honest.
Of course i would rather my child eats healthy home cooked meals every day but obviously sometimes its simply not possible so in that case these jars are fine for every now and then. They can be put into a bowl of warm water to warm (i think) or into a bowl and microwaved.
They are great for taking with you on a day trip in case you cant make it home in time for dinner or just for a quick meal for baby
Hipp Organic baby Food....the way to go!!
When my children were ready to be weaned onto food this brand had only just come out onto the market so back then flavours were limited but now (babyfood is back in use...) there are many flavours out there ranging from mothers traditional style meals to vegetarian friendly flavours,a must in todays modern world!
The taste of these are loved by not just the little ones but the adults aswell.....friend always waits for leftovers!And unlike alot of babyfoods they do not seem to have the same drab tomato or bland potato taste but a well balanced variety of tastes.The fact that its organic is a plus but due to the fact you are paying for organic there is a slight difference in the price but for an extra 5 or 10 pence the added reasurance of knowing that it is chemical free seems trivial.Plus it is always on offer somewhere...asda and boots seem to be the best places.Handy sized,full flavoured and ideal hot or cold for the little ones it is ideal when out and about or home cooked food just isnt an option.
These are absolutely fantastic, my daughter loves them and I love the message behind the product and I feel confident that my baby will thrive on these meals.
They often also have deals on multipacks of jars so they are very good value. They are very easy to warm up and when I gave them to my daughter for the first time, a week before she turned 4 months and she ate it all up and kept her down.
The cottage pie is definately one to look out for as it contains mince and therefore the iron supplies that babies need as they start to run out of them by the time that they are six months.
Even though it does not look all that appetising, I can tell you that for a puree of mince and potatoes etc it is quite tasty and for babies it is definately easy for them to swallow
When my little one was ready for solid food I bought various brands of baby food and HiPP was one of these. I was nervous about making my own baby foods to start with and wasn't sure what would make the best combinations. I didn't want to risk making what I thought would be nice and my little one absoluately hating it and being put off solid food. I love the fact that Hipp is organic and it gave me confidence that I was giving my baby good quality good. My little one loved the Hipp range and as he got older I moved onto the larger jars with lumps. When you buy the jars you can see the age range they are aimed at, as a result I was able to copy the texture when making my own baby food as a good guideline. The only time I was unhappy with Hipp products was when I bought their baby biscuits. I guess they are the Hipp version of rusks. I tried one and could not get over how sugary they tasted. No wonder my little one gobbled them down! So I would definitely recommend the jars just not the snacks.
I first tried Hipp Organic when they were on offer for 5 jars for £2 in Boots, which is quite often.
I orginally bought stage 1 jars, which were great, they were totally smooth and easy to swallow, with tasty flavours which the baby seemed to like. Also it stopped me worrying about homemade food having lumps in, which you really don't need when they are trying food for the first time.
She has now moved on to stage 2/3 food, which have little lumps in, I don't use them all the time, I tend to stick to homemade foods but they are fab when you have no time to prepare anything or when you are out, they are so convenient
The amounts in the jars vary according to which stage, obviously bigger babies need more food. I do find the colour of the food slightly off putting sometimes but they taste good and smell good. I would never give the bubba, something I personally was not satisfied with.
They are so easy, they can either be eaten cold or warmed up in the microwave. Also you do not have to use the contents of a jar in one go, you can leave it to the next day. I found them great when bubba was little as they were an affordable way of finding out what foods she liked and it prevented me from buying all sorts of foods that would go to waste.
Our baby has just not long started weaning , tried these pots several times and not impressed each time one is opened and the air gets to it it turns to water , and the rest of the jar has to be disposed of tried to put the rest in a air tight container doesnt work either wasted several pots already wont be contiuing to buy these will look around for other organic pots
I first tried hipp organic via a free sample in a bounty pack. This one was a first stage jar so totally smooth and easy for baby to swallow, sweet potato flavour. My daughter loved it and now she has progressed to lumpy food I have moved onto stages 2 and 3. I dont feed her jars all the time as I prefer to give her home cooked food that i have prepared myself, but these jars are excellent as a standby if you are having something a little too spicy for your little darling or are out and about as they are convenient. The amounts in the jars vary according to which stage baby is at, obviously older babies need that little bit more food. They smell great, and taste great too, my only downside is every jar whatever the flavour is the food is always of an orangey colour, a bit off putting but on the whole they are excellent and the fruit puree pots are a brilliant way of getting fruit into their diet. They are an excellent way of discovering what foods your baby does and does not like without costing a fortune and hours of cooking only to be disappointed that baby doesn't like it, just put the contents in a dish, microwave and off you go!
Hipp Organic baby food is an absolute life saver!! Its brilliant when you just don't have enough time to cook a meal freshly for your baby-which lets face it, is most of the time when you have a young baby. I don't see the problem with baby food from a jar. Some people tend to panic about giving this type of food to their babies because they think its not good enough. I totally disagree with this opinion. Sure, its nice for your baby to eat a blended home-cooked meal once in while but these jars are far more convenient and just as nutritious. If they weren't, the shops would not be allowed to sell them. My Daughter was given a mixture of home cooked and jars from the age of 4 and a half months and is currently at the perfect weight for her height. Once a baby turns one, they start to eat exactly what their parents eat anyway, just in smaller portions so i don't see what the big fuss is about??
When my son got to four months old and after initially weaning him on baby rice, I then started him on Cow and Gate baby jars, however he was not interested in eating these jars, so I thought I would try the HIPP Organic Baby Jars, which I had initially had free in a bounty pack and remembered that my son ate all the jar.
I saw the jars on offer in my local Asda so bought a load of them and have not looked back since (you can buy nine jars for £5.00), he seems to like pretty much any flavour of the jars, so I would definately recommend these. They do a good variety of flavours, some of my sons favourites are the pasts ones, beef hotpot, cottage pie and sweet potato and butternut squash. They also do a really tasty range of desserts, which my son absolutely loves.
The first stage purees are really smooth and are easy for the baby to swallow. They use completely organic ingredients as you will see indicated on all the labels, so you know that they are good for your baby to eat. You can give the jars either hot or cold, my son prefers them hot, however, if we are out and about and he has to have them cold, then he does not mind eating some of the flavours cold.
When I weaned my first daughter I gave her only fresh food which I had prepared myself, I never ever gave her a readymade jar, and I was quite proud of myself for achieving this! Then, daughter number two came along and I intended to go down the same weaning route as the first, preparing everything myself and hopefully providing her with a healthy balanced diet.
But unfortunately, she had other ideas, she was not so keen on my cooking (how dare she?!), and I found myself filling the freezer with things that she just didn't want to eat and felt like I was wasting my time and of course precious food. So I decided to stock up on a few different jars, and I was quite surprised at the range available. I tried Cow and Gate, Heinz, and finally Hipp Organic. I found the earlier two brands to be quite bland, and some of them (mainly the vegetable versions) smelt quite vile, like rotting cabbage, so my daughter was not keen. But once I started with Hipp Organic I knew I was onto a winner, they actually had a nice taste to them and baby was opening up for them before I'd even got any onto the spoon! It was amazing and I felt like I'd made a breakthrough at last.
I started off with the Stage 2 jars (lumpy) because she was about 7months at the time and they are usually between 60 and 70p each depending on where you buy them from, which I think it about the norm for baby jars. Cow and Gate is slightly cheaper and Heinz is slightly more expensive, so I was quite pleased that my daughter took a liking to these because they weren't the most expensive on the market, but clearly one of the best (in my daughter's opinion anyway).
The stage 2 jars contain 190g which is enough for 2 meals for my 8 month old, with no wastage. If I was to give her a full jar, she would not eat it all and some would go in the bin. I just spoon half into a dish, warm it up and she eats it all with no persuasion. The remainder of the jar is stored in the fridge ready for next time.
On looking at the ingredients on my jar of 'vegetables with noodles and chicken', everything is organic which must be good in this modern age of chemicals and 'fake' food. There are no unnecessary extras which you so often see in some foods, and they've still managed to produce great tasting baby food, which in my opinion is marvellous. Recently, after trying many different types of baby food, I have found so many to be bland and tasteless, but not with Hipp Organic, I could even be tempted to eat a jar myself!
I also buy their fruity deserts (called Purely Fruits) which are really handy for when you are out and about. I more often than not give her fresh fruit, (mashed banana or strawberries or pureed apples & pears) but if we are going out, I just shove one of those in my bag and know she will eat the lot and I can dispose of the packaging, rather than having to bring home a dirty dish. They don't need refrigerating either so being in your bag all day will not affect their freshness.
They do quite a good range of different fruit combinations and all of them go down well with my daughter. The two types I have in my cupboard at the moment are 'apple, strawberry and blueberry' and 'apple, peach and mango'. It's funny that although there are different fruits, they all end up the same colour...orangey brown. Anyway, the good thing about these is that they are purely fruit and count as 1 of your child's 5 a day.
These usually come in a pack of 4 and each pot is similar to a standard yoghurt pot size, so is a perfect pudding sized portion for your baby and my daughter will eat a full pot in one sitting.
So, the genuine reason I've ended up using Hipp Organic is because my daughter prefers it, but on looking into the benefits of using this brand, I am very pleased this is what she chose. The reason being that they only use organic food (no chemicals used in their production) which means that there are no nasties going into my child, maybe even less nasties than if I was to prepare my own food. I am not one to go around buying organic vegetables, for starters they are more expensive, and secondly they are a lot harder to come by, although I always buy organic carrots (recommendation from my Dad, long story).
So although I actually feel guilty for feeding my daughter readymade food, I'm actually starting to feel better about it knowing that Hipp Organic food is probably better for her than anything I could provide. Another great thing about readymade food for your baby(here I am convincing myself that it's a good thing that my daughter eats food from a jar) is that you can just take one or two with you if you are going out and know that your child will be fed. They can also be eaten cold or warmed up, my daughter doesn't mind hot or cold so that's even handier when out and about.
I don't actually feed my daughter readymade baby food at every meal, she also has finger foods and if we are having something that can be easily mashed, such as stew or similar, then she will have that. But these are a welcome addition to my food cupboard, and I can rest safe in the knowledge that these jars and fruit pots are providing her with a healthy & nutritious start to her weaning diet.
If you are struggling to wean your child on your home prepared food, don't worry about it, just throw that Annabel Karmel book in the bin, and give Hipp Organic a try. I'm so pleased I did because I was getting quite upset and disheartened thinking she would never eat anything. But the wide variety of different tastes that I can provide her with by using Hipp Organic will first of all ensure that she doesn't get stuck on one type of food, but it will also ensure that she likes 'tasty' food and not the bland rubbish that some baby companies churn out.
It also saves me time and energy wondering whether to cook that 'Courgette Gratin' or 'Baby Chicken Risotto'....when she probably wouldn't eat it anyway!
Jars are not such a bad thing after all.