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I started weaning my daughter at 4 months old when even hungry baby milk did not satisfy her, so we started on purees. When she got to six months however she showed lots of interest in holding food for herself and wanting to feed herself- obviously I did not want to let her have the spoon and end up with puree on the ceiling so we started looking around for finger foods and discovered the Organix range. As I have a choking phobia I was understandably quite nervous about giving my daughter finger foods and was unsure where to start and what would be appropriate both in terms of safety and ease and enjoyment for my daughter. I then found the Organix range. There are lots of different finger foods in the Organix range including biscuits, rice cakes and crisps and we have tried lots of them (I have pinched a few!)! and I love that there are so many choices. My daughter first tried the Crunchy carrot sticks which she instantly loved. They are like giant oversized wotsits that are flavoured with carrot which sounds strange but having tasted them I can confirm they really are very nice. The packet says they are suitable from 7 months however my daughter is slightly under this and has managed them very well, but obviously you need to consider each indiviual child and exercise great caution. Also bear in mind that my daughter was weaned early. Organix have a no junk promise which really appealed to me as I want to give my daughter healthy finger foods. They have no added salt or colourings. The Carrot Sticks come in an orange coloured bag clearly marked with the Organix logo and our packet was 20g and cost around 75p. Which does sound expensive for a small bag, however you really do get lots inside and we found them to be well worth it as our daughter loves them The sticks themselves are the perfect size for small hands to hold as they are quite chunky. My daughter holds them quite easily and really likes the flavour. When they are soggy they do get a bit messy but thats to be expected of just about any finger food you give to a baby, and any marks on her clothes have easily washed out. It is quite funny when she looks orange as she looks so cute and proud of herself whilst eating them. My daughter absolutely loves them and I would highly recommend these and I'm sure if my daughter could talk she would too. We were so impressed with these that we have gone on to try lots of the other Orgnaix finger foods and so far have been very impressed with them all. This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
I have started keeping a bag of Organix snacks in my bag as a treat for baby when we are out and about. I started with various flavous of rice cakes (Apple = great, Raspberry & Blueberry = ok) and my latest purchase has been these crunchy carrot sticks. They look like cheesy wotsits but are actually just corn with carrot powder. A 20g bag costs around 60p and all my local supermarkets stock them (Sainsburys, Waitrose and Tesco). Shape and size wise they are perfect for baby to manouevre into his mouth improving his hand/eye co-ordination, chewing finger foods also helps develop the muscles used for speech. Organix have a "No Junk Promise" meaning they only use organic products and do not include any artificial flavouring, preservatives and unnecessary gunk. These sticks are made from Organic corn powder, Organic carrot powder and Organic sunflower oil. They also include Thiamin (vitamin B1). That's it. Nothing else. Three sticks have half a gram of fat and 21 calories. They are gluten & wheat free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and have no added salt or sugar. They are suitable from 7 months, although my baby was only ready for finger foods at about 9 months. The manufacturer suggests keeping them in an airtight container once opened but I just keep them with a food clip and they stay crunchy and fresh. The only downside with these sticks is that they are messy. The orange carrot powder comes off on baby's hands and is transferred to clothes/face/hair. It doesn't stain though. For more info - www.organix.com
These "sticks" cost me 47p from Morrisons for a packet containing approximately 15. According to the nutritional information, a portion is 3 sticks, so this amounts to 5 portions which doesn't seem that bad value. They are widely available in supermarkets at the sub-50p price point. The sticks themselves resemble large wotsits, with an orangey powdery coating that is the carrot flavour - and that's all that flavours it - no salt, which is especially harmful for babies. This comes up as a 2nd stage weaning food, for 7 months plus according to organix, though the government advice is to start providing finger foods from 6 months onwards and I see no reason why this product isn't suitable from then. The large size of the product suits gradual eating and sucking which works well for 6 to 8 months, but around the 8 month point my little one wanted to eat more faster, but the large round shape of these prevented him biting through them. Disappointingly the next product up in the range, carrot and coriander sticks which is a more appropriate shape, contains salt and is only suitable for 12 months plus. The product doesn't taste of carrot, even though that's all it's flavoured by, the taste is far sweeter, presumably from either the drying or concentrating of carrot in the manufacturing process. It isn't an unpleasant taste, and I often end up finishing off a packet started by my little on (though that may be a disadvantage!). The texture dissolves for young eaters so there is no "choking risk" that often parents worry about. However, this does dissolve into a horrid sticky goop, and if, as little ones often do, they are removed from the mouth part way through eating, it sticks to clothes, hair, tables etc and is really hard to get off, especially if it sets. The orangey colour also dyes things a bit and needs a warmer temperature to wash out. I do worry slightly about the habit-forming nature of offering products that resemble in packaging and product less healthy alternatives, and the price is not such that it is possible to buy a packet for a regular "eat a packet" snack with a meal, meaning some parents may move to less healthy snacks, or left with nothing to offer their little ones after starting them on a type of food.
Although my 13-month daughter has 6 teeth, she has a habit of not chewing her food, and will just gulp it down as fast as possible, so I always worry about her choking. Therefore, I was on the look-out for a snack for car journeys and generally whilst out and about, which would be safe for her to eat, plus being nutritionally-good. I used Organix products before with my son (now 3) and found them to be tasty (naughty me!) and he liked to eat them. These have ranged from porridge and other breakfast cereals to snacks like these. They are organic and generally have no added salt or sugar, or other nasties such as chemical flavour-enhancers, preservatives or flavouring. The ingredients for the crunchy sticks are as follows: Organic Corn (72%), Organic Carrot Powder (14%), Organic Sunflower Oil (13%), Thiamin* (less than 1%). So you can see there is no added junk as they put it! These snacks are recommended for over 7 months, and are a bit bigger than a Wotsit (sausage-shaped crisp), and are easy for a baby to hold and gnaw at. They have carrot powder on the outside, which can get quite messy so you will definitely need to clean hands and faces afterwards! They smell like carrot, but the taste is slightly bland, however, my daughter loves them, and I consider it to be a healthy snack, aside from real vegetables, as it has carbohydrate (great for boosting energy for small tummies) and contains some carrot. Best of all, it is a snack which she can eat without me having to worry that she is going to break a big bit off to wolf down, as they practically melt in your mouth! ====My Verdict==== A healthy snack alternative for when you can't give vegetables/fruit, that is great for out and about, or even at home. Each packet can cost upto about 59p, so can be an expensive snack, so shop around. Thanks for reading!
My son is now 9 months old and we have been trying to introduce finger foods to him for the last month or so. Whilst in Sainsburys one day I discovered the Organix range of finger foods for babies, so I decided to buy a bag of the crunchy carrot sticks for him to try. A 20g packet cost me 38p You should start introducing finger food to your baby anytime from 7 months onwards, or when you feel that they are capable of feeding themselves food held in their hands. It is important to introduce finger foods as it gets your baby used to chewing and gives a good base to start introducing more textured foods to their diet. The bag itself is orange and green with the Organix logo at the top. It has a picture of a baby holding one of the carrot sticks on the front of it. On the front of the bag it states that there is a no junk promise and that there is no added salt or sugar, gluten free and they are organic. These are stage 2 finger food so are from 7 months onwards. My first opinion of these snacks is that they look like large wotsits!! They are orange in colour and made from corn, so melt in the mouth just like a wotsit does! My son loves these snacks and would quite happily eat one after the other if I allowed him to! I especially like these as they are quite large and chunky, so very easy for his small hands to hold and guide to his mouth. I also like the fact that they melt in the mouth, so if my son accidentally bites off more than he can chew, he doesn't choke as it quickly melts in the mouth. The crisps do taste of carrot, which my son also loves the taste of; in fact more often than not he will sit and suck the crisp rather than eat them!! These Organix snacks get 10/10 in our house!!!
It was my mother who initially introduced me to Organix Crunchy Sticks in carrot flavour when she bought a pack for my young son to sample. He had recently been introduced to finger foods and so we were experimenting with different ideas and tastes. My son absolutely adored these and ate a good amount of those he was given. He found them very easy to pick up and soft enough to bite through. Organix Crunchy Sticks are a stage two weaning food and are recommended to be given from 7 months onwards. They come in 20g bags and are available from Tesco at 42p per bag. The nutritional value is as follows: Typical Values Per 100g Energy: 1793kJ/430kcal Protein: 7.9g Carbohydrates: 3.3g of which sugars: 7.4g Fat: 13.8g of which saturates: 1.7g Fibre: 5.7g Sodium: Trace salt equivalent: Trace Thiamin: 0.6mg If you do not wish to give your child an entire bag then the remainder can easily be stored in an airtight container. Organix have a 'No Junk Promise' applied to all of their products. This entails: * No Added Sugar * No artificial colourings * No MSG or added flavourings * No hydrogenated fat * Always organically grown ingredients * Naturally nutrient rich * Portions of fruit in fruit based foods * Reduced salt, fat and sugar I would recommend this product as a healthy snack for your child and a great idea when trying finger foods.
I was recently browsing the baby food aisle looking for suitable foods for my 9 month old son. He is dairy intolerant so I spend a lot of time looking at labels to check the ingredients. However I was drawn to these Organix Finger Foods Organic Crunchy Sticks Carrot, I was attracted by the very bright orange packaging. I decided to investigate further. The Crunchy Carrot Sticks are suitable for children from around 7 months. Organix have a "no junk" promise, meaning they have no added salt or sugar, are gluten free and are organically grown. I had to check the back of the pack to make sure they had no dairy ingredients. To my immense pleasure I was assured that there was no dairy, great, another food product I could introduce my son to. My son has several teeth and is very interested in eating. He eats solid meals but sometimes he just needs a snack. The crunchy carrot sticks are like big Wotsits except not just as orange. The sticks are a very good size for a baby they can be gripped nicely in the hand and are easy to get into the mouth. The sticks just melt in the mouth, they taste quite sweet, but not very carroty, I am not quite sure what they taste of but they are pleasant and my son really enjoys them. The crunchy carrot sticks come in a 20g pack, there is quite a lot in the pack. I wouldn't let my son eat a whole packet I just let him have 2 or 3 at a time, the bag is not resealable but I just put a clip on the packet and they seem to stay fresh and crunchy. Ingredients: Organic corn 72% Organic carrot powder 14% Organic sunflower oil 13% Thiamin (vitamin B1) less than 1% Information on Organix products can be found at www.organix.com The Crunchy Carrot Sticks are a good product, they are available in most supermarkets or Chemists that sell baby foods, my son would recommend them. I have bought them in Tescos and Boots and they cost around 39p for the 20g pack.
These things are brilliant. I must admit when i first saw these i was pretty scared about giving them to my 7 month old baby. My child (Joe) has now got two teeth and tries his hardest to chew but the sheer size of them i thought he might choke. The sticks themself are made of corn and the texture reminds me of monster munch. The actual taste of the crunchy sticks is supposed to be carrot but i think they taste really sweet. The snack just seems to disolve in your babys mouth and Joe has had lots of these now and hasnt choked .....yet. They are a great size which is easy for him to hold and practice feeding him self. I bought these from ASDA for a packed, it cost me around 45p. I will definatley add these to my shopping list. Be aware these do make a mess, as all baby foods do when they are feeding themselves, but the stains are hard to get out of clothes.
Organix Crunchy Sticks - Carrot Now Jack is eating three proper meals a day I try to offer him two snacks as well. One mid morning and one mid afternoon. These are one snack that I find come in handy when out and about or even when at home. Jack sees me eating crisps and it is nice to be able to offer him the same sort of thing but knowing that what he is getting has a no junk promise. These Carrot Sticks from the Organix range are wonderful and he really likes them. The ingredients offers a no junk promise and they are right the ingredients list is pretty simple and is as follows: Organic Corn (72%), Organic Carrot Powder (14%), Organic Sunflower Oil (13%), Thiamin* (less than 1%). The nutritional value is pretty good too with one portion of the Carrot sticks (3 sticks) giving 0.7grams of fat a trace of salt and only 22 calories. The Carrot sticks are suitable for children ages 7 months and over and they are perfect for little fingers to hold. They look like large chunky versions of Wotsits but don't taste anything like them. They are sticks of corn and covered in actual carrot powder. Some of the carrot sticks seem a lot more flavoured than others in the bag and often there seems to be no flavour on some and lots on another. There are a good lot of these Carrot sticks in a bag and the weight of one bag is 20grams. They cost around 70 pence per bag in Boots but a little less in places such as Tesco. Where I live they are no widely available and sometimes Boots stocks them and sometimes it doesn't. The sticks are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans and the packaging states that they are also good for developing coordination. The orange colour of the Carrot sticks can get onto clothing and look a mess but I have found this washes off well and no staining is made. The flavour of the carrot sticks I find not that appealing and I would prefer a packet of Wotsits any day. They don't taste overly carrot like but do have a slight vegetable aroma. They can be quite dry when eating and Jack drinks a lot f juice when eating these. I personally don't like them but Jack seems to adore them and he polishes three off in no time at all. I like him to eat these instead of normal crisps just because you know that everything that is in them in all good. Of course I prefer him to eat a banana or a piece of fruit but he does this as well, these are good just for a change. I think for the price they are ok. They keep well when I tie them with an elastic band and give Jack a few every now and again. All in all I would recommend them. They are easy to hold, have no junk in them, keep well and are of a reasonable price. I would rate them a 10/10 just because Jack loves them so much. I hope this has been of some help. Thanks for taking the time to read.xxxx
Organix crunchy carrot sticks ----- The company ----- Organix was created to campaign for better quality childrens food. They have a no junk promise that their products are organically grown, have no added salt or sugar and are gluten free. Organix says: 'organic childrens foods give children a better start in life and a better chance of learning well, developing healthy bodies and avoiding diet related problems including heart disease, obesity and anemia'. For all their foods Organix go through the following processes: - They work closely with parents to understand what they need to feed their children. This is done through regular parent panels across the UK. - Then they carefully formulate their foods to meet strict nutritional criteria and baby and children's food legislations. - Then they get high qualityorganic ingredients. They have now built up relationships with reliable organic farmers who grow crops especially for them so that they know exactly where their ingredients are coming from. They regularly visit the farms of origin to ensure the safety of thei ingredients. - The ensure their ingredients are organically grown by using british and international certification bodies. - They also work with good quality manufacturers company, who have to meet very stringent quality and nutritional specifications as well as comply with full organic standards. ----- Packaging ----- Organix crunchy carrot sticks come in a 20g bag like a crisp packet, the bag is a darkish red colour with a lime green band around the top that says Organix in it. It alo says finger foods and organic crunchy sticksand carrot on the front. There is a sketch of a baby on the front holding a carrot stick. ----- Product ----- Organix crunchy sticks are stage 2 (suitable from around 7 months). They are gluten and wheat free and are suitable for vegetarians. - What do they look like? The crunchy sticks look like a very large wotsit . - What do they taste like? Crunchy sticks have the same texture as wotsits, they are sweet tasting but can't taste carrot - that might just be me though. I don't really like these, they are not horrible but not really nice either. The twins really like these and always get excited when I get the bag out. -----Nutritional information----- (per 100g) Energy 1793kj / 430kcal Protein 7.9g Carbohydrates 65.3g of which sugars 7.4g Fat 13.8g of which saturates 1.7g Fibre 5.7g Sodium Trace Thiamin 0.6mg -----Ingredients----- Organic corn 72% Organic carrot powder 14% Organic sunflower oil 13% Thiamin less than 1% Junk 0% -----Price----- These cost around 50p depending where you get them -----Other organix snacks----- Organic moon biscuits Organic crunchy sweetcorn rings Organic rice cakes (original, apple or orange flavour). -----What we think----- Everytime someone eats near Jack and Lillie they want some of whatever it is you are eating, unless I hide away from them when I am eating I now have to share, I don't mind doing this depending on what I am eating, but if I am eating pizza or some other junk I don't really want them having that yet so these are really handy as I can give them one of these to eat while I am eating. If I didn't give them anything I have them screaming at me to give them some which can get quite annoying at times!! I would definately recommend these as they arre a healthy snack for babies and the twins really like them. -----Contact information----- www.organix.com email@example.com 0800 39 35 11 (UK) 1 800 40 92 78 (Republic of Ireland) Organix Freepost BH1 336 Christchurch Dorset BH23 2ZZ Thanks for reading Claire x
My youngest son has just got his first 2 teeth so I have decided to start introduing finger food to him. Upon looking in my local supermarket I came accross this product. Organic Crunchy Sticks come in a nice bright orange bag with an outline of a babies head and hands holding one of the crisps and there is a green flash accoss the top with the logo on. This actual porduct is a baked corn snack which has been coated with carrot. INGREDIENTS 72 % Organic Corn 14 % Organic Carrot Powder 13 % Organic Sunflower oil less than 1% Thiamin (Vitamin B1) NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION - per bag 430 KCal 7.9g Protein 65.3g Carbohydrate 7.4g of which Sugars 13.8g Fat 1.7g od which Saturates 5.7g Fibre Trace Sodium Trace Salt 0.6mg Thiamin This product is also gluten and wheat free and suitable for vegetarians SUITABILITY Organix recommend this product be introduced from 7 months. It also suggests that this aids your childs hand to mouth co-ordination. I personally waited until my son had his teeth coming through so he did have something to chew these with. PRICE AND AVAILABLITY I got my packet from my local Sainsburys for 48p per bag. This is a little steep for one packet of crisps but the thing that swayed me to buy them was the fact that there is no muck in them. I would say that they are available in other good supermarkets and the price may be a bit cheaper so do shop around if you can. MY OPINION On first seeing the contents it resembled a very large wotsit in shape and texture. It is large enough for even the smallest hand to pick up and hold with ease. My son has taken a liking to the flavour and I think he more enjoys the fact that he is feeding himself. Upon tasting a crisp for myself I found that there is actually a carrot flavour to it. It is a nice light taste and not too overpowering. I would highly recommend this product for any child of around 7 months of age as a great tasty treat to aid the feeding themselves process. If you would like more information about this or any of the Organix products please log on to www.organix.com I also have this review posted on Ciao! under the same name.