Category Archives: Weaning

Review: Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food

I was recently asked by Quinola Mothergrain if I wanted to try some baby food with Logan and after looking at their website I jumped at the chance.

Quinola Molthergrain is an organic baby food, which is vegan and gluten free. It is also high in protein, ideal for growing babies. The fact that it was gluten free was very important to me as during my pregnancy I became gluten intolerant and continue to follow a gluten free diet where possible. This is when I first discovered quinoa and it continues to be an everyday essential for me.

We received 2 flavours; carrot, red lentils and quinoa, and sweet potato, beetroot and quinoa. Both of these are from the 6 month + range.

Quinola Mothergrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried the sweet potato mix first as this sounded the nicest to me. They were really quick and easy to heat, taking either 30 secs in the microwave or 1 min in boiling water. It took Logan a few mouthfuls to get used to it and then he gobbled it down with lots of lip-smacking and yummy noises.

We tried the carrot mix the next day and again he loved it. I even had to give him his own spoon as I couldn’t feed him quick enough. Curiosity got the better of me and I did try some and enjoyed both flavours.

Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food

 

The pouches hold a good amount of food, allowing for 2 good sized portions, especially at 6 months. I would have liked if they were resealable for when you are out and about.

I really like the fact that this is a thick and textured baby food. It means that he gets used to different textures and when he tries to feed himself it stays on the spoon, making less mess. I am waiting for a dipping set to arrive and will be testing them together to see how he gets on.

You can find more information on Quinola Mothergrain on their website quinolababy.com, or follow them on Twitter @QuinolaUK and Facebook . They have other flavours available and ranges for 8 months and 10 months, and the website has links to a list of stockists. I will certainly be placing an order for some more of these soon.

Naomi

Review: Heinz Baby Breakfast Range

Heinz has launched some new products in their baby breakfast range and Little Miss was sent some to test out.

Heinz Breakfast

We received the breakfast pots of Banana and Apple Muesli, Creamy Oaty Porridge, Very Berry Porridge 6m+ £1.19 for 2 pots. A box of Creamy Oaty Porridge 4m+ £2.15 and Breakfast Biscotti Biscuits 6m+ £1.99.

The breakfast range has added nutrients and vitamins and are full of goodness.

It’s important for children as well as adults to have a varied diet and it’s nice to have a range of different options for Little Miss to try.

What Little Miss Liked:

  • Banana and Apple Museli
  • Very Berry Porridge
  • Breakfast Biscotti Biscuits without milk

What Little Miss Didn’t Like:

  • Creamy Oaty Porridge Pot
  • Creamy Oaty Porridge Cereal
  • Breakfast Biscotti Biscuit with Milk

Little Miss likes a bit of fruit or jam in her porridge so found the plain pots a bit bland. She didn’t seem to like the texture of the creamy oaty cereal which you make with hot water or the biscuits crumbled down with milk.

I have to admit I couldn’t bring myself to give her a biscuit for breakfast but they make a great snack. They come in very handy when she was teething.

On the whole I found the breakfast easy to use and it did make breakfast a little quicker on those days when we were in a rush and BG didn’t want porridge as I would normally make a big batch. They are very convenient to have around and perfect for holidays or trips.

I really like that there are no added sugars and have added vitamins to them.

The Heinz Baby range is available at Boots, Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons.

Review: Heinz Pouches

When I weaned BG we started with purees. I boiled, steamed and whizzed up food for her and to start with she lapped it up. Then she got fussy and I found myself using pouches and jars with her.  I decided to do Baby Led Weaning with Little Miss which missed out the puree stage all together and went straight to fingers foods and it has been a huge success. When I was offered the chance to try some of the new Heinz Pouches I was interested to see how I could fit them into BLW.

Little Miss was sent a selection of Heinz Pouches including fruit purees, vegetable purees and then three meals of sweet potato and beef casserole, tomato & mozzarella pasta shapes and creamy fish pie.

Heinz Pouches

We started with the fruit pouches which we used as a snack, pudding and we added them to her morning porridge.

Blueberry and Banana Heinz Pouch

Once open they have to be used within 24 hours which is fine we used half one day and half the next. I did this a lot when BG was a baby as well; it’s a great way to add some sweetness and extra fruit into breakfast. You can also add to plain yogurt. As Little Miss is BLW I just squeeze it on the spoon and she feeds herself.

I used the 7+ month pouches for lunch. The first taste was the creamy fish pie which she loved.  She had half a pouch and then some fresh fruit afterwards. I froze the other half for another day. Her favourite was the Sweet Potato and Beef Casserole, I warmed it up for her and she scoffed the lot.

Heinz Pouches Creamy fish Pie

The vegetable pouches were a bit runny for us to use as they were so I used them a sauce for pasta and rice. Another easy way to add vegetables without the hassle of having to puree it yourself. Little Miss had these when BG had pesto pasta which is a little too salty for her.

Overall we had a good experience with the pouches I would but the fruit ones myself to add to her breakfast and yogurt and possible the vegetables ones as sauces. That doesn’t mean that the others are bad just not quite right for us with the BLW. However if these were around when I weaned BG I would have bought from the whole range. Pouches are fantastic when you are out and out as you can just squeeze straight in the spoon and there is little mess.

The fruit pouches contain 60% of baby’s daily vitamin C, the savoury pouches are enriched with iron and all pouches contain at least 1 of their 5 a day.

The 4+ range come in 100g pouches and cost 89p and the 7+ month savoury pouches are 130g and cost £1.19

They can be bought in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Boots

You can find the whole range here.

Baby Products We Are Loving This Month {August}

It’s amazing how much stuff babies seem to have. OK so they probably don’t need it all but sometimes I can’t help myself. I thought going forward I would share the products we are loving each month. Some have been sent to us and others we have bought ourselves ( bloggers do actually buy things).

So here is what we are loving this month:

Little Miss is being baby led weaned which is so much easier than the purees we did with BG. One of the upsides is you need very little to actually do it. However there are a few items that make life a little easier.

Bibs! BLW is very, very messy. As the weather is warm I often strip her down but there are times a bib comes in handy. My favourite are the wipe down bibs, cloth bibs just get stained. We were sent a Jake Giraffe  Bibsili £6.99 from www.piccolobambino.co.uk to try out.

Little Miss has a fascination with Giraffes so it was a big hit with her straight away.  There are several  features I like about this:

  • It’s easy to clean. It even goes in the dishwasher
  • The crumb catcher. Little has already worked out how to get food out if it.
  • The adjustable neck, there are three different notches on it

These bibs are must when weaning. They come in different designs.

Another must is the MAM Dipper Set. It’s a spoon and fork set which has a little shield on it to stop them sticking it too far down their throats. This means Little Miss can feed herself yogurt and porridge.  She mastered using it very quickly and gets very excited when she sees it coming out of the draw.

MAM also sent me a feeding bowl which is spilt in two sections and comes with a lid handy for at home and for taking food about.  We also received some teething products which came just in time.

The Bite and Relax Phase Two is great for gnashing on, it has 4 different surfaces and just right for little hands. It comes with its own transportation box which can be used for sterilising.

The Mini Coolers are also a great product, just pop them in the fridge and then let your baby go at them. I love that it comes with a little strap and clip perfect for on the go.

Teething powders are a must in this house. I mainly used Aston and Parsons when BG was teething but they are very hard to get hold of now so I use Nelson Teetha powders and they work really well.  I find they calm Little Miss down and she is a happier baby. I have also been using them with BG who is having problems with her teeth and had an abscess recently and they helped her as well. I buy mine at Boots but they are available in most chemist and supermarkets.

Product Details

 

Solar Eclipse Sunshade from Diono £13.99 . I must for any trip in the car that pesky sun gets in Little Miss’s eyes. It has two layers one is a total blackout for extra sunny days and then you can just have to bottom layer which lets a little light through.

I was sent some Baby Eye Care wipes from TLC to try out. Little Miss gets a little bit of hay fever when the grass is cut and I found these wipes really gentle and helped soothed her eyes when we were out and about. I have also been using them as I have had really sore and watering eyes this year and they have been a life saver when out. The wipes sooth but stop my eyes drying out and getting sore which happens when I keep wiping them.

I like that they come individually wrapped you can pop a few in your bag.

The biggest hit at the moment is Little Miss’s Fisher Price Jumperoo. BG was bought a trampoline so I decided Little Miss needed something, so a few months ago I bought one from Sainsbury’s.  She liked being in there but wasn’t overly excited but in the last month it’s been the source of a lot of giggles.  She loves jumping around and worked out how to spin it and loves to play with the different toys.  I am really glad we invested in it. It can be adjusted to three heights and she is on the lowest at the moment so she has room to grow.

What are you loving this month?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Chicco Polly Magic Highchair

As well as being sent the Chicco Living Smart Trio to test out we have also been sent the Polly Magic Highchair .Of course Little Miss is too young to sit up in a highchair but that’s the beauty of this chair it’s designed to be used from birth until 3 years.

 

You start using the baby reducer cushion and recline the seat so baby is well supported. It comes with a toy bar and toys so baby is occupied (Little Miss is in love with horse that comes with it). The highchair can be adjusted to 6 different heights and several recline positions.

As they get older you can sit the chair more upright and remove the reducer. You can add the tray when they start weaning or you can have the chair at the table such a genius design.

We are using it as a baby seat at the moment. Little Miss is well supported and I can have her at the right height so she is always at eye level with me. It’s perfect for when I am tidying the kitchen or doing other things around the house I just move the chair to where I want it. It also means she can she can join us at the dinner table which is lovely. It folds away easily so it’s not in anybody’s way.

Chicco Polly Magic Highchair

Pros:

  • Can be used from birth to 3 years old
  • Easy to put together
  • 6 height positions
  • Wipe clean
  • The reducer can be hand washed. Little Miss had a nappy explosion on it I put it on a hand wash in the washing machine and it came out perfect
  • Can be used with the tray or up at the table
  • Tray has an inner part you remove for easy cleaning
  • Comes in 3 colours Pink, Lime and Brown
  • Storage basket
  • Toy bar and toys
  • Foot rest is adjustable
  • Well padded

Cons:

  • It’s actually really hard to find a con. It would be nice if it was available in more colours
  • The toy bar creaks when you move it and sometimes it’s a bit loud and scares Little Miss

We really love this highchair. Having the baby seat element has made dinner times total family time and makes my life easier when I am doing the housework as I can chat to her at the right height. It’s a good investment for the home.

The Chicco Polly Magic Highchair RRP £149 is available from Mothercare £119, Boots £99.99 and Amazon £99.99

I will leave you will Little Miss having fun in her Polly Magic Highchair.

Boots Baby Organic Chicken Stock Cubes

Boots Baby Organic Chicken Stock Cubes

Price: £1.55

Available from: Boots

Initial Reaction: Perfect for making low salt meals for baby as well as being organic. Continue reading

500 Baby and Toddler Foods by Beverley Glock

500 Baby and Toddler Foods by Beverley Glock 

Price: RRP £9.99

Available from: Amazon

Initial Reaction: Lovely small and neat book with great pictures that invite me to read through.

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