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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.

Ella’s Kitchen The Orange One

Ella’s Kitchen The Orange One 

Price: £0.69

Available from: Sainsburys

Initial Reaction: Sounds very yummy, in a perfect pouch small enough to pop in my bag to take with me out. Continue reading

Ella’s Kitchen Pouches

Ella’s Kitchen Pouches

Price: Around 69p

Available from:  Most Supermarkets

Suitable from:  4 months

Initial Reaction:  Nice handy little sachet. Continue reading

Boots Weaning Equipment

 

Price:   £5.99, 60p, £1.05, £2.54 each, £2.85
Available from: Boots

Suitable from: 4 Months
Initial Reaction:   I was pleased to receive this lovely bundle. The colours were lovely and bright and I loved the designs.

Aldo Zilli Baby Food

Product: Aldo Zilli Baby Food
Price:    89p/sachet
Available from:   Waitrose, Tesco, Budgens, Amazon, Wholefoods Market, Ocado, Prezzo, Real Foods
Suitable from: 4 months
Initial Reaction:Lovely brightly coloured pouches and a good size.
Pros:
  • NO preservatives
  • NO artificial additives
  • NO E numbers
  • NO GM
  • NO egg or dairy
  • NO  added salt or sugar
  • NO bulking agents    Just 100%  NATURAL GOODNESS!
Cons:The 6 month stage is still very pureed.
Value for money?Good – there’s a lot in a sachet.
Overall Reaction:  I like the fact that everything is natural in these baby foods, so even if you normally make your own food, using these is a great alternative when you’re short on time or out and about. They don’t have to be refrigerated, so you can just pop one in your bag.

I didn’t think that Brandon would like the fruit and veg puree, but he absolutely loved it. The Fishy Dishy had a very strong smell and flavour (yes I tried a bit), and it was quite nice.
All of the samples we were sent went down very well, but there isn’t a lot of difference in the texture between 4month and 6month sachets.

I would have preferred it to be just a little bit chunkier for the second stage.


Brother Max Weaning Pots and 3 Combi Bibs

Brother Max Weaning Pots and 3 Combi Bibs

Price: from £5.99

Available from: Tesco Direct., Amazon, Kiddicare, Boots, Mothercare, Sainsbury’s, Toys R Us & Pram Centre Online.

Initial Reaction: 1st stage weaning pots were a nice size.  It was good to see a pen included for writing on the pots. Easy to forget what you’ve got once they’re in the freezer

I like the fact that there were three different bibs to attach to the crumb catcher.

Pros:

  • BpA Free
  • Pthalate Free
  • PVC Free

Weaning Pots

  • fill straight from the pan
  • individual pots click together
  • feed from pot or pop out
  • safe to go straight from freezer into microwave
  • special pen included for writing contents on pots

3 in 1 BIB

  • soft cotton bib
  • crumb catcher at bottom
  • Leak proof lining
  • Washable

Cons:   Brandon was able to fetch the bib off

Value for money? I thought both of these items were a bit pricey.

Overall Reaction:  The 1st stage weaning pots were a bit small for Brandon, but there are larger ones available.  The lids were a little difficult to open so  be careful with your nails. They did seal well and did not spill.  I washed them in the dishwasher and they did not discolour at all. I didn’t try heating the pots in the microwave, as I don’t like to microwave food for the baby, but they are microwavable as well.

The crumb catcher at the bottom of the bib was soft and flexible and there are three separate bibs to clip onto the crumb catcher. Unfortunately Brandon could easily fetch the bib off.

By Sarah