We have officially started our weaning journey! I say ours, it’s essentially Teddy. I knew when I was pregnant that I wanted to take the baby led weaning approach and I did some research into it, also my Sister used the method with her two youngest and it worked out really well. As Teddy got older and we started getting closer & closer to him being six months old, I started looking for tips and recipes online (Pinterest is a brilliant source for delicious meal & snack ideas). We have tried a couple of things so far; porridge, curry, pasta & homemade meatballs and also some of the Ella’s Kitchen organic finger foods. HiPP Organic also kindly sent over some of their brand new range made especially for baby’s first tastes. They sent over a stunning hamper filled with their pure vegetable jars and stage 1 savoury jars. As we are doing BLW we are using the jars as a way for him to practice feeding himself & also we mixed the yummy savoury jars with pasta, to use as a pasta sauce.
We are really lucky that Teddy is really into his food and where as he still may not be eating much of it, he’s giving everything a good try and really loves feeling all the different textures. He’s such an inquisitive babe. It’s so hard to know what is right when it comes to weaning and to be honest, I thought it would be much easier than it is. It definitely isn’t a quick process. I also spend the whole time he is eating, on the edge of my seat arse sweating, with the fear he is going to choke!
WHAT IS BABY LED WEANING?
WEANING WITH HiPP ORGANIC
Now these jars I was REALLY looking forward to, as soon as I saw them I couldn’t wait for Teddy to have a try and see what he thought. These jars are made for babies aged 6m+ and are slightly thicker in texture and contain a mixture of ingredients so your baby can really have a good taste of a variety of healthy foods. The Mediterranean Vegetables with Aubergines smells so nice & just like a fresh pasta sauce, which is why I mixed this with some twirly pasta (it’s easier for his little hands to grip and the swirls give it more hold when it’s slimy). He LOVED it, I also gave him some of the jar to try on its own in a little bowl with a preloaded spoon and eventually he was just putting his hands in and giving it a try that way!
As soon as I opened the Vegetables with Fish Pie I knew straight away what it was without even looking at the label, it smells exactly like you would imagine. I have to admit I am not a fan of fish pie at the best of times but I am determined that I won’t let my preferences and dislikes, affect how Teddy eats. Which is a good job because he really enjoyed it! He wasn’t so sure after the first spoonful and did turn his nose up at first but after a little while he tried a little bit more, then a little bit more and before I knew it, it was everywhere. Even splattered on the wall behind him!
The Buttered Vegetables was definitely both of our least favourite, he wouldn’t even entertain it. He tried one mouthful, spat it out and refused to try it again. I did try him with it again later in the day but, again, he wouldn’t have it. I have to admit that after trying it myself, I didn’t blame him. It is definitely on the more textured side, with little lumps of vegetables so perfect for you to use if you want to gradually introduce your baby to lumps and textures, rather than going straight in at the Baby Led Weaning route.
Overall Teddy (and myself) really enjoyed the jars and think they are perfect for parents who are planning on doing spoon-fed and puree foods. You can rest easy knowing that you are giving your babe the healthiest and most nutritional ingredients. I’d highly recommend HiPP Organic as a brand and these jars are certain to be a hit!