Arthur has been weaning for just over a month now, we are doing a mixture of Baby Led Weaning and traditional purée/mashed food weaning. I’d actually forgotten how much of a mess is made when your child first starts eating, I think I must have blanked this stage out of my memory!
When we are out and about it’s not always convenient to let Arthur make a mess of the floor in the restaurant by eating his finger food so I regularly purchase pouches of food. As a parent it’s very important to me to know that what I am feeding my baby is healthy and nutritious and doesn’t contain a huge amount of salt or sugar.
Heinz have recently launched 20 easy-squeezy pouches which are available in a variety of fruit and savoury flavours for babies aged 4+ months and 7+ months. The pouches contain added vitamins and minerals and each pouch contains at least one of babies 5 a day.
Each fruit pouch provides 60% of a baby’s daily Vitamin C and to support a healthy immune system an the savoury pouches contain iron which is important for healthy brain development.
The pouches have no added sugar, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives which is very important to me. The pouches are very easy to use and once opened can keep in the fridge as long as they are used within 24 hours, the food can also be frozen on day of opening. To heat the food up you can either stand the pouch in hot water or do what I do which is place in a bowl and heat gently in a food warmer which uses hot water to gently heat the bowl. Always stir well and test the temperature of the food before giving it to a baby.
The 4+ month savoury pouches include flavours like Butternut Squash, Carrot & Apple, Veggie Chicken Casserole, Broccoli, Pea & Apple and the fruit pouches contain 100% fruit and cater for babies aged 4 to 36 months and come in varieties like Peach, Mango & Banana, Apple & Mango and Mango, Banana & Lime. I have been using the fruit pouches to flavour porridge and yoghurt at breakfast time and Arthur’s favourite flavour seems to be the Apple & Blueberry. The Apple and Blueberry pouch contains 88% Apple Purée and 12% Blueberries. The picture below shows Arthur enjoying his fruit pouch with yoghurt (see what I mean about mess!)
Arthur prefers food with a lumpy texture, I think it’s an excuse to make use of his two bottom teeth so I’ve been cooking Heinz baby pasta and mixing it with the smooth 4+ month pouches to give a lumpy textured dish, Arthur’s favourite is the Broccoli, Pea and Apple.
The 7+ month pouches are available in flavours like Creamy Fish Pie, Sunday Chicken Dinner and Tomato & Apple & Pork Casserole.
The back of each pouch shows exactly what has gone into the dish and the percentage of each ingredient. Arthur seems quite partial to the Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Shapes as the photo below shows.
I’ve actually tasted these pouches myself and although baby food is a bit bland for my tastes, these are not bad at all! All of the pouches got the thumbs up from Arthur, he is like a dustbin and will eat anything!
The 100g 4+ month pouch range have an rrp of £0.89 , the 100g 4-36 month pouch range have an rrp of £0.89 and the 130g 7+ month savoury range have an rrp of £1.19.
Pouches are available to purchase in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Boots.
*Disclaimer – We received some pouches of Heinz baby food for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and are honest and impartial*