Weaning is always going to be an interesting journey.
Going from purely sucking at your dinner to mastering the art of chewing and swallowing must be a lot to get your head around. The fact babies don’t actually eat food for the first 6 months seemed to be a lot for my husband to get his head around. So it’s a tough one for babies and adults.
We’ve been on solids since a few days before Moo turned 6 months. It’s been a surprisingly easy journey despite a few hiccups (like erm food poisoning).
We now roughly have the following routine:
Morning – Toast (most of which is fed to the floor) or porridge. Then a bottle while watching CBeebies.
Lunch – Sandwich and some cheese. Some pom bears or melty puffs. A rice cake or two. Fruit (the only thing that doesn’t get offered to the floor). Plenty of water.
Dinner – A hot meal followed by bite-size veggies. A fromage frais. A bottle while snuggling in our PJs before bed.
Snack – Some fruit or a biscuit if she’s feeling peckish in-between meals. (I’m not 100% sure what a peckish baby looks like, but I just take the screaming or moaning as a cue.)
I’ve always eaten a cold, sandwich-based lunch and a hot meal in the evening, so found it easiest to stick to this. It also means she can eat lunch pretty much wherever we are. Which is always useful.
At 10 months old, Moo is now at the stage that if she doesn’t fancy something, she’ll throw it on the floor. Or at me. Which is often where the healthy food in the list ends up.
So when Organix got in contact and asked if Moo would like to try some of their range, I was only too happy to oblige.
Organix – tastes naughty, but is secretly nice
A hood-winked baby is a happy one.
The Organix Stage 2 (7 months +) finger foods give the distinct impression that they are delightfully naughty. From the fun and friendly packaging, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the treats inside were packed full nasties.
However, on closer inspection of the packets you’ll see that:
A) The front includes a ‘No junk promise’ and,
B) The list of organic ingredients is minimal.
Exactly what I’m looking for when I want some easy-to-eat snacks for Moo to enjoy.
What did we road-test?
Organix sent us an excellent selection of rice cakes, sweetcorn rings and baby biscuits.
Each one was a new flavour, texture and shape to try – which is great since I’m trying to teach Moo the value of feeding herself rather than the slave with a spoon.
Apple rice cakes
I’ve tried a variety of flavoured rice cakes – some end up on the floor, others are scoffed. These are made up almost entirely of rice and apple juice concentrate which is reassuring for me, and apparently tasty for Moo. They’re much thicker and more substantial than other brands that I’ve tried – so one or two at a time sufficed, which my purse will thank me for later.
Moo is a huge fan of the ‘melty puff’. We’ve tried many-a-puff since they’re the first solids she was able to feed herself with. I’d never heard of the sweetcorn rings, but with just 3 ingredients, I was keen for her to try them. The first few goes, they went straight on the floor. Most likely because she’d never encountered a ring-shaped food before. Since I’ve managed to poison her once, I don’t blame her for being suspicious. However, once mummy had tried one (or two, or three – don’t judge) in front of her, she loved them. And I’ll be honest – so did I. Like less cheesy quavers, I quickly became obsessed with these round rings of tastiness and made sure she shared the rest of the pack with me. Is it wrong to buy my own stash and hide it from her!?
Banana baby biscuits
A biscuit that isn’t packed with rubbish is hard to come by, but Organix seems to have cracked it. With very little except wheat and banana juice listed in the ingredients, I don’t feel too guilty allowing Moo to indulge every-so-often. I somehow manage to break every biscuit before giving it to her, so the shape was not a problem and she absolutely wolfed them down. Again, I felt like it was only fair to test them out too… and I may also have to add baby biscuits to my secret mum-stash! Light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth, I found myself hoovering up dropped pieces of biscuit with my tongue while she looked around puzzled as to where they went. I’ve decided that they may be the perfect first lesson in ‘sharing’.
So did we like our taste-testing?
What do you think?
She can keep the rice cakes – rather her than me. But if you wouldn’t mind extending in to the adult market with your Stage 2 delights Organix, I’d be much obliged and less embarrassed to eat my packed lunches in public!
Are there any baby foods or snacks that you secretly love? Let me know in the comments below!