Two months in and Little Mr’s weaning journey is in full flow. We’ve tried a selection of foods and he’s certainly got his favourite flavours so when Heinz offered to send me some of their new baby food range, we were excited to see what they were like.
We were sent a selection of their latest range which includes various combinations of both sweet and savoury flavours. They include Broccoli, Pea & Apple, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Apricot, Creamy Fish Pie, Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Shapes and Sweet Potato & Beef Casserole. The sweet pouches includes Apple & Strawberry, Blueberry & Banana, Strawberry, Raspberry & Banana and Apple and Blueberry.
TOP TIP: It’s useful to know that when you’re rooting through your cupboards, pouches with green lids are savoury meals and pouches with white lids are sweet.
Little Mr is now onto Stage 2 of his weaning which is offering him more mashed up foods which are full of texture and not too runny. We’ve found that if we make anything too smooth he’ll dribble it back out of his mouth whereas with a mashed dinner he has something to chew and move around in his mouth.
I’m very conscious of being able to offer Little Mr a varied diet and so we tried him with a pouch of mashed food every other day or so at either lunch or dinner time. He absolutely loves mashed Sunday Chicken Dinner and Sweet Potato, Chicken and Veggies whilst he’s not keen at all on red/orange coloured meals such as Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta shapes and Sweet Red Pepper, Tomato and Carrot. I think it must be the tomato in them but I can’t blame him, I’m not a big tomato fan either.
I offered the sweet flavoured pouches as a dessert and gave them on their own or mixed them into some natural yoghurt. Little Mr is a big fruit fan and so far has really enjoyed the sweet selection of pouches. He’s not the biggest fan of banana on it’s own but mixed with another fruit he does enjoy it.
What we really liked
I really like the packaging on the pouches. They are clear and easy to read giving you all the information you need. I like the easily recognisable Heinz symbols displayed on each pack which tell me at a glance how much fruit or veg (of his 5 a day) he is getting in each portion. They also tell me at a glance what age range the pouch is aimed at, such as 4 months plus or 7 months plus. Each pouch also tells me any additional useful information such as ‘60% of baby’s Vit C’ or ‘enriched with iron’. These symbols give me added piece of mind that these pouches have been created with baby’s health in mind and so are reassuring that they don’t contain too much salt, too much sugar or any other unnecessary ingredients.
The pouches are ideal for use when you’re out and about. The pouches are resealable with handy screw on tops so they cannot be easily opened (by young children) and the pouches are easily squeezed to ensure you get the full pouch worth of food. The pouches can be resealed but must be put in the fridge and used up within 24 hours.
The nitty gritty
We are big fans of Heinz baby food pouches. Little Mr enjoyed them whilst we were away in Majorca and he will eat them for lunch if we’re out and about. We like the mashed consistency as it gives Little Mr something to chew on and the flavour combinations seem to work well too.
What we didn’t like
Little Mr isn’t a fan of red pureed or mashed foods so certain pouches didn’t go down well at all. We had tears and refusals to eat so we won’t be buying those ones I’m afraid.
The 100g pouches are currently on sale with Tesco* at 70p whilst the 130g pouches are on sale at £1.19. I have and will continue to buy Heinz Baby Food pouches for Little Mr as he likes them.
*other supermarkets are available
Disclaimer: We were sent the pouches to try for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and this is an honest and unbiased review.