Weaning a child before they reach six months will always be debated, in the same way that the method of feeding, swaddling, co-sleeping, baby wearing, dummies, will be. Everything that could be possibly detrimental to a babies development or well-being is quite rightly a talking point, but unfortunately we seem to have reached the stage where everything is now detrimental. I'll be the first to preach that you know your own child best, and as we neared the four month mark, everything was telling me that Harrison was ready for a little more than milk. We're easing ourselves in, but so far, everything is going to plan. Whilst we've been using homemade purees for the most part, for convenience, I've not been shy to pick up one of the Babease Baby Pouches. If I'm honest, prior to being in a position where I may have to use one, I was extremely snobby about the prospect of pre-made baby food. In my naive pre-baby state, I claimed I'd never use one. 4 months on, suffering badly with sleep deprivation and with less time to myself than I could ever have imagined, sometimes a pouch is necessary. Although pouches will never retain the full nutritional value that fresh cooked purees do, they come close enough, many babies are weaned purely on them, and do just fine.
Stage 1 Flavours:
Sweet Potato, Carrot & Cauliflower
Butternut Squash, Carrot & Broccoli
Pumpkin & Pea
Sweet Potato, Pear, with Coconut Water, Brown Rice & Quinoa
Banana, Pear & Blueberry with Brown Rice
Pear & Mixed Berries, with Coconut Water, Brown Rice & Quinoa
We got on brilliantly with every labour with the exception of Pumpkin and Pea, to put it bluntly, Pumpkin and Pea had Harrison gagging anytime the spoon went near his mouth, and our attempts were cut short pretty quickly for fear of bringing up his morning bottle. Pumpkin and Pea is a no go. I never expected for him to like all flavours, and with each other pouch, even if he was unsure at first, he quickly came around to the taste and would get pretty darn excited.
These pouches don't look like your typical Baby Food pouches, although it doesn't necessarily bother me, in general marketing towards babies can be garish and overly bright, but it is for kids, so it's not something that would ever put me off. These however are understated and muted, well designed and and of a quality second to none. The cardboard sleeve is lovely- albeit slightly unnecessary - but definitely makes it seem more luxurious than your average baby food brand. I'll always prefer pouches to jars also as there much more convenient for packing away into changing bags - and these are such high quality that I don't have any doubts about their ability to sustain the harsh reality of the way I handle my changing bag. Any pouch I use will have to be able to stay completely in tact whilst I fill the changing bag to bursting point with bits I don't need, batter it off of the boot of my car, and launch it at the floor more often than not. I may be a bit of a disaster, but these pouches aren't.
I also found it difficult to source these in shops also; they are stocked in various different retails, specifically, Boots and Tesco, but my three local boots did not stock them, and neither did the Tesco Superstore closest to me. I'd imagine down south these may be more readily available, but like many other things, we simply have to wait for Scotland to catch up. Until then, there's no reason we cannot order online. I would recommend these completely for anyone looking to supplement handmade purees and make life that little bit easier, especially for the very beginning stages of weaning, where the taste palette is so key. We've started our weaning journey now, so from here, it's onwards and upwards.