For the second instalment of our weaning journey posts, I wanted to share some of our favourite products. There are some fantastic weaning brands out there but we've personally been very loyal to Vital Baby, after initialling loving their Twist 'n' Lock Freezer pods.*
I mentioned in Part One of our Weaning Journey that I've enjoyed making purées for Arthur at home and these Twist 'n' Lock freezer pods have played an important role in that. Rather than making up a purée just before dinner time, I've been able to make purées in batches and conveniently freeze them in these handy little pots. As the name suggests, they twist and lock into the tray, so you can store them safely and neatly in your freezer drawer. They can also be put straight in the microwave for easy reheating or you can push the purée out in a cube to defrost, using the Flexisoft base.
I love making all sorts of purées for Arthur but initially started off with single fruit and veg tastes, before moving onto more adventurous combinations. I tend to only freeze veggie purées, with favourites of his being butternut squash and sweet potato, peas and broccoli, courgette and brussel sprouts! Here are some of the purées I made for Arthur when he was around 6 months old.
Now he's a bit bigger he doesn't need his food as blended as this but you get the idea! Arthur's also eating some finger foods too - the way I see it, it's all about mixing things up, trying different textures and basically just letting him have fun with food.
I was so impressed with the Vital Baby Twist 'n' Lock Freezer Pods that I ended up placing an order on the Vital Baby website for the other weaning products I wanted. They have a fantastic selection of products on there, all reasonably priced and available in lovely, bright colours. I decided to pick up the 8 piece Start Weaning Kit for £9.99, which included the On The Go Weaning Set (bowl, spoon and lid shown above), two feeding spoons, two mini freezer pots, two 6oz Prep 'n' Go food pots and a tumbler. I also purchased one of their Free Flow Sippy Cups for £2.55 and some of the Food Pouch Spoon Tips for £1.79.
Funnily enough, I didn't really think I'd end up using the Food Pouch Spoon Tips but they've been so useful, especially if we're out! You simply attach them onto the end of the baby food packet, squeeze gently and the food goes through the hole and onto the spoon. They fit onto most baby food pouches but I tend to only buy from Ella's Kitchen. The food pouch spoons mean you don't need to take a bowl out with you and I've found that Arthur prefers them to his other spoons - they must make it more fun!
So there we have a quick run down of some of the weaning products I've been loving from Vital Baby. I'm also planning on doing a post on different bibs (pros and cons) and a review of the Cosatto 3Sixti Highchair but if there's anything else you'd like to see, please shout up (or y'know just drop me a tweet!)