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to refuse to give DS jars of baby food?

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woozlet Sun 11-Oct-09 15:05:39

I think they look gross.

My mum and mil keep buying them for when he is there but I won't use them (bring something I've made for him). My mum says I am being a snob about it.


colditz Sun 11-Oct-09 15:06:50

tell them to eat it themselves.

I remember my mother saying "Oh, they taste things differently" - no they bloody don't! It must taste just as foul to them as it does to me!

PoisonToadstool Sun 11-Oct-09 15:07:40

Your baby, your rules.

I never used jars as did BLW but I don't think they look grosser than any other pureed meal to be honest.

GhoulsAreLoud Sun 11-Oct-09 15:07:41

Your baby, your choice.

I didn't use them either (except when out or holiday).

I think you know you're not being unreasonable though, surely you already know that homecooked food is better than processed food?

Colonelcupcake Sun 11-Oct-09 15:08:14

BLW all the way

Itsjustafleshwound Sun 11-Oct-09 15:08:30

I used them as a back-up - I don't think there is too much wrong with them, just mashed veggies ...
as long as they are not heated then re-heated ...

clayre Sun 11-Oct-09 15:09:27

i only gave dd homemade food and when i had no other option but give her a jar she couldnt seem to digest it and was always sicky after eating them i think she only ever had 3 so when i had ds i did give him the odd 'pudding' jar so he was used to them and wasnt such a shock to his system and he was fine.

They look, smell and taste gross and you are not being a snob about it!


curiositykilled Sun 11-Oct-09 15:12:28

The 'meals' ones are vile and the smell and taste makes me feel sick. The pureed apple and pear mixed with baby rice are useful as a pudding as they don't need to be in the fridge like yoghurt.

redsofas Sun 11-Oct-09 15:13:29

no yanbu , jars look smell and taste disgcusting! never gave them to ds1 and dont plan to with ds2 either! i agree that you should tell them to eat it and then they will see your point! ask them what they'd rather eat; a tasty homecooked meal or a crappy processed microwave dinner, same sort of comparrison imo!

seeker Sun 11-Oct-09 15:14:03

I think you're being a bit hard line. It's not a good idea to set an impossibly high standard like "no jars ever at all" because you'll feel awful if one day it turns out that's all there is, and you feel too ill or tired to cook something.

It won't hurt him to have to occasional jar and if your mum and mil are prepared to do the feeding while you have a long bat or go for a walk or have a nap then I would let them.

And be very careful about alienating people who love you and your baby, and who might be useful to you in the future!

And I speak as someone who practically never used jars, but found them a godsend on occasion.

Paolosgirl Sun 11-Oct-09 15:15:06

Nope - they look and taste gross. Only used in dire emergencies here.


LilianGish Sun 11-Oct-09 15:17:03

YANBU. However, should add never gave them to dd (pfb!, but had no such reservations when ds came along two years later. Not for every meal, but great for a quick fix or when out and about.

piscesmoon Sun 11-Oct-09 15:18:38

I don't think it worth getting into a fight about. There are times when they come in useful.

babyelvis Sun 11-Oct-09 15:19:54


neither of my kids would touch them much to MIL disappointment (after informing me that they wouldn't be able to tell the difference)

The only thing they would eat was the Ella's Kitchen pouches which made life a bit easier on day's out.

Personally I think the jars all smell exactly the same (rank) and look utterly foul.

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Sun 11-Oct-09 15:20:33

yanbu, never used them, never needed to.

mosschops30 Sun 11-Oct-09 15:20:59

Look just like the purees we give to people in hospital!

I gave them to ds, it was easy, especially on holiday and things like that, or when I was out and about.
With dd I did a mixture of both.

Like others say your baby and your rules, doesnt matter as long as your ds is healthy and happy

woozlet Sun 11-Oct-09 15:25:25

thanks. yes I take your point that they might be handy in some circumstances. I've just not needed to use them yet and they seem to think I should!

mosschops30 Sun 11-Oct-09 15:26:36

well if you dont need to and he enjoys your cooking then its a no brainer.
IMHO MIL's and mothers should be seen and not heard grin

diddl Sun 11-Oct-09 15:32:49

I would never say never.

Can be useful for days out/holidays/when you´re ill.

MillyR Sun 11-Oct-09 15:40:15

I have never understood why people have an issue with jars. I eat adult food that comes in tins - chopped tomatoes, tins of beans, some canned fruit, olives, kidney beans. I also sometimes fed my children baby jars. I do think that HIPP veg lasagne tastes really nice, and the apple and blueberry one is lovely too.

Hoppity Sun 11-Oct-09 15:42:14

With DD1, it was all homemade purées and with DD2, all BLW.

As Doctor Sears says: your mother / MIL had their shot at parenthood, now it's your turn to choose.

But.....a little piece of hard-earned wisdom: don't set it up as a commandment in tablets of stone. You may one day find yourself on a long journey, or on holiday in a cottage with crappy kitchen facilities or having to change plans last minute. And in certain circumstances, I don't think the simpler ones (plain puréed apple, plain puréed carrot etc.) are anything but practical and useful. But if in your mind you have come to think of them as the incarnation of evil, you'll struggle to see them for what they are: a once-in-a-while back-up that's not going to do any harm. (Said by the formerly militant mother whose child ate nothing for a whole weekend at a wedding in a foreign country because I couldn't crank open my mind wide enough to pop a jar of carrots into some boiling water to warm up and whose DD militantly refused to eat any of the wholesome raw beggies and fruit I was offering. Ouch. In my defence, she was bfing, so prob not in danger of immediate malnutrition. But cue much anxiety.)

PeedOffWithNits Sun 11-Oct-09 15:42:56

useful to have a sterile, sealed, additive free jar on standby to pop in your bag in an emergency.

its all very well if you have only one baby and can spend hours pureeing food - however, whne you have to dash off to A&E at the drop of a hat with a sibling and lose the afternoon in which you were going to restock the freezer, a jar of ready made is an essential emergency stand by!

PeedOffWithNits Sun 11-Oct-09 15:44:20

also great for camping with no fridge etc

halfcut Sun 11-Oct-09 15:44:20

If you want to use them sometimes ..then thats your choice as well

pointyhat Sun 11-Oct-09 15:52:39

Do you leave your baby on his own with your mother and mil, wooz?

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