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jar puree vs home puree

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mrsmartin1984 Wed 25-Sep-13 13:01:07

Try baby led weaning. Giving mush really isn't nesscssary

yanasmommy Wed 25-Sep-13 10:06:39


I think I have been one of the lucky ones - my LO was really interested in food. Started giving her at 6months - although I think she really wanted it before smile but health adviser said to try and push it until 6months

However, i did realise that she actually loved the shop bought puree more than the home-made one. I was really worried about that because thought they might not be as healthy as home cooked stuff. I must have tried all brands - and honestly I liked Ella's baby food the most. They seem to be quite strict on their ingredients and their pouches are just really great when you are out and about.

Nevertheless - you could easily fall into the convenience trap - although shop bought baby food is convenient - your lo might end up not liking any of your food sad. This could end in food troubles down the line.

Would definitely mix it up - being a working mum i must say i do sometimes still opt for the convenience, but my LO does munch on our food as well!

sparker22 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:13:59

thanks smile I love mumsnet, I've found people are quick to offer advice, tips, experiences, reassurance... its the best app I have on my phone!! grin grin

Pascha Thu 19-Sep-13 22:07:44

Damn phone!

Consider anything that actually goes down a bonus and not a necessity and it will all come together in the end.

Pascha Thu 19-Sep-13 22:05:40

I know that feeling! I realised eventually that it didn't matter what I did, he would get it when he was ready and not before. I could choose to get upset or relax about it, the end result would be the same smile.

Take the pressure off both of you and just let her play with food for now. consider anything that goes down a b

adagio Thu 19-Sep-13 22:05:03

Yep to flinging it around, but based on the poo more goes down than appearances suggest!

My LO seemed to prefer real food from the off - as in sticks of cucumber, peach, pear, etc and veg like pepper, carrot, broccoli (boiled until soft).

She seemed marginally more interested in fruit puree than jars of baby main-meal puree, but then having tried both I can see her point. I did make some home made puree (sweet potato, butternut squash, nectars, pear) and although she tried it, she seems to prefer stuff she can do herself.

She also likes rusks, bread sticks, houmous, tzatziki, strips of pita, pasta twirls, bits of cheese cut off a block.

When I say 'likes' I actually mean pick up, chew with gums and spit back out. She slurps stuff off a spoon for me if she thinks it is really worth it, custard for instance and Wellkid vitamin stuff. Less impressed with my specially home-made baby cottage pie made with no-salt stock and blended to a fine smooth texture sad. Strangely my DH thought it was quite nice though! Oh and currently refuses anything cereal based (turns her head and scrunches her face up.

Good luck, and make sure you take lots of photo's! The first fromage frais made an impressive mess in my house!

sparker22 Thu 19-Sep-13 21:56:00

I've read that, that food doesn't realllllly matter before a year old. I might write that on the fridge!! my brain just seems to forget that occasionally and I go into a slight panic that she's not eating... sad lol

Pascha Thu 19-Sep-13 21:44:36

Xpost grin

Lots and lots of babies don't really get eating for ages. Ds1 just flung food about a bit for weeks and weeks, very little went down at all, then one day at just over 9 months old ssomething just clicked and he got the hang of it overnight.

It really doesn't matter under a year old.

Pascha Thu 19-Sep-13 21:40:15

And before 6 months there's nothing wrong with just sitting her in the highchair with an empty spoon to play with and letting her just watch you eating. At some point she might snaffle a bit of carrot off your plate and you're away! Dont stress about it, she will choose when to accept food herself and there's bugger all you can do to change it so go with the flow.

As for shop v home purees, I'd have thought home is less processed but much faffier for you. Try it and see.

sparker22 Thu 19-Sep-13 21:34:56

she's nearly 7 months now. over the last few days I gave given up with the jars and given her 'real' food. I just wondered if it was worth trying homemade purees.

the 'real' food, toast banana, strawberry, cheese straws, carrot sticks, just get gummed a bit and sat on! so I don't think she actually eats much...

Pascha Thu 19-Sep-13 21:28:04

Ds1 refused spoons from the off. Never ate a purée at all. How old is she? At 6 months you can give it the go by and just plonk food on her tray to play with and save yourself the agony.

sparker22 Thu 19-Sep-13 21:24:47

my daughter cries if I try to feed her puree from a jar, I was wondering if homemade puree is truly any different from jar puree? thought I'd try home puree tomorrow, just wondered what others thought/experienced?


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