I thought it all looked hugely more interesting, and as if real food was involved! Things like Ella's kitchen and Plum Baby.
And all the Hipp stuff is organic. Heinz don't seem to have done anything along those lines, although their new packaging is quite fun.
I did the whole pureeing bit myself, but did have the odd jar as a back up when I was out - but can't remember what brand. I remember that I used to avoid Heinz like the plague as their ingredients were very dodgy.
I noticed a big difference in the 2.5 years between weaning dd1 and dd2 who is 10 months now.
There is some organic pouches I have tried that are not bad in an emergency and some of the snack/finger foods are handy too. DD2 loves the carrot sticks and sweetcorn rings from an organic company whose name escapes me right now.
The thing I dislike about the jars etc is that when you add up the percent of meat, veg etc is that you usually get to a LOT less than 100% so all the rest is a filler-sauce I presume.
When I weaned dd1 there were savoury dry foods available that you mixed with water which were so disgusting that I binned it before I even gave dd1 a taste. DH had put it in the trolley. I notice these are no longer around.
Used the occasional jar off Hipp when out. I avoided Heinz when I spotted spaghetti hoops & sausages availiable for "4 months plus" Theres something a little bit wrong with prosessed pig scrotum as a baby food in my head
Yes Plum Baby etc are more expensive - enough that I didn't even consider buying them. I didn't see any real added value as I was making most of ds's food and any jars were simply for convenience. If you were very concerned about the quality of the baby food you were buying you might see the price point as reassurance that you were paying for the "best".
Pureed & mashed baby foods don't really fit into the concept of baby-led weaning at all (or self-feeding).
However there's also a large market in baby snacks such as the Organix range of rice cakes etc and a self feeding baby may well get through a lot of them.
Hi all just watch the Hipp organics range as they add stock with salt in. I actually phoned them to speak to their nutritionalist who said they added stock/salt for flavour and there was me thinking that babies had quite bland pallets. They offered me vouchers to shut me up but i refused saying i wouldn't buy their products
Uk baby food seems to be ahead of the US and Europe in temrs of organic ranges and au natrel stuff IMO. Ellas and PLUM BABY were favourites in our house. Also Babylicious frozen cubes were very handy. I wouldn't touch C and G or Heinz but can't really tell you why. Big expansion in the snack from Organix etc. good for low salt alternatives to things like crips for toddlers/pre-schoolers and I like them too. BIWI you live near WIMBLEDON don't you - you should chat to Mums in the baby aisle at Sainsburys Colliers Wood I'm always in there swapping child-feeding tips with random people I meet.
I liked Ella's Kitchen and Plum Baby a lot. Even though my daughter loathed most jars and loathed people putting spoons in her mouth she would eat both of these spread on bread or crackers.
Organix stuff is great - the oat bars with dried fruit are a big favourite in this house and the soft rusks have been a staple from six months and still going strong (DD's 3).
I never bothered with baby crisps, just gave Salt and Shake as a v occasional treat with the sachet of salt removed.
The pouch things like Ella's Kitchen are great for a baby who insists on self-feeding as they can pick them up and suck before they have the coordination to manage a spoon as well as they want to. The Ella's Kitchen smoothies in particular are wonderful as they don't need refrigerating.
I've not tried Ella's kitchen stuff but the Plum baby fromage frais is good, I've sampled it myself, very tasty. I only buy it if its on offer though and mainly for convenience of size. My baby is just as happy with organic yoghurt, just can't finish the whole pot so has to share with me!