When I first started weaning Thurston, it was a challenge to say the least! Between his allergies, reflux and poor oro-motor skills, teaching him to eat was a difficult task. I tried to make pureed food for him myself, but since most of it ended up in the bin, I decided to save myself the heartache and buy some food instead. At first, I went down the typical baby rice and rusk route, but quickly realised that the rusk was too hard and the baby rice (if he even managed to swallow any) made him very gassy and uncomfortable. Thurston preferred to eat simple fruit purees like apple, pear and peach but as he got older, these weren’t enough to keep him full up. I discovered Plum Baby and I’m so pleased I did. Their purees were bulked out with Quinoa flakes which are much kinder to babies’ tummies and keep them full up without being bloated. They also make lovely combinations such as the Blueberry, Banana and Vanilla puree which Thurston used to eat with gusto!
Instead of baby rice, Plum Baby also make a lovely Four Grain Porridge which is made with quinoa, wholegrain rice, millet and amaranth. Since you can make this up to whatever consistency you like, it is ideal as a weaning food for babies with poor oro-motor skills or reflux. The purees move up stages in thickness instead of adding lumps which is very reassuring as a mum whose baby liked to choke on even the tiniest chunk of chicken!
Now that Thurston is older, we have moved on from purees. I do like to let Thurston use a Plum Baby puree as a dip for his biscuits, and he loves the range of Plum Baby finger foods. The multigrain and tomato crispy rings are a great snack, and he often has the spelt and apple munchy fingers after a long session at nursery.
Plum Baby mark their products very clearly for allergens making it easy for people to find the right food for their baby. Weaning Thurston was certainly made easier by Plum Baby!
This Summer, Plum Baby have introduced a new range of foods for babies and toddlers over 10 months called Taste Adventures, which they kindly sent us to try out. The range includes sweet cape curry with beef, chickpea and chicken tagine, aubergine and lamb moussaka and a mediterranean paella with salmon. These little pots are fantastic for encouraging children to try new tastes from all over the world, and hopefully help them to be a bit more adventurous with their foods.
For me, the beest thing about the Plum Baby Taste Adventures range is that they are all gluten, egg and dairy free which makes them fantastic for children who have allergies. None of them even had corn in them so they were all suitable for Thurston to have a go with.
Getting Thurston to eat foods that are not dry is an ongoing battle for us. On the advice of his speech therapist, we try to encourage him through messy play with food. I have put out pots of Plum Baby food for him to dip things in and cover his hands with and he is really making progress with this now. I cannot wait until he can manage to feed himself a little bowlful of Plum Baby.
I served my 5 year old Zeke a portion of the sweet cape curry with beef alongside some rice and he wolfed it down and loved it. He is a big fan of curry already! I had a taste of the salmon paella and it was actually really lovely and fresh tasting, and didn’t taste like baby food at all.
I would really recommend Plum Baby to any parent, they use lovely nutritious ingredients and include lots of fantastic grains such as spelt and quinoa which are ideal for little tummies. They are also brilliant for children with allergies which is so reassuring!
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