Ever since Master C started on "solid" food at 4 months old he's really struggled with things that aren't smooth. It took until he was about ten months old to be able to eat puree with any texture without gagging on it. Finger food has been a complete disaster as a result, so I'm constantly worried about whether or not he's easting a balanced diet and getting enough fruit and veg.
As a result of all this I feel like I've become a bit of an expert when it comes to baby food, and in particular fruit. I'm constantly reading labels and trying to work out exactly what everything has got in it and doing calculations in my head to work out if one thing is superior to another. Finding out about and then reviewing Cow & Gate's new 100% fruit pouches has really helped me to stop worrying quite so much though.
You see the wonderful thing about Cow & Gate fruit pouches are that they are 100% baby grade fruit. They choose farms to supply them which are away from both main roads and other sources of pollution and also test there regularly to ensure the quality of the soil the fruit trees are growing in doesn't change. Every apple, pear and banana that goes into the pouches is hand picked and the bananas are even hand-peeled too. Talk about attention to detail.
Now Master C is somewhat oblivious to all this. All he really cares about is whether the food he's given tastes nice or not and the Cow & Gate pouches seem to score highly here. There are six flavours in total (apple, pear, apple and pear, apple and banana, fruit mix and apple strawberry and banana) and he has quite happily eaten every single spoonful every time that I've served them up to him. The odd mouthful that I've been able to sneak has seemed very yummy to me too.
The other handy thing about the 100% fruit pouches is that fact that they're in pouches. You can either squeeze each spoonful out onto a spoon to serve to your little one or pour it into a bowl or for older children just hand over the pouch itself and let them suck it out themselves. The fact that the packaging is light weight means that they are ideal for taking out and about with you and serving up as either snacks or part of a main meal whilst on the go. If you're just squeezing out each spoonful you can also just put the lid back on when a child's had enough and then start again with it when they're ready. Very convenient.
I've also found them very handy to be able to squeeze some into his porridge in a morning and then pop the rest back in the fridge until the next day. A nice and simple way of getting fruit into his breakfast without having to deal with him gagging on solid bits.
I'm really impressed with these Cow & Gate Fruit Pouches, so much so that I had actually started to regularly buy them for myself before being asked to review them!
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