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Messy, messy, weaning!


weaning baby
weaning baby

Understandably a diet that consists entirely of baby milk, at times can get rather repetitive, and at four and a half months, Ethan has shown us signs that he is beginning to be ready to start the messy process that is weaning. 
So we've recently been experimenting with stage 1 purees from brands such as Ellas Kitchen, Plum and Annabel Karmel and the results have been great.
We are raising Ethan as a vegetarian until he can make his own mind up on the matter and I was relieved to see that of the 3 brands that we've tried, they all offer some brilliant veggie options!


Ethans first ever weaning taste was with this Ellas Kitchens banana puree, it was lovely watching him experience his first ever taste and my enjoyment was made even better knowing that he was enjoying it so much. There's something about this brand that makes me want to come back to them over and over. I like the brand image, the website, the food range available and the fact that whenever we have tried their products with Ethan he's never turned his nose up.

Ellas kitchen cook book
Ellas kitchen cook book
Ellas kitchen cook book
Ellas kitchen cook book
Ellas kitchen cook book
Ellas kitchen cook book
Ellas kitchen cook book

Their cookbook is also worth purchasing, it's full of around one hundred recipes to inspire little and big cooks. The pages are full of brightly coloured images and simple easy to read text, it includes a carrot shaped bookmark to mark favourite recipes and even includes some very interesting and useful information related to weaning and different first foods. It's perfect for parents with small children who are starting to think about interesting meal ideas for their little ones. For parents, like myself, with very young babies, this book is suitable for those aged 7 months+ as very considerately the book has been marked 'suitable to be mashed down' for young babies (7 months+) where applicable.


Moving on to other baby food brands, we've given Plum a go and also had similar results to the Ellas Kitchen pouches. Ethan seemed to enjoy the pouches that we tried with him and again, Plum is one of those brands that I, as a parent, just feel confident giving to my baby. They do some great pouches in their range which offer a lot of variety. The offer weaning advice and more on their website and actually have an app out for smart phones which offers similar helpful advice.


The Annabel Karmel Organic Baby purees are brand new, released for the very first time this month, containing all the goodness of a home cooked meal, Annabel’s new purees and sauces contain natural ingredients with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Again, we witnessed similar results to Ellas and Plum -- Ethan was a fan. The new range launches into Sainsbury’s this month, costing 99p.


What brand did you use when you started weaning your own baby?

31 comments

  1. I've brought some Ella's kitchen already for when it's time to start weaning Jack. I can't wait! milk is so boring! The book looks great and Ethan looks like he's enjoying his yummy food :)

    Lou xx

    loulouandtheboyinblue.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I did use some of Ellas Kitchen products but mostly I made my own. So easy to do, and with most things you could freeze them. Plus its a lot cheaper and much better for them! Cow and gate did a great recipe book for purees and had a step by step guide. But Ellas Kitchen was great for when we went out, she still likes them now as a snack at 15 months!!! Xxx

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  3. He's so cute - glad he is enjoying his first tastes.

    My youngest is 7 months and eating loads now - i've mostly been making my own stuff so i'm going to look up that Ella's cookbook, it looks great :)

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  4. Aw haha, bless him! We used cow & gate but I soon just made my own purees and Sienna's eat what we do now, she hasn't had jars or anything since she was at least 8 months old! She was really sick on them! X

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  5. We just started our little girl on solids last week and we started with sweet potatoes, and this week it's avocado. I can't wait for her to try fruit, I think we'll go with bananas next.

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  6. I must admit I am too busy to make much homemade foods so I buy a lot of Annabel Karmel as our big Sainsburys stocks loads of her products! It is a little pricy but my babies always enjoyed it!

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  7. I love those Organix gingerbread men, sweetened with grape juice - good for grown ups too lol

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  8. my youngest is 7 now, these werent around when by babies were being weaned. i think i used the little cans by cow & gate.

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  9. glad he is enjoying his first tastes.

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  10. have bookmarked this for future reference in a couple of months time

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  11. Oh my gosh, how adorable! I love it when babies are covered in food :D Oscar would be a really clean eater if only he didn't like to try and hold my hand while I'm spoon feeding him - it then goes everywhere lol

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  12. i have bookmarked this to show my daughter for when her baby is ready to feed herself

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  13. i love weaning, my little girls just started using a spoon to feed herself, its been used for the last few weeks as a catapult though lol xx

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  14. They look really scrummy!

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  15. Love messy babies, they get away with so much lol

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  16. I tried baby led weaning with my second child and would highly recommend it. It's all about finger foods so you don't need to worry about purees

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  17. love weaning. i love the mess babies can get into but they still look adorable

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  18. Remember this stage very well, got grandsons due in November and January so will be making new messy memories in the months to come

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  19. My son loved the pouches from Ella's... he's 4 now and has a very varied palette and a good appetite

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  20. i like the sound of the recipe book, I will recommendit to my friend :-)

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  21. Ella's Kitchen is fantastic,glad your little boy is enjoying trying lots of different foods

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  22. aww loved weaning!! good fun trying new things

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  23. i was lucky both my girls loved eating so weaning was really easy :)

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  24. We're currently weaning Ds2. Weaning DS1 was a NIGHTMARE!!! I hated it. only on day 9 and so far so good with DS2.

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  25. My Granddaughter is currently weaning and she is having Ellas Kitchen food. She is not a fussy eater unlike my twin boys who wont eat anything lol.

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  26. I am currently pregnant and even now am worried about weaning!! Thank you for this great post which has given me some interesting things to think about and Ella's Kitchen will certainly be on my list of 'must-haves' when the time comes x

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  27. The book is great! I used it with my daughter, they have a great variety of different tastes :)

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  28. weaning is the best stage just watching their faces as they try new things is funny

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  29. so cute! looks like hes enjoying it

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