Baby N is almost 9 months! That has really flown by, as she’s transformed from a tiny newborn into a super active cheeky and funny baby with lots of personality. It also means that our weaning journey has been well under way, as we’ve been exploring all kinds of tastes, textures and different foods.
She still doesn’t have a big appetite, but is always open to trying new things and I’m happy to say she does like her green veggies, with some of her favourite foods so far being broccoli, peas and cucumber!
To help us on our weaning journey, HiPP sent us over a bundle of their stage 2 and 3 baby food jars to try out. I hadn’t tried these yet with N so it was great to see how she took to them. Being stage 2 and 3 these jars have plenty of texture to them, so they are definitely a step up from the first weaning foods and smooth purees that I’d been giving her when she first started with food at 6 months, and are really handy to have in especially on busy days.
The stage 2 jars are recommended for age 7 months and above, and the stage 3 from age 10 months and above. All of the jars we tried are savoury meals, and they are a bit more grown up – the types of things that anyone would eat, rather than just being fruit or veg puree.
They don’t have any hidden fruit mixed in, as some baby foods do, meaning that they do have a truly savoury taste to help get N used to savoury foods and a wider variety of tastes.
The Hipp Organic jars available are…
|New savoury jars (Stage 2 & 3)|
|Mashed potato with beef|
|Green vegetables with cous cous & turkey|
|Potatoes, tomatoes with chicken|
|Wholemeal spaghetti with vegetables|
|Pasta bake with fish|
|Cheesy spinach tagliatelle|
|Risotto with turkey & vegetables|
We’ve tried the stage 2 jars, mashed potato and beef and green vegetables with couscous and turkey, and will be trying the stage 3 soon as she’s not quite 10 months.
Even the stage 2 jars do have plenty of texture. When feeding the mashed potato with beef, you can see bits of carrots within the food rather than it all being the same throughout, which I thought was good.
HiPP Organic jars are made with the finest organic ingredients that are gently steam cooked to maintain all the goodness & flavour, so although they’re definitely a convenient option they are also healthy and nutritious which is very important!
With a lot of baby food being in pouches these days, one of the advantages with jars is of course that you can save them and use them for crafting!
The jars are 100% recyclable but if you prefer to do the recycling or upcycling yourself at home, then baby food jars are great for making DIY snowglobes. These are great fun to make especially if you have older siblings who would like to get involved! With Halloween coming up the HiPP Organic will be perfect for our next craft project too, making a mini luminary by adding a tealight inside. I prefer the battery powered ones than real candles – safer with little ones around! and decorating the outside of the jar with tissue paper so that the light shines through giving a beautiful effect.
Here’s a snow globe we made earlier using a stage 3 HiPP jar, gold glitter, water, and some foam stickers in the shape of Autumn leaves. The changing seasons are always a good theme for crafts, so we decided to make an autumn themed snow globe.
If you’re going to let your baby play with it themselves, I would definitely hot glue the lid on since it includes water but sometimes it’s safer to shake it and turn it yourself and let baby watch the glitter moving around.
Other ideas to recycle and craft with your baby food jars could be to paint the jars using glass paint, or use them to make sensory bottles provided that you supervise the little ones with them. I’ve made a big collection of sensory bottles for N already, including the following contents:
- Pom poms
- Jingle bells
- Chopped up coloured straws
- Coloured feathers
- Water and glitter
- Glitter on its own
- Water and water beads
- Water and glow in the dark mini stars
- Water and mini plastic fish
- Colourful beads
- Oil and water, and food colouring
- Hama beads
The possibilities are endless and you can use up whatever you have hanging around in your craft cupboards.
For more information on the new recipes and products from HiPP Organic and for the best weaning advice, head to the HiPP UK website: https://www.hipp.co.uk/food-drinks/jars/