As much as possible I’m trying to prepare all my own food for my baby. I’m not an amazing cook, but at least I know what all the ingredients are, and I can adjust the consistency and tweak the quantities as I go along and learn, and as my baby develops. It’s also a great way to save money by utilising leftovers.
However, there are days when I just don’t feel like cooking, or can’t face another mountain of washing up. Sometimes I’ve got better things to do than peel vegetables. On those days it’s great to have access to ready made baby food, although the wide choice can be overwhelming.
The Pip & Pear range caught my eye because they are in the fridge section of my local supermarket, rather than the baby aisle. The best before date is just days away rather than half a year, so that makes me think they are fresher.
When I saw there was one called Fishy Dishy I just had to try it. I personally don’t like fish so I never cook it, but I don’t want to pass my dislikes onto my baby, so I was steeling myself to cook some of the stinky stuff – but here was my get out.
The packaging makes it very clear what weaning stage the food is aimed at, and the Fishy Dishy is suitable for babies from 7 months, who have progressed from something completely smooth, to food with a bit of texture. My baby is currently eating soft lumpy mashed foods, so this was a good consistency for her, and indeed it gave me a bit of a pointer on what I should be aiming for.
The portion size is also suitable for 7-9 months, but for my baby a whole pot would still be a bit big for her. She would probably eat about three quarters. Therefore I split it over two days, and served it alongside some finger foods.
You can just loosen the lid and pop it in the microwave for 40 seconds, so it’s easy to prepare.
Once ready I liked what I saw. I could see identifiable soft lumps of carrot and onion. It looked like real food.
It smelt like fish, which I guess is a good thing. I just had to put on my brave smile and make yummy encouraging noises, whilst trying not to breathe too much.
But heck, it’s not about what I think! The most important tester is my baby…and I’m pleased to report she loved it. She always tests any food and pulls a face at the first mouthful, but then chomps into anything she loves. With this she grabbed the spoon and sucked it clean, which is a good sign. Then she was hurrying me along to spoon more.
So that’s a thumbs up to Fishy Dishy. I’ll be adding it to the rotation of meals over the next few months.
Unfortunately there’s currently only three flavours in the range for this stage. The other flavours are a chicken casserole and a lentil dish, and I make pretty good versions of them myself. Therefore I can’t see me buying any others, but I’m looking forwards to trying the lamb dish (another thing I’m rubbish at cooking) once my baby is older and into the next stage. I’ll also be keeping an eye out for the range expanding.
Please note – this is not a sponsored post, and I have no connection to the makers. This is just my honest opinion in the hope it might help someone else. But if anyone wants me to review other baby foods please get in touch.