We practice baby led weaning in our home. This week, you’ll find a couple of posts here on the practice of baby led weaning. It is one of the parenting things I am most grateful for having found.
At the same time, I’m also a big fan of Plum Baby food.
So, why do I dislike purÃ©e feeding, but like a baby food company? Because the quality of their other foods is superb.
Their breakfast cereals, for example the muesli with strawberry and banana, contains organic oats, banana, rice flour, amaranth, strawberry and quinoa. This cereal contains gluten, but some of the others don’t. Have you spotted what’s missing? SUGAR. Compare this with most other breakfasts for children â€“ or for adults for that matter? I love that these have no added sugar. (Which means I can add Xylitol for sweetness, all the while helping strengthen her teeth against cavities.)
Savoury bakes with carrots, parmesan, Spelt breadsticks of different flavours, oat rounds, and multigrain rings. And again, no sugar.
I went to a local healthfood shop and bought Ameli some lovely nut and seed bars. Until I got home and looked at the ingredients and found it was sugar or caramel holding them together.
The savoury snacks have no salt, and ingredients differ, but these have gluten, wheat, egg and dairy free options and are suitable for vegetarians.
There’s also strawberry and peach yoghurt, and guess what? No added sugar. You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?
Why my issue with sugar? Well, I don’t have one. I think it’s fine – not good, but fine – as part of a balanced diet, but the problem we find is that everywhere we go, Ameli is offered sweets. Lollipops, chewy sweets, and packets of crisps. It’s on offer everywhere, and everyone wants to give her a treat, so sugar is definitely not a required food source in her at home diet.
So… that’s why I like Plum Baby. Even though I don’t believe in the necessity for purÃ©es and definitely do not recommend them from 4 months old, in a free market, it’s a good thing that we can pick and choose the things we want to use and the things we don’t.
Now, on to the giveaway…
Plum are offering two hampers worth Â£25 each to two Diary of a First Child readers. The hampers will contain items from their range, but no purees.Â The competition closes on the 21st of March at 12:00 noon and a winner will be randomly selected using random.org
To enter the giveaway, head over to Plum’s website, choose a product you like, come back here and leave a comment telling me what it is and what age child it would be for, should you win.
You can also follow Plum on Facebook, which will give you an additional entry if you leave another comment saying you have or do.