A bit about BabyLed Spreads
At the beginning of this month we were offered the opportunity* to try some weaning products from BabyLed Spreads, a company based in Northumberland. Whilst excitedly awaiting Mr Postman with my parcel, I wanted to find out more about BabyLed Spreads and headed straight to the section of the website detailing their story so far. It resonated with me on many levels as besides the fact we’re also based in the North-East, we have a son and daughter of similar ages and have also experienced the agony of miscarriage. My son was born premature, so the fact that as a company they support Bliss (a charity for sick and premature babies) really agreed with my sensibilities. I kind of felt as though I knew this family already and I warmed to Keith and his wife and children instantly.
Our weaning approach
We received a jar of each flavour and my 7 month old daughter who is relatively new to weaning has been a grateful guinea pig in this culinary experience. With Posy, we’d decided to take a much more relaxed approach to weaning than we ever did with Toby. That may be a mixture of experience, the fact that we molly-coddled Tobes quite a bit because he was premature and in the main we have even less time now with two kids to run around after. We’ve opted to do a mixture of spoon-feeding and baby-led weaning and I feel like it’s working really well for her. It’s been an emotionally, physically and mentally draining time in our household at the moment with quite serious illness in both sides of the family so I’ve been extra grateful to have these in my arsenal, knowing I’ve got a quick, nutritious meal for Posy at any time.
About the spreads
There are 6 flavours of spreads which can be used in a variety of ways:
- Ricotta & bean
- Avocado, red pepper and tomato
- Spicy pumpkin and chickpea
- Red lentil and sweet potato
- Green pea, rocket and dill
- Carrot, Apple and Hummus
What we thought
When I opened our parcel, there was some information included about three easy ways to use the spreads which I thought was a really nice touch. When you read around weaning there seem to be a lot of people looking for guidance on how to approach it and this is a great start! If you can’t think of further ways to use them, there are some great recipes available under the products tab on their website.
As Posy is new to weaning and only recently began to move away from purees we mainly used the spreads on fingers of toast for her to not only try lots of new flavours but to help learn to eat more solid foods and work on her dexterity skills. We also used them as a pesto type sauce with pasta and mashed up some chicken breast and mixed with the avocado, red pepper and tomato flavour. My four-year old son got to try the Spicy Pumpkin and Chickpea one as the age recommendation was for 12+ months. I spread it onto bread and fried it in butter like a grilled cheese and he really enjoyed it. Whilst munching away on it, Toby volunteered that it smelt like falafel and I can tell you first hand, and from the reactions of both kids that they taste just as good as they smell which is rare for either to be true of baby food, let’s be honest. I actually made one for myself the next day to use it up and added a sprinkling of cheese.
About the product
The packaging is fun and modern and consists of a cardboard sleeve with 3 x 34g jars in each. Currently (for Posy) that amounts to two or three meals which I think is great value and minimizes food waste. This also makes the jars very easily transportable to add to food on the go and the jar is recyclable which is also a plus. There are dairy free options for children with dietary requirements and the packaging states whether they’re vegetarian or vegan options.
Our overall thoughts
I truthfully can’t think of any negatives about these products. We have absolutely loved trying them! The flavours are all nutritious and tasty and the spreads themselves are extremely versatile which is definitely what busy parents need to make life run that little bit more smoothly.
*We received these complimentary jars to sample and I will always disclose free/paid for posts. My reviews are my honest opinions of any products sent.