:hug: However, according to the Universities of Aberdeen and Warwick, those who feed their babies with (good quality) shop-bought food need not hide the evidence anymore as the results of their recent comparison has shown that not only can the bought variety be as good as its homemade counterpart, in some cases it has proven to be actually better - providing more nutrition and less additives for growing babies. Plus lots of the jars taste god awful!! I saw a program on TV about the life of shelf food and it is not always what is in it but how it cooked/prepared! Anyone know? I used to feed my older two jars all the time, and when my youngest dd was born and we reached the weaning stage I decided to do it all myself. Sure, some would, ideally, only ever use homemade, but you can be guaranteed at some time or other they have guiltily fed their baby from a jar when realising that their homemade organic purée was languishing in the fridge, while they were miles from home. I've spent a fair amount of time reading the labels on baby food that is in a jar - like Hipp Organic etc. While I dont think that there is anything in jars that is particularly bad (except as already said the quality fo the food put in isnt great) I never used them as never had the need to. "I did fret the first time I gave him shop-bought food - but as I said to my mum, the companies have done the research and wouldn't be able to claim their products were healthy if they weren't. Thanks so much - you have been really helpful The way I understand it is that apart from the ingrediants being too unattractive for the supermarket shelves (e.g carrot a funny shape) they have to cook it at such high temperatures (to sterilise it) so that you have a long shelf life that most of the nutrients are lost.that's the only thing to keep in mind. I also used to copy the jars, see hwat ingredients they had and try and make it myself which worked a treat.Eventually he will be on the food you eat so i wouldnt get disharted too much. My little one gets home cooked food 75% of the time. I feed my LO (10mths) on both jars and home cooked food. Good luck with your choices hun.x. My dd hated everything I made for her, and yet offer her a jar of something made by heinz and she would wolf the whole lot down! L x. Hi Nikki i had this problem when i was weaning my little one and she is now 13mnths. So what is the difference between that and an apple and pear puree I would make. "Also, the report actually states that home-cooked meals had a greater variety of nutrients, in all, and were more likely to include fish. So am just hoping I'm not doing too much damage by giving the jars. xx, hi nikki! My personal opinion is that feeding your baby from a jar isn't bad at all. But a new piece of research should gladden parents' hearts everywhere because there can't be many around who haven't turned to shop-bought baby food as a means of nourishing their growing children. • The food should be of a runny consistency. • Remember your baby has been used to just drinking milk up to that point so it will take time for baby to get used to the concept of food. I do think there are some great products out there now though that are quite good - Ella's kitchen and the like. Comparing the price, nutrient content and food group variety of 278 ready-made meals (most of which were organic) and 408 meals cooked at home using recipe books for babies and young children, researchers found a greater variety of vegetables in the shop-bought meals and worryingly found almost treble the level of saturated fat and salt in some home-cooked alternatives. But director of Safefood, Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, says parents should concentrate on providing homemade food and only use ready-made occasionally. There are very strict rules about the veg that can be sold on our shelves, odd I know I don't care what it looks like. Please take a look at my website Home - My mummymade it. From the moment our babies are born, we mothers are perpetually wracked with guilt - are we holding them properly, are they getting enough sleep, is the air fresh enough for them? "The researchers compare 408 home cooked meals, made using recipes from 55 cookbooks for babies and toddlers. And so the anxious questioning of our abilities goes on until our tiny tots are well into adulthood. When you do need to use them, choose savoury meals rather than desserts or puddings as these can be high in sugar. "Ready-made meals should be the exception ideally and use of recipes and advice from reputable non-commercial sources is the way to go," she advises. So parents can be in control of the foods that they cook for their children by ensuring they access reliable resources to guide them in the weaning and feeding process.". I did try to make my own food with number 2 but it just proved 2 very hard work and also quite expensive so i decided to stuck with the trusty old jars! and most people advise to make your own food which is fresh. When we was out i used to buy the Heinz mums own micro meals for babys if were caught out as one of them once in a while dosnt hurt...kinda like a baby takeaway lol.

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