If you’ve been following our weaning journey so far, you’ll know it’s been a) a bumpier ride than I prepared for and b) Violet is turning into a way fussier eater than I expected, seeing as I’ve always been a good eater, even as a child. The whole thing has taken me by surprise to be honest, I thought by the time Violet was one she’d be happily eating most foods, but that isn’t the case, yet. She has her favourite things and rarely will deviate from that. Although to be fair to her, she still only has one tooth which isn’t even fully formed yet, so I think she just needs a bit more time. All babies develop at different rates so I’m 100% sure she will ‘get it’ eventually, but of course you can’t help but worry.
So, with all of that going on – I’ve been really grateful for having the support of HiPP Organic, who have worked with us throughout our weaning journey. During this time, their ranges have just been getting better and better, even in the short time we’ve been weaning! Firstly, we introduced Violet to her first tastes (you need to watch the cute video!) and then we added jars for texture and savoury tastes. Now, I’m excited to announce HiPP Organic have released both sweet and savoury pouches, which have been a favourite in our house and we’ve really loved giving them an exclusive trial run before they hit the UK stores to let you know what we think!
So, to introduce the new range, HiPP Organic asked Violet to ‘takeover’ for the day. Letting her decide how her day goes – from what she wears, what I am going to wear, what is to eat and what we will do. Of course as she’s only 11 months this wasn’t the easiest, but I tried to let Violet decide as much as possible as she’s got a strong little personality in there and will certainly make it clear if she doesn’t like something!
We started with our outfits. Standing in my PJs, I handed her a selection of my clothes for her to chose my outfit. I was totally up for wearing anything she chose, but she picked out two bras, a skirt and a sock, so I thought it was probably best to avoid being in the photos with that selection! I also had to re-fold my laundry pile, so I think I’ll wait until she’s older for choosing my outfits! She did however do a LOT better choosing her own outfit, she is clearly drawn to bright colours and polka dots as you can see!
Next up, we chose what to eat for lunch! I lined all of the new HiPP Organic Pouches out so she could have a good look. I absolutely love the design of the new pouches. The new characters make them so eye catching to little ones. We were also sent the HiPP Organic storybook so I’ve really enjoyed introducing the characters to Violet too. I thought at first she was going to go for a Savoury flavour – picking up Parsnip, Sweet Potato and Broccoli at first, however this girl is not silly – she spotted the breakfast flavours which are her favourite and swiped a Blueberry and Banana Muesli with Yogurt. Not something I’d usually give her at lunchtime, but in the spirit of our ‘takeover’ I let her have the one she chose. She was amazingly happy about that – giving it a full taste test by eating the whole pouch on her own without spilling a drop. The most mess-free lunch we’ve had in a LONG while!
The new HiPP Organic savoury pouches are the perfect meal to pop into the change bag and have on the run, or if you need a quick and easy meal at home too. We have tried all the vegetarian flavours, such as: Mediterranean Vegetable Spaghetti (the firm favourite!), Creamy Tomato and Leek Pasta, Parsnip, Sweet Potato and Broccoli and Sweet Potato, Cauliflower and Sweetcorn Bake just to name a few. There are other ‘meatier’ flavours too like Hearty Cottage Pie and Spaghetti Bolognese but as Violet is a veggie like us we have not tried those out.
Each recipe is full of flavour and has a thicker, more interesting texture than many other pouches too, meaning it feels like a proper ‘meal’ rather than just puree, giving little ones a practice as chewing as well as a new taste too. I also love that the savoury pouches are purely savoury tastes too – many other brands add fruits like apple as ‘fillers’ to baby food to make it sweet and appealing. When you have a fussy eater like Violet thats actually counterproductive as I’m trying my best to stay away from sweet alluring tastes to broaden her savoury palette. Also, with the Fruit Pouches, you know your little one is getting 2 of their 5 a day, so with HiPP Organic, it’s reassuring you know exactly what you are getting in every pouch.
For the last part of our ‘takeover’ I let Violet decide what she’d like to do next. She decided to pull all of her HiPP Organic Pouches out, including the colourful Buddies Masks that we were sent and play with them by putting things into and out of our jar/pouches crate. We also read the HiPP Organic Story book and I put on a couple of masks which made her giggle. Don’t worry, by this point I’d got dressed properly, I didn’t go for the two bras and a skirt look!
The HiPP Organic range as always has got a big thumbs up from us. Weaning is usually such a messy activity but with these pouches they make every meal completely mess free. I love how we know exactly what we are feeding Violet and they will be made of the finest, tastiest ingredients too.
Lastly – I have some exciting news for you – if you’d like to win a selection of HiPP Organic pouches, head over to my Instagram as I’ve got a little giveaway running, or you can use my money-off voucher for a discount off the HiPP Organic range too!