Monday, May 2, 2011
Baby Gourmet Review
Alchemy Communications asked me to review Baby Gourmet Organic Baby Food. Now I know what you're thinking, my little ones are either not at the baby food stage yet or are beyond that stage, however, I decided to accept their request and Ella and I, and a few babies of a test panel decided to give it a go!
Baby Gourmet sent me a case of baby food to try. The nine flavours that they happened to send me are the most interesting flavours I have ever seen in baby food;
Harvest Pear, Pumpkin & Banana
Orchard Apple, Carrot & Prune
Juicy Pear and Garden Greens (greens were broccoli and spinach)
Apple Sweet Potato Berry Swirl
Baby Sweet Potato Pie
Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto
Tropical Banana Bliss
Roasted Squash & Fruit Medley
First off, yes I tried a few myself. I have always thought "Why would I feed my baby something I think is gross?" I can recall opening a jar of nameless baby food in a meat flavour and thinking that the smell was just putrid... Ella did NOT like it and I certainly did not blame her! By far my favourite of the ones that I tried was the Apple Crisp. It tasted just like homemade! Ella hasn't eaten baby food in quite some time and she loved them. Now that they are gone she is asking me for more!
Lets Talk Packaging
This is the part of the product that I think my little lady loved the most. She liked that she could squeeze the product out right into her mouth; which makes for a great nutritious on-the-go snack. What I liked about the packaging was that it is easy to toss into the diaper bag and you don't have to worry about a heavy glass jar breaking in your bag. I found that the size, 128mL was a good size; enough for a small baby to have two meals and an older baby/toddler to have as a meal or snack. What I don't like about the packaging was that I'm pretty sure that it’s not something you can recycle, and definitely something that cannot be reused. In today's world where going "Green" is a big thing I found that to be a bit of a turn off. At least a glass jar you can take to a recycling facility, make a craft or use it for storage of small items. Please correct me if I am wrong on that though! I just couldn't find anywhere on the package or the company website that said you could recycle it. That being said, the packaging is BPA free.
What's in it for Me? (Or rather, your little one)
I think when it comes to baby foods the better question is not always "What is in it?" but more or less "What isn't in it?" No thickeners, fillers, nuts, added salt or added sugar. Sounds good so far doesn't it? So what is it made of? One hundred percent organic ingredients. Even better is that it’s made right here in Canada.
Cost and Where to Buy
One thing I had to do a little bit of research on was the cost. I checked their site and went to Wal-Mart to find the price. Ordering from the site is by far the best solution... who ever would have thought to order their baby food online?! Sure nice in the winter when you don't want to leave your house! The reason I say it’s a better price is because the more you buy the cheaper it becomes. Baby Gourmet also offers a points system that in the future will help lower the costs of your baby's food. Similar to Huggies points. The buyer receives 50 points per package at the time of online purchase and after receiving the product can go online, enter the product code and receive another 50 points. At $1.47 a package it seems to be in line with other organic brands of the same size.
What did the babies think?
The two test babies’ mothers have told me that their little ones love this product, with the Juicy Pear and Garden Greens mentioned as a top favourite. Both mommies loved that you could squeeze the product right onto the spoon and recap, and refrigerate it when baby is done.
Once Dillan moves on to baby foods I will for sure buy this product. It is very easy to tell that the folks at Baby Gourmet put a lot of thought and care into their product! Way to go Baby Gourmet!
post written February 18th 2011 moved from previous blog