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I am reviewing the Cow and Gate Baby Rice in the red box, not sure if the picture on this page is an older one.
My baby is just over 6 months old and is at the stage where we are trying to wean her. WE started with mushed up carrots and bananas as advised by our Health Visitor, but they didn't go down very well.
The Health Visitor recommended against using baby rice and other packaged baby products and to just wean baby on what we eat, but as it wasn't working well we decided to try the baby rice.
Baby rice is great as it pretty much has no flavour. You mix one spoon of it with 10 spoons of whatever milk the baby is drinking and mix up. (you can make the mixture as thin or as thick as you like) and as the rice is tasteless, the mixture tastes just like the milk your baby is used to.
All sounds great in theory, but unfortunately my baby was completely against the consistency of this rice. It was wither spat out, or she would swallow, then gag, and bring it back up immediately!. I don't think it was the product, but obviously she didn't like the consistency, which is a shame because it is very easy to prepare!
Although my daughter did not take to the baby rice well, I am going to keep trying every week with it when she is used to different textures and flavours and I would still recommend this product as a cheap (around £1.15), easy and simple aid for weaning your baby.
Ever since Jayden came out of hospital after a week in the Special Care Baby Unit he has had a big appetite and loves he loves his food, he is now at a stage where his milk along isn't satisfying him and he seems hungry still after finishing his bottle, I didn't want to buy him milk for hungrier babies has I have heard bad things about this from my health visitor and midwife so I decided to get him some baby rice to help satisfy him. I wasn't really sure what brand I was going to buy so decided to have a look to see what I could find that was suitable, I discovered Cow and Gate First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice, it was recommended as being suitable for babies of Jayden's age so I purchased a box to try him on.
The Cow and Gate First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice comes in a rectangle box, the top half of the box is red with a large Cow and Gate logo at the top along with the age that this product is suitable for. In the middle of the box are the words "First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice" this is written in blue on a white background. Right at the bottom of the box are statements about the product, the rest of the box is taken up with a picture of a smiling baby. The sides of the box contains various bits of information about the product such as the nutritional information and ingredients, on the back of the box is further information about the baby rice and how it benefits your baby along with the directions of use and other products available in this range. The information is clearly written in sections making it easy to read and follow. Inside the box is a plain silver plasticy foil bag, this contains the baby rice keeping fresh and preventing it from spilling out of the box.
The Baby Rice
For some reason I thought the Cow and Gate First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice would be like regular rice only smaller suitable for babies, however I was surprised to discover that the rice was just like a powder with no fragrance to it at all. This rice is suitable for babies from 4 to 6 months onwards, it is ideal as a babies first taste of food as it is gentle and mixed with your babies regular milk so that it has a familiar taste, the rice when made is smooth making it easy for you baby to swallow with no lumps to chew. I particularly liked the look of this rice as the information about the product states that it contains no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, it also has no added milk, lactose, egg and is gluten free, this rice is also suitable for vegetarians, there is nothing in this baby rice that could be an irritant for your baby it certainly is gentle for your baby. Cow and Gate First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice contains Vitamin B which is important for babies growth and described as ideal way to start your baby in solid food. When the baby rice is made with your babies own milk it looks just like semolina and to be honest it tastes a bit like it too, it is white in colour and of a thickish consistency although the consistency id dependant on how you prepare the rice and how much milk you add, when the rice is made there is no smell to it at all, it is more like a smooth paste.
How to Prepare
Preparing the Cow and Gate First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice is simply, you put one spoonful (your babies feeding spoon) of the baby rice into a bowl and then add 10 spoonfuls of your babies prepared milk to it and then stir, you can change the consistency of the rice by adding more of less of the milk, I personally add 8 to 10 spoonfuls of milk to the rice, this makes it the perfect constancy, thick enough to make it different to Jayden's milk and to get him use to eating solids, but not so thick that he struggles with it.
Price and Availability
Cow and Gate First Spoonfuls Pure Baby Rice is available from a variety of shops including Boots, Superdrug (and various other chemists that sell baby food) as well as most supermarkets, I have seen this product available in Tesco when I have done my shopping. The 100g box of baby rice is sold for between £1.65 and just over £2.00 I personally think this was very good value for money as the box of rice will last a long time, to start with you only need one spoonful of the rice so a large box like this will keep your baby going for several weeks, obviously the amount of time a box lasts depends on how much rice your baby has at each meal but for Jayden at the moment this box is definitely going to last him a while.
When I purchased the Cow and Gate Baby Rice I was a bit concerned as to what Jayden's reaction would be, he was only ever use to his milk but I was hopeful that he would accept this as it would taste familiar being made with his regular milk. I started Jayden off with having the rice with his tea time bottle and gave it to him before his milk, I was very surprised to discover that he loved it, as soon as he tasted it he smiled and once he had finished one spoonful he kicked his legs for more. I now give Jayden his baby rice twice a day, he has the rice first followed by the remainder of his bottle, I have certainly noticed a difference he no longer seems to be dissatisfied with his milk and seems more content after each meal. I have had no problems with the rice upsetting his stomach and he has taken to it extremely well, at the moment he only has a very small amount of the rice but it is just enough to make a difference. The only thing I have noticed is that if Jayden is really hungry he does get a bit frustrated eating the rice as it is more time consuming that drinking milk from a bottle, however this is something he is getting use to, feeding Jayden the rice is quite a messy process and he does end up covered in it especially when he tries to help, however you can really tell that he is enjoying it. For me this is an ideal product to give him as I know there is nothing in it to irritate his stomach and it is a gentle way to introduce him to solids, the rice is reasonably priced and long lasting making it excellent value for money. I will certainly continue to buy this rice and would highly recommend it to anyone as would Jayden.
As a first time mum I was given various advice about weaning, when I decided to start weaning at 4 months my health visitor told me to start on baby rice. Various books I had read also said about simple tastes and baby rice. I bought a box of this in Asda it cost £1.60 for a 100g box.
On the front of the box it states that the rice is suitable from 4 months and over. It contains 100% pure baby grade rice. It is also organic. It doesn't contain any sugar or salt and it fortified with vitamin B1. The rice is also gluten free.
You can mix up the rice with baby's usual milk or water. As I breastfeed my daughter I had to express milk to mix in with the rice. This firstly was a pain as I decided early on expressing milk isn't for me and it's just so time consuming. After I had mixed up a few spoons of this rice I thought it looked awful. It had a consistency of wallpaper paste no matter how much milk I added. I decided to try it with my daughter anyway and she spat the lot out. I thought this was because she wasn't used to eating however I even tried it with formula milk and tasted it myself, it has to be the most bland thing I have ever tasted and I found it really gloopy and sticky. I gave up on this after just 2 days and moved straight onto fruit and veg purees which my daughter took to really well and ate no problem.
In conclusion I can only say she hated the taste of this as everything else I offered she took really well.
I wouldn't recommend this.
Although government guidelines state that a baby should not be weaned before 6 months of age, baby Freddy was ready long before that. By four months he was starting to demand bottles of milk every two hours, and as he has reflux, it wasn't a good idea to increase his milk any more. And so, after speaking to our doctor, my partner and I decided it was time to start the messy business of weaning him. Although we were very clear that we wanted to give him home-cooked food as far as possible, we knew that the one food that would come out of a packet was baby rice, and as it was on offer at the time we stocked up on Cow & Gate's version, paying about £1 for an 100g packet.
As with most baby rice this comes in a cardboard box, that is easy to open via the 'zip' at the top, within this box is a sealed foil packet that needs to be cut open with scissors. Although the box can be easily closed with a flap, the foil packet is not re-sealable, and if a packet is left open for more than a couple of weeks (or in a damp climate) the powdered rice will clump and become harder to mix.
Cow & Gate baby rice comes as a very fine powder that can mixed with breast milk, formula or water to make a smooth, bland paste that's easy for baby to eat and digest. Although this can be made up very runny indeed, right from day one Freddy liked a little more bite to his food, so I've always used less milk than recommended to make it up. But that's the great thing with this baby rice, if your baby will only take it very runny then you can make it like that, but if they prefer their food thick then that's alright too. Unlike jars, this can be made up to the perfect consistency for the individual baby. I rarely have problems mixing this to a smooth consistency, but it's amazing how much milk a tiny bit of powder can absorb. Personally, I would recommend that you add the liquid fairly slowly, allowing one bit of liquid to be absorbed before adding the next and stir constantly.
Taste-wise, this is extremely bland, there is no added salt or sugar and so the rice itself doesn't actually taste of anything much. For this reason I wouldn't personally recommend making it up with water, but rather use your baby's usual milk. This means the taste is very familiar to the baby as it will taste almost exactly like their milk, only a little thicker. From the very first taste, Freddy loved his rice and as we slowly increased the amount he was eating he began to settle once more. A couple of days after starting him on the rice, we began to add various vegetables and now a month later Freddy has baby rice once sometimes twice a day as we use it as a carbohydrate base (Freddy isn't keen on potato).
In the morning's we mix 6 (weaning) spoonfuls of rice with about 2.5oz of milk and add apple or pear puree, in the evening he has the same amount of rice with lots of yummy vegetables and eats it all up will making a 'num num' noise, making it clear that he's loving his food. Even using this amount of rice a day, a packet lasts us just over a week, and even factoring the costs of buying vegetables, it's still far cheaper than buying jars (Freddy can eat two of these at a sitting).
And so, am I recommending Cow & Gate Baby Rice? The answer is a resounding yes, it is a perfect and versatile first food for baby, far, far healthier than rusks (that contain up to 1/3 sugar). Each packet contains 100g of pure baby rice, with no salt or sugar added, in fact the only added ingredient is Thiamine (vitamin B1). When starting to wean it can be made up runny and then as baby gets older it can be made thicker and added to vegetables or fruit to make really yummy meals. Freddy absolutely loves his baby rice and vegetable dinners, so much so that when presented with jarred baby food, he'll turn his nose up as if to say "it's not as nice as Mummy's". Not only that but is works out far cheaper, and healthier to make this up and mix with fruit for breakfast rather than using specific breakfast cereals. So if you're baby is ready for weaning, then give this a try, in Freddy's words, it's "Num, Num".
Cow & Gate Baby Balance Pure Baby Rice was the first weaning product I bought for both my sons.
Where I live, it is recommended to start weaning your baby at around 6 months (however the box says from 4 months). I felt at around 5 month old, my sons were looking for something more substantial than their 3 hourly bottle feed.
This baby rice was the best option. It is easy to make up and easy for baby to digest. It is very light and only requires you to mix in some of babies usual milk. Within the box the powder is sealed in a thick silver foil pack.
I started off just using one little teaspoonful of powder and mixed in baby's milk until it was at a consistency I was comfortable feeding him with - no lumps but not runny. Just a step up from milk if you like - just thicker and smooth.
My first son took to this really well and each day I would give him a little bit more than the previous day. Before I knew it he having a full little bowl full. I kept him on this for a few weeks while he got used to it and started to change the texture a little by adding more rice and less water.
My second son wasn't to keen on this rice but he did get used to it. we fed him his first spoonful at around 5 months to but he wasn't a happy chappy. I felt that, because it tasted like his usual milk and the texture was thicker, he maybe thought it was strange, like curdled milk or something. He didn't stay on this for very long as he never seemed to enjoy it the way I would have liked him to. We started him on the many other flavours of breakfast cereals they have and that was him. My second son seemed to take better to all the different flavours available, I think the rice was too bland for him! lol.
I also found the Pure Baby Rice really useful for adding to baby dinners/soups etc to thicken them up. It was a great way to fill baby up!
I would definitely recommend using this product to wean your baby. It is an easier transition from a milk total diet and is light and easy to digest for baby. I also love that you can adjust the consistency of this to help develop your baby's knack for chewing and squishing food in their mouth.
I have heard some people say they have added baby rice and other products to baby's bottle to drink through the teat. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! This could potentially be a choking hazard. It is sooo much better for baby to learn to take from the spoon and healthier and safer too.
Also, try and hold off giving your baby solids up to six months. Some people think that just because their little one can chew and cope with the food well that it's fine to give them. But for some little ones it can be difficult to digest solid food.
Obviously, these are my opinions of weaning and using the baby rice, but also the options and guidance I have received from health professionals. Please always remember to consult your own professional health advisor regarding weaning etc.
When it comes to weaning your baby the first thing that health professional recommend they try is baby rice so as I have started weaning I decided to purchase a box and settled upon the Cow and Gate Pure Baby Rice.
Most health professionals and information recommend that you do not start weaning until 6 months onwards because babies guts and digestive system is not developed and advanced enough until then but I have had other people tell me that from 4 months or 17 weeks onwards is fine. I have also heard that 6 months is said because in developing parts of the world they want them to keep on breastfeeding for as long as they can because it's the healthiest and easiest way to feed their children in those countries. Cow and Gate say that baby rice is an ideal first weaning food because it is mild in taste, gluten free and easy for tiny tummies to digest.
Whatever your view on it I decided to start my little girl on baby rice from 4 months onwards and so bought a box of Cow and Gate baby balance pure baby rice as it's for babies 4 months onwards. Baby Rice is basically just rice ground up so it is in powder form. I chose the Cow and Gate variety as it says on the front that it is the purest baby-grade rice with no added sugar or salt and has added vitamin B1.
The rice is really easy to prepare. You basically mix one spoon of baby rice to 10 spoons of your babies regular milk and mix. I found this made it really runny so once your baby gets used to texture you can make it a bit thicker with less milk. The rice is extremely bland and tasteless but babies like this so overall I have been pleased with this rice. My baby girl has now moved on to homemade fruit and vegetables but I still sometimes mix in some of the rice to bulk it out. I bought a 100g box which cost me £1.69.
I bought this item for my daughter when she was 5 and a half months old. I wanted something completely simple that would get her used to eating before introducing real flavours. The baby rice in easy to swallow, has no artificial colours or flavouring and has no added sult or sugar.
The baby rice comes in a small blue box with a picture of a young baby on the front. The rice is inside in a separate bag to help keep the rice cool therefor avoiding it clumping. It has very easy to spot big bold red writing which is the traditional cow and gate writing. It also shows the number of the weaning stage in the bottom left hand corner.
~Making up a feed~
The guidelines to make the baby rice are 1 part water to 10 parts of your babies regular milk. I find that with only 10 parts water the rice is quite thick and hard for my daughter to swallow. However once its heated in the microwave the consistency gets alot runnier and i never need to add more milk. I like to add a bit of mashed up banana to the rice to give it a bit of difference. You can add all sorts of fruits to the mix to give your baby some variety.
For every 100g of rice (one whole box) your baby gets...
7.8 grams of protein
85.5 grams of carbohydrate
1.2 grams of fat
0.4 of which is saturated
1.8 grams of fibre
0.01 grams of sodium
and 0.0g of sugar.
This little box is the perfect food to introduce to your baby. You can pick it up from all supermarkets such as sainsburys, asda, tesco and more. I got mine from boots for only £1.69 which is excellent value for how much you get. Ive been using it for 2 weeks and still have plenty left. The box does say use within 28 days of opening and i think im gonna have alot left but for £1.69 im not really bothered.
Cow and gate are not the only baby food company to produce a baby rice so I usually get which ever brand is on special at the supermarket as there is very little difference between them and it helps me to save a few pence each week.
Baby rice is designed to be used right at the start of weaning your baby, it comes in a box in powdered form and it is very bland in taste just as rice normally is so you mix it with babies normal milk to get them used to having a different texture in there mouth and moving the food around there mouth before you move on to adding different tastes to there diet
This is a great product that I have used with weaning all 3 of my children, I preferred this to begin with as you can make the consistency more thick or runny depending on how your baby likes it best, I started Jessie off by using more milk with the rice to make it runny and slowly progressed to thicker food textures with this by adding less milk each time.
It was fantastic for starting Jessie off weaning and I still use it now with her as a meal but she has now discovered the yummy tastes of food so wont eat this on its own any more but still really enjoys it with fruit mashed up with it especially a banana.
This food is colour free flavour free, sugar and salt free so there is nothing bad for your baby in there.
The first time that you feed your baby food it can be scary because you are not sure how they are going to take to it.
Most health visitors now say not to start weaning your child till 6 months old. I have had to wean both of mine at 4 months due to they were taking so much milk and still hungry.
I have found that this is the best thing to start your child on because it is plain. Having no taste means that the child will not be put off by it and they will learn how to eat and swallow and still enjoy what they are eating.
The instructions on the pack are easy to understand by explaining how to mix the food and what vitamins it holds for your baby. To get my son used to eating 2 meals I used this for breakfast and dinner.
This has been the only breakfast cerial I have used with both of my children until I put them on adult breakfast. It may be a bit plain and bland but it does what it is supposed to and the children love it.
i have recently started weaning my daughter,although its stated that milk is best for you baby up until 6 months some babies need more than milk and my daughter was one of them! she slept all the way through the night for ages then as soon as she was 4 months she started waaking in the middle of the night for a feed, then she started trying to chew on everything, and then was only going for 2 and a half hours then demanding another feed. so is decided to try her with a few tea spoons of baby rice. first day didnt go that well there was more around her mouth and on her bib! second day didnt go that bad and by the fifth she was having 5 teaspoons.now she seems to love it, the good thing about it is you can make it as runny or thick as you want and it tastes the same as her milk and is familier to her,i think this is an ideal weaning food to start with.
When just beginning to ween my boys onto more solid foods I was advised by my health visitor and GP to use baby rice. As I was using Cow & Gate formula for their milk, at first I decided to stick with this brand and buy cow & gate baby rice. It is for babies 6months plus, which is usually when Health visitors now say you can begin to wean your baby.
The box was the usual Cow & Gate design, a pale blue, with Cow & Gate in bright red writing at the top and a picture of a baby. A number 1 on the side which informs you that is one of the first food groups for your little one. Inside the box you have a silver pouch, full of white powder. There was no real smell to it really. It gives you instructions on the box as to how to make it, either by mixing it with boiled, but lukewarm water or with your babies usual milk. You can buy these boxes in your local supermarkets, Superdrug, Boots etc. I bought mine from Boots for just over £1.50, though they do have them on offer quite alot.
I mixed it with my boys milk as they loved their milk and I thought it might make them enjoy a little more. I mixed it up until it was a smooth consistency, unfortunately not looking good enough to eat. Baby rice is meant to be high in iron, so a way to give them in food what they are not getting in milk. But come on, there was no smell at all, I even had a taste and guess what, there was NONE. It was literally tasteless! Nevertheless I still gave it to my boys to try as of course it wasn't meant for me and they may like it.
I also noticed that if not ate straightaway after mixing it, it began to dry up and become lumpy. I didn't want lumps I wanted smooth, so my boys could swallow with ease and not be scared of foods after trying them for the first time.
I wasn't the only one who didn't seem impressed. After mixing it with a little more baby milk to make it smooth again I tried it with my boys. They refused it after spitting out the first spoonful. Now I don't know why obviously as they can't talk and couldn't tell me. But it could have been a few reasons the fact that there was just no taste, it did become lumpy even within a few seconds from mixing. It was just bland basically.
I was told that this was an easy way to introduce solid foods to little ones as it's not overpowering in taste, and is a simple and easy food to get them used to. But when I gave my boys flavoursome porridges and cereals they couldn't get enough, even at a very young age.
I don't reccomend this at all because of my experience with it, but all babies are different of course and your little one could think it's the best food since sliced bread (well since their milk bottles actually lol). Hopefully it works better for other people.
My wee man had his first taste of this tonight! Don't they grow up so quick.
~ About ~
Cow and Gate Pure Balance Baby Rice is a first weaning food for babies from 4 months and up, though be aware that the recommended guideline (not rule, speak to your health visitor if you think your little one is ready to wean before that mark) is 6 months and up. On the packaging itself it states 4 months and up. Baby rice is a very gentle, easily digestible weaning food for baby tums, and this one has added vitamin B1, a bonus as Vitamin B1 is needed to aid baby growth. The rice and vitamin is the only ingredients this food involves, gluten free too to help avoid allergy problems.
It is sold in a pack of 100g, which will last you a good month or so depending on your babies appetite. An added bonus, if you use cow and gate baby formula, they often come with a leaflet for 20p off a purchase of this baby rice. Its selling price is around 50p a box.
To make up your baby rice, in the early weaning days its a good idea to give your baby as much milk as they will take first. Then out of whats left, mix 10 baby spoons of milk, formula or breast, with 1 baby spoon of baby rice. Give it a good mix. It will look just the same, still very watery, but as babies are prone to choking this is how it should be. As your baby gets older, you can vary the mixture for a thicker consistency. If you do make a thicker mix, try not to get too much saliva from your baby into the baby rice, as it will break it down and go back to being very watery.
Baby rice is very versatile and can be used mixed with fruit and veg purees, once your baby is old enough to give it a go.
~ Personal Opinion ~
Well, for a proper personal opinion, what else could i do but give it a taste! Must be just for babies though as there was no flavour to it other than that of the formula and it was quite 'bitty'. My baby however, loved every single mouthful and ate the whole 10 spoons baby milk mixed with one spoon baby rice, giggling away through out. That's enough for me to know it must be good!
I find it great value for money, I used it with my older two girls as well when they were little, and at 50p for 100g its not to be sniffed at! It doesn't stain either, like other baby foods, I have lost many clothes before from carrot puree stains! I never noticed any adverse reactions to it either, such as constipation or the runnier stuff (eww) where as with boots own baby rice brand, I have. Simply put, i trust this food, to put in my precious babies belly!
~ Should You Buy It? ~
If your baby is ready to give weaning a go, then I would recommend it, from personal usage, for its gentleness on a babies belly, the extra vitamin b1, and its value for money. Whether your baby will like it though...that's something you will find out when you give it a go. Although i used this with all my three, my eldest was never really a huge fan of it.
~ Where can I Buy it? ~
At most supermarkets, boots, and other stockists of baby foods. Dont forget, if you use cow and gate formula, keep the little leaflet for extra money off.
Cow and Gate have their own website, at cowandgate.co.uk where you can contact an advisor for more information should you want it. Also if your baby is before 6 months of age, do just run it by your health visitor before going ahead.
Weaning can often be a touchy subject among mums with guidelines recommending that weaning is not started preferably until 6 months but not before 4 as the child's digestive system is not developed to handle solid food at that age, the change in their system takes place between 17 weeks and 6 months and that is why the guidelines are set at that age, it has only been in the last 2 years or so that this guideline appeared as a result of new research, when my daughter was born in 2006 and I was still advised to wean at 4 months rather than 6. I desperately wanted to get Jack through to 17 weeks before introducing solids to him but at 12 weeks his sleeping pattern changed dramatically going from waking twice a night to waking every hour or more, he was also unsettled in the day and so when we saw the health visitor at 14 weeks she recommended we try him with a little solid food, we'd tried all other ways of encouraging him to sleep and this was our last resort. We were recommended to give a little baby rice once an evening mixed up with his milk (but not in the bottle!) and so that evening we started the process of weaning Jack.
Cow & Gate Baby Rice is a powdered form of baby food that when mixed up with babies milk (bottle formula or expressed breast milk) makes a white, puree like food that is mild enough for baby to handle as a first taste but provides a little stodginess to the food in their stomachs making them go a little longer in between feeds. It is more or less tasteless being dominated by the taste of the milk it's been made up with, it also has little in the way of nutritional value with an entire 100g box providing-
0.8g Thiamin (vitamin B1)
When you consider that a portion for a baby aged 4 months, or in Jacks case 14 weeks, is only one spoonful per meal and a 100g box can last up to a month and more you can see how little nutrition comes from the rice. It's this reason why most people will recommend using fruit or vegetable purees as a first food however because of Jacks young age we wanted something gentle and less likely to upset his system so the rice was the answer for us. The rice is also good as a first food as there is little taste difference from baby's usual milk so they will be introduced to new textures and use of a spoon but it won't be a shocking new taste for them.
The rice contains no added flavours, colours, preservatives, gluten, milk/lactose and is suitable for vegetarians making it an ideal introductory food for babies, it's as close to a pure manufactured (rather than home made) food as you'll get with its only ingredients being rice flour and Thiamin. It's packaged in a sealed foil bag for freshness which is presented in an outer card box which is packed with information on feeding advice and information.
The serving recommendation is 1 spoon of powder to 10 spoonfuls of milk, getting the balance right can be tricky as when you first add the milk the rice seems quite runny, after a few minutes though it thickens up so you have to be careful not to add too much powder as you can end up with a wallpaper paste consistency that baby will struggle with. Likewise adding too much milk will result in a runny meal which is hard to serve on the spoon and won't seem any different to a regular milk feed to your little one.
We decided to introduce the rice during Jacks 8pm feed alongside his usual bottle of milk, at first he gave me a look as if to say "what on earth are you doing to me woman!" but he would happily open his mouth for the spoon and attempt to suck the rice off. The early stages of weaning, especially so young, can be tricky as they haven't quite mastered the tongue action needed to eat the food but Jack just about manages it, even if I do spend half my time mopping his chin. The first meal was pretty much devoured which surprised me as I hadn't expected him to do so well but it instilled confidence in me that we'd be able to continue with giving him the rice. The following day went equally as well and Jack even seemed to enjoy being fed the rice, I think the mild flavour was enough that it wasn't overpowering or unpleasant. The first 2 nights we saw an improvement in his sleep with him waking 3 times both nights, since then he's been able to settle to bed at 9 wake for the first time at 2.30 and then again at 5.30 before we finally get up for the day at 7.30, giving him the food has clearly made a huge difference to him and we're all better off as a result of him getting better sleep.
The baby rice is very convenient being powdered, meaning that it's a simple task of adding the milk, you don't need to go to all the effort of blitzing up food for purees. Once Jack reaches 4 months then I'll start making up meals myself but for a gentle introduction to his first solids the baby rice was perfect, I have had to introduce a little fruit puree due to concerns he may become constipated on just the rice seeing as he's so young, but so far we've had no problems and he seems to be enjoying his new food.
If you can get your little one to the recommended 6 month age on just formula or breast milk then do but it's not always possible, some babies simply need solids earlier and nothing you try will get them to last any longer. I would however recommend seeking advice from a medical professional before giving the rice to a baby under the 4 month marker, parents will know their children's needs but it is always wise to seek professional advice, not all health visitors will frown on a mother who introduces solids early especially when they're behaviour changes as much as Jacks did. A child of 6 months that is weaned will probably not need the rice at all although it does provide a good base for home cooked savoury meals with blended vegetables etc...
I paid the bargain price of 47p for my box of baby rice at my local branch of Instore but it's available wherever Cow & Gate food is sold for around £1 a box.
At around 16 weeks old my twin girls had got to th point they were waking every hour morning and night, i was just so tired and couldnt get anything done as i was feeding all the time. So i hung onto 17 weeks even though my heath visitor wasnt happy i hadnt waited until 6 months old s the government guidelines state but it would have been impossible and you cant starve a baby.
So i decided to start with baby rice as thats whats usually recommended because its really bland but helps them get used to the texture of having food in their mouth.
I only tried them with a couple of spoons at first, they flatly refused to take more that which im not suprised its extremely bland.
I bought this pack for a £1 in our local pound shop but i never used up the full box due to them not liking it and it went to the bin. I mixed it in with babies milk so that it still had a familiar taste but they still werent too keen on it.
Its a great first food but be ready for your little one to refuse it especially once they taste other foods.
When we first began weaning our baby we were recommended to begin with baby rice. As I understand, rice is a good choice for early weaning as, although terribly bland, it will introduce your baby to solid foods whilst not having an overpowering taste. After all until your baby embarks on the weaning process, they have until that point only experienced the taste of milk.
We chose Cow & Gate baby rice quite simply as it was a recommended name and one that always seemed to be on the shelves. Prices may vary but to give you an example of cost Tesco stock this product at £1.52 for a 100g box.
It is recommended to mix baby rice with a little of your baby's usual milk. Once your baby is a little further into the weaning process however you can experiment a little further. In particular one of my son's favourite meals during early weaning was boiled and mashed potato mixed with baby rice.
Overall I would recommend this product. It is a perfect choice for introducing solids. It is a trusted brand and is reasonably priced.
Pure baby rice with added thiamin (vitamin B1)