Baby Zilli Food Review

I was recently sent 4 packets of Baby Zilli food for my 6 month old Oliver to try.

Zilli Baby was created by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and entrepreneur Dean Dunham, after working together for 2 years, combing their efforts and knowledge of children and food they set about researching and creating nutritious organic baby food.

The logo on the baby food pouches says

“Good enough for mamma and papa to eat”

I am very eager to have a taste myself. I am a fan of Aldo Zilli’s food points to cookbook sitting on the bookshelf, so even before testing the food my expectations are high.

The baby Zilli range was launched in January 2011, selling in Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, Babies ‘R’ Us, Budgens, Amazon and Whole Foods.

Their baby food range covers 6 categories:

  • Stage One – From 4 Months
  • Stage Two – From 6 Months
  • Stage Three – From 9 Months
  • Brekkie – From 6 Months
  • Puddings – From 9 Months
  • Drinks – From 12 Months

With each packet of food promising

  • No Preservatives
  • No Artificial Additives
  • No E Numbers
  • No Added Salt or Sugar
  • Non GM
  • No Bulking Agents

JUST 100% GOODNESS!

I was very happy to be feed them to my baby, I like to give Oliver food that is the nearest to home made food as possible, with this food range I don think I will be let down.

Each pouch of food is made of foil with a screw lid, so if baby does not eat all of the food from the packet you can replace the lid and place into the fridge where it can be stored and keep for up to 48 hours.

The designs on the packets are eye catching with the bright and bold colours and a little Aldo Zilli cartoon character on them, making them fun and quirky.

We took a pouch out with us on a visit to our local restaurant, it’s the perfect size and shape to slot into our changing bag without making it feel heavy and bulky. And if your like me, and forget to take along a feeding bowl, you can just squirt out the food directly on to a spoon.

We tried the Tutti Frutti Mix first from the stage one range, this is made with peaches, bananas and apricots, it’s very vibrant in colour and smells fresh. Oliver loved it and even tried to grab the spoon off of me and feed himself. Some of it landed on my finger, so obviously I had to lick it off and I must say I was pleasantly surprised, it was delicious! He made quite a mess with eating this and it got all over his clothes an I am delighted to say that it washed out on the first try. This made me one very happy Mamma!

Next we tried the Potato & Lamb Stew, a blend of vegetables and mint from the stage two range. This being from 6 months and upwards was quite textured and certainly tested his taste buds. It is strong in flavour and smells divine, just like home made food. I was very impressed with the taste, it was quite mature with a strong taste of mint, definitely not bland.

A favourite of Oliver’s was Aldo’s Fruit Brekkie made with rice, pears, peaches and milk. I couldn’t get the food into his mouth quick enough, he constantly licked his lips for more and at one point i thought he was going to suck the spoon out of my hand, he really enjoyed it. When all the food was gone he cried for more.

I would highly recommend this range of food from Baby Zilli, the pouches are ideal for food on the go, fresh tasting, delicious, good quality and as the logo says “Good enough for mamma and papa to eat” I would have to agree.

Baby Zilli also run a weekly competition where you can enter a picture of your baby eating one of the Baby Zilli dishes. To enter your baby all you have to do is email a picture of your child eating one of the Baby Zilli dishes to amanda@dunhamgroup .co.uk. The winning baby will receive a goodie bag! Terms & Conditions apply

I’m going to enter my baby, Why don’t you?

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It’s Weaning Time!

My baby is now 6 months old and for the past couple of weeks now I have been slowly introducing food into his daily routine in particularly at dinner time. He sits and stares at us all while we are eating our food and they say that once your baby starts showing an interest in you while you eat it is the best time to introduce their first food.

As Oliver is now 6 months milk alone will not give him the nutrition and energy he needs to grow and become healthy.
Vitamins and minerals are essential fir your baby’s development and calcium and vitamin D helps there bones to become strong.

I started off, like I did with my elder two, by giving him smooth baby rice, which is a perfect food to start to wean with as it has a simple taste and texture and easy to digest. You mix the baby rice with your baby’s usual milk to make the quantity and texture that suits your baby, this Can be given to the baby from 4 months but health professionals will most likely recommend you not to give to you baby until they are 6 months. I personally believe that you will know when the time is right, like I said earlier on I started introducing it at 5 1/2 months old.
Oliver did not take to the taste of this very well, he just looked at me and frowned as if to say “Mummy, what is this” and spat the food out everywhere.
Now I know from previous experience of weaning that it can get very messy, babies only know how to swallow so their instinct is to gulp down the food just like they do with there milk. I’m quite sure more came out of his mouth that went in, this is only because he needs to familiarise himself to the new textures and tastes and he needs to learn how to get the food from the front of his mouth to the back in order to swallow it, after a few attempts he gets to grip with his swallowing.

I found that Oliver liked mashed up banana mixed with his milk much better than the baby rice.

I believe that babies need to taste a variety of foods to help develop their budding taste. I will allow him to taste foods that the family are eating as I am a strong believer that as he grows he will not be a fussy eater, he needs to experience different smells as well as textures and tastes.

We do get very messy and he loves to get his hands into the food now and then he sucks it off of his fingers.
Meal time can be a bit of battle with him as he is always trying to grab at the spoon or the bowl and the food ends up going everywhere.

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He loves his food and since giving him
Solids it has helped tremendously with his reflux.

I am going to attempt at baby-led feeding now he is 6 months.
Baby-led weaning is when the baby sits with the family at mealtimes and given the same healthy food as everyone else but hey feed themselves with their hands.
I think Oliver will take to this part of the weaning very well!

Please share with me your experiences in weaning and what first food you fed your baby?
All advise appreciated

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