I wish I had thought about creating a Spicy baby food range made with healthy ingredients, herbs and spices. I am a firm believer of cooking my own meals for baby and so just before Baby T was 5 months, I had all my tools ready. I made vegetables and some various recommended first foods in batches, froze and stored them.
You need to see my disappointment when he took 1 or 2 spoons from the first batch and was no longer interested. I spent a considerable amount of time and effort and yet baby T had just two spoons. Have you ever experienced this?
I was consoled by the fact that it was all about the experience really…. I was also desperate to see if solids made a difference to his sleep. I heard a lot of “if he eats more he will sleep longer”. (disclaimer this is true for some babies I have learnt that some babies wake up at night for other reasons other than food).
This wasn’t the solution for me. So, you can only imagine how desperate I was and how I tried to encourage him to take more and more and more of my homemade meals (veggies) but some new food made our sleep experience worse…
It was only a matter of time as he got older he was more interested in solids and not long after starting refusing milk in bottles and sometimes wasn’t keen on breastfeeding either. He just wanted solid food.
Despite his interest in solids he would only take few spoons before we start the game I call “push the spoon away”. I previously thought this meant he had enough but I was wrong as soon as he took a bite of whatever I was eating he would become very interested and eat a lot more than what I had given from the baby jars/pouch.
I bought different food jars and pouches from top brands and even had some given as a gift he loved Hipp Organic Spaghetti bolognese, Pasta and Ham and the Ella Kitchen vegetables but would have half of it or a few spoons. There were days he would have more of the spaghetti bolognese After throwing away a lot of leftovers from baby food jar and pouches I complained to a friend and she said to me “Can you eat what you give him in the pouches or jar I said no then she replied that is why he also cannot eat it. He will eat what you eat.” This was my turning point.
I was out doing my grocery shopping in Tesco when I came across the For Aisha food range. I was initially skeptical because I wasn’t familiar with the brand and none of the mum’s I knew had tried it. I had a look at the ingredients being of African descent, it looked like the sort of food I would like to taste. I was right
I love my spices hot, tasty and can only imagine baby T would prefer similar. Although for Aisha is not spicy hot, the herbs and spices give baby a familiar taste. There is evidence to suggest that babies develop food preference in the womb. It was no surprise that Baby T also loves spicy food.
He loves potatoes so I got the Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry and Jamaican Jerk Chicken these were instant hits. He would normally take less than half of baby food in either jar or pouches but with For Aisha, he has no difficulty eating the entire pouch content plus his fruits.
I got more confident in the food range and left him at nursery with a new pouch and flavour which he had never tried before “Moroccan Chicken Tagine”. It was such a relief to know that he ate this well at nursery.A happy baby equals a happy mummy.
I look forward to trying out more recipes and would recommend they also look at adding famous west African dish like Jollof rice to their growing options.
(This review is based on my personal experience and I was not given the food pouches as a sample or paid to share this)