Win one month’s supply of Cow & Gate Friends weaning pouches

Cow & Gate Friends weaning

Having a baby who didn’t really enjoy her milk from day dot meant that I was pretty excited when the time came to wean her onto solid foods. In the beginning I was keen to make all of Taylor’s food myself. Not because I’m a baby food snob, but just because I had the time, and because the ingredients are part of my usual food shop – often the part that ends up going out of date and being thrown away – so I didn’t see any point in spending additional money on ready-made jars and pouches.

Five months later and I still make the majority myself, but I do have a stock of pots and pouches for when I’m out and about or I’m short of time.

Cow & Gate Friends weaning

Earlier this year, I attended the Baby Show at Birmingham NEC and Cow & Gate were handing out samples of their new Friends range, so I joined the long queue to pick up a couple of the vegetable pouches. When we arrived back home after a busy day I was shattered and it was time for Taylor’s dinner, so I was relieved when I remembered that I had the pouches in my bag – no heating up or washing up required. Taylor immediately approved and polished off the whole pouch. I was equally impressed – unlike some of the other baby foods I’ve tasted, these aren’t at all sweet or salty and actually taste exactly like the vegetables I purée myself. Needless to say, I went out and bought a couple more for those days when we were out and about or (let’s face it) I just wanted an easy mealtime.

The concept behind the Cow & Gate Friends range is to introduce babies to a range of distinct vegetable flavours at the beginning of the weaning journey, so that they develop a healthy appetite for veggies for life. The range begins with the starter pack which includes four single vegetable varieties; cauliflower, pea, carrot and broccoli. The vegetable pouches are made with no added salt, sugar, additives or preservatives.

I really like how the pouches are resealable, so when your little one changes their mind about cooperating with you (i.e. clamps their mouth shut, punches the spoon out of your hand, shakes their head ferociously from side-to-side) you can simply screw the lid back on and refrigerate them for up to 24 hours. This is also really handy for when you’re out of the house.

Cow & Gate Friends weaning pouchesCow & Gate have kindly offered one reader of Mum in Brum 10 x each of the four Friends flavours (40 pouches in total) as pictured above – enough to last over a month in those early stages of weaning*. To enter the giveaway just complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end on 2nd October 2015 and is open to UK residents only. Good luck!

*Based on one meal per day in addition to breakfast.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. All views are my own and reviews are always 100% honest.

 

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17 Comment

  1. Helen
    September 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

    This would be so perfect as we’re going to start weaning at the end of this month – eek!!

    Helen x

    http://treasureeverymoment01.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Glad it’s useful Helen – good luck if you entered! x

  2. Sue @ Home Heart Harmony
    September 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    So wish these had been around when my kids were babies. There are constantly new products coming on the market which make me think, ‘that would have been a game-changer when mine were tiny.’ Anything that makes meal time easier is a winner in my book! 😉

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      I know, there are so many great products out these days it’s difficult to know where to stop! Yes I agree – anything that makes mealtimes easier – I’m a big fan of finger food at the moment! 🙂

  3. Suz
    September 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Elliott use to eat these when he was little and loved them! Wont be entering as he has passed that stage of weaning but lovely review regardless! Suz x beauisblue.com

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      They do seem to go down well! Thanks for commenting x

  4. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    September 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    What a great prize to offer! We are waaaay beyond the weaning stage but pouches like these came in so handy when we were out and about. Saying that, I was a terror for using ready made food. He hated anything I made so I gave up haha! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Haha, it can seem very fruitless going to all that effort when they just (literally) spit it back at you. Especially when the ready-made food is pretty good these days! x

  5. Kate
    September 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I love the Cow & Gate range – fingers crossed! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Leanne Cornelius
    September 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Great giveaway – thank you!
    I am pureeing my own meals for Aria at the moment but I always like to have some pouches in just in case, they sound very natural and healthy so would be perfect!

    #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, I always find it useful to have a few pouches on standby. They really do taste very natural – I was pretty impressed 🙂

  7. Farmerswifeandmummy
    September 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Ooo what a great prize. We’ve tried the broccoli potato and chicken flavour and G loved it. Thanks for linking up with #Maternitymondays

  8. Loving life with little ones
    September 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    We have just reviewed these!! We also thought that they did taste like the real thing. #maternitymondays

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Yes, they really do! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. jemma dwyer
    October 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    fab giveaway started weaning my little one a few weeks ago this would be great to win x

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 1, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Jemma, fingers crossed! I used them on holiday recently and they really came in super handy 🙂 x

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