Monday, May 25, 2015

Ella's Kitchen Review

Scarlett has been eating solids for about 3 weeks now and she's 23 weeks old.  When my pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to start solids, I was very excited! You can only get so much joy from giving your child a bottle every few hours.  With solid food, you can create fruit and veggie combinations to delight your child's taste buds and make them happy.  I'm lucky that Scarlett is a great eater and enjoys everything I've given her so far.  When did your child first start solids?

Ella's Kitchen offers pouches containing organic food for babies and little ones.  Once your baby is ready for solids, Ella's Kitchen is ready for them! Start with stage 1 which is for babies 4 months and up.  These pouches contain pureed fruit and veggie combinations that will make their bellies sing.  Stage 2 is for 6 months and up and has offerings like cauliflower cheese with lima beans.  These savory purees help your child to continue on their tiny taste bud journey with a smoother, thicker taste.  Stage 3 is an exciting one for 9 months and up when you can choose from such options as Thai curry veggies with rice, or vegetables and chicken with mangos and spices.  These wholesome meals with soft lumps give new teeth a workout.  The last stage is for 1 year olds and up.  These babies will absolutely love lunchbox drinks, toddler snacks, electrolyte drinks, and nutritional shakes. Moms and Dads can love Ella's Kitchen every step of the way.  

Right around 20 weeks, Scarlett was hungrier than normal.  She could barely go 3 or 3 1/2 hours in-between feedings, when she used to be able to go beyond four.  She would be very interested when my husband and I ate around her, and she would endlessly stare at us.  I talked to some other mom's for advice and they agreed that she certainly needed to eat more. Her bottle just wasn't cutting it anymore!

At her 4 month check-up, I discussed starting solids with the pediatrician who agreed that Scarlett's belly needed more.  I went out and bought jarred baby food and her first meal ever was green beans.  It was certainly a learning experience in the beginning.  I was unsure if I was giving her enough food, and of course Scarlett was learning to eat.  I quickly figured out how much to exactly give her and we were good to go.  What I noticed in the early days of her solid food adventures was that she was an aggressive eater.  If I couldn't get the baby food fast enough into her screaming mouth, she would be hysterical.  She would kick the bowl of food which created a big mess.  She also grabbed the spoon and tried to shove it in her mouth while screaming and wouldn't let go.  Mealtime shouldn't be this chaotic!

I had heard of Ella's Kitchen and seen them in the store, but I didn't realize at first that Scarlett could have them. The earliest stage, stage 1, is ideal for her.  The pouches are perfect for on-the-go traveling and don't require any sort of refrigeration.  What I like best is that everything is contained in the pouch, which creates much less mess.

Ella's Kitchen sent Scarlett a fantastic pack of goodies for her to sink her tiny gums into. We received pouches with such yummies inside as pears, peas and broccoli, cauliflower and lima beans, and apples, spinach, and rutabaga.  You can't forget about the helpful books which give you recipe and food tips from baby to toddlerhood.

Two of the pouches are for 6 months and up, so I can't give Scarlett those right away.  She'll be 6 months on June 9th, so the cauliflower cheese and lima bean pouch won't have to wait much longer to get into her tummy.   The pouches are eye-catching and offer brightly colored pictures of fruits and veggies.  

I did give her the apples, green beans, and raisins pouch yesterday.  What I didn't realize about solid foods at first is that you can mix them together.  The thought of doing that never occurred to me.  I would always give Scarlett just apples, or just green beans.  When you mix the combinations together, you're opening up their palette to new flavors and tastes which is awesome.  I also love that all of the food is organic with no added preservatives or unnatural ingredients.  This makes me one happy mom.

Scarlett has had green beans and apples before, so the only new addition to her was raisins. The pouches are fantastic because they make mealtime a breeze.  When you feed baby the food in a bowl with a spoon, mealtime can take forever an feel endless.  With the pouches, a feeding is done in record time! 

The purees are easy to eat and Scarlett had no problem eating it right from the pouch.  She seemed to enjoy it and ate it quickly.  These pouches are awesome for throwing in your diaper bag and feeding baby when out and about.  With all the yummy choices, baby will quickly form some favorites.

If you're looking to add some yummy, wholesome food into your baby's diet, please keep Ella's Kitchen in mind.  They will grow with your little one from baby to toddler.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Ella's Kitchen for providing me with complimentary products in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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