We’re always on the look out for new products. Products that help to make parents busy lives easier. When we stumbled across BabyLed Food we realised they’ve filled a gap in the market that we didn’t even realise existed.
Babyled weaning is becoming more and more popular, however it can get some bad press. This is where Babyled Food come in – their products will compliment which ever style of weaning you follow – allowing you (and your baby to branch out)!
We’re really impressed with what we see from BabyLed Food a company set up by Keith, a father of 2. We got in touch with him to find out more.
Keith tells us “We make a range of healthy spread products for babies/toddlers, using only natural ingredients as far as possible and certainly no artificial preservatives. We started the company almost 1 year ago after I struggled to find ‘sandwich fillers’ for my daughter, Eden, when she was going through the weaning process. From sandwiches to toast, as a dip or as a pasta sauce alternative, as fillings for jacket potatoes or even as a coating for fish – the uses for our spreads seem to be endless! We’ve recently launched our new fruit based spread range online, which is proving to be really popular too”!
The flavour combinations and ideas really inspiring.. for example their savoury spreads include:
- Avocado, red pepper & tomato,
- Ricotta & bean,
- Green pea, rocket and dill.Their sweet spreads include:
- Rhubarb & fig,
- Raspberry and beetroot,
- Mango & apricot.
Keith and his wife were keen to follow a ‘mixed’ weaning approach, spoon feeding where necessary whilst also incorporating techniques researched and developed by Gill Rapley in her book ‘Baby-led Weaning‘.
“Whilst introducing soft, cooked vegetables and pasta into Eden’s (our daughters) diet was a success and we quickly found she’d embraced some of the principles of BLW when feeding herself, we as parents still lacked a little creativity when it came to mealtimes where we were keen to both provide the valuable nutrients she needed, as well as familiarise her with as many tastes and textures as we could.
“This was particularly a problem at lunchtime – breakfast involved Weetabix/fruit and teatime being anything from a range of cooked, homemade food we’d always try to eat alongside Eden at the table. But what about lunch? Often, like many parents, we’d find ourselves on the move and would want to prepare in advance – and even when we did eat at home we would struggle for ideas that were quick/easy to prepare and could provide early exposure to as wide a variety of tastes as possible to help avoid fussiness in the future..”
“That’s where the idea for BabyLed Spreads was born – Eden loved (and still does) the mini, bite-sized sandwiches I made, she’d wolf down a soft jacket potato with a filling of some kind and would demolish a small plate of pasta and vegetables where I’d previously improvise with my own sauce. So, having gained lots of encouragement and feedback from others, I wanted to share my recipes and ideas with others!! What better way to complement sandwiches, toast, pasta, jacket potatoes etc through your child’s early weaning stages than to to use the BabyLed range of versatile, healthy spreads?”
We think these products are a fantastic idea – they can make a quick pasta sauce, a sandwich filling, dips for toast, jacket potato fillings, all sorts!
If you’d like to find out more about BabyLed Food check out their website.
Information in italics has been taken from their website with permission from Keith.