Now that Arthur is 6 months old we have well and truly entered the wonderful world of weaning – and what a mess these little creatures create! Arthur is enjoying a variety of foods and we are taking a blended approach to weaning, offering him both finger foods and purees depending on what we ourselves are eating. He will have steamed vegetables if that’s what we are having for dinner, fingers of toast and porridge in the morning like Ted, as well as purees and pouches for when we are on the go. I like him to try new flavours and textures as often as possible.
We were really excited to be invited to an event our local Mothercare Cafe to celebrate the launch of Piccolo, a new baby food brand. After reading all about Piccolo, I was really impressed and couldn’t wait to go to the event and find out more. At the launch we were told all about the brand and it was clear from the start just how passionate the team are about creating good food for babies and infant nutrition in general. Their nutritionist had a really long chat with me about my fussy eater (Ted) and gave me some great advice on things to try but also some reassurance that he knows what he needs and ever since that conversation I have felt much more relaxed when it comes to Ted’s eating habits and it is becoming much less of a battle. I am really grateful we got to have this chat and Alice was really encouraging of my approach to weaning Arthur too. We also got to enjoy a coffee with the lovely New Mum Online and her absolutely beautiful daughter, Lottie, who is almost exactly the same age as Arthur. The event was really successful and we were given some samples to take away for our babies to try – Arthur was spoilt for choice when we got home!
The thing that I am immediately impressed by from the Piccolo range is the choice and variety of flavours – and the little added touches that go with them. I love that the Banana, Blueberry and Apple flavour has a hint of vanilla, that the Spring Greens flavour has a hint of mint and the Peach and Apple has a hint of basil. It is so nice to be able to offer food that is not only nutritious but full of flavour – baby food doesn’t have to be bland after all! Other flavours include Apple and Apricot with cinnamon, Cherry and Yoghurt with Wholegrain Oats, and Squash and Red Pepper and Chickpea.
These flavours are inspired by the Mediterranean approach to health and well-being as it champions fresh ingredients and great flavours. I think the range is unique and exciting and offers so much for those all important first tastes. Arthur has tried each flavour now and has really enjoyed them all! I tend to offer the fruity flavours and yoghurt for breakfast and the vegetables for dinner and he has been happy to oblige, and I use the pouches when we are on the move or if what we are eating isn’t really suitable for him. I really like us all to eat together where possible so it is great to have something tasty and full of organic goodness to offer him for a quick and easy yet nutricious meal. They are really handy to have in your bag and can be eaten hot or cold – we took one with us recently to a wedding and Arthur loved it. His favourite is the spring greens, and he enjoys the fruit pouches added to porridge or cereals. Piccolo is available in Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon and Whole Foods – visit their website for a full list of stockists.
I love having Piccolo as part of our weaning journey and think the brand has a really great, positive and healthy approach to infant nutrition. We will continue to use the pouches alongside finger and home cooked foods, and I can reveal to you that there will be some exciting new flavours unveiled soon… watch this space! Follow us on instagram to keep up to date with our weaning journey and for the first sneak peek at new range Xx
*DISCLAIMER* We were sent some Piccolo food pouches for the purpose of this review, however all words, pictures and opinions are my own.