We’ve recently been reviewing the new Piccolo baby food range for the last month and it’s been a bit of a yummy experience. Mostly for him. I got a few finger licks on the way whenever I got it on myself. I was initially going to turn the whole review down as Baby E is a very baby led weaning baby. By that, I mean he loves swiping food off our plates and will smack his lips together whenever he sees anyone eating anything! Little Z was always our purée feeding baby. Baby E doesn’t really have too many purées but when it was pointed out I could use them as snacks through the day it sounded like an ideal way to fill this food loving baby up and not have him launch himself at all our food all of the time.
The range has been really well thought of and founded by Cat who grew up in a family with strong Mediterranean roots. Her upbringing and varied diet formed the basis behind Piccolo and the her range was thus founded. 10% of all profits go to food education and you can join the Piccolo family online if you want to keep up with news of their new products.
All of their current releases are suitable from 6 months and are suitable for vegetarians and you can quickly see they’ve cleverly combined both fruit and vegetables to give good strong flavours that would suit a baby’s palate. I really like how they’ve taken even potentially strong tasting vegetables like kale and turned them into appetising little pouches by adding flavours such as mango to it. All of their range come in pouches and are made with natural ingredients and flavours and each one has surprisingly been liked in our house. I was completely expecting the baby to turn his nose up at maybe a couple but he likes them all which is great as it means none of them have gone to waste.
With Baby E at a year old, I’ve found that I can hand him a pouch and he will happily start squeezing it into his mouth. I always sit and watch (as you should with all young children eating) and I usually need to help him squeeze from the bottom up once he reaches that stage as he doesn’t quite know how to do that yet. If you like Ella products then you’ll notice that this range is a slightly thinner consistency but is thick enough that it doesn’t suddenly shoot out of the packet. Little Z, at 5 years, is enjoying having the odd packet here and there and they were particularly useful on our Scotland road trip as it was a good nutritious snack on the go and fit quite neatly in the pushchair basket or our bags. They’re now something we always take with us and they compliment baby led weaning perfectly.
I’d definitely recommend these if you’re on the baby weaning journey. Both my fussy child and the one who eats everything really like them and I’ve found they’re great for snacking or as a meal with something else too. Baby Es favourite is the Squash, red pepper and chickpea (I think!), although he seems to open his mouth like a little bird for pretty much all of them. They’re currently available to buy from Waitrose, Ocado, Cheeky Rascals, Planet Organic, Booths and Wholefoods and are priced at £1.10 each. They are currently on a 3 for 2 offer in Waitrose.
We were sent a range of the piccolo products to review. All views are my own.