I love weaning. I know that’s probably kind of an odd thing to say, but I really do. I hate the mess, but I love being able to introduce a huge variety of new tastes and textures to the boys. Recently, I’ve been feeding Ted “For Aisha” which is a new to the shelf brand of baby pouches.
However, these aren’t your typical baby pouches. For Aisha came to life because they believe all children should have access to important nutrition, without some parents having to compromise their religious beliefs. We’re not religious, so this doesn’t affect us but Muslim children, for example, are typically raised on high lactose or vegetarian diets due to the lack of high quality halal foods suitable for them.
I actually really love these pouches, not just because they can cater for quite a lot of children, but also because of the flavour combinations. They offer recipes that lots of parents probably wouldn’t think to prepare themselves. They’re pretty unique and offer new flavours to babies from a young age.
By using a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, herbs, pulses and spices For Aisha pouches give your baby an introduction to just some of the world’s cuisine. There are currently 6 pouches in the range; Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry, Moroccan Chicken Tagine, Shepherd’s Pie, Mild Curried Chicken Dhal and Tomato and Chunky Chickpea Curry.
I have to admit that while feeding Ted, I did have a little taste too. Now my tastebuds probably aren’t as good as Ted’s are and after tasting both the Shepherd’s Pie and the Moroccan Tagine I couldn’t tell much difference due to the spices being added, despite them tasting pretty nice anyway. Ted loved them both and wolfed them down without a second thought. The textures were very different and I loved that while they were relatively smooth, they still had bits in for Ted to chew. The only thing I would say is that they are quite spicy, they’re not as mild as I’d have expected.
The pouches themselves hold quite a bit, I was quite surprised at how big the portions are, as if I’m giving Ted any pre-prepared food, it’s usually about half a jar, plus some dessert and then fruit, but this seemed to do the whole job, so I cut it down to half a pouch after that. I like that they’re in handy pouches – I much prefer these over jars because you can encourage your baby to feed themselves if you want to. However, I like Ted to see what he’s eating so he becomes familiar with it so I put mine in a bowl.
I really hope the For Aisha range expands, and by looking at their website, there are grand plans to do so and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for these.
*I was sent these products in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.