So by now you may all be thinking one of two things… 1. She’s cracked or 2. She’s realllllyyyy cracked. Bare with me here… I count myself very fortunate to have made a lot of wonderful blogging friends. One of those lovely people is Claire from The Pramshed who’s blog I absolutely adore and whom I was also fortunate enough to meet back in June at #BML16! Now part of being a blogger, if you choose to take a certain path, is to review products when requested by certain brands. I myself have been fortunate enough to work with some lovely brands and recently Claire wrote a wonderful review for My Little Piccolo who are a new baby food company. They make what look like really lovely little pouches of fruit mixes and if Claire’s review is anything to go by they are going to be really successful and we shall soon be seeing them all over the place!
Before Alyssa was born, I had all these images in my head of how I would be steaming, blending, freezing, thawing, rinse and repeating in order to feed my baby 100% home-cooked food made by me, whilst a little halo glowed around my head…. Okay, so that didn’t happen!! Yes, I do make Alyssa food, and have done since she first started weaning – I have steamed and boiled, blitzed and frozen and as she has gotten older I have been able to incorporate her more into the meals we make for the rest of the family. HOWEVER, I am a single mother, who has to work to support my child, as well as all the other things us mothers have to do, washing, cleaning and at some point sleeping and I am also human… sorry to disillusion you but I am not supermum and so, now brace yourself because this may shock you, on occasion my daughter has in fact eaten food…from a baby pouch!! I know, I am not sure how she survived… but when I reached the point that I was so tired I was falling asleep standing up and could only be bothered to put a frozen pizza in the oven for my family, I preferred giving her the organic fruit and vegetable meal created by Ella than a deep pan dish created by Chicago Town (mummy doesn’t share pizza!!)
What’s the point of this rant? Well, we were having a little blogger chat and Claire happened to mention that she had received a comment from a rather put out parent (we are assuming parent) stating, and I quote… “Packaged food for a bub is no triumph tribute to weening! Our children are not like pets to feed them food off the shelf!” Ummmm…. I’m sorry, who made you supermum?! This has really got my back up… a bit like that 2 week mum who’s post went viral, stating that after 2 weeks of motherhood she couldn’t understand why mother’s couldn’t handle parenthood and let themselves and their houses go. That we obviously weren’t trying hard enough and were doing something wrong because her newborn was sleeping perfectly and allowing her to complete all the tasks she needed in order to be a good wife and mother… I wonder, now that her baby is older, if she is still finding it as easy?!
I digress I know…. We give ourselves enough of a hard time without shaming each other too! I mean come on mummies…. sometimes, like me, you just reach that point where you just simply don’t have the time or the energy and whatever you want to say, those pouches are bloody handy and dare I say it but on occasion a damn god send and also a way to ensure that my daughter is eating something healthy and nutritious. I am sure that if I “cooked” for her in a quick and easy manner, she would soon end up joining the McDonalds generation that people are complaining about due to the fact they are draining our monetary resources by being so hugely overweight… so which would you prefer a) a healthy and happy baby given the occasional pouch of organic healthy food or b) several years and possibly a lifetime of forking out for an over-weight child…teenager…adult! This may sound like a slightly extreme comparison, yes I know I am prone to the dramatic, but I really do think that stating that feeding your child a pouch of baby food is essentially the same as feeding them like a dog or in fact dog food is insulting and outrageous in itself. Nothing will ever be as good as cooking for them ourselves because we will be doing what we love to do and that is feeding our babies…sometimes this simply is not possible!
If your child has never eaten a pouch or jar of food then I genuinely and sincerely applaud you because you are obviously doing an amazing job. If, like me, your child has in fact sampled a pouch or jar then I honestly and sincerely applaud you because you are obviously doing an amazing job. I know that I am not perfect (as I recently stated in The Battle of Motherhood: Practically Perfect in Every Way) but I am doing my best and if my lovely health visitor and doctor have told me how wonderful my little girl is doing, then surely I should just carry on the way I am??? Claire, my lovely friend, is also doing an amazing job at juggling being mummy, worker, wife and blogger and for that I applaud her – loved the review honey and I will keep an eye out for My Little Piccolo pouches too!