Review: Cow & Gate 5 Step Weaning

As I mentioned in a previous post, Cow & Gate offered us the chance to review their 5 Step Weaning Plan. I wasn't particularly looking forward to weaning T so I was looking forward to the help! 

Before we started Cow & Gate kindly sent us this fabulous box of goodies, as well as a voucher to enable us to by some more baby food when we were further into the weaning journey. 

The first thing I'm going to mention is the spoons - honestly, I didn't think spoons could make such a difference but the pack included some from Vital Baby and they are brilliant. Soft to touch and they get every last bit out of the bowl! 

So before we started I took a look at the website to remind myself of what I was doing and where to start. The weaning plan is broken down into 5 steps (I know, you'd never have guessed...)

As I've said, I wasn't looking forward to weaning at all but this time around it seems to have been so much easier. I've found the website a great help, its allowed me to add different recipes as well as giving me lots of useful information - one of the things I had forgotten was just how long it takes to wean and when to introduce regular meals rather than just tastes so it was helpful to have that infront of me. 

As you follow the steps through you have the option to save recipes to your plan and to track your baby's likes and dislikes - very helpful as it takes me a while to remember these things! 

We started with the baby rice which didn't go down at all well with T but to be fair, baby rice doesn't taste of anything, its more about getting them used to the texture. It took a few attempts before T point blank refused to take it and so we moved on to the fruits which she took to straight away and loved. I had planned to take weaning slowly, as I had with E but to be honest, T had different ideas and loved her food straight from the go, crying if I didn't give her anymore. Once we had moved through the plan and established 3 meals a day we popped out and stocked up on more meals for her and used these alongside some homemade dishes. She really enjoyed everything she tried (particularly the orchard chicken and summer fruit salad!) and we had no problems in getting her to eat any of them!

I think the combination of having this plan and T being my second child meant that once weaning had started I actually became much more relaxed about things and didn't worry quite so much. If T is having a jar for her meal, I often give her something to feed herself with whilst I heat it up. With E I would worry about letting her feed herself.

All in all, I'm a big fan of the website and plan. Its clear and easy to follow and everything is easy to find.  If you are about to start weaning your baby I would absolutely recommend you take a look as you should find all the information you need. I also like the fact that if you have any questions you can get in touch via email, live chat or a 24hr phone line.

I know that some people turn their noses up at ready prepared baby food. I'm not one of them, I always have savoury jars in  to make life a bit easier when its needed. T has enjoyed all the meals she has tried and we make sure to keep a good range in the store cupboard.  I've found that the fruit pouches are perfect for when we are out and about as now T is older I can feed it to her direct from the pouch. 

Visit the Cow & Gate website for further information about the plan.

Just to be clear: We were sent all of the items mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

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  1. I think weaning can be such a fun time! We loved the Cow and Gate range, there was something for every stage. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  2. Second time weaning is definitely much easier isn't it! Like you say, you'd just get on with it! We were big fans of Cow and Gate in our house too.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x