Chewsday Review - Baby Bellies Organic Strawberry Pick Up Sticks

These Baby Bellies Pick Up Sticks have been talked about a lot amongst our Baby Mealtimes members – convenient, tasty AND organic! But how do their ingredients stack up? Today’s Chewsday Review reveals all.

🔸Ingredients

🔹Organic Corn Flour (80%), Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Strawberry Powder (4%), Organic Banana Powder, Organic Leek Powder, Mineral (Iron), Organic Antioxidant (Organic Rosemary Extract).

🔹Organic corn flour makes up the bulk of these puffs. A great flour option that means these bars are also suitable for gluten-free bubs.

🔹Next up, high oleic sunflower oil. This is a type of sunflower oil that is very high in monounsaturated fatty acids – the healthy kind of fat!

🔹The flavourings in these puffs are all organic fruit powders – nothing artificial and no added sugar, which is great.

🔸Positives

🔹These puffs are low in sugar, with only 5.2g per 100g and all of this comes from the fruit powders. Awesome to see!

🔹 The resealable packet of these is super convenient for on the go. There are 5 serves per packet, but keep in mind the serve size is quite small – only 2 sticks per serve.

🔹Low sodium content, which I would expect

🔹These puffs have also been fortified with iron, which is an added bonus. Unfortunately, the amount of iron isn’t declared on the nutrition information panel, which leaves me suspicious that it’s not very much. Other products in this range (like the LB Blueberry puffs) do have a decent amount of iron as indicated on the nutrition info panel.

🔸Negatives

🔹These puffs have more fat per 100g than I would typically like to see (around 15g per 100g in this flavour) however as the serving size is so small (like 3.2g per serving small – TINY!) I wouldn’t worry too much about this. It also gives the sticks their dissolvable texture.

🔹At the end of the day, these are basically puffed air! Whilst there is definitely nothing wrong with them they aren’t going to be very filling and don’t contain a huge amount of nutrition. They would be great for practicing biting and chewing but I would be cautious about offering them too much as they could become a bit of a ‘boredom filler’ without offering much nutrition.

🔹These puffs come will cost you a pretty penny! $3.50 for a 16g packet isn’t cheap – especially when you consider these come out to $218 per kg! Definitely more of a treat than an everyday snack.

🔸Marketing

🔹Ages 7+ months. Good to see a baby food product not marketed as for babies 4+ months! old! 7 months and older is an appropriate age for this snack

🔹No added sugar or salt. Tick! Babies do not need any added sugars or salt so this is great.

🔹‘Certified organic’ is put front and centre on this packet. Remember, organic doesn’t mean healthier or more nutritious!

🔸Alternatives

🔹‘Whole Kids’ and ‘Kiddylicious’ both make corn puffs similar to these that are a little cheaper, but these don’t have the convenient resealable packaging.

🔹I would recommend these as a great food to practice self-feeding. They dissolve quickly and easily, which is helpful for bubs who are building confidence with finger foods (and parents who are building confidence with serving finger foods) A much more cost-effective alternative would be some banana fingers or strawberry slices – check out the finger food gallery as part of Baby Mealtimes for more info!

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