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NurturMe - has anyone tried it?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Sorry for lurking in silence for so long...I have more or less been keeping up with the board but been very pressed for time lately (as I'm sure we all have).

 

A friend of mine recently started selling NurturMe baby food and sent me some samples. Essentially it is organic dried fruits and veggies in little packets that you mix with breastmilk. I assume the consistency is along the lines of jarred or homemade blender baby food, but not having any breastmilk or a baby yet I couldn't say for sure. Anyone tried it and have an opinion on it? What age would you introduce it? It seems to use it you'd have to be BFing part time as well.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10

I've never heard of it, but it sounds like an interesting idea!

post #3 of 10

I don't know anything about it but what you just posted but personally, it might be better to just buy your own food dehydrater and do your own with organic foods. You can even use your oven for food dehydration. Then run it through your food processor and bag it.

 

One good day of dehydrating and you could probably make 30 packets of dehydrated food...

post #4 of 10

I highly suggest doing some research on starting solids, baby led weaning and other similar topics. 

 

You do not want to introduce any solids prior to 6 mos at the soonest.  There are signs that a baby is ready for solids, and you need to familiarize yourself with them.  And even then solids are only for practice (learning tastes, textures, etc.) until after 12 mos, they shouldn't be getting any significant portion of their calories from them.  Babies do not have the ability to digest complex carbohydrates like grains until some time after 18 mos (this is one reason why rice cereal is a horrible first food).  I know I can attest to the food coming out the other end in much the same shape as it went in until somewhere around DS' 2nd birthday.  So if that's the case, you can't depend on the solids for their nutrition until after that point. 

 

As for that particular brand, I think I've heard of it.  Can't say anything good or bad about it.  We went straight to table food, and skipped purees entirely.  Purees are not necessary at all, and are often just a waste of money (IMO).  We started DS with things like overcooked broccoli or asparagus spears, roasted sweet potato fries, slices of (fresh) peach or apricot, etc.  Things he could pick up and feed himself but that were soft enough that they didn't require a lot of chewing. 

 

If the idea of dehydrated reconstitutable food appeals to you though - I'd suggest pricing it out per ounce, and compare it to something like Just Tomatoes, which is freeze dried fruit/veg (stick it in the food processor for a few seconds and you have powder).  Or if you just really want to do purees, I'd recommend getting a baby food mill (they're about $10) and just making it yourself and freezing it.  An extra few minutes spent a few times a week while you're making dinner will give you frozen purees for weeks, and you know precisely what's in it. 

 

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

OK...I appreciate all the various suggestions, I really do. But at the same time, I don't think there's any reason to assume that I have read nothing about when to introduce solids, etc. I know there are a lot of experienced moms on this board who have gotten to try a lot of things and see what works for them. I am new at this, but not completely clueless.

 

I could try and kid myself and all of you, but I am not really the type to spend a day oven drying fruits and vegetables to make my own powdered baby food. I am not a kitchen maven and I don't think a person should have to apologize for that. It sounds like it works really well for a lot of people. More power to you, but it's just not my cup of tea. Basically, a friend sent me a bunch of samples of this product, which seems like it has a number of benefits over some alternatives, and I was just curious as to whether anyone had had experience with it.

post #6 of 10

It sounds interesting. We found that while it was more convenient to give DS banana, avocado, etc. while at home (just mash in a bowl!) it was nice to have portable baby food while traveling. Sometimes when we were traveling (we took DS to Puerto Rico and a few other places at six months) there were BLW (baby-led weaning) foods available (steamed veggies, banana, etc.), but sometimes we just popped open a container of strained pears or whatever. Might be handy for a snack or quick meal on the go!

post #7 of 10

No, I've never tried it... I just mash up table food or blend stuff and do BLW...

 

I think people commented on delaying solids because, well, our babies aren't even born yet and introducing solids wouldn't really happen for at least another 6 months to possibly a year...

 

So it is kind of like asking advice for a first walking shoe, yk? Most people would probably respond that babies don't really need walking shoes until developmentally appropriate... which is still a ways away! 

 

:)

post #8 of 10

You asked:
 

What age would you introduce it? It seems to use it you'd have to be BFing part time as well.

 

I responded:
 

I highly suggest doing some research on starting solids, baby led weaning and other similar topics. 

 

You do not want to introduce any solids prior to 6 mos at the soonest.  There are signs that a baby is ready for solids, and you need to familiarize yourself with them.  And even then solids are only for practice (learning tastes, textures, etc.) until after 12 mos, they shouldn't be getting any significant portion of their calories from them.  Babies do not have the ability to digest complex carbohydrates like grains until some time after 18 mos (this is one reason why rice cereal is a horrible first food).  I know I can attest to the food coming out the other end in much the same shape as it went in until somewhere around DS' 2nd birthday.  So if that's the case, you can't depend on the solids for their nutrition until after that point. 

 

Originally Posted by RenoKirbyButtrs View Post

I don't think there's any reason to assume that I have read nothing about when to introduce solids, etc. I know there are a lot of experienced moms on this board who have gotten to try a lot of things and see what works for them. I am new at this, but not completely clueless.

 


Obviously my response bothered you.  I'm sorry that was so.  But I'm not sure what you expected us to assume when you asked what age you should introduce or comment on the fact that you'd still have to be BFing PT.  I wasn't trying to be offensive, I was trying to provide information.  Since even a baby being fed purees has usually moved onto more substantial solids by a year, the information was pertinent to the question asked. 

 

As for the rest of your response... nobody said you had to be super mom and do it all yourself, but you also left out the simple fact that you were given free samples of this stuff.  I don't know any of us who would be throwing away free samples.  The suggestions that were offered were offered in the vein of "rather than spending what is usually an exorbitant amount of money on this pre-prepared thing, here are some other options that are liable to be cheaper".  Again, sorry you took offense at that, but it was not intended that way at all. 

 

 

post #9 of 10


lol sorry Reno. I am totally a food dehydrator/canning/DIY nut cause I am cheap like a peep and well...I find it tons of fun. I did not mean to irritate! 

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Originally Posted by RenoKirbyButtrs View Post

OK...I appreciate all the various suggestions, I really do. But at the same time, I don't think there's any reason to assume that I have read nothing about when to introduce solids, etc. I know there are a lot of experienced moms on this board who have gotten to try a lot of things and see what works for them. I am new at this, but not completely clueless.

 

I could try and kid myself and all of you, but I am not really the type to spend a day oven drying fruits and vegetables to make my own powdered baby food. I am not a kitchen maven and I don't think a person should have to apologize for that. It sounds like it works really well for a lot of people. More power to you, but it's just not my cup of tea. Basically, a friend sent me a bunch of samples of this product, which seems like it has a number of benefits over some alternatives, and I was just curious as to whether anyone had had experience with it.



 

post #10 of 10

OneMore I strive to be like you... bought a food mill and everything last time around... it sat in the closet unused (except once and then by my toddler as a plaything LOL), while I purchased all baby food - except things like bananas and avocado.

Happy Baby (Happy Bellies? I can't remember) was one good brand we used. Earth's best in the jars... It was just easier for daycare and stuff. It was all just a fleeting moment really, before DS just went straight to "real" food, like yogurt and regular applesauce, and real solids...  Wow going back there again! Hard to believe.

 

DS was one of those babies who was REALLY ready to try some solids at 5 months. As in, staring at us while we ate til we felt totally awkward eating in front of him, opening his mouth to mirror us chewing. It was kind of weird!  He was also a big breastfeeder but i did give him sweet potatoes and I THINK maybe pears or something just before 6 months and he loved them.

He's never had any food allergies and in fact is a really wonderful eater. He eats anything we put in front of him - quote from dinner the other night "I want more kale and more sweet potatoes and more quinoa" thumb.gif

Not making any direct connection between starting solids and being a good eater, just felt like pointing it out.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway View Post


lol sorry Reno. I am totally a food dehydrator/canning/DIY nut cause I am cheap like a peep and well...I find it tons of fun. I did not mean to irritate! 



 



 

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