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December 14, 2010

Happy Baby Food review

My little guy recently started eating baby food. Its always fun to watch them try to get the food in and keep it in. Luckily Z likes to eat and caught on really well. So, every since I started cloth diapering I have been looking at more eco-friendly and organic items available to me as a parent for my children. That's how I came across Happy Baby Food. Happy Baby Food offers all organic food for babies and toddlers. Here is what they say about their products:

HAPPYBABY is committed to providing families with the healthiest, most optimal nutrition possible. Besides using the best organic ingredients, we also incorporate the best nature has to offer when it comes to added nutrition, like our sustainable source of DHA, pre and probiotics, and supergrains like Salba and Quinoa.

I looked around on their site and decided to see if any stores local to me carried their products. I found two listed and they said they carried the Happy Baby products. I was sent some coupons to get products to use and review and headed over to my local store. I couldn't find the items anywhere! So I contacted Trina, my Happy Baby Contact, who was WONDERFUL to work with, and asked for her help. She looked up my local stores and found that they carry the cereal and the puffs, but because I couldn't find them she sent me an AMAZING package of items to review.


I got HappyMelts, HappyBellies Oatmeal cereal, HappyPuffs, and a variety of their HappyBaby in different stages and their HappyTots snacks.
Here is a picture of their baby and tots food. They come in neat squeezable packaging with a twist off cap. I like their nice bright colors and pictures used on their packaging. The only thing I didn't care for with the packaging was that the tops seem like a choking hazard to me. I made sure I put the cap in the cupboard or in my pocket so my toddler couldn't get a hold of it while i was feeding the baby. I do like the fact that these can easily seal back up when baby doesn't eat the whole thing in one setting.

When I received the pack of goodies Z wasn't quite yet on fruits. We were still working on his veggies so I decided to introduce him to the HappyBellies Organic Oatmeal. It is DHA and Probiotic. I opened up the can and thought it looked like a great product.
The oatmeal isn't as flaky like some other oatmeal cereals I have seen. It still has the same light weight consistency but looks way yummier. You can mix this with breast milk, formula or water. I use formula. I also had an extra formula scoop so I keep that in the oatmeal contain to measure out how much Z gets. This is also handy for Daddy when he has the boys in the morning and needs to know exact details for feeding baby Z. I usually do 3 scoops of oatmeal and about 1-2 ounces of formula to get the right consistency. Some babies need their cereal thicker some need it thinner. Adjust the amount of liquid you add in to fit your babies needs.
Here is Z after eating a couple of bites of HappyBellies Organic Oatmeal...
Lets just say he's a HAPPY BABY!
When we finally reached the point of introducing fruits to Z, we started with pears. I opened up the pears that HappyBaby had sent in my package. The mouth of the container is pretty small. You can squirt the food directly onto your spoon and save a dish or you can pour it into a bowl and scoop it out with the spoon. I tried putting it directly onto the spoon but found it to time consuming. I would rather wash the extra dish. I put about half of the pack into a bowl and let Z have a bite.His first bite of fruit (Pears), He loved them! Of course he likes to eat pretty much whatever we give him.
We have tried a few of the other items now as well and I am very happy with them. I gave one of the HappyTots to my toddler to eat but he was not interested in it at all. I think because it was 'baby food' that his brother eats. I think if it were packaged a little differently he would have been okay with it. I do like though that with the HappyTots, you can unscrew the lid and give it to the toddler. They can drink out of it like a straw and its extra good when cold. Or you can put it into a bowl and they can use a spoon.

We have been giving Z some of the happy puffs now and he loves them! We gave him the banana flavor...my toddler even enjoys them as well! They are a cute little ring shape puff but for just starting out with a 'hard' type of food we break the puff into about six pieces so he doesnt choke. The pieces dissolve very quick too!

I still keep looking at the stores that were listed to see if they carry the Happy Baby foods but haven't found them. I did however find some at my local Target store and bought two more cans of oatmeal and two cans of the puffs.

My experience with HappyBaby products:
I am extremely pleased with their products. I have tried other name brand foods and even though they are good they are not organic. Which isn't a bad thing but if you are looking to provide your baby with only organic items I would recommend these. There is one other company that I know of that packages their products in pouches and I found those at my local supermarket so I bought a couple to try. I was no where near as happy with them as I am with HappyBaby. I can say that even though Happy Baby is a little more than other brands I will purchase Happy Baby before others because of the quality they provide in their products.

Would you like to purchase Happy Baby Products for your little one? Go here to see if there is a local retailer near you. Otherwise you can purchase online here.

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