Have you ever wondered why our meals come in small transparent pots rather than pouches? It's because we consider so much more than just convenience when it comes to your baby’s food.
The introduction of solids is a wonderful opportunity for you and your baby to establish a healthy relationship with food, which lasts a lifetime. At Little Tummy, we make sure to bring your little one the best weaning experience possible. Here are some of the reasons, we choose pots, not pouches.
1) First foods influence the development of speech
Eating purees of various textures from a spoon and moving the food in the mouth strengthens the jaw muscles. This is essential for speech development. Chewing trains the tongue, which is important for the development of specific speech sounds such as ‘T’ and ‘L’. Training the lips will help with sounds such as ‘P’ and ‘M’.
In addition, the high fructose content of pouches in combination with sucking can damage the teeth.
2) Starting solids trains a whole range of motor skills
Not only will your little one train their mouth and face muscles. There are a whole lot of other skills to be learned: grasping after food, exploring it with eyes and hands, learning how to hold a spoon, how to handle a fork or the coordination of moving food from the plate to the mouth; all these skills will be learned during a mealtime with your little one’s favourite Little Tummy pot. They otherwise go missing when relying on pouches.
3) Babies learn to love food with all their senses
Imagine the last time you thoroughly enjoyed your food: Wasn’t it a mixture of colours, flavours, smells and textures? Enjoying food is done with all our senses. Our body starts producing hormones which make us feel satisfied when we only smell delicious food. By associating colours and textures with different flavours, children will learn to make healthy choices later on in life. Heat-sterilised pouches are rarely transparent and if they were, we wouldn’t necessarily associate a brown mash with delicious mango. Our Sweet Potato, Mango & Red Lentil meal has a vibrant orange colour, and is a feast for the eyes as much as for the taste buds.
4) Babies need to be exposed to a variety of flavours
Even though the labels of food pouches promise something different, a sweet fruit base often makes up more than 50% of the ingredients. Babies enjoy the sweet taste of the fruit puree but on the other hand they don’t get a chance to develop their palate.
While babies under 12 months of age naturally like to explore new tastes they will develop a skill called ‘neophobia’, a fear of new things, when they grow older. This makes the introduction of new tastes after the first birthday difficult. Babies used to pouches are at risk of becoming picky eaters later on.
In contrast, our meal range offers a rainbow of flavours with a broad variety of ingredients.