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As you can imagine our email inbox is full of brands wanting to work with us to find out our honest feedback on products with a view to share them with parents using MyBump2Baby. Our time is very limited so we have to pick products and brands to review that we feel will be most beneficial to our readers.

Initially when I was first contacted by BabyLed Spreads, I thought it was a fantastic idea and I thought the BabyLed spreads were just for babies but after liaising with the owner he informed me they are also perfect for toddlers who can be a little fussy which was ideal for us and a lot of mums I have spoken to recently.

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This week he has been awake and happier at dinner times, so he has been joining in with family meals. His first ever ‘proper’ meal was sausage, mash and vegetables. Sausages are quite salty so I only gave him a quarter, and I left the skin on so that he could pick it up more easily. When I started weaning Oliver 3 years ago I was advised to take the skin off; I found he couldn’t hold it and it fell apart so now I leave it on. I didn’t actually give Charlie mash, I thought it would be easier for him to pick up a boiled potato so I just kept one to the side before I mashed the rest, it also meant that it cooled down a little bit too. He really seemed to enjoy the vegetables with this meal, he seemed to swallow more than he has done before.

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I am contacted about new products for babies and children on a daily basis – but every once in a while, a message makes me immediately stop what I’m doing and shout out loud “What a genius idea!” And when I found out about Baby Led Spreads a few weeks ago, that was exactly what happened.

So what are Baby Led Spreads? Designed for baby led weaning, these little jars contain a range of different healthy, versatile spreads. They can be used on sandwiches, as fillings in jacket potatoes, as an easy sauce for warm or cold pasta dishes, as bases for homemade pizza, or as dips for crunchy vegetables, breadsticks, or toast fingers.

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You might not know this but, in July, I became a MyBump2Baby favourite blogger, whoop! Because of this, every month they send me an email advising of new products that are out there. BabyLed Spreads was mentioned in their last email. I’ve never contacted a company before but, in this case, I felt I had to. I was intrigued. There’s nothing worse than forcing full jars into babies when they obviously don’t like it. There is also nothing worse than having to slog over doing that. With baby I have been doing jars, homemade blended things and, bit’s of food I know he won’t choke on. He is my third so, I am mega relaxed about trying a bit of everything with him and figuring out what works best for us both. The main reason being, I in no way want him to be as fussy as eldest! I had the same attitude when weaning middle and he will eat everything under the sun, notably my dinner after he has eaten his.

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With all three of my children, I decided to mix up puree’s with baby led weaning. I found that this worked best for all three of my children. Baby led weaning can be nerve wracking (read all about our experience here) but it is also a great way for babies to experiment with food. Even though Baby K is now past the weaning stages of his development, he is still learning and experimenting with new flavours. I am always on the hunt for new items to try, so when I came across Baby led Spreads, I was intrigued! Even though Baby K is no longer a baby (sob!), Baby led Spreads are still great for toddlers to learn about new flavours – especially those fussy ones!

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When Charlie started weaning at 6 months, I decided to be brave & give Baby Led Weaning a go. The verdict? One of the best parenting decisions I’ve made so far. I only wish I had done it with Sophie! Baby Led Weaning is the process of introducing your baby to solid foods & letting them feed themselves. This is instead of being spoon-fed purees. It has meant that, at just 6 months old, Charlie is able to join in with the same meals that we eat as a family. It has been lots of fun watching him try a huge variety of suitable foods! He has also loved every minute of it & so far hasn’t refused anything I have given him.

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We were very kindly sent some jars by baby led spreads to try, test and review a few weeks ago and since then we have been putting the flavours through their paces. Baby led spreads are the brain child of Keith, father to Eden and were born from their weaning journey and struggles for quick, easy yet nutritional and varied lunch ideas. The spreads are designed to be added to food your child would already be eating to enhance the flavour and provide healthy nutrients. Reuben is already a good eater and thankfully eats a wide variety of foods but hadn't been introduced to some of the flavours/combinations of the spreads we received. We have tried the spread on toast, as a pasta sauce, as a pitta pizza base and as a vegetable dip.

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We were very kindly sent these spreads by BabyLed Spreads to review and the kids got to choose a flavour to try this evening. They had a whole jar each and I let them dip veg and use a knife to spread it on their toast. Amber is 3 and Callum is 5 and they both really enjoyed the independence. It made me realise how much I quickly make things for them and don’t give them the chance to get involved.

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