Sunday, June 20, 2010

Plum Organics Review and Giveaway

Plum Organics Sampler & Boon Spoon in front of our own plum tree

The Review
When it comes to my son, I only want to feed him the best. I've chosen to breastfeed him for this reason, but now that he is starting solids I want to make sure that what he is eating is not only nutritious but free of chemicals, pesticides, and extra sugars.

This is why I was so excited to review Plus Organics baby food courtesy of Eco-friendly Baby Products - EcoMom. EcoMom is home to lots of healthy and safe baby food and products.

Plum Organics produces USDA certified organic baby food in a wide variety of fruits, veggies and even meats. The ingredients list on all of the foods can't be beat, nothing but organic products and no extra fillers or sugars. It also comes in 100% BPA-free packaging with a recyclable cap that is also child safe with no sharp edges.

The baby food comes in these cute little pouches instead of jars and to feed baby all you need to do is attach a Boon Spoon that comes in a 2-pack on EcoMom's website. I love that it also comes in a nice little carrying case that can easily be clipped onto a diaper bag. This makes feeding your baby on the go a snap (literally)! Plus since the pouches are not rigid, they can fit anywhere in the bag and are not as heavy as glass jars.


When I first received the sampler, I wanted to eat it all myself! The packaging makes it look oh-so-yummy. Plum Organics makes a lot of different products and EcoMom sells Revolution Foods intended for Toddlers as well. Plum and Revolution also make a variety of other products from the High Chair to the Lunch Box.

I was sent the following to try out and review:
pumpkin & banana
spinach, peas, & pears
peach mish mash
strawberry mish mash
apple carrot fiddlesticks
2 boon spoons

So far we have fed DS the pumpkin & banana baby food. His first taste of it was actually in the car as we were on our way back home from grandma's house early (erm 9am) in the morning (2.5 hour drive) and DS was getting a bit restless. So since I had the cool little pouch of Plum Organics with me along with the attachment spoons I just twisted off the cap and twisted on the spoon -- all set to feed baby! The nice thing about it is that it is all self contained so no mess except what misses DS's mouth.

Here's a tip though: Since baby finds the little pouch somewhat entertaining - he'll want to grab it and squeeze which may make for a bit of a mess. I wound up giving DS another spoon to play with while I fed him from this one. Once DS didn't want any more I just twisted the original cap back on and put the whole thing in the cooler for use later (within 24 hours).

So, Plum Organics passes the car test! No spilling of baby food and just the right amount comes out with the attachment Boon spoon.

Since one serving is 4.4oz, DS didn't finish the whole thing in one sitting. When we got home, we warmed up the cooled pouch in a bowl of hot water (DS wasn't too fond of eating it cold but loved it when it was room temp.) And the results can be seen below :) He hadn't had pumpkin yet - don't see too many pumpkins in June in upstate NY... and his first experience of it was pretty good. I tried some too -- yummy, reminded me of the baby food I used to eat :)

We will be giving him the other things to try later on and I will post updates on the rest of the sampler - but for now we are happy with the pumpkin banana and for long car trips like the ones we take several times in the summer to grandma's this is a great and easy way to feed DS.


Pros:
Very portable
Less mess
Yummy flavors
100% organic
No added preservatives or sugars
BPA free packaging
Boon Spoon is also BPA, phthalate, and PVC free

Cons:
Costs more than traditional baby food - but see options below for lowering the cost
If using attachment spoon, need to have it on hand - contents can be squeezed out without Boon spoon though
Can't warm pouch in microwave - but can squeeze out the contents into microwave safe bowl

Mama Squirrel says: All in all, great organic baby food for on-the-go and at-home, in lots of yummy flavors! Also, daddy friendly and approved :) DH had no problem doing the feeding.

Buy It - The Coupon Code
All 'Musings of an Organic Mama Squirrel' (MOMS) readers receive 15% off their first order from EcoMom by using the coupon code SBBL441 (expires 6/30/10).

EcoMom also has an awesome new program - the EcoPass. This allows you to purchase a $99 annual membership which provides a 15% discount on every order AND free shipping on every order with no $75 minimum.

The Giveaway
$15 worth of yummy Plum and/or Revolution Foods sponsored by EcoMom!

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Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only. EcoMom will pay for shipping. Giveaway ends on July 1, 2010 at midnight. I will choose a winner using random.org from all the valid comments left here. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

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