Valio Onni Wheat and 4-Grain Gruels

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In addition to the four 4 month+ flavors from last post, there are two 5 month+ ones that contain wheat. I suppose it was the addition of gluten-containing ingredients that added the extra month to the age limit, though I’m not sure how much of a difference it truly makes. We had already moved on to thicker porridges by 5 months, but we gave these a shot anyway since Blob liked the other ones so much.

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One-grain oat gruel. Ingredients listed: fresh milk whey, milk, wholegrain oat flour (5%), lactose, rapeseed and sunflower oils, emulsifiers (vegetable-based fatty acids), vitamins (A, D3, thiamine, niacin, B6, folic acid), minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and iodine).

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This pretty much looked like thin oatmeal, which just made me wonder why I didn’t make normal oatmeal and add more formula to it. I ended up just mixing both of these into fruit purees and using them for Blob’s breakfast porridge.

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4-grain gruel. Ingredients listed: fresh milk whey, milk, wholegrain flour (oat, barley, rye and wheat; 5%), lactose, rapeseed and sunflower oils, emulsifiers (vegetable-based fatty acids), vitamins (A, D3, thiamine, niacin, B6, folic acid), minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and iodine).

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While this one had a more attractive ingredients list, it pretty much looked the same as the other one. To be honest, if it weren’t for the camera numbering these photos, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. They also didn’t have the smooth, silky consistency of the previous vellis that made them so nice for feeding with a bottle. The little bits of grain in these two varieties seemed much more likely to get stuck in places if I didn’t feed it with a spoon.

I didn’t bother getting either of them again because although Blob ate them just fine, he didn’t seem to show any extra enthusiasm for them like he does with foods he really likes. Unlike the previous vellis, which I bought several times, these didn’t seem differentiated enough that I’d go to the trouble of getting them separately when I could just blitz and add formula to some of my own breakfast. Eh, you win some, you lose some.

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