Baby feeding first look reviews Brother Max 2nd stage weaning pots
Brother Max’s weaning pots can go straight from the freezer into the microwave, or you can push on the flexible base to pop the contents into a bowl. We gave them to a mum and her 10-month-old baby to see whether they make meal times easier.
Stylish and functional design
Our volunteers tried out the larger 2nd stage pots but you can also buy them in a smaller 1st stage size (for beginning weaning). The pack consists of four lidded pots and a pen for writing the name of each dish on the pot.
Our mum liked the packaging and the pots’ design, particularly the way they click together for easy storage. But having always used ice cube trays and small Tupperware containers in the past, she was interested to see whether using these pots is really any easier.
The pots are a good size (170ml) and fit in quite a large quantity of food (more than enough for one meal). There’s a line marking out the maximum filling point and, as long as the pot is filled to this level or below, she found they closed firmly. The supplied pen is disappointing though; the ink wipes off the plastic a bit too easily and a touch could wipe off her writing.
Microwave-safe food containers
Our mum found it reassuring knowing that the Brother Max pots are completely microwave safe. This and their secure sealed lid meant she found them useful when she was on the go. At home she preferred to transfer the contents to a bowl before heating them. She couldn’t get the contents out simply by pushing on the base when she took the pot straight from the freezer - she had to run warm water over the container for a few seconds as Brother Max recommends in the instructions. After this the food slid out more easily than with an ordinary Tupperware container.
The pots are dishwasher-safe and our mum tester found they washed well, but they can be hard to balance upright in the machine.
Overall our volunteer thought that the pots were well-designed and having a pack of these could be useful for taking baby meals out and about. But, she would still mainly use ice cube trays and other pots when making up big batches of food because buying enough multiples of the Brother Max containers would be expensive.
Buying the Brother Max weaning pots
Pros: Stack together, flexible base means contents can be pushed out, good capacity
Cons: Ink from supplied pen comes off too easily, pricey to buy enough for large batches of food