Organic follow-on formula and baby food
At around 6 months of age your baby’s nutrient stores and requirements can no longer be met by breast milk or baby formula alone, but these willl continue to provide the majority of their nutritional intake.
In particular, babies of this age need more iron and zinc. Introducing solid foods is the next step to ensure baby receives all the iron, vitamins and minerals needed to grow and develop into a healthy child.
At 6 months your baby should have started to eat solid food.
For more information about your baby's development from 6 - 12 months, see our Resources for Parents.
Bellamy’s Organic Step 2 Follow On formula is casein dominant, providing a little more casein than Step 1, and is recommended for a baby 6 - 12 months of age, who may benefit from a protein base that takes a little longer to digest and may keep them feeling fuller and contented for longer. It also contains essential iron, vitamins and minerals.
Step 2 is particularly useful if you make the decision to stop breastfeeding before your baby reaches 12 months. If your baby is formula fed, then you may find Step 2 to be a better alternative to a Step 1 product, particularly as you introduce solids to your baby's diet.
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At 6 months, your baby should be eating solids. It’s normal to introduce solids with Baby Rice, but if your baby is already past this point, then we have a great tasting range of products to tempt their developing taste buds. Below you will find our range of baby food, including our new range of ready to serve meals.
When your baby is ready for new flavours, our Apple and Cinnamon Porridge is perfect. With 30% fruit, combined with the benefits of specially selected organic oats, millet and corn, your baby’s breakfast will be a wholesome and nutritious start to the day.
From 7 months your baby will be ready to try an increasing range of foods. Here are some tips:
- Don’t puree all the food now. It is important that your baby becomes familiar with texture and a few lumps. Offer soft lumpy foods mashing all cooked food with a fork rather than food processor.
- When your baby is more experienced with solid foods, why not try adapting family meals to be suitable for your baby, rather than preparing separate meals? For instance, pasta is a great way to share a family dinner – maybe add a few organic vegetables, meat, chicken or fish.
- To make life easier, if you do prepare a special meal for your baby, make a larger quantity and put left-overs into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, empty 4 - 6 pureed ‘food cubes’ (or sufficient for a meal portion for your baby) and put them in to individual airtight resealable bags. They can be kept in the freezer in these bags until required and are really useful if you are out and about with your baby.
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Our Pasta Stars are gluten free and made from the finest organic wholegrain brown rice. With the benefit of added iron, they are great served with a puree or left plain as a finger food.
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Macaroni is a perfect finger food from around 8 months. Our Spelt Macaroni is made using wholegrain spelt - an ancient nutritious grain with a delicious nutty flavour - and contains added iron.
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Bellamy's Organic Vegie Alphabet pasta is a novel way to introduce colour and new vegetables to your baby's diet. These colourful little wheat pastas are made with beetroot, spinach and tomato for a meal full of colur, flavour and fun!
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From around 6 months, sometimes earlier, your baby’s teeth will be starting to come through. Teeth usually begin to appear at 4 - 7 months but for some babies even earlier, and of course, for others later. Your baby may start to dribble, and gums may be slightly inflamed and can look swollen, and will obviously be causing some discomfort to your baby. Your baby may pull their ears, have red cheeks and will begin to want to chew on everything.
Teething rusks can help.
Put a teething ring in the fridge to cool for your baby to chew on. The chewing down on something hard, crisp and or cold is soothing and helps the tooth break through.
Initially, babies chew with only their gums, and the first baby teeth are used to bite with. Chewing is an important skill for baby to learn; necessary for jaw development, which in turn is important for speech development later on:
- The first teeth to arrive are usually the lower front teeth at around 4 - 7 months.
- These are followed by the upper front teeth.
- Upper side teeth come next, followed by lower side teeth.
- The first upper molars appears, next come the first lower molars.
- The upper canines then come in, one each side.
By the time your toddler celebrates his/ her first birthday party he/ she will probably have between 6 and 8 teeth. Between 1 year and 2 years of age, he/ she will have another 4 - 6 teeth, including the molars. The first molars come at around 12 - 15 months, and second molars around 2 years of age. The diagram below shows the typical order of teeth that will appear.
Teething may cause a toddler pain and a few sleepless nights.
Teething rusks are ideal to help soothe the discomfort and allow small teeth to come through more quickly. They are hard baked, and specially designed to avoid cracking or splintering. A baby can choke on hard pieces of fruit and vegetables so it’s much better to get a specially designed teething rusk for your baby to chew down on.
Remember never to leave your baby alone when eating, and make sure he/ she is seated in an upright position.
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