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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks

Starting Solids

Starting on solid food is an important milestone in your child’s development. It’s a window of opportunity where good eating habits can be established and provides a strong foundation for your child’s future health.

 

When and why solid food should be introduced?

  • Whether your baby is being breastfed, bottle fed or a combination of both, first foods are introduced in the same way and at the same time
  • Experts agree this is around six months old, but not before four months
  • At this time, iron and zinc, key nutrients needed for growth and development, are no longer being fulfilled by breast milk or infant formula alone.

 

Readiness signs

Babies are all so different. Some babies will be ready for solids earlier than others, so individual signs of readiness are a better guide. Some of these signs include:

  • Interest in watching others eat and showing excitement when others are eating
  • Lost tongue-thrust reflux that pushes food back out of the mouth
  • Holds head up
  • Able to sit upright supported
  • Opening mouth when something comes towards them
  • Chewing fingers and toys
  • Reaching out for food and cutlery

Even though you may see some of these signs earlier, breastmilk or infant formula will be enough until around six months.

 

What you’ll need

Before you get started, there are a few items of feeding equipment you may need. These include:

  • Small soft and shallow spoon
  • Bowl
  • Bib
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Ice cube trays
  • Food blender/processor (handy, but not essential)
  • Mess mats
  • Highchair with fitted harness
  • A calm baby and lots of patience.

 

Timing is everything

  • Pick a time to offer solids when you and your baby are both relaxed. Morning is a good time when they are hungry and happy
  • Your baby is more likely to try solids after a feed of breast milk or formula
  • Make sure your baby is sitting upright (either in a highchair or on your lap)
  • Try to eat at the same time as your baby
  • To start with, offer 1-2 teaspoons of food or a small piece with your fingers and increase according to your baby’s appetite. Another option is to offer food from your plate, she may feel that eating food from your plate is ‘safer’ and be more willing to try it
  • Let your baby eat their way. Allow enough time for baby to explore and eat at their own pace and look for signs if they’re not interested anymore
  • If she doesn’t seem to like some foods, leave them for a few days and then offer them again.

 

Types of food

  • Start with iron and zinc containing foods (remember, the iron stored in your baby’s body starts to deplete around 6 months). These include iron-fortified infant cereal, minced meat, poultry and fish, cooked tofu and legumes and mashed and well-cooked egg
  • So long as iron-rich foods are the focus, introduce a variety of suitable textured vegetables, beans and legumes, fruit, grains and cereals and full fat dairy products like cheese and yoghurt
  • Slow introduction of solid food is not necessary
  • Breast or infant formula feeding is recommended alongside solids until a baby is 12 months old and for breastfeeding, for as long as the mother and baby want to keep going.

Every baby is different and there is no need to rush to start before six months. If your baby is nearing seven months of age and hasn’t started solids, you might like to get some advice from your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or GP. Remember breast milk or formula remains the main source of nutrition for the first 12 months.

About the author

Shae is Bellamy’s Organic Head Dietitian. She is passionate about ensuring children have the best start to a lifetime of eating.

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If you are able, breastfeeding is best, as it provides the ideal nutrition for babies and has other important health benefits too. Health Professionals are well placed to provide appropriate feeding advice and support. A healthy diet during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding is important.

Introducing infant formula either partially or exclusively, may reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Social and financial implications, such as preparation requirements and cost of formula until 12 months, should be considered. When using infant formula, always follow the instructions for use carefully, unnecessary or improper use may make your baby unwell.

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