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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

Tips for Fussy Eating in Toddlers

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If you have a child between 1-3 years old, there is almost a 1 in 2 chance that they have demonstrated fussy eating behaviours at some point. As much as it’s normal for this age, the key for parents is to know how to manage it.

New research published in the Journal of Child Health Care has identified specific parental behaviour that is linked to successfully managing and reducing fussy eating — as well as those behaviours that appear to make it worse. The findings may surprise you!

Fussy eating (the tendency of young children to have strong food preferences, especially in relation to trying new foods) can somewhat be explained by the developmental stage children are going through at these ages. What they will or will not put into their mouths is one of the few things children can choose. As such, they like to exert this sense of independence and send their parents the message that they are in control.

While our natural instinct is to focus on the fussy eating in an attempt to stop and reduce it, findings show that this attention can become the goal and an incentive for fussy behaviour.

The research (using focus groups of 30 parents) found that repeatedly offering children the same foods, even if they had to deal with a tantrum, was one of the best ways to eventually get the kids to eat it. It was also found that parental modelling is exceptionally important. Let your toddler see you eating the foods you’d like them to try and eat meals with them. Involving children in food prep also made positive progress in eliminating fussiness, and combining foods typically rejected with foods they like and other tasty ingredients such as cheese also worked.

The efforts which did not work as well included making special or different meals for children who are fussy, this reinforces the behaviour as they get something personalised for complaining. Bribing children to eat the right foods also showed very little success in reducing the fussy eating as the children are given the control of the situation. Also worth thinking about; being told you can have something bad for you as a reward for doing something good send a mixed and confusing message. Using this technique also correlates with children learning to indulge in sweet foods even when they are full at the end of a meal, which can encourage habits of overeating.

 According to the Monash Children’s Hospital, some positive approaches to help to reduce fussy eating behaviours sooner:

  • Involve the kids in food preparation
  • Keep offering your kids the foods you want them to eat
  • Make mealtime as fun and appealing as possible
  • Ensure they are hungry when you offer them new foods
  • Don’t overwhelm them with all new foods, serve something new on a plate surrounded by foods they enjoy
  • Try to give them the same food as the rest of the family, just a smaller serve
  • If they are still refusing to eat foods you would like them to, don’t stress or pay attention to negative behaviour.

 Children’s behaviour patterns are developed largely from copying their parents and from receiving attention for certain behaviours. With this in mind, it is important to reward children’s positive behaviour with smiling, cheering and hugging. It can be easier said than done to ignore fussy eating behaviour, but research shows that positive reinforcement will have young children eating rejected foods faster.

 Overall, make sure you’re giving your toddler time to familiarise themselves with new foods (repetition is key). Stay happy and lighthearted around mealtimes in front of them, and remember, thousands of parents are dealing with the same thing!

References

  1. Fussy Eating in Children (2021) org. Available at: http://www.monashchildrenshospital.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/25-11-2013Fussy-Eating-in-ChildrenPDF-Document-100-kB.pdf (Accessed: 23 August 2021).
  2. Scientists reveal the best ways to deal with children’s fussy eating habits(2017). Available at: https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/281117/scientists-reveal-the-best-ways-to-deal-with-childrens-fussy-eating-habits.html (Accessed: 23 August 2021).
  3. Why Parents Shouldn’t Use Food as Reward or Punishment – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center (2021). Available at: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=160&ContentID=32 (Accessed: 23 August 2021).
  4. Fussy eating(2021). Available at: https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/nutrition-fitness/common-concerns/fussy-eating (Accessed: 23 August 2021).
  5. https://bellamysorgani.wpengine.com/blog/category/articles/
  6. https://bellamysorgani.wpengine.com/blog/tips-for-fussing-eating-in-toddlers/

 

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