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

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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
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What are the best developmental toys for babies?

Toys can assist in your child’s play and development. Whilst there are many toys available for babies, some can encourage imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills in early development, more than others.

So which toys are best?

The best toys for young babies are open-ended; toys that provide entertainment and be used in multiple ways. Some examples of open-ended toys include:

  • blocks: grasping, holding and stacking
  • windup toys: involve music, holding and pulling
  • mobiles: often include reaching, holding and music
  • small soft balls: rolling, throwing, holding

And remember, play with babies is most fun when you are playing with them – they simply want to be around you, see your facial expressions and hear tones in your voice.

Here are some examples of good toys for babes 0-6 months of age:

Play Mats and Play Gyms

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Play mats are cushioned blankets that provide a safe area on the floor for your baby. Similarly, a play gym has this concept but including a mobile of toys hanging above your baby. These are great for floor play, and there are several options. If laying your baby on their back, a play gym featuring an overhead bar with dangling toys they can bat, pull, spin and rattle. Look for mats that make sounds or light up when touched, and that offer a variety of textures. If it’s tummy time, look for a mat that offers a few attached toys at ground level with the same exciting elements like lights that they can reach out and grasp.

Lightweight rattles

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Babies love exciting sounds, and giving them a rattle lets them learn that they will get a fun sound effect by shaking it. Choose rattles that keep your child entertained through multiple attractions such as a fluffy spot, little mirror, or a hoop.

Sensory Board Books

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Board books are children’s books with thick cardboard or fabric pages and are great for withstanding mouthing, drooling and squeezing. Also, as a bonus they encourage learning through touch, and special bonding time between parent and baby.

Teething rings

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When you see or feel teeth coming through, a teething ring is the perfect soother and toy combination for your baby. According to the Australian Dental Association, storing them in the fridge (not freezer!) can offer temporary pain relief through the numbing effect and distraction of the cold.

Soft animals

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A toy that is soft, cuddly and warm helps babies feel comforted. Give the teddy voices, make the teddy jump on them (softly) and move the teddy around quickly for your baby to try and catch or grab.

Attachable toys

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Toys that can be attached to a pram provide entertainment and distraction for your baby while you’re on the go. They are able to tug, pull, bat and cuddle without you having to worry about them throwing a toy out of the pram and losing it. Try to pick one with different colours, textures and movements to keep their interested for longer.

Stacking blocks

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Stacking blocks are small plastic or wooden cubes designed for building differently shaped towers by putting them on top of each other. As your baby nears the six month mark and becomes more comfortable sitting up, holding and placing stacking blocks can help develop fine motor skills. While they may not be able to help you stack them at first, they will have great fun knocking the tower down and love seeing you laugh with them.

Remember, toys can be fun, safe and developmental for your baby without breaking the bank! With the toy examples above in mind, homemade versions can also do the trick. Here are a few examples:

  • Stacking blocks: use tissue boxes, tea bag boxes and cereal boxes for DIY building blocks! TIP: you can fill them with newspaper to makes them a bit sturdier.
  • Board book: cut out magazine images or photos of family members and glue them onto sturdy card. Cover each page with clear book covering and tape them together to form a personalised book.
  • Rattle: Fill a cylinder shaped container (like a small Pringles tin) with pebbles, rice or pasta. Ensure your container of choice is well sealed and you have a rattle!

Just remember that at this age, what your baby fundamentally needs is engagement, giggles and quality time with mum or dad. Simply reaching and grabbing for things helps them learn, so have some fun with it!

Naturally, when choosing toys it is important they are safe. So, make sure they:

  • Meet the Australian safety standard
  • Are non-toxic and non-flammable
  • Are within the recommended age range to make sure it matches your baby’s stage of development. They should say on the label
  • Don’t have parts small enough for potential choking e.g. loose beaded eyes on a teddy, small lego pieces, magnets
  • Don’t have batteries that could be removed by your babyg. button batteries
  • Are washed or disinfected semi-regularly, especially soft toys that can absorb moisture

Importantly make sure you always supervise bub while playing!

Ultimately, the best you can do for your baby’s development in this age bracket is play with them and stimulate them. Encourage their senses through colourful toys and different textures, and entertain them by facial expressions and laughing.

References

  1. Homemade toys and free activities for children(2021). Available at: https://raisingchildren.net.au/newborns/play-learning/play-ideas/homemade-toys#newborn-toys-and-play-activities-nav-title (Accessed: 18 August 2021).
  2. Choosing toys for children(2021). Available at: https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/play-learning/getting-play-started/choosing-toys?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk8Om5c2y8gIVCn8rCh3IRAqEEAAYASAAEgJykvD_BwE (Accessed: 18 August 2021).
  3. Melbourne, T. (2021) Kids Health Information : Safety: Toys org.au. Available at: https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Toy_Safety_for_Children/ (Accessed: 18 August 2021).
  4. Terrible Teething – Soothing your Teething Tot (2021) org.au. Available at: https://www.ada.org.au/getattachment/Your-Dental-Health/Resources-for-Professionals/Resources-for-Children-0-11/Terrible-teething-soothing-your-teething-tot/Terrible-teething,-soothing-your-teething-tot.pdf.aspx (Accessed: 20 August 2021).
  5. Team, T. and Team, T. (2021) 17 homemade sensory development toys for babies – Kiwi Families, Kiwi Families. Available at: https://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/articles/homemade-baby-toys/ (Accessed: 20 August 2021).

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