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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
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Baby Food Stages On Labels: What Do They Mean?

Here’s how to decipher baby food stages on labels

Navigating the world of nutrition can be confusing at the best of times, but when you’re a new, sleep-deprived parent being bombarded with mountains of conflicting information from multiple angles, everything can get a bit overwhelming. In that first year, your baby develops so rapidly that it can be tricky to stay on top of specific nutrient requirements for each stage. Baby food stages on labels are a helpful guide to ensure that the dietary choices you make for bub will support optimal development for their stage.

 

4+, 5+ and 6+ months

The current Australian guidelines recommend that solid foods should be introduced at around 6 months of age 1. As some babies might be ready slightly earlier (~4 months) than this, it’s important to look for signs of readiness. This may include sitting up without support, a growing interest in food, and the loss of the tongue-extrusion reflex1.

By 6 months of age, infant’s iron stores start to decline. Iron is an important nutrient for neurocognitive development, and it’s therefore recommended that baby’s first solids are rich in iron, e.g. iron-fortified cereals, pureed meats, or fish. 1,2 Bellamy’s Organic Baby Rice with GOS offers an iron-rich option that babies can enjoy from 4 months. GOS, a prebiotic fibre, supports a healthy gut, which is associated with improved long-term health outcomes3.

This is also a great time to introduce your baby to a wide variety of flavours. The Bellamy’s range of organic fruit and vegetable purees offers a convenient option to expand your baby’s culinary repertoire.

Rusks can also come in handy around this time, offering comfort in the unsettling teething periods. Bellamy’s Organic Milk Rusks are a safe, preservative- and sugar-free option. Pop them in the freezer for added soothing effects while teething.

 

7 – 8 months

By 7 months old your baby should be encouraged to start exploring different textures. This encourages them to practice their chewing skills and is an important developmental step to help avoid fussiness further down the track. 4 Don’t be disheartened if they screw up their face, or spit out new foods. Research has shown that it can take around 8-10 exposures to a new food before acceptance.5 Bellamy’s Organic Brown Rice Pasta Stars (7+ months), Spelt Macaroni (8+ months), and Organic Veggie Pasta Alphabets (8+ months) can be added to sauces or soups and are a fun way to introduce new textures, whilst continuing to support nutrient requirements with mineral iron and nourishing vegetables.

 

12+ months

By 12 months of age your little one can eat with the family, and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods 1. Meals can be flavoured with herbs and spices, but avoid adding salt or sugar, as these have been shown to have detrimental effects on health, and may encourage a preference for salty and sweet foods later in life1. Bellamy’s multi-coloured Veggie Macaroni, with no added sugar or salt, is a great way to add fibre and protein to sauces or soups. From 12 months, children may require smaller meals more often, so it’s handy to have some nutritious and convenient snacks around. Bellamy’s snack range (12+ months), including Pear and Apple Snacks, are made from 100% organic fruit, and contain no added sugar, additives, or preservatives, making them the perfect go-to snack.

 

References

  1. National Health and Medical Research Council. Infant Feeding Guidelines Information for Health Workers. Canberra: NHMRC; 2012.
  2. Netting MJ, Campbell DE, Koplin JJ, Beck KM, McWilliam V, Dharmage SC, et al. An Australian Consensus on Infant Feeding Guidelines to Prevent Food Allergy: Outcomes From the Australian Infant Feeding Summit. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017; 5(6): 1617 – 24. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2017.03.013
  3. Medina DA, Pinto F, Ortuzar V, Garrido D. Simulation and modeling of dietary changes in the infant gut microbiome. FEMS microbiology ecology [Internet]. 2018 Sep 1 [cited 2020 May 15];94(9). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy140
  4. Nutrition Australia. Infant Nutrition. Southbank; 2008.
  5. Spill MK, Johns K, Callahan EH, Myra JS, Yat PW, Benjamin-Neelon SE, et al. Repeated exposure to food and food acceptability in infants and toddlers: a systematic review. AM J CLIN NUTR; 109: 978-989. doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqy308

About the author

Brittany Darling is an accredited nutritionist and mother of two, with a special interest in children health, fertility and pregnancy nutrition.

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