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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

A guide to baby poo

Monitoring your baby’s poo is a good way to monitor their health. Whilst very variable from day to day, and child to child, this will give you some indication on their regular stool patterns as they growth and develop. This article provides some general advice on what to expect from birth and how this can differ depending on how the baby is fed.

1: Poo: what colour should it be and how many times per day?

Overall stool patterns are irregular in the first year of life. Frequency of poo in the first 3 months is on average 4-6 poos per day but will slow down after 6 months. However, some babies may not poo that frequently and you may only see a few stools in the week. This is all normal as you start to establish your baby’s normal habits.

To begin with, the first bowel motion a newborn will pass is called meconium which is greenish black and sticky and rids the contents consumed over the 9 months of pregnancy. Once your baby begins to feed on milk, you will see changes in their stool with respect to colour, consistency, texture and smell.

Breastfed babies

  • A breastfed baby will generally have a lighter mustard yellow green colour
  • Consistency is generally quite soft or even runny
  • Higher frequency but this may vary between infants
  • The smell can vary particularly if you have variation in your diet

Formula fed babies

  • A formula fed baby will generally have darker stool that could be darker green or brown in colour
  • Consistency is generally more firm
  • Typically, a slower frequency of motion

Once a baby has commenced solids from around 6 months of age, there will be a change in colour, texture and consistency of poo which is quite normal. If the poo is more formed, this may even require some straining which should not be mistaken for constipation.

Always monitor your baby’s poo for changes in colour outside of those mentioned above. If you notice the following colour changes in your baby’s poo, consult a medical professional to determine the cause:

  • Dark red – may indicate a gastrointestinal infection
  • Bright red- may indicate a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy
  • Grey or White – may indicate issues with the liver

Infographic courtesy of Pregnancy, Birth and Baby

2: What is constipation and how do I manage it?

Constipation is defined as Hard, dry crumbly or pellet shaped poo that is difficult to pass, causing pain and discomfort in your infant.

Firm stool is common to babies who commence solids and/or transition from breastmilk to formula and should not be mistaken as constipation. Constipation is rare in exclusively breastfed infants and it is not uncommon for breastfed babies to pass stool once per week.

A small percentage of infants may have true constipation for an underlying medical reason that should be investigated by a medical professional and should not be judged on how many times stool is passed but rather the long-standing stool patterns, colour and consistency

Management of constipation may include providing some cooled boiled water after 6 months, pureed fruit and vegetables with skins from 6 months which will assist with increasing fibre intake. A gentle tummy massage may also stimulate bowel movement. If constipation does not subside, seek advice from a medical professional who may be able to assist further with the right options for your child.

3: What is diarrhoea and how do I manage it?

Diarrhoea is defined as runny or lose and watery stool that can have multiple causes. Diarrhoea is common, particularly in the first 12 months. One the best ways to ensure you maintain your child’s hydration with persistent diarrhoea is to offer frequent milk feeds and if over 6 months, you may consider cooled, boiled water. If diarrhoea is coupled with fever and vomiting and or is persistent, seek medical advice to determine the underlying cause.

Summary

  • Depending on how your baby is fed, the stool colour, texture, consistency and frequency will be different
  • Always monitor your baby’s poo for changes in colour, texture, consistency and frequency
  • If you are concerned about any unusual changes, always seek advice from a healthcare professional

Disclaimer The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about you or your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.