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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.

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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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How Much Should Your Toddler Be Sleeping?

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One of the biggest challenges when raising children is creating a healthy sleep routine, especially during those first years of their lives. Sleep plays a large role in the development of your child’s body and brain, making it vitally important to create and maintain a healthy, regular sleeping pattern. The best way to do this is to manage your child’s diet and other lifestyle choices in a way that promotes a natural sleep routine. This will allow them to get enough rest for their bodies to continue developing.

How much sleep does a child need?

The answer to this common question will be entirely unique for each child, although there are generally accepted guidelines dependent on the child’s age. If you have a newborn, for instance, you’ll notice that a lot of the day is spent sleeping. This is because the body undergoes a huge amount of development during these first few months and, as a result, plenty of rest is required.

If you have a toddler, however, you’ll want to be helping your child develop a natural sleeping pattern that matches up with the rest of the family and society. A healthy bedtime routine not only creates the opportunity for you to bond with your children, but also creates stability in their lives. And as children get older, their sleep needs will obviously change again.

0-3 Months = 15-16 hours of sleep

During this stage, your child is going to be sleeping for a lot of the day, waking occasionally to feed and interact. At this point in time, you should expect to see your newborn sleep for between 5-8 hours during the day, in multiple naps, while also sleeping a further 8-10 hours during the night.

3-6 months = 14-15 hours of sleep

Now that your child is slightly older, you’ll notice a genuine change in terms of energy and interaction. This should also be reflected with less time spent sleeping during the day, and longer periods of sleep at night. Expect them to sleep for anywhere between 3-5 hours during the day in two or three nap periods.

6-12 months = 13-14 hours of sleep

As your baby celebrates his or her first birthday, you should be able to see a huge difference in terms of their sleeping pattern. Most children at this point can sleep throughout the night, provided they remain undisturbed, but will still enjoy a couple of naps (2-3 hours altogether) throughout the day.

12-24 months – 13-14 hours of sleep

Over the space of a year, not much changes in terms of sleeping requirements. Your child should now be sleeping throughout the night for between 11-12 hours, while only napping for 2-3 hours during the day. This fits in well with preschool in terms of a standardised nap time, giving your child enough time to get the sleep he or she needs while also having plenty of time to learn and play.

24+ months – 12-13 hours of sleep

At this point, your toddler should be matching the general day and night pattern. With a full night’s sleep, most toddlers enjoy an afternoon nap of about an hour and a half to make sure they can get through the day with plenty of energy.

What factors can affect their sleep?

There are many different aspects of a child’s lifestyle that can affect their sleeping routine, and at the top of that list, is of course, their diet. Sugary foods and foods high in carbohydrates are an easy way to unleash a restless toddler at bedtime. Cookies, cakes, and chocolate are all examples of sugary treats, and are examples of what not to give your child before bedtime.

Lifestyle choices also play a huge role in getting a child to go to sleep. If your child is watching television or running around before bedtime, it’s going to be very hard to encourage them to go to bed. Quieter, calmer activities like reading, playing with toys quietly and even bath time are all perfect for relaxing your child and getting ready for sleep.

Helpful hints for getting your children to sleep

  • You could try feeding them foods that contain the enzyme tryptophan
    This enzyme helps with the production of niacin, serotonin and melatonin, which are all naturally produced compounds that help to promote sleep and rest. Foods such as chicken, turkey and soybeans are all high in tryptophan, making them great dinner choices if you’re looking to encourage a good sleeping pattern.
  • It may help to maintain regular bed times
    Keeping a regular routine works wonders for younger children, especially when they’re trying to figure out what is actually normal. If you have a set bedtime and maintain it over the course of a couple of weeks/months, you’ll find that your child will be able to go sleep easier and without as much hassle.
  • You could try initiating a reading time
    Take the time to read to your child before he or she goes to sleep. Not only will you bond with your child, you’ll help them learn to read and improve their language skills. Hearing your voice will also calm them down, make them feel safe and allow them to drift off peacefully.

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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.