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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

How to Swaddle Your Baby

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Swaddling babies is a practice that has been used for centuries and is a traditional part of many cultures. It is one of the most commonly used methods to calm and soothe newborns. Swaddling otherwise known as wrapping a baby is usually performed for newborns at times of feeding and sleeping. But how do you do it and when is the best time to start?

1: What is swaddling?

You wouldn’t think something as simple as swaddling a baby could be so confusing, but with a seemingly limitless number of sleeping bags and wrapping techniques around, it can be hard to know exactly what you’re supposed to do- buy the ‘idiot proof’ ones with velcro straps? Wrap the baby with their arms tightly by their side so they can’t hit themselves in the face? Just use sleeping bags instead? Don’t let all the conflicting advice put you off! You should wrap your baby as much as possible to help them feel secure and warm.

Wrapping your baby keeps them feeling snug and secure while allowing them to do two very important things; have a full range of movement in their hips and legs, and sleep with their hands and arms bent upwards (all babies love to sleep this way). Conventional wrapping, with the baby’s arms wrapped tightly by their side, is something most babies don’t like. They will fight to free their arms (and they will succeed!) Not only do they not like it but wrapping in this way often restricts the movement of their hips, which can lead to problems later in life.

2: How do you swaddle your baby?

To make your own wrap, all you need is a large, soft and lightweight muslin wrap measuring at least 1.2 x 1.4 metres. I recommend wrapping babies for all feeds and sleeps until the baby is six months old and the Moro reflex has settled. Many midwives encourage mothers of sleepy newborns to unwrap their babies for feeds and do things like blow air in their face and put a cold washer on their body to wake up the baby. The idea is that an uncomfortable baby will be less sleepy and therefore suck properly. This may work to keep your baby awake during their feed, but ensure you follow through with wrapping your baby to provide them security and warmth.

  • Make sure baby’s face is free from the wrap
  • Avoid swaddling baby too tightly. The key is to make baby feel secure, not constricted
  • If baby likes to suck on their hand or fingers, leave at least one arm free. Self-soothing is an important part of regulating their emotions.
  • Ensure baby’s legs are still free to move around. Baby’s with their legs swaddled tightly run the risk of having hip dysplasia
  • Swaddling should be a symbol for feeding and sleep. Don’t confuse it by swaddling them for cuddle times
  • Always place baby on their back when swaddled, and never on their front

There are lots of different ways to use a wrap to swaddle, including:

The quick wrap

  1. Lay a clean wrap on a flat surface, such as a bed or change table.
  2. Place baby on top of the wrap, so that the back of their neck is halfway along the top edge. Their feet should be in the middle of the wrap.
  3. Ensure arms are in a comfortable position, then – starting with one side – bring one corner of the wrap diagonally down, over their shoulder and across their tummy.
  4. Tuck the wrap securely under baby’s bottom.
  5. Do the same with the other side, tucking the wrap under the opposite side.
  6. Bring the bottom of the wrap up and over the tummy to reach the shoulders. Fold each side around the back to secure.

The burrito roll

  1. Lay a square wrap on a flat surface to form a diamond shape.
  2. Bring the top corner down to about the length of your hand.
  3. Lay baby on the wrap so the fold is above the top of the baby’s neck.
  4. Tuck baby’s hands into the fold of the wrap so that they are resting beside their face.
  5. Pull the right side of the wrap across baby’s tummy and tuck it under baby’s left side.
  6. Fold the bottom tail of the wrap up over the shoulder.
  7. Pull the left side of the blanket across baby’s tummy and tuck it under the right side.

One arm swaddle

  1. Start with a square wrap and lay baby on top so that the back of their neck is halfway along the top edge.
  2. Leave one arm out (the one that’s most active) and lay the other arm down baby’s side.
  3. Take the top right corner and secure baby’s arm by their tummy and bring the wrap over baby’s tummy before tucking under their left side.
  4. Bring the left side of the wrap over baby’s shoulder, ensuring the free arm remains free.
  5. Bring the wrap around the back to tuck in just below the left armpit.

If using a fitted wrap, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

3: What are the benefits of swaddling?

Wrapping your baby correctly is one of the single most important things you can do to help your baby feel settled and secure during feeds and naps. Babies are born with a set of primitive reflexes, and they need those reflexes to be contained with the time-honoured, simple process of wrapping. Swaddling may help:

  • Mimic the intra-uterine security your baby has been accustomed to
  • Retain body heat, keeping baby warm
  • Protect against scratching
  • Promote longer sleep
  • Reduce crying time and periods of waking

For parents, swaddling can:

  • Make it easier to hold a young baby
  • Make it easier to transfer from one parent’s arms to another
  • Reduce anxiety over warmth and chills
  • Make breastfeeding easier.
  • Increase sleep time for baby and thus for parents.

4: How long should you swaddle your baby for?

Each baby develops at a different rate, and so there is no set age at which you should stop swaddling. Swaddling is typically performed from birth to when a baby shows signs they can roll over, around 4 to 6 months old. Expert opinions vary, with some saying swaddling should stop around two months and others saying that up to six months old is okay. Ultimately, it should be a discussion between you and your child’s healthcare advisor.

5: What products should you use to swaddle your baby?

Your swaddling blanket should be specific to the weather, meaning not too hot and not too cold. It also needs to be large enough for the fabric to cover your baby easily. A newborn baby will need a wrap with dimensions around 100x100cm, whereas an 8 week old will require a slightly larger 120x120cm wrap.

For summer swaddling, use lightweight wraps in 100% natural fibre only, such as cotton or bamboo. Muslin is an ideal material as it is light and breathable. Do not use wraps made from synthetic fabric (e.g. polyester or fleece), as this can quickly cause sweating and overheating.

For winter swaddling, a muslin wrap is still suitable for most Australian climates. In very cool weather, however, flannelette that is 100% cotton makes another good choice. Bear in mind that flannelette doesn’t have much stretch in it, so is therefore more suitable for newborns who aren’t too wiggly.

Many wraps come in packs of four, and the best shape to look for are the square ones. Expect to go through several wraps a day in the early stages.

Happy Wrapping!

Summary

The two most important things to remember when wrapping your baby are:

  • The baby must be able to freely move his hands under the wrap. You wouldn’t like having your arms tied down by your side and neither do babies!
  • The baby’s hips must be fully flexed; forcing them straight has been proven to be detrimental to babies. Do not wrap the muslin firmly around the waist and hips. The muslin must be wrapped loosely high above the waist and under the arms.

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 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.