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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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Important Nutrients Your Baby Needs: Vitamins


We all know that vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in the health and development of our children. They’re essential organic compounds that our bodies use for a variety of metabolic purposes, and the best ways to get them are through a healthy and varied diet. In the first 12 months, the nutrition your baby receives is important in shaping their long-term health. There are so many considerations about your baby’s diet that it is probably making your head spin. This article provides a concise list of all the important vitamins that you should consider for your baby in the first 12 months.

1: Important vitamins, their function and source

The table below outlines some important vitamins to consider in the first 12 months to ensure your baby is meeting their nutrient needs for adequate growth and development. Whether your baby is breastfed, or formula fed, their requirements are still the same. From around 6 months of age your baby will commence solids. At around this time, the requirements of iron increase significantly as breastmilk and formula cannot exclusively meet the iron needed for growth and development. Therefore, it is important that a baby’s first foods include those with iron. Whilst Iron is not a vitamin, the absorption if iron is increased in the presence of Vitamin C. All the Vitamins below are essential to the body which means the body cannot make its own and must obtain it from the diet.

VitaminFunctionSourceAmount required/day
(6-12months)
Risk of deficiency
Vitamin A (Retinoids and Carotene)Immunity
Vision
Skin and tissue health
Retinoids: Eggs, salmon, liver, cheese
Beta-carotene: carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin
430ug/day (retinol equivalents)In developing countries or with mothers who have low Vitamin A
· Low vision
Vitamin DContributes to bone health and strengthSunshine- a few minutes of direct UV exposure
Fatty fish e.g. tuna, liver, Cheese, egg yolks
5ug/dayCommon in veiled or dark-skinned individuals
Deficient mothers generally give rise to deficient babies which can lead to:
· Bone loss
·Increased infection risk
· Rickets
Vitamin EAn antioxidant
Disease protection
Almonds, Spinach, trout
Avocado, olive oil, Kiwifruit
5mg/dayDeficiency is rare but can lead to nerve and muscle damage.
Vitamin KEssential to blood clottingGreen leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, broccoli, fish, eggs2.5ug/day· Bleeding and bruising
Vitamin CProtects against infections

Aides absorption of Iron

Orange, lemon, strawberries, capsicum, berries, tomato, kiwifruit30mg/dayDeficiency rare but may be common in developing countries
· Scurvy (fatigue, muscle and joint pain)
· Anaemia
Vitamin B12Red blood cell formation
Nerve function
Amino acid and fatty acid breakdown for energy
Liver, beef, tuna, trout, egg0.5ug/dayDeficiency common in breastfed infants of vegan mothers
· Fatigue


B Vitamins

There are a number of vitamins that were not listed above that are also essential in a baby’s diet. These vitamins make up the B vitamin complex and are largely response for regulating energy levels in your baby. These vitamins are readily available across a wide range of foods groups, particularly fruit, wholegrains and vegetables. A deficiency of these vitamins is rare The B vitamins include:

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (Pyroxidine)
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate)
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanoalamin)

2: Strategies to increase vitamin intake in your baby

The key to ensuring your baby is getting in all their vitamins through their diet is to ensure they are consuming a balanced and healthy diet with texture appropriate foods.

According to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) it is recommended that you should start solids with your baby from around 6 months. This is to meet the increasing nutritional and developmental needs of an infant. At around this time, it is encouraged to incorporate iron enriched foods and foods from all of the five food groups that are texture appropriate. This means that your baby can be exposed to a range of nutrients including all the essential vitamins.

Baby led weaning (BLW) is also referred to as baby led feeding. Traditionally, BLW skips the pureed and mashed texture phases of starting solids. Rather than offering your baby a mouthful of mashed pumpkin and apple, you will instead offer soft cooked pieces of pumpkin and long, peeled pieces of apple for them to suck, chew and mash using their fingers and mouth. If you choose to offer this type of feeding to your infant, try and monitor how much food is consumed to help avoid the development of any nutrient deficiencies.

3: Popular nutrient rich recipes

RecipeIngredients and methodNutrients
Minced beef and lentil bolognaise with penne· Minced beef slow cooked until tender in a pot with tomato, herbs, spices and brown lentils
· Cook pasta until well cooked and soft and serve together
Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C
Homemade fish fingers with steamed broccoli and sweet potato· Use tinned salmon or tuna, add egg, herbs, spices and cover in breadcrumbs. Oven back or lightly fry maintaining softness, Offer a puree or soft cooked broccoli and sweet potatoVitamin B12, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin A
Scrambled eggs with pureed spinach and wholemeal toast soldiers· Scramble eggs using some cheese and milk. Puree or wilt spinach through the eggs and offer wholemeal bread soldiersVitamin B12, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin A
Chicken liver pate· Chicken liver, low salt stock, herbs and spices.
· Cook the livers with olive oil and add the herbs and spices. Add stock to the livers and mix using a blender
· You can add this puree to other vegetables
Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12

(Iron, Zinc)

Summary

We all know that vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in the health and development of our children. In the first 12 months, the nutrition your baby receives is important in shaping their long-term health. There are a number of essential vitamins that can be obtained by consuming a broad and varied diet that should be offered to baby’s from the moment they commence solids.

Breastfeeding is best

The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby such that breastfeeding will provide the best start to life nutritionally and will also bring other benefits to a mother and her 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.

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.