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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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Midwife Cath’s Ultimate Hospital List

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So, you’ve entered your third trimester and you’re starting to think about what to do once the baby arrives. There are number of things that need to be considered which include preparing all the essentials before birth from food preparation and packing that all important hospital bag in anticipation for the arrival of your new baby.

Prepare your essentials before birth

For such tiny little creatures, babies sure do need a lot of stuff. The more you get before baby arrives, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your little one once they are here. Common baby items include:

    • Clothing – you will need onesies, mittens, socks, caps/beanies, bibs
    • A pram that lies flat – your newborn will need to lie flat in a pram until they are old enough to hold their head up on their own
    • Car capsule – always check the safety ratings on car capsules before making a purchase
    • Nipple cream – this is an essential for every new mother
    • Cot/bassinet
    • Bouncer
    • Baby wipes
    • Burp cloths
    • Breast pump and BPA-free baby bottles.
    • Camera – you won’t want to miss any of those first special moments!
    • Swaddle blankets/ muslin wraps
    • Nappies – you can never have too many nappies, so stock up on as many as possible
    • Baby carrier
    • Nursing bra and nursing pads

After giving birth, you will find that there is very limited time outside of caring for your new baby. There are several things you can do before giving birth that will ensure you can focus specifically on your little one and trying to establish a feeding and sleeping routine as soon as possible.

Food preparation

If you and your partner prepare home cooked meals for your family (besides your newborn), you can create meals which can be frozen, such as soups, muffins, stews and curries. You can portion them up in clearly marked containers for easy preparation. This can ease some of the pressure in respect to providing good meal options in the immediate period when you arrive home with the baby and will assist with not only a quick recovery after birth, but a provide the necessary energy and nutrition required during this period, particularly if you breastfeed.

Prepare your laundry

Well before your due date, stock up on some natural laundry detergent and set up a system for washing onesies, clothing, bibs and blankets. Systems are particularly important should you choose to use cloth nappies. While you’re at it, wash towels, doonas, pillows and guest sheets so that everything is freshly clean when you arrive home with your new little one.

Preparing for feeding

It’s important to explore feeding advice with your healthcare provider including why breastfeeding is considered best for your baby. The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)  runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268). The Breastfeeding Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system in their own homes.

Pack your bag

Preparation of an overnight bag is the key to a successful stay in hospital or wherever you are planning to give birth, so make sure it’s stocked with everything you need. Packing your hospital bag is a bit like packing for a holiday in a foreign, exotic country that you know nothing about. Does the baby really need so many onesies? (yes). Do I really need to buy maternity pads when I’ve got a whole box of regular ones at home (yes, you do). Will I really wear those ENORMOUS high waisted knickers (oh, yes). This may seem like a lot, but you’ll be grateful when the little one arrives, and you have everything organised. Here’s the checklist I give to all my prospective mums:

FOR THE MOTHER:

  • 4 pairs of stretchy pants in a dark colour. Make sure the waistband is soft and comfortable
  • 4 tee shirt tops that allow for easy breastfeeding
  • 4-6 pairs of black underpants (make them high waisted so that if you have a c-section, they won’t dig into your scar)
  • 3 soft, well-fitting nursing bras
  • 1 packet of nursing pads for leaking breasts
  • 3 packets of maternity pads
  • Comfortable slip on shoes or slippers
  • Pyjamas for night feeding
  • Toiletries- toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant.

FOR THE BABY:

  • 7 soft, onesies with zips – anything else is too challenging
  • 7 singlets
  • 7 large muslin wraps
  • 2 hats
  • 1 set of going home clothes
  • 1 soft nail file for baby’s nails
  • 1 packet of disposable nappies (in case the hospital doesn’t provide them)
  • 1 packet of baby wipes (as above)
  • Formula and bottles (these are supplied by all hospitals)

INCIDENTALS:

  • Blood group card
  • Any relevant correspondence from your doctor, for example your Group B strep status
  • Change of clothes for your partner
  • Chargers/ battery for phones laptops, camera etc
  • Tote bag for dirty washing.

Once you’ve ticked all this off, take the time to sit back, relax, and get ready for a truly special event and a new addition to your family!

About the author

Midwife Cath – Cath Curtin – is a trusted expert in women’s health, pre-pregnancy, antenatal care and education, pregnancy, labour and birth, postnatal care, breastfeeding, and parenting. She has delivered over 10,000 babies throughout her 43-year career. Trained and fully-qualified as a nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse, Cath has an incomparable depth of experience. Her book, The First Six Weeks”, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016 and is being translated for international markets. Her second book After, The First Six Weeks” was published in August  2018 and both available through Booktopia. She has a series of popular podcasts Birth Baby & Beyond available on PodcastOne and iTunes.

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.