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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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Am I Overfeeding My Child? Tips on Portion Control for All Ages

 

As adults, it is exceptionally easy to overeat. Our stomachs stretch over time and it is possible to overeat easily. An extra snack or mouthful here and there means that over time we get used to, and expect more food than we actually need.

The same can be said when it comes to feeding small children. Parents are generally petrified at the thought of not feeding their little one enough which can very quickly translate into regularly overeating and weight issues. So how do you know if you are overfeeding your toddler or young child? Here are some reference points and portion guides to help you.

Don’t base meal size on age

Children between the ages of 12 months and four years will have differing appetites based on their stage of growth, activity level, time of day and a random assortment of other factors. There is never a set amount of food they will need to consume at any one time – it will differ on a daily basis. What we should remember though is that children under the age of five are naturally very good regulators of their calorie intake, not over the course of a day but over the course of a week. What this means is that while they may appear to eat very little some days, they will make up for it on others. As parents, the best thing we can do is to offer nutritionally balanced meals at regular intervals and allow children to determine how much they will consume.

Grazing

While a grazing style of feeding is often seen throughout the day with small children, this can promote overeating. When small children are offered sweet foods such as fruit, crackers or biscuits too frequently – like every hour or two – they get used to seeking these sweet tastes regularly, rather than waiting to feel hungry before eating. Offering food too regularly can also teach small children to seek out food when they are tired, bored or needing to be distracted rather than eating when they are really hungry.

Timing of meals

To help avoid this habitual overeating, aim to allow between two and three hours in between feeding occasions. For the average toddler this will translate into an early breakfast, small morning snack at about 9am, early lunch, a small snack at 2pm or 3pm and an early dinner. If you have later dinners in your household, small children may also need a late afternoon snack. Toddlers and small children have a stomach which can hold roughly 500ml or two small tea cups of food.

For this reason, meal sizes should be roughly 1.5 cups in size at most, or a small plate for main meals. Protein portions should equate to just 30-50g, or half your palm, along with one or two tablespoons of carbohydrate based food and at least half a cup of vegetables. If you find that your child appears to still be hungry after their meal, offer some extra water and wait a few minutes before offering a little more (about one or two tablespoons) of the meal. If they still appear hungry, offering a small serve of fruit, milk or yoghurt are the best options.

Is your child overeating?

Signs your child may be overeating on a regular basis include them constantly asking for food, eating extra and then vomiting, growing too quickly or wearing clothes an age or two above their actual age or if their weight is much greater than their height on their growth chart. Another sign is if they reject less appealing foods such as fruit or vegetables when they want more food. This would suggest that they are not hungry, rather keen to eat more of what they like.

If you do establish that your little one is overeating, it is important to reduce their portions slightly rather than refuse them extra food which may drive their interest in eating. Once you offer them small portions, when they ask for more you can serve them what they would previously had consumed which will help to reduce their overall calorie intake. Offering extra vegetables is another tip as is making sure they are not consuming too much fruit (one or two pieces per day is enough) or milk (no more than 600ml each day).

For more of my blog posts on kids feeding, essential nutrients and portion control, see below:

Please note, this article relates to feeding infants 12 months and older given that infants under the age of 12 months are likely to be breastfed or be using an infant formula with a set volume required by infants of different ages.

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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.