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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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Smiling is a Large Part of Your Child’s Development

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Every parent wants their child to smile. From the moment they enter this world, a parent’s natural urge is to coax a smile from their little one, in the hope that they are happy.

A smile is much more than that, however. By encouraging your baby to smile, you’re helping your baby to develop self-esteem. And smiling plays a part in the connecting and attachment process, it keeps baby feeling safe and secure, and it helps your little one learn about the world. The emotional response felt via a smile can help shape emotional responses throughout life.

A simple smile is the building block for your relationship with your child. Your face is where your child looks for reassurance, comfort and attention. Not every response you give will impact them, but a smile sends a great message of love and contentment.

Teaching your child to smile

‘Social smiling’ is a learned practice. Before 6-8 weeks, you may think you see a smile appearing on your baby’s lips, but more often than not this is accredited to gas or wind. A ‘social smile’ is different, as this is the intentional gesture of warmth meant just for you. The more you smile at your child, the more likely they’ll return one (or many) of these feel-good grins.

When you see a social smile for the first time, it signifies a few important things. Firstly, that your baby is growing up and starting to figure out human behaviour. Secondly, your baby realises that smiling back gets your attention. And thirdly, your baby’s brain development is advancing and their communication skills are on track.

If you’re yet to see a first smile and your baby is more than 8 weeks old, don’t panic. Keep smiling, and eventually you’ll be rewarded. Some babies might not feel very smiley if they’re still working on coordinating their movements, and similarly, they might not feel like smiling if they’re suffering discomfort. If you believe this could be the problem, look for ways to make them feel better. Addressing hunger, colic, tiredness, temperature, a nappy or teething may be all it takes to coax out a smile.

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How to get a smile

When trying to get your baby to smile and communicate with you, look for moments when your baby is awake and alert, yet calm. With your face about 30cm away, talk and sing, laugh and smile. As your baby examines your face at this close range, they may start to smile. Don’t rush it, this can take some time. Once they’ve got it, however, you’ll be rewarded time and time again. Soon they’ll be an expert at ‘smile talk’, starting an interaction with you by sending a smile your way and gurgling at the same time.

Now you’ve seen a smile, you’ll be an addict. Your desire to earn a smile will send you down some strange pathways, which include:

Giggling just for the sake of it: Your baby won’t like the idea of being left out and will act as if they’re in on the joke.

Contorting your face: Who can resist smiling when you’re faced with a crazy facial expression?

The boop game: Holding your baby out in front of you, you gently bring them towards you until your noses touch. As you do, you cry “boop!”.

Peek-a-boo: A classic, but a goodie. Take your time with this one in the early days, however, as too much peek-a-boo can be stimulation overload.

The spider game: Using your hands, spider your fingers along the floor until they reach the arm of your baby. Scale their arm until your ‘spider’ is on their head, or alternatively, let your spider fall down from a web overhead.

Sound effects: Sound effects like sirens, door bells, mooing and robots can be very funny, and a menu of sound effects is sure to keep the smiles coming.

Throwing things on the floor: Surprise is a big element in making babies laugh, especially as they near the 12 month mark. Throwing something on the floor will usually produce a giggle, as will playing “Humpty Dumpty” with a gentle drop.

The science behind a smile

Smiling can change the way a brain develops, by working on a powerful loop system. The cortex of the brain send neuronal signals to the brainstem, and cranial muscles carry the signal to the smiling muscles in the face. The brain feels good, so it tells us to smile. When the smiling muscles contract, the messages are sent back to the brain, carrying with it the ‘feel good’ feelings. The brain is once again rewarded, and the loop continues. During this period, the cerebral cortex – which plays a major role in memory, thought, language, and consciousness is stimulated, and facial nerves are strengthened.

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Science tells us that the brain keeps track of smiles, kind of like a smile scorecard. By calculating the number of smiles, the body knows which overall emotional state you are in. With many children averaging 400 smiles a day, smiling kids are happy kids.

Your baby’s smile is the start of them becoming a social person, and enables them to communicate with the world in a language that everyone can understand. The Crosby, Stills and Nash song “Wooden Ships” said it best – “if you smile at me I will understand, because that is something everybody, everywhere does in the same language”.

Supporting smiles

A smile can be a very potent thing, both for the giver and the receiver, and that’s why Bellamy’s Organic is proud to partner with Clown Doctors Australia, an organisation that brings laughter and smiles into the hospital room. Smiling and laughing are known to have wonderful healing properties, and the incredible support these clowns offer young children doing it tough in hospital is nothing short of amazing.

To support more smiles or learn more, visit www.clowndoctors.org.au today.

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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.