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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

Starting solids. Introducing baby foods

 

Close-up of a mother giving food to her cute baby at home

Close-up of a mother giving food to her cute baby at home

Moving to solid foods opens up an entirely new world of taste and texture for your baby. But how do we introduce foods and why is there some sort of “order” of what to introduce when? In this edition of our blog we’ll take a look at those two issues.

What baby food should I start with?

Obviously babies start on solid foods before they get a set a teeth to chew with! Sometime around four months is usual. But with no teeth, the choice of foods comes down not only to what can be digested easily by a delicate stomach only used to milk, but what can be easily “gummed”!

It’s for that reason that children usually start on baby rice, milled flakes of rice mixed with formula or water, that add a little texture for the first time, don’t really need any chewing and don’t present any difficulty in swallowing.

Introducing foods to baby

When you’re introducing new foods, it is often recommended to only introduce one new food at a time and to feed that food for four days, along with others already in the repetoire. That way, if your baby has a reaction, you can be pretty sure what it is a reaction to. Altough allergic reactions can occrur within an hour, it is possible for them to take a few days to appear, so this simple rule is quite useful. You might also want to introduce a new food in the morning or at lunchtime, that way if you do see a reaction it’s a lot easier to get help (rather than at night!)

Nutritional guidelines

The Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents recommend that a rice-based infant cereal is a good food to start with, as above. Make sure your infant cereal is fortified with iron, as your baby’s stores of iron begin to run low at about 6 months of age. Bellamy’s rice cereal is.

Once rice cereal is tolerated and enjoyed, vegetables and fruit can be offered. Vegetables such as potato, pumpkin, carrot and zucchini, and fruits such as stewed apple and pear, are commonly offered first. Introduce new foods one at a time and wait a couple of days before trying another new food. This will make it easier to isolate any foods that may cause a reaction.

The Royal Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW advises that meat and chicken can be introduced from around 7 months. Oat- and wheat-based cereals can also be introduced from 7 to 8 months, as can rice, pasta and toast.

Cooked egg can be introduced around 10 months. It is often recommended that children with a family history of allergy should delay the introduction of potentially allergenic foods (such as egg, peanuts, nuts, wheat, milk and fish). However, recent studies suggest that avoiding allergenic foods does not reduce allergies, and may even be linked with an increased risk of allergies. If there is a known family history of allergy, consult your doctor before.

So, the things to start with are usually pureed fruits and vegetables. Apple, pear, babana, carrot and sweet potato are good. But note, while sweet potato is good, ordinary potato is not good. Due to their lower level of important nutrients and a high amount of starchy carbohydrates, it would be best to keep white potatoes out of baby’s diet until 9-10 months of age.

You’ll notice that these foods are quite intentionally bland and they have little texture. Note however that milk will still be playing a major part in providing nutrition.

As your child gets older the texture of food is getting more defined as we move from pureed to mashed. Texture is the key progression here, rather than flavour. If it’s not small or smooth enough for your child to swallow, don’t give it to them. Note also that there are still no spicy foods in the list at this point! Even pepper needs to be introduced later – and it’s an acquired taste like all spices.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents advise that reduced fat milk is not suitable for children below 2 years of age. For children below the age of 2 years, milk fat is an important source of energy, certain vitamins and important types of fat. The fat content of milk becomes less important as children grow older because other foods are eaten that contribute these vitamins and fats to their diet.

Yogurt can be offered when your baby is around 8 months old. Cheese can also be introduced at around 8 months, as suggested above. Choose the regular fat varieties. Cheese can be grated over vegetables or used in a cheese sauce with meat. It serves as a great nutritious snack once your baby can manage eating foods with his or her hands. Also try melting some cheese on toast or make some cheese muffins.

So, that should get you started. At the end of this article we have produced a chart that you can print off. It’s a reference from 4 months to 5 years.

Mindful Eating

If you’d like to know more about Bellamy’s Organic and the certified organic baby foods we make, click on this link.

The chart below shows when you can safely introduce foods to your baby’s diet. With the notable exceptions of whole milk, gluten and nuts, from a nutritional point of view most foods are appropriate for children once they have been weaned. Watch the texture!

Bellamy’s Organic

From 4   months

From 6-7   months

From 9-10   months

From 1 year

Baby riceAppleCarrotSweet potatoParsnipZucchini

Cauliflower

Banana

Pear

Pumpkin

Broccoli

Tomato

Spinach

Peas

Celery

Leek

Sweet peppers

Avocado

Melon

Plum

Apricot

Peach

Kiwi fruit

 

Baby porridgeFoods containing gluten e.g. pasta, wheat   and oat cerealsCheeseButterYoghurtChicken

Meat

Sweet corn

Citrus fruit

Berries:

strawberries,    raspberries, blueberries

Mango

Fish deboned! (except shellfish)Well-cooked eggsBeans and pulsesSmooth peanut butter and other nuts, so long as there is no family history of   nut or seed allergiesPotato

 

Full-fat milk to drink

From 2   years

Shellfish

From 5   years

Whole nuts and seeds

 

 

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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.