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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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Starting solids – the best recipes for your baby

Knowing what to make for your baby as they commence the journey of solids can sometimes be overwhelming. Whilst there are a few foods to avoid in the first 12 months which include added salt, sugar, fast foods, raw egg, honey and uncooked meats, you can experiment with a number of different foods and following easy and simple recipes will ensure your baby is getting all the nutrients they need (coupled with their usual milk intake) to grow and develop to their fullest. This article provides some simple meal ideas that your little one will love.

1. What are the best recipes for babies?

Recipes for babies do not need to be complicated. As they begin to appreciate a wide range of tastes and textures, it’s a good idea not to add too many ingredients or flavours from 6-8 months. Once your baby begins to tolerate different textures and tastes, you can begin to adapt family meals and provide more finger food options that are easy to chew and those foods that encourage self-feeding. Whilst you might need to assist your baby to eat for most part of the 12-month journey, allowing them to develop the necessary hand and fine motor skills to feed themselves will allow them to gain the independence they need and will also encourage good eating behaviours. Whist it may not always be possible to make all the food your baby eats from scratch, you can offer some great main meals options that are provided below. Some great recipes for different age groups include:

Main meals

Snacks

6+ months Chicken and Chickpea Puree

  • 100g chicken breast or thigh, chopped
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (Potato, sweet potato, zucchini, peas, broccoli)
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tbsp chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup of water

Boil chopped vegetables, peeled apple and chicken until cooked and soft. Add chickpeas, water, chicken, vegetable and apple to the blender/ food processor until a puree is achieved. Portion out the puree mix and serve when cool, refrigerate or freeze out portions

 Nutrition tip: this recipe is high in iron and provides a great source of nutrients from 3 of the 5 food groups.

  • Chopped fruit – banana, strawberries, mango
  • Cheese sticks or slices
  • Low salt crackers
  • Vegetable puffs
  • Fruit and vegetable fruit puree pouches
  • Custard (no added sugar)
  • Yoghurt (no added sugar)
  • Soft boiled vegetable sticks with hummus
  • Fruit pancakes
  • Fruit and vegetable muffins e.g. Apple and Cinnamon Muffins
  • Quiche or frittata squares
  • Toast soldiers with peanut butter paste or avocado
8+ months  Chicken and Lentil Patties

  • 300g minced chicken
  • ½ cup tinned lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup grated zucchini
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs or oatmeal
  • ½ cup grated apple
  • ¼ cup grated cheese

Prepare grated vegetables and apple in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together until well blended. Add additional breadcrumbs if the mixture is too wet. On a fry pan, portion out the mix and flatten down into a pattie and cook until golden brown.

 Nutrition tip: this recipe is high in iron and fibre and provides a great source of nutrients from all of the 5 food groups.

10+ months  Rainbow Pasta

 Rainbow Pasta with Bolognaise Sauce (Beef or Lentils)

 Nutrition tip: this recipe is high in iron and provides a great source of nutrients from 3 of the 5 food groups. You can use beef, chicken or lentils in the sauce.

You can access a free copy of the Bellamy’s Organic Recipe eBook which has a range of delicious and easy to prepare recipes that your entire family will love. These have been prepared and reviewed by our very own in-house Dietitian which ensure that your little one is getting the best nutrition possible.

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2. What are the best recipe books for babies?

If you prefer recipe books, there are a number of great books that are available at most good bookstores or online. We have listed the most popular and suitable books that you can try to help increase your creativity in the kitchen. When looking for books to buy, ensure there are a number of recipes that don’t require too much preparation, too many ingredients and are texture suitable.

  • The Big Book of Organic Baby Food: Baby Purees, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals For Every Stage- Stephanie Middleberg Available here
  • One Handed Cook – Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle Available here
  • New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner – Annabel Karmel Available here
  • The Baby & Toddler Cookbook, Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start – Karen Ansel Available here
  • The amazing make ahead baby food book – Lisa Barrangou Available here

3. What are the best recipe websites and social media pages for babies?

Website or Instagram link

Recipes available

Age range

Example recipe

Momtastic Wholesome Baby FoodThis website provides a range of recipes suitable from 6 months of age. In addition some great articles and parental support to guide you through the solids journey.6+ months Apple and Turkey Load Sticks

One Handed Cook
@onehandedcook

This website provides recipes for all age groups starting from 6 months. They include both vegetarian and meat-based meals all approved by a dietitian6+ months Homemade chicken nuggets

Feeding Littles
@feedinglittles

The recipes are offered on the Instagram posts but this website provides some practical advice for parents starting on the solids journey6+ months N/A
My Little Food Critic @my.little.food.criticThis website is designed by a mother in London who has put together a wealth of information, recipes, and ebooks on10+ months Tuna and sweetcorn fritters
@kid_dishThis Instagram account provides innovative ways to make meal time fun and colourful. Whilst some recipes are appropriate for 12+ months, this will give you the ideas you need to keep meals exciting for your little one.10+months N/A

Foost
@foost

This Melbourne based dietitian is inspiring colour in the kitchen with a range of great meal ideas for the whole family, not just little ones.10+ months Hot banana and berry porridge

Bamboo Bamboo
@bamboobamboo

This website sells age appropriate plates and bowls and offers a range of delicious recipes suitable for those babies who are eating finger foods10+ months Red Lentil Stew

Summary

There are so many combinations of food ingredients that you can put together which will assist your baby to appreciate new flavours and they learn the art of eating. The most important thing is to not over complicate main meals and remember that if your baby refuses a food once, it does not mean they don’t like it – they are simply getting used to something new and persistence is key. From 6 months of age, iron rich food options are important but trying to get foods from all five food groups in is the priority to ensure you are meeting the nutritional needs of your baby to grow strong and develop to their full potential.

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.