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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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Understanding How Your Child Relates to Food

Bellamy's 4aParenting can be challenging, and food is a common battleground. You know what’s good for your child, but how do you get them to eat it – especially when you can’t understand why they’re kicking up such a fuss in the first place?

Scientists used to think that different parts of the tongue could distinguish between salty, sweet, bitter, sour and savoury tastes, but recent studies show that taste isn’t quite that simple. We now know that many areas of the mouth can detect different tastes, although some areas are better at it than others.

Understanding how taste works helps us understand how different people experience taste, and how it changes over a lifetime. Taste is detected by the groups of 50 to 150 receptor cells that make up taste buds. Most taste buds are grouped inside papillae, the small bumps on your tongue, but taste buds are also found in different parts of the mouth.

Different tastes at different ages

The average person has around 10,000 taste buds that are replaced every two weeks. Ageing and illness can limit how many of these taste buds are replaced, so an older person may only have half as many taste buds as a child. Infants have around 30,000 taste buds inside their mouths, which is why flavours are more intense for children than for most adults.

Taste in children is subjective and difficult to analyse, but we do know that the foods a child is exposed to in the first three years of life will play an important role in affecting their taste preferences later in life. Taste buds are important for a first experience, but good experiences with a food will influence subsequent tastes. Other factors that influence taste are aroma, appearance, hormones, marketing, and a child’s age.

Children are born with a natural preference for the sweet taste of breastmilk, and an aversion to sour and bitter foods. Young children can determine between sweet and salty foods, but aren’t as good at differentiating between salty vs sour and salty vs savoury flavours. Girls and older children are generally better at distinguishing between different tastes, with the exception of obese children. According to research, obese children can identify sweet tastes, but need a higher intensity of sweetness than normal weight children. It is unknown whether obese children eat more because of this insensitivity, or if factors relating to obesity cause the insensitivity.

The danger zone

Bellamy's 4bThe hardest time to introduce new foods is usually around 18 months of age. At this age children often know what they do like, and can have strong opinions about what they don’t like. While this time can be challenging, there are tried and true ways to introduce new foods at this time and make healthy eating a positive experience in your child’s life.

Winning ways to introduce new foods

  • Lead by example. Make healthy eating part of your lifestyle, not just something your kids have to contend with or a “phase that mum’s going through”.
  • Let picky eaters pick, just limit their selection. Kids can wield a lot of control by refusing food, but offering them a selection of healthy foods is a win-win situation. Take them shopping and help them choose the fruit and vegetables they’d like to try. At home, let them choose between raw or steamed vegetables, or how they’d like their sandwiches cut.
  • Avoid substitutions and bribes. These only prolong the battle next time, and the child will expect a reward every time. Offering one bite and then allowing the child to refuse the second bite is a better way to encourage healthy eating.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, go undercover. Spinach added to pasta sauce or pumpkin soup made into fritters are great ways to hide vegetables until a child realises they are yummy to eat.
  • “No” for a new food usually means, “Not yet”. You may have to try a new food several times before a child will eat it.
  • Sometimes children will refuse a food that is fed to them, but happily feed themselves if given the chance. Try serving a platter of colourful fruits and vegetables to your child, along with a selections of dips and yoghurts. Younger children may love the sensory sensations of touching the foods, while older children are often more open to foods they can eat with a toothpick.
  • Talk up foods. Get excited about seasonal fruits and new recipes. Encourage your child to help you cook, and plan meals that contain at least one of their favourite foods.

How do you get your stubborn toddler to eat?

 

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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.