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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.
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Top Five Nutrients Your Toddler Needs

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If you’re the parent of a toddler, you will be well aware of their tendencies to eat very little at times. While good nutrition is important for optimal for growth and development – even more important is the number of essential nutrients that have specific roles in the body. So, if you are worried your little one might not be getting enough of the right things, here are the top five nutrients growing toddlers need, and the key foods they can get them from.

Nutrient #1 Iron

Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies found in early childhood thanks to a combination of too much milk and dairy, and not enough red meat. While iron can be found in a range of different foods – including whole grains, oats and legumes – it is not overly well absorbed. If your toddler is a red meat eater, it is important they consume lean red meat in small amounts, at least two or three times each week, to give the body access to the readily absorbed iron it needs to help transport oxygen around the body. A small serve of minced meat, a lamb cutlet, lean sausage or small meatball are all iron-rich, child-friendly ways to help increase your toddlers iron intake.

Nutrient #2 Omega 3 Fats

Unless we are consuming salmon every day very few of us, including our toddlers, are getting the omega 3 fats we ideally need for optimal cognitive functioning. If you consider that small children also need plenty of omega 3 fats for brain development most of them will need more fish in their diets. Sushi using fresh tuna or salmon can be a great way to bump up your toddler’s intake of omega 3’s, as can omega 3 enriched eggs, salmon or tuna patties or sandwiches. Overall, aim for two or three serves weekly.

Nutrient #3 Dietary Fibre

Fibre, in particular the right mix of the right types of fibre, is crucial for a well-functioning bowel. Constipation in infants and toddlers can be caused by inadequate fibre intake, as well as insufficient amounts of fluid. Small children will need roughly 13 to 15 grams of dietary fibre each day, with many getting as little as 11 grams. You can achieve this amount by ensuring your toddler enjoys a piece or two of fruit, half to a whole cup of vegetables as well wholegrain bread or breakfast cereal each day. Toddlers will also need three or four cups (400-800ml) of water each day to support optimal hydration.

Nutrient #4 Calcium

Calcium is important for your little ones developing skeleton. While toddlers who consumer dairy foods or toddler milk rarely lack in dietary calcium, as soon as a toddler starts to reject milk their calcium intake can quickly become lower than is recommended. Ideally, toddlers need two or three serves of calcium-rich dairy each day via natural yoghurt, cheese or a serve or two of toddler milk.

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Nutrient #5 Vitamin D

Surprisingly, a number of Australians are low in Vitamin D as we take the slip, slop, slap message very seriously. While natural sunlight is important for Vitamin D metabolism, there are dietary sources including dairy, eggs, tinned fish and some types of mushrooms which are exposed to ultraviolet light to trigger Vitamin D production. For toddlers, this could mean incorporating eggs and mushrooms into recipes they will eat – including frittatas, spaghetti bolognese, muffins and pies for a more regular Vitamin D boost.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.