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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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14 Tips for Dealing With the Singapore Heat When Pregnant

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Let’s face it, Singapore can get pretty hot. Located just one degree north of the equator, it’s bound to. It also happens to be surrounded by lots of water and susceptible to heavy rainfall and as we know, lots of water and lots of heat equals a great deal of humidity.

Singapore weather certainly does take some getting used to, and this is no easy task should you find yourself pregnant. Carrying a bump around in hot weather can be excruciatingly uncomfortable and should you overheat too much, it can be dangerous.

What happens when it’s hot?

When the weather is particularly hot, your skin’s blood vessels dilate to get rid of excessive heat. During pregnancy, however, these vessels are already dilated almost to the max, pumping blood to the kidneys and uterus.

In the process of directing blood to these areas more so than the brain, a pregnant woman can easily faint or overheat. Fainting is more than an inconvenience and is a sign that you’re prone to heat stroke.

Carry a waterbottle

It’s important that every woman stays hydrated when pregnant, but especially when the weather is warm. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling cool and can reduce swollen hands and ankles, so be sure to carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. For ice cold water, consider freezing half the bottle overnight before topping it up in the morning.

Cut back on caffeine

Caffeine raises blood pressure, so instead of a caffeine-loaded coffee fix try switching your morning routine to include a fresh fruit smoothie instead. 

Go for a swim

A gentle swim is one of the few exercises that become more enjoyable as your pregnancy progresses. Submerging your bump will take the pressure off the rest of your body for a while and the cool water will not only lower your surface body temperature, but will help soothe pregnancy-caused aches and pains.

Take a tepid bath

A tepid bath with a few drops of lavender or neroli essential oil is a great alternative if you don’t have access to the ocean or a swimming pool. The benefits associated with using essential oils are bountiful, including relief from nausea, swollen ankles, aches, pains and exhaustion. Refrain from using lavender oil if you are less than 12 weeks pregnant, however. Finding it hard to climb in and out the bath? A soak of the feet or a cool shower can have the same effect.

Carry a fan

Whether it be a traditional paper fan or a battery-operated mini fan, carrying a fan with you can offer instant relief when you’re on the move.

Avoid midday sun

While Singapore will remain hot for a good chunk of the day, Singapore’s sun rays are at their strongest between 10am and 4pm. If you do find yourself out and about during the time, look for shade whenever possible.

Eat cooling foods

In traditional Chinese medicine, foods are grouped according to their cooling or heating effects on the body. ‘Cooling snacks’ include: watermelon, berries, cucumber, lettuce and fresh peas, or try eating natural yoghurt straight from the fridge with some chopped fruit added. For lunch try eating a salad or a cold vegetable soup made from tomatoes, courgettes and spinach.

Keep your bedroom as cool as possible

Your bedroom will be your haven after a long day in the heat and it pays to keep it as cool as possible. Use a fan, keep the air conditioning on, open the windows, and keep the curtains or blinds drawn all day.

Dress sensibly

What you wear will have a huge impact on how comfortable you are in the heat. Opt for floaty fabrics whenever possible and choose natural, breathable materials such as cotton or linen. Remove rings and bracelets in case of swelling and aim to wear sandals rather than closed in shoes. If you know you’re going to be in the sun all day, keep the heat off your head and shoulders using a wide brim hat.

Cool your pulse points

Running your wrists under a cold tap will cool your pulse points and help you lower your overall body temperature. You could also try wetting a flannel with cold water before applying it to your forehead and the back of your neck.

Use a skin spritzer

Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge that contains a few drops of rose water. This refreshing spray is a quick pick-me-up when you feel yourself starting to overheat. Another great idea is to put a gel eye mask in the fridge or freezer, which you can pop on the next time you need to cool down.

Take it easy

If you’re running around like a madwoman, of course you’re going to get hot. Give yourself plenty of time to get from one place to another, refrain from packing in too many appointments, and learn to say no. If you find yourself getting flustered at any point, take a moment to catch your breath and relax in a cool, darkened room.

Refrain from strenuous exercise

Strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day can raise your body temperature to unsafe heights. Choose light, moderate exercises and stop if you feel yourself getting too warm.

Pay attention to your body

It’s important to pay attention to any changes in your body, including a spike in temperature. If you experience any weakness, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, or excessive thirst, get indoors immediately. Lie down if you can and drink some cool water or electrolyte replacement liquid. If you don’t feel better after a rest, call your doctor.

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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.
  • The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. According to recommendations from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, solid food should be given to babies only after 6 months.
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