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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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Baby’s First Books

Bellamys Organic Singapore - Babys First BooksReading to your baby can start from day one and it’s really one of the most enjoyable things you can do together, especially as it’s so wonderful to see them progress during story time. While at the beginning there will be limited to no interaction, by the time your baby is a couple of months old, they will be looking at the pictures. Skip forward a couple more months and they’ll be trying to grab at the pages and really engaging with the story.

Why you should read to your baby

Reading to your baby is exceptionally good for their development. Along with singing and talking, reading helps your baby become more familiar with sounds, words, tone, and language. It also helps with visual association as your child learns to relate words to pictures. Eventually, it will also encourage their own love of reading and builds their early literacy skills. Reading to your baby also has a positive influence on when and what their first word may be.

Also, reading stimulates imagination and helps your baby learn about the world around him. And finally, it’s a beautiful way to bond with your baby, sharing special time together.

As you read, there are things you can do to help capture your baby’s attention and help them learn. For example, as you say words, point to the picture that relates to it. Changing your tone of voice also helps your baby pick up different sounds. Speak slowly and make a point of staying on each page for a little while to look at all the different elements; this will help your baby focus.

Reading is a wonderful way to calm your baby down before sleep time. But it is also a delightful way to play. It may be worth creating two separate reading libraries – one with calm down books, and one with play and learning books.

What kind of books to read

The type of books that are best to read to babies changes as they grow and mature. The best kind for all ages are ones with bright colours and lots of pictures.

In the beginning, babies respond best to black and white because of the contrast between the two colours. Try and have some of these on hand when your baby is a newborn.

As your baby grows, start to introduce colour and texture. Let your baby feel the book so they learn about the different consistencies. And remember to explain what they are. For example, if the dog’s ear is soft, say “soft” to your baby.

When your baby is little, it’s also worth getting some soft cloth or plastic books are great. The plastic ones can go in the bath and the soft cloth ones can go in your baby’s mouth without being ruined as they start to explore.

Must-have books for your library

There are heaps of books that will be wonderful to read to your baby. Don’t be afraid to build their collection when they are small. Books never go out of style and you will be reading together for a number of years. Here are some must-haves for your little one.

Spot lift-the-flap books

Spot the Dog has been a staple in many houses over the years. The lift-the-flap books are fantastic because they create a peek-a-boo effect. As they get older, children will start to peer around as you lift the flap, intrigued by what is behind the paper, and eventually, they will learn to lift the flap themselves.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The great thing about this book is that is comes in hardback with large text and paperback so your child can have different versions as they grow. It also comes in a soft-book so they can have it from when they’re very small. A wonderful book about a hungry caterpillar who just can’t stop eating, it teaches children about how butterflies form.

10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes

Again, this one comes in different versions so your child can enjoy it no matter what age. The beautiful thing about this book is that each baby described comes from a different place and looks different, exposing your little one to different images of babies. In a place like Singapore, a mixing pot of nationalities, it’s worth teaching your baby from a young age that all children are different.

Goodnight Moon

A lovely bedtime book that describes a little rabbit saying goodnight to all the objects. The excellent thing about this book is that as you are saying goodnight to the objects, you can point to them as well, reinforcing the relationship between the word and the picture. The rhyming element is also great for your child’s development.

Of course, there are also several books specific to Singapore that are well worth including in your library.

The Little Singapore Book

Based on Singapore’s history, the book grows with your baby as they discover everything there is to know about Singapore in language that he understands. This is one for the older kids and is best for children five and up.

Playtime with Ye Ye

Again, based on Singapore’s history but this time told through all the games Ye Ye (grandfather) plays with his grandson, Boy Boy.

Karung Guni Boy

Evoking an inspiring message, this book details a little boy who doesn’t have any money, but he does have a whole lot of gumption. It’s a lovely little story about the little boy who could.

No matter which books you chose, you and your child will come to cherish reading time for many years to come. As your family grows, so will your little library!

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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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