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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 Outing

Bellamys Organic Singapore - Babys First Outing
Getting a child out the door for the first time can be daunting, difficult and downright frightening. Even a simple trip to the grocery story requires exceptional planning and organisation to get right and ensure your little one is happy. As a parent you’ll want to be as ready as possible and prepared for your child’s needs, no matter the occasion.

When to go

There are no rules about when and where to take your baby for their first outing. The timing depends on a multitude of factors including the baby and the mother’s health. Some women take a lot longer to recover from natural birth or a c-section, some doctors will recommend taking it easy for the first few weeks. Easy strolls though, can be wonderful for the baby and mother.

The best time to go is when you feel good and ready. Physically, you need to be able to walk, lift your baby if they need some comfort and carry a nappy bag at times. You also may need to maneuver yourself and your baby while out, especially if you are breastfeeding and they get hungry. All of these factors need to be taken into account.

As for your baby, the timing also relates to their immunity. Remember, for the first few weeks, your baby’s immune system is still very weak and needs time to build. For this reason, many paediatricians recommend that a baby stays indoors for at least one or two weeks after birth. If there’s no way around taking your baby out, you can always use muslin wraps to cover the pram – just remember to ensure there are a couple of gaps for adequate air-flow.

Where to go

When deciding where to go for the first couple of outings, it’s always best to go somewhere you are comfortable and somewhere that isn’t too crowded.

In Singapore, there are delightful parks to take your baby to for their first excursion. Fresh air works wonders to settle a baby and keep them happy, so laying out a picnic blanket and having a play in the park, or even taking a stroll around will do you and your baby some good. Just bear in mind the humidity levels, and make sure your baby is dressed appropriately and has enough air in their pram. It also may be wise to bring a hood for the drape to keep the sun out and a rain cover in case the heavens open.

The local mall is also a wonderful place to take your baby. Not only is it air-conditioned to keep them cool but it’s also shady so they won’t be exposed to the sun too much. There’s also plenty of amenities for you, including restaurants to grab a bite to eat, parents’ rooms so you can nurse in private if you need, and plenty of shopping to keep you entertained, whether it be actual purchasing or simply window shopping. When choosing a mall to visit however, try to avoid the more crowded ones on Orchard Road. Rather, choose a mall that is local to your neighbourhood, that you know very well, and that you’re certain will be quieter during the day.

Another great place for your first outing is to a family member or friends home. It’s indoors, highly likely to be cooler than outside, there’s comfortable seating and there are plenty of snacks. Plus, it’s great company for you. There’s an added bonus if you have a friend who also has a little one. You can then debrief about everything that is going on in your life and get another parent’s perspective.

If you prefer to be out and about, your local café can be a wonderful destination. It’s a comfortable way to ease back into your old lifestyle in a familiar environment. The atmosphere is more casual than a restaurant and most people in the café will be used to seeing babies. Then there’s also the added bonus of much-needed rest as you can relax, eat and socialise.

What to pack

Babies may be little, but they come with a lot of stuff. And this is where the need for organisation is really at its peak.

The best thing to do is to always make sure your bag is packed. The moment you get home from any outing, restock the diapers and wipes and check to see what else needs to be updated. That way, if you need to rush out the door for whatever reason, you can just grab the bag and go.

So what are the must-haves in the diaper bag?

  • Diapers – it’s always wise to have a minimum of four. You never know how many times you’ll have to change your baby while out and it’s best to be safe than sorry.
  • Wipes
  • Changing mat – there’s no need to buy a specific changing mat if you don’t want to, although these are available. You can always use a muslin wrap (that you don’t mind washing) or repurpose something like a shower curtain. The changing mat means you can change your baby anywhere in case you don’t have a parents’ room or bathroom nearby.
  • Diaper bags – the small plastic bags, that are usually odour neutralisers, for those dirty diapers.
  • Hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and moisturiser
  • A burp cloth – again, this doesn’t need to be a burp cloth per se, a muslin wrap will do the trick.
  • Snacks and water – for you – or formula and bottles for the baby.
  • Spare outfits – you never know whether the baby is going to have an accident, throw up or simply dirty their clothes so it’s always handy to have a couple of spare in the bag.

Be confident

Perhaps the best way to prepare for taking your baby out is to take it slow and gradually build up your confidence. If you feel self-assured straight away, great. If not, don’t worry. It’s completely normal to be nervous your first time out of the house. Try to be as confident as you can be and remember, all parents struggle, no matter how experienced and confident they feel.

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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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