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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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What to Do When Your Baby Has a Cold

When Your Baby Has a Cold

Watching your baby suffer through their first cold can be heartbreaking – no parent ever wants to see their baby battling a fever, struggling to feed and snuffling. Sadly though, it’s something you are likely to experience at least once.

Please note that the following should be seen as general advice about how to deal with infants with colds. For specific advice, please consult your healthcare professional.

What causes colds?

Colds are infections of the mouth, nose and throat – in other words, the upper respiratory tract. They’re caused by one of many different viruses, with the common cold considered to be the result of well over 200 virus strains. Because a baby’s immune system is still developing and gaining strength, and because babies love to explore with their hands and mouth, babies tend to get a lot of colds.

How are colds spread?

Colds are spread when someone with the virus sneezes or coughs, unleashing their germs into the air for someone else to catch. They can also be spread via hand-to-hand contact, and from contaminated surfaces like door handles and bench tops. Because of this, colds can quickly spread within a family, disrupting your household for weeks at a time.

The best way to stop colds from spreading are to wash your hands regularly, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfect surfaces and limit sharing of cups, towels etc. If you have friends and family coming to visit, ask them to wash their hands before holding your baby, and ask those with colds to stay away until they’ve recovered.

Another way for a mother to protect her baby from a cold is to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible. Breastfeeding passes on antibodies and chemicals in your blood that help to fight infection, and so you should try not to wean your child from breast milk when they are unwell.

What to do if your baby gets a cold

If you notice your baby is running one/some of the following symptoms, it could mean your baby is suffering from a cold:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Reddened eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Swollen lymph nodes (armpits, neck and back of head)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Constant waking.

Should this be the case, don’t panic. The cold should go away on its own within 10-14 days and, for the most part, colds are uncomfortable but not a serious health risk.


Very young babies should see their doctor straight away, as children under 3 months old are at a greater risk of developing croup, pneumonia, or other serious illnesses. Once ruled out, your role as carer is to ease their symptoms as much as possible. You can do this by:

  • Ensuring your baby gets plenty of rest.
  • Encouraging an extra feed.
  • Offering infant paracetamol or infant ibuprofen (5kg+) to relieve fever, but only if recommended by your general practitioner or paediatrician.
  • Unblocking the nose before feeding with saline drops (do not use for more than 3  days).
  • Applying a vapour rub to baby’s chest and bottom of feet.
  • Wiping baby’s nose with soft tissues, such as those infused with aloe vera.
  • Dabbing petroleum jelly or natural paw paw ointment to the outer nose to relieve irritation.
  • Setting up a steam vaporiser .
  • Sitting with your baby in a steamy bathroom for five minutes.
  • Having a warm bath.
  • Cleaning ‘sticky eyes’ with a clean, damp cotton wool ball.

The most important thing is to help clear your baby’s nose as much as you can. Babies insist on breathing through the nose, even when it’s blocked, which can make breathing and feeding time difficult. Reduced feeding may dehydrate your baby or cause them to become irritable.


Are there any cures?

There is no cure for the common cold, and because your baby’s immune system is still developing the use of cold treatments designed to alleviate symptoms can be dangerous.

Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under 6 months old, and many believe they aren’t suitable for children at all. Cough and cold medicines contain antihistamines, antitussives, expectorants, mucolytics and decongestants, which can be harmful to young children, causing allergic reactions, increased heart rate, convulsions, nausea and constipation.

When to call the doctor

If your baby is under three months old and is suffering a fever higher than 37.5°C, call the doctor. You should also call the doctor if:

  • Cold symptoms last longer than one week.
  • Your baby’s cough turns to wheezing or gasping.
  • Your baby pulls and tugs at their ears frequently.
  • Your baby isn’t wetting as many nappies as usual.
  • Your baby has a high-grade temperature (39°C+).
  • Your baby’s cough won’t go away.
  • You notice regular green, yellow or brown mucus.
  • Giving paracetamol doesn’t relieve fever.

Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Your baby is refusing fluids.
  • Your baby coughs hard enough to vomit or change in skin colour.
  • Your baby coughs up blood-tinged sputum.
  • Your baby has difficulty breathing.
  • You notice a bluish tinge around the lips and mouth.

Please note that the information provided by Bellamy’s Organic is to be seen as general advice only. Any questions you have related to your child’s welfare, please speak with your General Practitioner or paediatrician.


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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.