Don’t drop a bacteria bomb in your child’s bathtub

New studies show that classic bath toys with holes can be harmful to your children’s health

With the arrival of summer, many of us have brought out the paddling pools, much to the delight of little tots and water babies! Remember, though, that bath ducks and other toys that thousands of young children play with in the bath or paddling pool can be veritable bacteria bombs. This has emerged in a new study conducted by Force technology.

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Terese Hoffeldt is the founder of HEVEA, a company that makes products of natural rubber. As part of her ongoing commitment to product development, she recently asked Force technology to analyse bath toys with holes and the bacteria they contain. And the answer is clear: The bath toys are full of biological bacteria. Terese Hoffeldt is not surprised by the result:

“When my daughter was a baby, she loved sitting in the bath tub with her bath ducks. That was when I discovered you could squeeze some blackish muck out of them after use. Apart from the fact that it looked disgusting, I couldn’t help thinking that it had to be unhealthy,”  Terese Hoffeldt explains.

The bacteria forms in hollow bath animals with holes that therefore “store” bathwater, which contains soap, skin cells and other bathing residues.

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The test result shows that the viable count (unit of measurement for drinking water) is 950 times higher than the maximum permitted limit value for drinking water in Denmark, in the bath duck tested, and 6,500 times higher in the frog that was tested, which means they are very unhygienic.

That is why Terese designs bath toys herself – entirely free of holes. The filthy bath toys in her daughter’s bath tub were the starting point for HEVEA’s own bath assortment. HEVEA’s bath toys are designed without holes, so they do not collect any water, which means they do not collect bacteria.

“Although it was tempting to put holes in them, because we know children find it amusing to squirt water out of the bath toy, we didn’t want to create potential bacteria bombs. The new analysis underlines that this was the correct choice. Apart from the fact that bath animals without holes are much more hygienic and easy to wipe and clean, they are lighter, too, and they float better than bath animals with holes,” Terese explains.

Moreover, all HEVEA’s products are made from natural rubber from the hevea tree, so the material is entirely free from hazardous phthalates, BPA and toxins. They can withstand being chewed by children; in fact, all the products are designed with precisely that in mind.

Useful tips for clean bathing water

  • Be sure to buy good quality bath tubs and paddling pools. Cheap ones may contain a cocktail of toxins such as BPA, which is released particularly in wet and warm conditions, i.e. into your child’s bathwater.
  • Paddling pools for outdoor use are more susceptible to attracting bacteria from soil and animals, for example, and the sun heats the water, so it is important to change the water in the pool frequently.
  • Remember to clean it before refilling.
  • Choose bath toys without holes, and be sure to wash and dry them thoroughly after use.

Guest Blog – My Experience Breastfeeding

I am an Ulula mummy. As Ulula celebrates Breastfeeding Week, Ulula asked me whether my journey into breastfeeding my little one might be shared, and so here it is…

I have discovered as I have got older, that I am a do-er. When I am worrying about something, or when I meet something ‘new’, I do. Anything. Something. Sometimes it is a useful anything/something, sometimes it isn’t. My first port of call is always books, research, finding out what other people think, what other people do. Can I do that to…

I couldn’t get pregnant – the research began. I got pregnant – the research and reading stepped up another level. I gave up control of my body – weird. I lived through the birth. Can’t think about that yet. I was expected to feed, straight away, now, but hang on – where’s i-make-milk-whats-your-superpowerthe book?

So, the midwife latched little one on and I lay there out of it, not really caring what way was up, and apparently the first drink took place and everyone was very pleased with me. Yay.
24 hours long hours later, after much projectile vomiting and one stomach pump – they can really do that on one so small – we were successful again. Just.

But, nobody tells you how much it hurts. Or was it just me? And then the mastitis – what was that all about. And then how do you know it is working well enough – you can’t see how much is being drunk. And there is not a book on this planet that warns you, prepares you, gets you ready for the reality of breastfeeding your baby. Or is it just me?

Then your friends have no issues, the midwife says you are doing well… nothing said seems to help and nothing read makes a positive difference. I realised I was on my own. Gulp.

But although I seemingly had given up, I had written a note when I was furiously researching through my pregnancy, and left it where my poor befuddled baby brain could make sense of it. Holle!  I was a Holle baby. My furious internet searching had led me as an adult to the products, and so I found Ulula and the Nursing Tea. Holle had done the research for me and all I had to do was drink. Hello world, I was thinking that I might be ok after all.

I know it is weird in a way that the Holle Tea inspired so much faith and trust in me in that bleak moment – more than the ‘experts’ around me. Perhaps I felt like I was coming home, or that I had my mum alongside me. I don’t know and I haven’t the funds to explore through deeply delving into my psyche!

What I knew was I had found a crutch and that crutch worked for me. I drank the tea; I was producing enough milk – I could see I was now – my little one was happy and thriving, and although this whole step of my feeding meant I still had no control over my body – in fact, oddly, this felt even more challenging than when I was pregnant – we were managing. I was managing.

So, just as I had been on the threshold of total and absolute panic, and the poor hubby was looking very scared, I stopped worrying quite so much; I drank a lot of Holle Nursing Tea, and in doing so I found a friend who I could trust in to carry me through the scary moments and be there alongside a biscuit for the peaceful ones too.

It didn’t help with the feeding in public trauma, or help with the next hoops that I got thrown through as I learnt to be a mummy. What it did do was help me, a mum who wanted to try and breastfeed, get enough milk to be able to succeed in my wish. I am no earth mother. I do not feel I am a natural mother. I need the books to help me with each and every phase and stage. Holle Tea helped me as I learnt to breastfeed, and Holle continues to help me now with my growing little one… but that’s another story!

20 fascinating facts about breast milk, breastfeeding and babies

mum-and-babyMother’s breast milk is the perfect start for babies. It has all the nutrients in the right quantities and is packed full of disease-fighting antibodies. It is free, needs no preparation and is available wherever mum is and whenever baby needs a feed.

Babies will let you know when they are ready for a feed. Clues include sucking noises, hands moving towards the mouth or baby turning towards your breast. All babies are different. Some may feed for 10 – 20 minutes on each breast. However much or long they need, it is best, whenever possible, to feed when baby wants to.

Prop up your feet and support your arms and head with pillows. But the most important thing is to remain relaxed. Babies pick up on mother’s anxiety and stress.

Here are some interesting facts about breast milk, breastfeeding and babies that we found fascinating.

  • Your baby can smell you. Newborns have a strong sense of smell and know the unique scent of your breast milk. That is why your baby will turn his or her head to you when he or she is hungry.
  • Is baby feeding enough? As long as your baby appears content and satisfied after feeds, is healthy and alert when awake, is gaining weight after the first few weeks, is feeding regularly and has at least six wet nappies in every 24 hours, your little one is probably getting all the nutritious milk needed. Seek advice from your healthy visitor or doctor if you have any concerns.
  • Your baby can see you up close and personal. Babies are born extremely nearsighted, which means they can only see things about 8 to 15 inches away. That also happens to be the distance between your face and your baby’s face when breastfeeding. So when your baby locks eyes with you, it’s a true bonding moment.
  • The very best thing you can do for your milk supply is nurse your baby often. Breastmilk is very easily and quickly digested so a newborn will want to nurse at least 10-12 times in 24 hours. Usually this spaces out to about every couple of hours but it’s common for babies to nurse every hour or so in the evening.
  • Breastfeeding allows your body to recover from pregnancy and childbirth more quickly. The hormones released when you breastfeed make your uterus contract back to its pre-pregnancy size.
  • Breastfeeding exposes your baby to many different tastes. Formula has one taste.breastfeeding-eat-local But through your breast milk, your baby eventually gets a slight taste of whatever you eat, although not directly. This will later make introducing solid foods easier.
  • Breastfeeding may help you to lose weight. Mothers who exclusively breastfeed can burn as many as 600 calories a day, which may help you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Your body starts getting ready to breastfeed during pregnancy. After you give birth, your body gets the final signal to make milk, which is usually more than one newborn can handle. Why? Your body doesn’t know whether you have one, two, three, four, or more babies to feed. Your supply then regulates to meet your baby’s (or babies’) needs.
  • Before your milk comes in, in the first few days after birth, your breasts make a thick, sticky, yellowish fluid sometimes referred to as “liquid gold.” Called colostrum, this liquid has the calcium, potassium, proteins, minerals, and antibodies your baby needs. Your baby needs only a few teaspoons to feel full and stay healthy until your milk flow increases, about two to five days after birth.
  • Your breast milk changes during a feeding session. When your baby first starts to nurse, your milk is thinner and thirst-quenching. Toward the end of the feeding session, your baby gets thicker, fat-rich milk, which gives your baby the calories needed to grow healthy and strong.
  • Breast milk heals. Breast milk is filled with special components that are designed to help fight infection and cut down on swelling in the breast. So, if your breasts are sore those first few days, gently massaging some of your milk into your nipples and breasts can soothe the soreness and speed up recovery.
  • Once a baby learns to latch on correctly it shouldn’t hurt to breastfeed. Always let your nipples dry before getting dressed again and a thin smear of white soft paraffin or purified lanolin can help with any cracks or bleeding. Also wearing cotton lined bras helps air to circulate. If soreness persists, seek advice from your midwife.
  • Babies drink until they feel full, not until the breast is emptied. On average, babies remove 67% of the milk mum has available.
  • Your body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby. Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows (milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old).  Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration.
  • Your right breast produces more milk. Almost 75% of all mums produce more milk in their right breast, whether they are right or left handed.
  • Human milk contains substances that promote sleep and calmness in babies. Breastfeeding also calms you and helps you to bond with your baby.
  • Breastfeeding doesn’t cause your breasts to sag. Pregnancy hormones can stretch the ligaments that support your breasts, so wearing a well-fitting bra while you’re pregnant is a must.
  • Breastfed babies typically get sick less. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, including ear infections, diarrhoea, and stomach problems.
  • Children who are breastfed have a lower rate of certain illnesses as they grow up. Babies who are not breastfed have a higher risk of asthma, diabetes, and childhood obesity.
  • You can still breastfeed while sick. In fact, it’s good for your baby. When you get sick, your body starts fighting the illness by making antibodies, which then get passed on to your baby. By the time you show symptoms of illness, your baby has already been exposed to the virus or bacteria, which boosts your baby’s immune system. By continuing to breastfeed, you’re not just keeping your milk supply up, but you’re further protecting your baby from getting sick in the future.

 

 

Tea for Two – Perth Celebrates National Breastfeeding Week

Wednesday 15th June 2016

National Breastfeeding Celebration Week – 20th-26th June 2016. Pregnancy, preparing for baby’s arrival and being a new mum is such a special and exciting time.

13335831_609059579241580_4875727274828416965_nWhen Vicky, a breastfeeding support worker with the NHS in Perth got in touch about her plans to promote breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Celebration Week,  we at Ulula felt that we must support her great work.

Vicki wants to positively promote breastfeeding in public and to help normalise it, which we totally support.

During National Breastfeeding Celebration Week local cafés and restaurants in Perth will give nursing mums a free cuppa while other local businesses are involved too, making this a real community experience.

Vicki is having a week of giveaways for new mums and so we are supplying her with 3 boxes of the very popular Holle Organic Nursing Tea, and 1 box of the delicious and soothing Holle Organic Baby Tea to give away – plus there are also lots of samples of the Holle Breastfeeding /Nursing Tea for Vicki to share too! PLUS, when you want to purchase the Tea for yourself, or any of the other Holle goodness, just use the Voucher code UlulaBFW2016 at checkout and you will receive FREE delivery on your order – try the Tea’s and receive postage free😉

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The Holle Organic Nursing Tea is carefully formulated with a blend of the highest quality certified organic herbs traditionally used to help support healthy breast milk production. It’s a tasty and comforting tea that has already helped thousands of mums to successfully breastfeed their babies. And because it’s organic you can rest easy that there are no unnatural chemicals in your milk to harm your baby.

Holle Organic Nursing Tea is a great contribution to making your breastfeeding experience a happy one – get your free samples today at Vicki’s events through this special week, and experience the joy of watching your baby thrive as you share this special time together.

“I am really happy with the tea – my milk is flowing nicely!” Lucy, Ulula Customer

The Holle Organic Baby Tea is a delicious herbal tea suitable for babies from 2 weeks of age to help calm and relax. The carefully chosen herbs are also effective in helping to relieve wind. Older children also find this tea beneficial and enjoy the gentle taste.

“I have ordered yet more baby tea from you, in the past which has been a life saver for us!! i recommend it to all my friends who have babies with colic or reflux like our little one had.”   Catherine, Ulula Customer

And for those of us not in Perth with Vicki, and for Vicki’s mums who don’t win the Giveaway, here’s the Holle Tea special offer. Just use this voucher code UlulaBFW2016 at checkout for FREE delivery on your order – try the Tea’s and receive postage free😉

For those mums who can’t breastfeed successfully despite their best efforts or don’t want to breastfeed for whatever reason, I would strongly advise feeding their precious baby with the very best quality baby milk or baby formula. Holle supply organic infant formulas and goat’s milk formula’s that contain organic milk from animals raised in the most natural way possible and with nothing added that a growing baby doesn’t need. And don’t be bullied into feeling guilty – your baby will be healthy and flourish. You can use the Voucher code above if you want to try the Holle Milk Formulas too.

You can find out more about the week-long event and giveaways that Vicki has organised via her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/teafortwo-Perth. Good luck with the event Vicki!

From Sketch to Finished Packaging

Mogli_photostory_01aOne of the many special qualities of the MOGLi range is the care and thought that goes into the products – their ingredients, formulation and packaging. The ingredients are demeter and organic, the products are developed with the help of a children’s panel and the images on the packets and boxes aren’t computer generated, but drawn and painted by hand. It is this care and attention to detail that shines through. We thought the article very interesting and we hope you enjoy it too! (Our thanks to Katrin our WWOOFer from Germany who helped us with the translation.)

This month’s blog is a translation of an online article that appeared on http://www.biocompany.de.

Creating Mogli’s Plum Moothie

ThMogli_fotostory_02e packaging of products is enormously important to a brand. Packaging conveys the brand’s personality as well as giving customers all the information they need to be able to choose which product to buy. It needs to attract our attention, speak to us, and ultimately encourage us to buy the product rather than somebody else’s.

So, how exactly is the packaging that we see every day on the supermarket shelves designed? We spoke to illustrator Sarah Schmid, who is responsible for the beautiful images that appear on the Mogli packaging and in the MOGLi magazine. Sarah explains how a new Mogli Moothie is developed through to the design of the new packaging.

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1. The first step is to decide on a new delicious flavour combination. The team at MOGLi mix different fruit purees together in the MOGLi kitchen to see which flavours go well together. This can take a long time as the flavours are continuously refined until the team are satisfied. Once the team are happy they have found a good combination of fruits, the product is presented to the children’s panel for tasting. Only if the kids give the product a thumbs up, can a product proceed to the next stage of development.

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2.) Each flavour of MOGLi Moothie is given a character from the famous ‘Jungle Book’ stories by Rudyard Kipling. In this case, the children’s panel liked the combination of plum, pear and quince best.

 

 

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The velvety blue-purple shimmer of the plum is very close to the colour of a panther and so it was decided that the new Moothie’s character would be Baghira, MOGLi’s best friend and companion.

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3.)Mogli_fotostory_06.jpg The next step is for Sarah to make some pencil sketches of the selected character. You might think the designs, as is so often the case nowadays, are computer generated. However, with MOGLi this is not the case. The first step for Sarah – as always – includes a pen, a sheet of paper and her talent as an artist.

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4.) Sarah draws several coloured sketches and the MOGLi team select up to two. Sarah then recreates these on special watercolour paper and swaps the pencil for a paintbrush and watercolour paints.

 

 

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5.) The best image is scanned into the computer where it is edited by Sarah who works out the best design and layout.

 

 

 

 

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It is not just the MOGLi characters who are created in this way. The ingredients are also painted by Sarah. They must of course look good enough to eat, so that everyone can imagine how delicious the MOGLi Moothies are!

 

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6). Finally the packaging information is completed. The law requires that as much information about the content in the product should be included as possible, which is fitted on to the back of the MOGLi Moothies packaging. As the MOGLi products are made for children, on the back of the products there are fun games and puzzles.

MOGLi Moothies are made from 100% fruit, never from concentrates. They are Demeter certified which means the cultivation of the plums, pears and quince is very strictly controlled. Demeter is a registered trademark under which organic produced products are sold according to certain principles.

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MOGLi’s Plum Moothie is now ready for the printers. As soon as the printed packaging arrives at the factory, they are filled with the plum, pear and quince puree ready to be sold in the supermarkets or online and enjoyed by us all!

Sarah recommends the current MOGLi magazine, which includes information on Baghira and lots of puzzles and fun things to do.

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Thanks to Sarah and have fun enjoying the magazine and Moothies!

Here is an overview of the other MOGLi products.

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The Best Baby Bottles and the Story of How I Brought them to the UK

OrganicKidz stainless steel baby bottles are the best baby bottles on the UK market – they’re safer & healthier, lightweight yet virtually indestructible and their clever design ensures they will grow up with your child so they will be used daily for years to come. That’s what I call eco-friendly! And, all thanks to a chance encounter.

Ever since I started selling organic baby food through the Ulula website 10 years ago I have had so many mums and dads ask me what are the best baby bottles to complement the super quality Holle baby milks. Now I’ve finally found the answer.

Earlier this Summer I was visiting my sister in Austria – she owns a gorgeous little hotel situated at the end of an old glacial valley. It always feels like a proper holiday when I’m staying there, so thinking about finding the best baby bottles for the website was the last thing on my mind!

It just so happened that some of my fellow guests were from Canada, a lovely couple with a four month old baby girl. And, when I very first met them they were feeding their little one. I was amazed by what I saw. I never knew such a baby bottle existed!

Why Stainless Steel Makes the Best Baby Bottles

The best baby bottles? OrganicKidz baby bottles are made from stainless steel and have many advantages.This little girl was drinking her milk from a stainless steel baby bottle! Naturally, I was fascinated and got chatting with the mum (as I do!) as she let me feed her daughter – well, I couldn’t resist the offer! She told me these OrganicKidz baby bottles were invented by a fellow Canadian mum and they are now a huge hit there.

As you can imagine, as soon as I got the chance I borrowed my sister’s laptop and took a proper look at them. And, what I found was like music to my ears. I’d like to explain why I think these are the best baby bottles around and why I wanted them on the Ulula website.

The Safest and Healthiest Options for Baby Bottles

These baby bottles are the safest and healthiest alternative to both plastic and glass baby bottles.

No Chemical Nasties Leaching Into Your Baby’s Milk

Plastic baby bottles can contain some very dubious chemicals, added to make the plastic more functional or durable. For example, BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical that is added to plastic in order to make it stronger. BPA has been linked to a number of health concerns including endocrine disruption, some types of cancers and attention deficit disorder. Other chemical nasties include PVCs and Phthalates, also known to be harmful to children’s health – not the kind of thing you want to leach into your baby’s milk, which is exactly what can happen, especially with warm liquids.

This, for me, is especially concerning given newborn and very young babies are using these products day in day out – when so many of their bodily systems are still rapidly developing. These Organickidz are the best baby bottles then because they use food grade steel – steel is an inert metal and does not leach chemicals into your baby’s milk.

By the way, because the steel used is such high quality, just like with top quality cutlery, there is NO tainting of your baby’s milk. Your little one won’t have a metallic taste in their milk.

No Scratching, No Bacterial Growth, No Staining and No Stinks!

These baby bottles are also a better alternative to plastic because, despite repeated daily use, they don’t readily scratch. The multiple micro-scratches that plastic bottles rapidly acquire harbour bacteria. Even glass scratches and chips over a short time and will also harber such bactieria. Unlike plastic and glass, steel is naturally resistant to bacteria. As a result these baby bottles don’t stain or retain odours, even after prolonged use. You can see why this chance encounter got me so excited. But that’s just the beginning.

The Best Baby Bottles are Designed to Last

Being made of steel these baby bottles are, of course, virtually indestructible and so last a very, very long time. While the little baby I was lucky enough to cuddle and feed in Austria wasn’t old enough to be mistreating her bottle, take a look at the mischievous monkey in this short clip…

Can you imagine glass surviving such treatment? Even plastic bottles get brittle after just a few months of constantly heating to sterilise them – not steel! They certainly are the most robust solution.

And, while these baby bottles are made of the highest quality steel and are so robust don’t expect them to be heavy – just the opposite. Unlike glass, these bottles are also incredibly lightweight. I couldn’t believe how light they are when our little Canadian’s bottlefeed came to an end.

A Bottle Design that Grows with Your Baby – From Newborn, to Toddler to School Child

But what makes these baby bottles so special for me is the fantastic thought that’s been put into their design. These bottles are designed to last your growing child for years, by growing up with them!

These ‘Baby Grows Up’ bottles come in kits. Your baby’s bottle will convert to a trainer cup (sippy cup as the Canadians call them) and will later convert to an ordinary water bottle for your child – the perfect size for the lunchbox when off to the childminder or nursery. That’s why we call them the 3 in 1 baby bottles.

So, that’s how through a chance encounter while on holiday I found the best baby bottle. The safest, healthiest and virtually indestructible bottle that will last your growing child for years – now that’s what I call eco-friendly!

And, that’s why, as soon as I saw these bottles in action in Austria, I knew we had to stock them on the Ulula website. They are the perfect complement to the Holle baby milk range.

‘Just Like Mum’ Teats

What makes these the best baby bottles doesn’t stop there! What happens when you let a mum design a baby bottle? She insists on inventing a teat that simulates what happens when a baby suckles on the mother’s breast.

This unique ‘just like mum’ design and ultra soft and flexible silicone allows your baby’s mouth and tongue to move in a natural, wave-like motion to contort the teat into the best position to form a vacuum – this leads to more comfortable feeding for your baby.

The integrated venting redirects air away from the liquid and allows your baby to drink continuously without taking in air bubbles which reduces the chances of gas or colic.

OrganicKidz unique teat design perfectly complement their baby bottles

Every ‘Baby Grows Up’ 3 in 1 baby bottle set comes with three such teats – one slow flow, one medium and one fast flow. So again, all you’ll need to last your baby as he or she gets older. Then they’ll move onto the included silicone trainer spout and you’ll attach the included trainer handle to convert the baby bottle to a trainer cup. What a brilliant idea!

The Real Test – One Mum’s Findings

As I sat with my sister’s laptop I’d pretty much made up my mind to stock these unique baby bottles on the Ulula website. This amazing coincidence of meeting this young Canadian couple with their baby provided me with the answer I’ve been struggling with for the last ten years to the perennial question – what are the best baby bottles?

As we were chatting I thought to myself, I have an opportunity here to ask a totally independent buyer exactly what she thought of her baby’s bottles. So, that’s what I did (thanks to Clara from Ottowa):

“I’ve used the OrganicKidz  Baby Grows Up bottles with my little girl since the day she was born and I’ve only ever been impressed. The bottles look stylish, they’re really hard wearing and, most of all, I know our precious baby is safe. I love that the bottles will grow up and adapt with my daughter and will last her for years as a water bottle later. I’ve only bought two bottles for my baby – that’s all I’ll ever need!”

Bringing the Best Baby Bottles to the UK

You won’t be surprised to hear that as soon as I got back from visiting my sister I got in touch with the good people over at OrganicKidz. The rest, as they say, is history!

I am really pleased to be able to not only now recommend what I genuinely believe is the best baby bottle range available on the market, but to actually sell the very same bottles. The OrganicKidz stainless steel baby bottles are now exclusively available in the UK through Ulula.

So, what exactly does the OrganicKidz 3 in 1 baby bottle set come with?

Each of these super sets includes:

  • 1 x 270ml stainless steel bottle (available in blue or lavender)
  • 1 x stainless steel snug fitting protective lid
  • 3 x Accordion Flex peristaltic teats (slow, medium and fast flow for each stage of bottle feeding)
  • 1 x easy to grab trainer handle
  • 1 x soft, non-spill silicone trainer spout
  • 1 x leak-proof cap to turn the bottle into a lunchbox friendly water bottle.

All in all the OrganicKidz 270ml 3 in 1 baby bottle set costs £28.42 (inc. VAT) and is available for immediate UK delivery.

And That’s Not All..

I don’t have the space here to tell you everything about these baby bottles. I haven’t even mentioned the separate THERMAL BABY BOTTLES that will keep your baby’s drink warm or cold for 6+ hours. Brilliant for taking a prepared bottle of formula along when you’re out with baby!

Visit the new BABY BOTTLE AND TEATS page on the Ulula website for more information about the bottle range and spare teats. And, while you’re there take a look at the most environmentally friendly BABY BOTTLE STORAGE RACK you’ll ever see.

So, not only have I found the best baby bottles around – I’ve brought them to the UK for you. These safe, hygienic and robust bottles are the longlasting, eco-friendly complement to your Holle organic baby milks and formula. And, you know that you just need the one bottle to grow with your baby – no separate trainer cups to buy and your child has a gorgeous water bottle for later. Isn’t that amazing!

Vegetarian Baby Milk & Infant Formula

Holle Organic Goats Milk Baby Milk and Infant Follow On Formula 2 are the only organic vegetarian baby milks currently available and approved on the UK market.

Vegetarian baby milk and vegetarian infant formula are frequent topics in my email inbox. Many parents who would like to bring up their baby to be vegetarian are concerned that they cannot feed their newborn or older baby a baby milk or infant formula that is suitable. This isn’t a new topic here on the Ulula blog (I wrote about vegetarian baby milks a few years ago now) and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we address this issue. This article, however, provides an important update.

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Vegetarian Baby Milks – the Journey to Wider Approval

In 2012 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion on the suitability of goats’ milk as a nutrient source for baby milks and follow-on formula. This opinion drew on all relevant and available scientific evidence and examined not just compositional data but considered studies relating to health and development outcomes of babies fed goats milk based formula.

The panel concluded that babies fed on goats milk formula did not show statistically significant or clinically relevant differences on major health and development ‘markers’ compared to babies fed on cows milk formula. The panel further concluded that protein from goat milk can be suitable as a protein source for baby milks and infant formula, provided the final product complies with the compositional criteria laid down in the exisiting strict regulations governing the manufacture of baby milk.

As a result, the EU’s infant formula and follow-on formula directive was amended in February 2014 permitting goats milk based baby milks (suitable from birth) and follow-on formula (suitable from 6 months) to be sold on the UK market. Previously, manufacturers such as Holle were only permitted to produce ‘goats milk nutrition’ labelled as suitable from 12 months old and onwards. Other countries permitted the sale of such milks as suitable from 6 months onwards – much to the joy of many vegetarian parents who wanted to buy vegetarian baby milk and infant formula.

Vegetarian Baby Milk – Now Available in the UK

Holle’s goats milk products have always been suitable for vegetarians. As I wrote previously, while Holle have and continue to make every effort to ensure their cows milk based baby milks are suitable for vegetarians they cannot always guarantee the source of the whey that they use in the high organic standard they demand. Consequently, they do not claim their cows based infant formula are suitable for raising vegetarian babies.

With their goats milks on the other hand, for technical nutritional reasons their ingredients lists are a little different and the same issue does not occur. Hence, both the Holle Organic Goats Milk Baby Milk and Goats Milk Infant Follow On Formula 2 are suitable for vegetarians. We have been in touch with the company nutritionists and quality control departments and have been assured that both of the Holle baby milks are suitable for vegetarians and, of course, meet all the strictly regulated compositional criteria for baby milks and infant formula as laid out in the relevant EU regulations.

I know, for many parents, the availablilty of properly regulated and manufactured vegetarian baby milk is an enormous relief. And, as the major Holle supplier here in the UK I am both pleased and proud to stock both the Holle Organic Goats Milk Baby Milk and Goats Milk Infant Follow On Formula 2.

Goats Milk Based Baby Milks and Dairy Allergies

The EFSA paper referred to above looked at the scientific evidence for the suitability of goats milk as a baby milk for babies with no other health issues, that is ‘normal, healthy babies’. Subsequently the regulations were amended to allow the manufacturer of goats based baby milks and formula from birth onwards (and hence Holle’s vegetarian baby milk).

The opinion paper also looked at the suitabilty of goats based baby milks for the 1.9% to 4.9% of babies who the World Health Organisation estimate as having a cows milk protein allergy. As you can imagine, this is a complex issue for an article about vegetarian baby milk and infant formula to go into any detail here. It is important though that I tell any parent who wishes to feed their little one a vegetarian baby milk based on goats milk that, if their baby has a known allergic reaction to cows milk, then they should seek medical advice before starting to feed any goats milk based formula. I can’t do better to highlight this issue than to quote directly from Holle:

The composition of Holle Organic Goat Milk Follow-On Formula 2 corresponds to a follow-on milk which is suitable for infants from 6 months of age who are already taking one solid meal a day. Should a child have an allergic reaction to cow’s milk, he or she may be able to tolerate goat’s milk as an alternative. Goat’s milk can, however, also cause allergies since some of the protein structures contained in cow’s and goat’s milk are the same. Key here is which protein the child has an allergic reaction to. This should, in all cases, be diagnosed by a doctor in order to clarify whether Holle Organic Infant Goat Milk Follow-On Formula 2 is a suitable alternative for your child.

Similar advice applies for goats based baby milk from birth. For the reasons outlined above the UK’s Food Standard Agency (FSA) in March 2014 issued advice that “goats’ milk infant formula and follow-on formula is not suitable for infants with a cows’ milk protein allergy, unless directed by a healthcare professional.”

I should emphasise to parents wanting a vegetarian baby milk that, unless your baby has such a cows milk protein allergy, you can feed him or her the Holle goats based baby milk or infant formula with peace of mind – it meets all evidence based EU regulations and is the only approved organic vegetarian baby milk on the market.

Best Quality Vegetarian Baby Milk

Not only are the Holle goats based baby milk and infant formula certified organic, they use milk from biodynamically raised goats on farms and smallholdings in the German Black Forest region. So, not only can your little one have vegetarian baby milk but you can rest assured that it is produced from only the best quality goats milk. Biodynamic agiculture is considered the highest form of organic and there are stringent regulations that govern both growing and production methods. The starting point is a healthy soil that is full of vitality. Biodynamic farmers use compost, hand made herbal and mineral preparations as well as green manures to strengthen and enrich their soil. Plants grown in such a healthy environment thrive, just as nature intended. They are able to take up the maximum amount of nutrients which, in turn, are passed on to your baby. Not only that, mums and dads consistently tell me their baby’s milk taste delicious – “just like milk should taste”.

The use of chemical and synthetic pesticides and fertilisers and GM technology are strictly prohibited in biodynamic agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture generally is proven to be extremely environmentally friendly and the Holle vegetarian baby milks are, as I mentioned, derived from goats raised in the Black Forest and so do not have all the high associated negative environmental footprint impacts that lesser quality milks flown in from across the other side of the world might have.

To summarise, mums and dads looking for a vegetarian baby milk for their little one now no longer need to compromise their ethics. Holle currently produce the only organic vegetarian baby milks available and approved on the UK market. Goats based baby milks are approved for all babies except for those with a medically diagnosed cows milk allergy. So, if you are rasing a vegetarian baby who has such allergies then there are still some difficulties – I said at the beginning that this won’t be the last time I’ll need to address this issue. If you would like any further information please feel free to get in touch and I’ll gladly answer any questions.