Monthly Archives: May 2009

Holle Organic Baby Porridges – Suitable for Babies with Cows Milk Protein Intolerance

We received the following lovely email last weekend from a new customer looking for baby porridges and cereals for her young baby boy who has an intolerance to milk protein.

I would really like to thank you for the fast shipping of my order and for the friendly note from Sabine.
My son has got a cows milk protein intolerance and most of the commercial baby cereals contain cows milk. He loves the millet baby porridge and also the Holle Rice porridge.
Thanks a lot !

Organic Baby Porridges – Milk Protein Free Options

The Holle range of organic baby porridges does indeed have a huge number of baby cereals that are suitable for Kim’s son and other young babies with an intolerance to milk protein:

Single Grain Baby Porridges

Baby eating Holle organic baby porridge - photo sent in by customer

Baby eating Holle organic baby porridge - photo sent in by customer

Multi-Grain Baby Porridges

Baby Porridges with Milk Protein

Of course, those babies without a milk protein intolerance can enjoy the above baby porridges just as much while also being able to eat the Holle milk cereals:

Holle Baby Porridge – Unlocking the Goodness

Holle prides itself not only on using the purest organic and biodynamic ingredients in its baby porridges but also on the gentle approach the company takes to producing its cereals. The Holle organic baby porridge range is made using the whole grain. Not only is the main body of the grain seed used but the entire kernel including the important outer bran layer. Therefore, the entire natural nutritional contents of the grain such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins are retained. Similarly, the important digestive qualities of the grain are retained because of the high, natural fibre content.

Through a unique manufacturing process, involving the carefully controlled application of heat and moisture, Holle is able to unlock the full goodness of the organic and biodynamic grain for your developing baby. This special process produces flakes that are readily soluble. This ensures that your baby can more easily digest and absorb the energy and vitality contained in every one of their organic porridges.

Whether your baby has an intolerance to milk protein or not, let us know which is your baby’s favourite Holle organic baby porridge.

Organic Baby Fruit Purees – A Quick Recipe Tip

It’s a bank holiday today so just a quick post with a lovely recipe tip sent in by customer Janice M.

Have leftover fruit purees from weaning your baby? Blend fruit purees with yoghurt (or coconut milk), water (or juice) and ice to make smoothies for the rest of the family.

We’ve tried this using purees made with the Ulula glass grater as well as some of the Holle organic fruit baby jars and they are lovely. Perfect for this warm weather. Enjoy!

Organic Baby Rusks – Some Further Thoughts and Suggestions

I mentioned last week that the Holle Organic Baby Spelt Rusks are now available in their new packaging and gave you a few simple recipe ideas for weaning babies that use these sugar free rusks. I should also have mentioned that they really are not just for weaning  and teething babies.

Whenever my children are unwell, which thankfully is not often, I feed them what my mother gave me whenever I was recovering from illness – baby rusks soaked in tea. Simply take a couple of rusks, break them into a few pieces on a plate and pour over enough Holle organic baby tea to make them soggy. Mash with a fork and allow to cool. This lovely mild cereal is enough to tempt any child recovering from sickness.

Holle Baby Rusks – Not Just For Babies

I mentioned last week that on the continent rusks resemble toast more than biscuits. Actually such ‘toasty’ rusks aren’t just made for babies and are a popular snack for adults with butter and jams or cheeses or even more exciting toppings – great for buffets. As an alternative to the Holle Baby Rusks the ErdmanHAUSER rusks are made with butter and are specifically made to eat as party snacks – they taste absolutely delicious and are Demeter/biodynamically certified. For children and adults who have an intolerance to gluten I would recommend the Werz Four Grain Rusks which are gluten free.

Baby Rusks – Great for Morning Sickness

A number of mums have told me that they have found baby rusks perfect when they were pregnant and had morning sickness – a light, dry nibble was just what was needed to settle their tummy.

So, baby rusks are great for adults and babies alike – let me know how you like to eat yours.

Late Night Shopping for Baby Food – You Are Not Alone

Sleeping baby - sent in by a customer

Sleeping baby - sent in by a customer

I was working late last night and happened to be looking through the orders that we have received over the last few weeks or so. Despite it being late I noticed that a significant number of customers placed their orders also at a late hour – sometimes extremely late.

Crying Babies

I could image the situations that led to mums and dads being up so late and sat at their computer and they all revolved around crying babies. Perhaps the baby was hungry and needed another feed, or perhaps he or she was teething or had a soiled nappy.

You are Not Alone

So, if you happen to be reading this late at night having been woken by your crying baby, I can sympathise with you. I have been there, I have done that. It will get better, your baby will soon learn to sleep through and you will be able to enjoy an undisturbed sleep once again.

In the meantime, you are not alone. Remember other customers in the Ulula community are also shopping on the site – more likely than not just as you are reading this.

So, why not read a few articles, post a few comments and once your baby is sound asleep and tireness takes you over again slip off to bed yourself. Goodnight.

Make Weaning Babies Part of the Family Mealtime – Start Good Habits Early

Here are two statistics that scare me. One in four British households no longer has a table that everyone can eat around. One out of every two meals eaten in Britain is now eaten alone. I am not singling out Britain here, I think this is  trend that is repeated throughout much of Europe and North America, and it is one that I find very sad.

I am a strong believer in eating family meals together – mealtimes for me aren’t just about refueling the body. When  families sit down and eat meals together they have the chance to chat and socialise and to develop and strengthen their relationships. Parents have the opportunity to model the kind of behaviour they would like to see at the meal table as well as encourage a healthy attitude to food.

When families include their baby in their family mealtime routines from the very beginning of weaning, it becomes second nature for the growing baby and child to accept all this, to naturally develop the good habits you want to see and for them to learn some essential lifeskills. So, include your weaning baby in family meals and give him or her a first class education!

I know that eating together at every meal is often difficult – share your experiences on including your weaning baby in family meals and let’s all learn from each other.

Holle Organic Sugar Free Baby Rusks – New Packaging & Weaning Recipe Ideas

The Holle Organic Spelt Baby Rusks are now available in this country in their new packaging. These popular first finger foods for weaning babies are suitable from 6 months onwards and are great when your baby is teething. The packaging may have changed but the recipe remains unaltered – when a thing is this good it doesn’t need tinkering with.

Holle Organic Baby Spelt Rusks are sugar free, as well as egg, dairy and wheat free. The rusks are mild tasting and easily digested by babies.

When I first came to England I was surprised by what I found in the shops when I looked for ‘baby rusks’. What are traditionally called rusks here seem to me to be more like biscuits and are usually sweetened in some way. On the continent there are, of course, also baby biscuits (see the great Holle Organic Baby Spelt Biscuits), but a rusk is unsweetened and is more like a toast. However, unlike toast these rusks are harder and when moist breakdown into a smooth cereal – ideal for teething babies and for a quick snack when weaning your baby.

Weaning Recipes from 8 Months

Milk Cereal with Baby Rusk

Break three slices of Holle Organic Spelt Baby Rusk into small pieces on a plate. Boil 120 ml of milk and 60 ml of water and pour over the rusks. Allow to soften for a minute and then crush or mash with a fork. Stir and allow to cool. Ready to serve.

Fruit Cereal with Baby Rusk

Break two slices of Holle Organic Spelt Baby Rusk into small pieces on a plate. Boil140 ml water and pour over the rusks. Allow to soften for a minute and then cush or mash with a fork. Stir in 100 g freshly grated fruit (use a glass grater for the perfect puree) or 100 g of a Holle organic fruit baby jar. Allow to cool and serve.

Tip: Add 1 teaspoon of rape seed oil to the rusk mix to enrich it with fatty acids valuable to infants of this age.

Let us know how your baby likes the Holle organic baby rusks and how you find the recipes.

Recycling Organic Baby Food Jars – a Fun Picture

A quick, fun post today. Regular reader of Sabine’s Organic Baby Food Blog will know that I am passionate about re-using and recycling materials. And of course, all customers will see that I always try to recycle packing materials when Ulula sends out orders.

I am always curious as to just how much of what we send out goes on to be recycled once finished with. For example, do customers recycle the packaging that our baby foods come in? I recently came across the amazing picture below showing just how inventive people can be when it comes to recycling baby food jars. Yes, it really is a chandelier made with baby food jars! Apparently it is practically all made from recycled materials and cost just a few pounds to make.

Baby food jar chandelier

Baby food jar chandelier

Of course not everyone, myself  included, is creative enough or has the skills, materials or even inclination to make a chandelier from baby food jars!

I have, though, come across some other, more down to earth, suggestions. How about using the baby food jars as containers for dried herbs in the kitchen? Or as paint pots for older children?

Do you just put your empty organic baby food jars in the recycle bin, or are you a little more creative with them? Share your thoughts and ideas.

Holle Organic Baby Milks and Baby Food – No Added Fluoride

Twice in the last month I have received enquiries from customers asking whether the Holle organic baby milks and formulas have the chemical fluoride added during their production.

I have consulted Holle’s head of quality control and nutrition and can categorically confirm that the Holle organic baby milks and formulas do NOT have fluoride added. Furthermore, none of the organic baby food produced by Holle have fluoride added.

I am aware of the possible dangers of fluoride and am against ‘mass medication’ by adding it to our drinking water (luckily not everywhere in the UK or Europe) and to our toothpastes. When I first learned about fluoride many years ago I was indeed very shocked, especially considering that the aluminium industry tells us that their by-product is good for us humans while it is used to kill rats at the same time. I would recommend any parent look into the issue of fluoride in our food and drink and take action to protect their babies – who are, after all,extremely vulnerable and deserve a pure and wholesome diet.

Holle Baby Milks – The Nutritional Breakdown

When looking at the nutritional breakdown on any of the Holle organic baby milk packaging you will though find reference to fluoride in the list of nutrients in the formulas. So, what is going on – didn’t I just categorically state that fluoride isn’t added to the baby milks? I did, and that is perfectly correct. The fluoride trace content declared on the packaging is simply what naturally occurs in the milk derived from the biodynamically/organically raised cows that supply the milk to produce the baby formula. I should point out that fresh milk naturally contains traces of fluoride, as will most foods – just like many other trace elements.

How Do the Holle Baby Formulas Compare?

One customer also mentioned in his email another well known brand of organic baby milks and formulas and his concern at the levels of fluoride in their baby milks. While I will not mention the manufacturer, I have checked the figures and can confirm a huge difference in the levels of fluoride present between their organic baby milks and those produced by Holle. The figures are as follows:

  • Holle – 0.56 µg per 100 ml made up follow-on infant formula
  • Other brand – 36.0 µg per 100 ml made up follow-on infant formula

Compared with breastmilk one of our correspondents wrote:

One statistic I looked at after I sent my earlier e-mail was how the Holle milk compares with mothers’ breast milk in terms of natural fluoride content, and I found it was broadly the same amount.

Make an Informed Choice When Choosing a Baby Milk

As a concerned parent who, for whatever reason cannot or does not breastfeed, choosing a baby milk or formula is an important decision. I would always advise parents to check ingredients lists and lists of nutrients, and if you have any doubts ask questions – ask as many questions as you need in order to satisfy yourself.

At Ulula we are always happy to receive your queries and will do our very best to give you an open and honest answer so that you can make an informed decision.

Share your experiences with the Holle organic baby milks and formulas with other parents – tell us how your baby likes the Holle range.

Read more about the Holle range of organic baby milks and formulas >>

Lavera Natural and Organic Sun Cream and Sun Protection – Replaces Weleda Edelweiss Suncream and is Now Available to Order

After last week’s article about the discontinuation of Weleda’s natural sun cream and sun protection range I am really pleased to be able to let you know that we now have the fantastic Lavera sun protection range available online.

Lavera is not only one of the leading suppliers of organic and natural cosmetics, the company is the market leader for natural sun protection and has won many awards. Lavera was the first manufacturer worldwide to produce 100% natural mineral-based sun protection.

The following three sun care products from Lavera are now available for purchase.

So, enjoy the coming sunny weather with peace of mind, and let me know how you find the Lavera suncream and sun protection range.

Weaning Your Baby With Organic Food – Pesticides in Fruit and Vegetables

Fresh fruit and vegetables - which are safe for weaning babies?

Fresh fruit and vegetables - which are safe for weaning babies?

At Ulula we always recommend parents to wean their babies with organic ingredients. Babies delicate and developing bodies do not deserve to be bombarded with the cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals used in the production of so many of our foods.

Latest research from the Environmental Working Group states (my emphasis):

“The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of some pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.”

Confused on which fruits and vegetables you should be buying organic? Yes, it can be a few more pennies, but studies by the Environmental Working Group show that there are some fruit and vegetables that you should always be buying organic because of the amount of pesticides used on the non-organic kind and the porousness of their skins in retaining the pesticides.

The foods on the Dirty Dozen list (see below) are foods that have very porous skins and which receive heavier doses of, sometimes multiple, pesticides. These are the fruit and vegetables that you should always be buying organic.

The Clean 15 (see below) are those fruit and vegetables that either have a skin that cannot be penetrated by the pesticides and/or those that do not receive as many pesticides. The Clean 15 are those foods that are more okay to not buy organic if organic varieties aren’t available.

The EWG research has shown that, “consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80 percent by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating only the cleanest”.

The Dirty Dozen
(in order from most pesticide-ridden)

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Pears

The Clean 15
(in order from least pesticide-ridden)

  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Sweetcorn
  • Pineapple
  • Mangos
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Kiwis
  • Cabbages
  • Aubergines
  • Papayas
  • Watermelons
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatos
  • Sweet potatos

I wouldn’t advise starting weaning babies with some of the items in the above lists, but I think that this offers us a useful guide if we are serious about feeding our babies a safe and wholesome diet.

Holle Organic Baby Food – Guaranteed Pesticide Free

I know as a mother feeding a family of five that buying organic can be a few more pennies, but I really believe that such expenditure is an investment in our children’s future health.

Because buying fresh fruit and vegetables was not terribly easy or convenient when I was weaning my babies, I looked into the various organic baby food alternatives available in jars. The Holle brand clearly stood out above the rest for the quality of the food and the gentle production methods that respect the food as well as the baby they go on to feed. It was for those reasons that I wanted to stock Holle baby foods when setting up Ulula. I also found the Holle baby jars perfectly complement their huge range of organic baby porridges, so that combining different jars with different porridges during the course of a week I could feed my babies a great selection of meals.

Share your weaning experiences with other parents. How do you ensure you feed your baby organic weaning recipes?