Monthly Archives: June 2009

Do Babies Get Enough Iron When Raised on Baby Formula?

A concerned mum who has been buying baby formula 1 for her baby daughter and now has moved on to baby formula 2 recently emailed me with a question about iron in babies who are raised on baby formula. Her question was, because iron isn’t listed in the ingredients on either baby formula package, was her daughter actually getting an adequate intake of iron?

To be sure I was giving the most accurate reply possible I referred the question to the chief pediatric nutritionist at Holle, the manufacturer of both organic baby formula 1 and 2. I thought I would share the reply I got because it may be of interest to other parents raising their babies on the Holle organic baby formula.

Iron as such isn’t listed on our baby formula packaging but all our baby formulas contain iron in the form of ferrous lactate, which is actually listed in the list of ingredients. Ferrous lactate is a form of iron that is readily digestible by babies and is, in fact, a legal requirement in baby formula. The reason for that is that  raw cows milk alone does not contain the level of iron required by law for infant nutrition. The iron content for each baby formula is also listed in the nutritional value tables on each package.

All babies fed with baby formula milks are perfectly well provided with iron. A deficiency of iron should not be feared.

Breast milk contains much less iron than infant formula, but  breastfed babies also generally do not lack iron, if they are weaning onto solid foods from the age of approximately 6 months onwards.

Meat contains a high amount of iron in a form that is easily available to the body’s digestive system. Grains and vegetables together with a source of vitamin C can also supply a sufficient amount of iron for vegetarian and breast milk fed babies. Vitamin C helps the body to make use of the available iron in foods.

It is more important which iron content the food has and how well it is available for the body and not whether it is fortified with iron or not. Natural and organically produced foods are a good source of iron.

So, there is a legally prescribed amount of iron added to baby formula to ensure your baby has more than sufficient for all his/her needs. When weaning, as long as your baby continues to have the formula and a reasonably balanced intake of small amounts of foods, everything will be fine.

We Want Your Feedback to Help Improve Our Online Baby Food Service

I thought I would finish this week with a couple of emails we have received recently. We value all your feedback, it’s the best way we have of planning to improve the Ulula site and the baby foods ranges that we offer.

Dear Sabine
Thank you so much for putting yourself out and sending my package even though you already had so many orders to send out. You are truly a top business woman who really knows how to run a company and look after her customers!
Thanks again
Cassie

Hi Sabine,
just a quick email to say I received my order and am very pleased with the
quality of the items. The carob is really delicious.
I am pleased to have discovered your website, thank you very much.
Best regards,
Ejaz

I do occasionally get in touch with customers to talk about the site and how we can improve your shopping experience  with us. Many thanks to those who have recently given us some food for thought – look out for future developments.

Next Day Delivery of Organic Baby Food

I had two emails from customers last weekend asking if I could add some items of organic baby food into their latest order before sending it out. Of course, normally that would be no problem – I shop online myself and know that I don’t always remember everything.

Unfortunately, for both these customers I had already despatched the orders and the customers were left deciding whether to incur additional delivery charges or wait until their next order. My apologies to Sophie and Di.

Personal and Flexible Online Shopping

When we receive your baby food orders we aim to ship everything out within 24 hours. Unlike many online shops we don’t charge a premium for next day delivery because we aren’t in a position to actually guarantee it, but I think we can be rightly proud of the fact that over 90% of all Ulula orders are received by the customer the next day (in the UK).

At the same time, we aim to offer a very personal and individualised shopping experience and would like you to have the flexibility of adding anything to your baby food order that you may have forgotten. So, could I emphasise to all our customers that if you need to add anything to your order, please do try and let me know as soon as possible so we can pop it in the parcel before it is sent out. Either send a message using the contact form available from every page on the site, or just give me a ring.

We alway welcome feedback on our organic baby foods as well as the service we provide. Let us know how we can improve the site to make your shopping experience as hassle-free as possible.

Organic Millet Grains – New and Available for Immediate Despatch

I am often asked by mums who have been weaning their babies with the Holle Organic Millet Baby Porridge what they they could feed their children as they get older.

Firstly, I would say that I have countless mums who continue to buy baby porridges even when their baby is actually well beyond the toddler age and has started primay school.  That familiar smell, texture and yummy taste all go to make for a comforting breakfast several times a week, as well as being quick for a busy mum or dad to prepare.

For those that want to move beyond just baby porridges, and who want something different that the whole family could eat, I usually advise introducing organic millet grains.

Millet – Not Just For Parrots!

Roger tells me that millet as a grain has bad press here in England, that it is usually thought of as ‘bird food’. In my native Germany and elsewhere on the continent though, millet is often eaten as an accompaniment or actually in meals. At home, we probably eat it once a week and enjoy its nutty flavour in a variety of meals.

Millet is actually one of the oldest cultivated cereal grains in the world and is very rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Millet is a gluten free grain that has a significant amount of minerals, vitamins and trace elements – in particular silicic acid, which influences the healthy growth of bones, hair, nails and skin. So overall, a healthy option and a lovely alternative to rice.

Preparing and Cooking Organic Millet

Organic millet is easy to cook, just cook one part of the organic millet grain (allow approx 100g per adult) with two parts water or stock, until the water is absorbed and season with herbs.

Serve with vegetables or a tomato-based sauce. As well as being nutritious and filling, millet is good value for money if you have to feed a family and ideal for those with a gluten intolerance.

Quick Summer Millet Recipe

Sabine’s tip for a quick summer recipe – cook the millet in vegetable stock with some mixed herbs and a dash of tomato puree. Leave to cool, add cucumber cubes, yoghurt or tsatsiki and season with lots of dill. Yummy!

Let me know how you and your family like the Organic Millet and send us in your favourite recipes to share with other mums and dads.

New Lavera After Sun Lotion for Children

Lavera after sun lotion

Lavera after sun lotion

Lots of parents concerned with protecting their babies and children from the effects of the sun have asked if we could stock after sun lotion. We have therefore added the award winning Lavera After Sun Lotion to our suncare range and it is now available for immediate despatch.

Lavera After Sun Lotion pleasantly cools, moisturises and soothes your skin after spending time in the sun. Moisturising aloe vera gel and sea buckthorn oil naturally soothe the skin. Essences of rose, lavender and green tea cool the skin after sunbathing. Skin nourishment is provided through active ingredients of jojoba oil, olive oil and shea butter.

The Lavera After Sun Lotion was a winner in the Natural Health magazine beauty awards and is, as you would expect from Lavera, produced from only the finest quality natural and organic ingredients.

Limited Stock of Organic Sun Creams for Mums – Treat Yourself

While stocking up on the Lavera suncare range I thought Ulula should have something that little bit special for all you hard working mums. The ageing effects of lots of sunshine are well known, so we now have for immediate sale some of the excellent Lavera Anti-Age Sun Cream. We do only have a limited stock of this sun cream so please do order early.

Anti-Aging SPF15 is waterproof and offers sun protection against UVA, UVB and UVC rays as well as helping to prevent skin damage and ageing. Innovative active ingredients hyaluronic acid and organic aloe vera naturally moisturise the skin and increase the anti-ageing benefit. Vitamin E and beta glucan provide effective skin cell protection, locking moisture in the skin and helping to protect against environmental influences e.g. sun, wind. Natural caffine and rusco help firm the skin, resulting in smooth soft skin.

Anti-Age Sun Screen SPF15 is the perfect sun protector for your face. All Lavera sun protection and care products are, of course, tested to the highest European standards as well as being completely free from synthetic chemical ingredients. They are also suitable fo use by vegetarians and vegans.

Using a Glass Grater to Make Purees for Weaning Babies

Since yesterday’s post with a story about a grandmother wanting to buy two glass graters, I have been asked by a number of customers if I could make the video of using the glass grater available as a file to download so they could more easily show family and friends.

Of course, if you would prefer you can always watch the video in the page of yesterday’s post, and read the lovely story of how the customer came to buy two glass graters in the first place.

You have to see it to believe just easily and quickly you can make the perfect purees for weaning your baby.

Lovely Story on Making Purees For Weaning a Baby When Out and About

I was told a really nice story recently when a grandmother phoned wanting to buy two of our popular glass graters. When I said that it is unusual for someone to buy two at a time she told me that they were actually for two of her daughters, one of whom is pregnant and the other has a baby coming up to weaning age – neither of who were yet customers of Ulula.

The grandmother explained that her third daughter – who is a Ulula customer – had previously bought a glass grater and the four of them had all that day gone out for lunch in their local Marks and Spencer cafe. She told me:

“We got our meals and sat down. My daughter reached into her baby’s bag and brought out her glass grater – none of us had seen it before. Then she took out an apple and a banana. She cut the apple into four and there and then made the baby’s lunch! She just quickly rubbed the apple on the grater, mashed in a bit of banana and mixed it all togther. The whole thing was ready in a minute. My other two daughters sat there amazed. All I heard during lunch was how good the glass graters are and how they had to buy one.”

So, as soon as she got home she thought she would treat her daughters and buy them both a glass grater. How sweet!

I thought I would repost our short video showing just how quick and easy our glass grater is at making purees when weaning your baby. It really does have to be seen to be believed.

Glass graters have been used for generations by mums to prepare pureed fruit and vegetables when first weaning their babies. Using a glass grater gives you exactly the right consistency of fruit or vegetables you need when preparing your home made baby food. Experience shows us that no other grater can achieve this consistency with so little mess or waste.

Share your glass grater stories and tell other mums how it helps you wean your baby, wherever you are.

Weleda Skin Food Wins Major Beauty Award – Why Not Treat Yourself?

Classic Beauty Product of the Year

Weleda have just announced that their wonderful Skin Food has won the prestigious Silver Award for the Classic Beauty Product of the Year at the Clothes Show London. I use the Skin Food everyday and can certainly agree that it is a real winner!

Weleda Skin Food is a rich cream to deeply nourish, protect and repair skin. It is one of Weleda’s original skincare products and is extremely popular now due to it being ‘discovered’ by a number of celebrities – and, of course, the fantastic combination of plant extracts that really do feed your skin the goodness it needs.

Mums Work Hard – You Deserve Treats Too!

Weleda Skin Food is a deep-penetrating replenishing skin repair cream for dry patches of skin and for added protection. It  contains extracts of soothing chamomile, calendula, wild pansy and a blend of enriching oils and waxes to provide a fine protective barrier against the ravages of the weather.

Even before the addition of the plant extracts and essential oils the base itself is food for dry skin. Hypoallergenic lanolin, sweet almond oil and sunflower seed oil are three of the main ingredients of the base. Lanolin, chemically, is almost identical to sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin. It is therefore an ideal substance to ‘feed’ to dry skin. Both almond and sunflower seed oil soften and soothe the skin and also assist in the penetration of other soothing, rejuvenating ingredients.

How and When to Use Weleda Skin Food

Skin Food can be used as a nourishing day and night cream. It is good for rough, dry skin anywhere on the body; face, hands, elbows, knees etc. It can be used as a protective cream in harsh weather and is excellent for anyone regularly out of doors.

Directions for Use

A little goes a long way, so apply sparingly. This very rich cream is best applied to the face by gently patting on so as to avoid dragging the skin. Elsewhere on the body gently smooth into the skin until the cream is absorbed. To deeply nourish hard working, dry hands: apply liberally, cover with cotton gloves and leave overnight.

I use the Weleda Skin Food everyday and can feel the results. Let me know how you like Weleda’s latest prize winner.

Preparing Holle Baby Porridges – Avoiding Lumps

Sometimes parents tell me that they find it difficult to prepare the Holle organic baby porridges without lumps. I instantly know the problem and a simple piece of advice is all that is needed to quickly and simply prepare baby porridges with a fine, smooth consistency that is perfect for weaning babies.

Baby Porridges Without Lumps

So, how can the baby porridges be prepared in such a way as to completely avoid a lumpy texture? Simply add the liquid to the bowl first and then stir in the powdered baby porridge.

I think, as adults, we become so accustomed to mixing liquids into powders that we sometimes find this counter-intuitive and we automatically prepare the baby porridges the same way. But by closely following the instructions on the packaging lumps really should not occur, allowing you to feed your baby the perfect porridge.

Just a few other general pointers when feeding your baby with the Holle baby porridge range:

  • Please follow the ingredients measurements on the baby porridge packaging carefully. The correct amount of ingredients will ensure your baby receives the correct nutrients for his or her age and developmental stage.
  • Always prepare baby porridges freshly for each feed. Do not use leftovers.
  • Due to the risk of overheating, please do not heat baby porridges in a microwave.

Do let me know your questions about our organic baby foods and weaning babies – your questions can help others too.

Holle Organic Three Grain Baby Porridge – Now Gluten Free

Holle have recently announced a change in their recipe for the Organic Three Grain Baby Porridge – the cereal is now the first gluten free multi-grain baby porridge on the market.

The Swiss organic baby food manufacturer has just launched the new 3 grain baby porridge recipe on the continent and we are pleased to already have an ample supply of cases of the gluten free version available to purchase.

Holle Organic Three Grain Baby Porridge – Ingredients

The Holle Organic Three Grain Baby Porridge is made from three popular gluten free organic/biodynamic grains – rice, corn and millet – and is suitable for all babies including those with a gluten intolerance and those who wish to avoid feeding their babies with foods containing gluten before the age of 6 months.

When and How to Use?

The 3 grain is an ideal porridge during the second and third stages of weaning your baby.

As with all Holle baby porridges you can prepare the Organic Three Grain Porridge for your baby’s breakfast with breast milk, baby milk formula or even water.

By adding freshly prepared fruit puree (quickly and simply prepared using the Ulula glass grater) or adding some teaspoons of one of the Holle fruit jars your baby will enjoy a delicious and nutritious afternoon snack.

To make a lunch for your baby just add the Holle gluten free Three Grain Baby Porridge to your home made vegetable puree or mix with Holle carrots, carrots with apple or parsnips.

Let us know how your baby likes the new gluten free recipe for the Holle Three Grain Baby Porridge, whether he or she has a gluten intolerance or not.