Category Archives: Demeter/Biodynamic

Bathtime Fun

Bathing is soothing to most babies as the water reminds them of being in their mother’s womb. However, when babies are tiny, you don’t need to bathe them and certainly not every day. Their skin is still forming and adjusting to being on the outside and so needs only simple, gentle care. To start with you can just wash baby’s face, neck, hands and bottom. This is often called ‘topping and tailing’.

From about four months, baby’s skin has developed a functioning protective mantle and it is around this age that bathtime can really become fun. Choose a time when your baby is awake and happy and make sure that the room is warm and there are no draughts. You must never leave your baby or toddler alone in the bath, so gather all the things you will need beforehand and put them within reach.

You can use your elbow to check the water temperature if you don’t have a special bath thermometer – it should be about 37°C, which is about the same as body temperature and best suited for baby. A careful dipping of their feet or the bottom first helps them to get used to the water. For tiny babies, put your left arm under baby’s neck and gently hold around their shoulder and arm with your left hand – the back of baby’s head should feel supported and secure on your forearm. With your free hand you can then wash baby. For larger children, the bathing water should not reach higher than their waist and babies can feel more comfortable when they can touch the end of the bathtub with their feet.

It is important that baby doesn’t get too cold. Five to eight minutes is normally long enough in the bath as you don’t want the water to cool down too much and since the head loses a lot of heat, only wet their hair towards the end.  After the bath wrap your little one up in a warm towel and gently dry. Now is the perfect time for a lovely cuddle followed perhaps by a massage with a soothing baby oil.

Weleda Calendula Baby Oil

Martina Gebhardt Calendula Body Oil

Baby’s Delicate Skin

After birth, your baby loses the protective warmth of the mother’s body and now the skin is the only border between inside and outside and the environment. Baby skin is five times thinner than adult skin and is still developing. The top layer is formed through interaction with the environment, while the protective acid mantle and barrier function are also still forming. This means that baby’s skin absorbs externally applied active ingredients faster and can be much more sensitive. The sweat glands are also not yet fully developed, so baby’s small body has trouble regulating its warmth independently.

After birth, babies therefore need a warm, protective coat, not only in the form of natural, breathable materials, but also through skin-compatible care products and loving skin contact.

During the first months of life baby’s skin needs simple, gentle care, for example your baby doesn’t need foam baths or shampoos as they only dry out the skin. A bath once a week is perfectly adequate in the first months of life and in the meantime your baby can be cleaned daily with a soft, damp washcloth. After washing or bathing, a body lotion can be applied to protect the skin of your baby and provide moisture. The most sensitive part is the nappy area, which needs extra special care. After a nappy change, it is good for the skin to be cleaned and treated with warm water, a soft cloth and then a few drops of body oil. Alternatively, you can put a few drops of oil in the water. If possible allow your baby to lie in a warm place for a few minutes, without a nappy on to allow the skin to have some fresh air. Finally, a layer of a good nappy cream offers protection against soreness.

Weleda Calendula Baby Care provides comfort and supports the development of healthy skin. From over eighty years of experience working with natural substances comes Weleda’s deep understanding of the special needs of a baby’s delicate skin. All of their products have been developed with the assistance of physicians and midwives and are dermatologically tested.

Martina Gebhardt’s Baby Care Range is demeter certified, ensuring the finest quality ingredients. The creams contain wool wax or lanolin as a base. The special value of the wool wax is that it closely resembles the vernix, the white, cheesy cell layer that covers and protects the baby‘s skin while in the womb. Wool wax gently protects sensitive baby skin and is very effective against nappy rash, which is why it is an important ingredient in the Martina Gebhardt Calendula Super- Protect cream.

Tip: Make your own wipes for traveling: for the purest option combine cooled boiled water with a few drops of organic baby oil. Place organic cotton wool pads in a shallow leak-proof container and pour the water and oil mixture over the pads until they are fully moistened. Keep the lid on to maintain the moisture and you are ready to go. As the liquid contains no preservatives or chemicals, make enough for just a couple of days at a time. You can also add some baby soap, but we didn’t find this necessary. Essential oils can cause irritation to very sensitive skin.

New! Softest safest organic cotton treasures for your little one have arrived!

New to Ulula – organic cotton Swaddles, Bibs and Baby Buddies made with only the softest, safest organic cotton…

fresk-swaddle-set-2-pc-120x120-cm-whale-blue-fog-no-box These wonderful swaddles are made from soft, breathable organic cotton muslin with beautiful designs, and are generously sized at 120 x 120cm to make them truly multi-functional. These swaddles are so useful and handy in and around the home, nursery and nappy/changing bag.

fresk-swaddle-set-2-pc-120x120-cm-elefant-pink-no-boxSwaddling your baby in the first instance is so important to support them with the moro (startle) reflex which can be both surprising and distressing to such a tiny one. Joan Salter in The Incarnating Child recommends leaving their arms free to point upwards, so that their hands are near to their mouth. This is a more natural position for a newborn, than to have their arms down by their sides. Place them diagonally across the swaddle, then fold each side in turn, finally folding in the bottom of the swaddle around the baby in an extra layer of comfort.

fresk-swaddle-set-2-pc-120x120-cm-fox-blue-no-boxMuslins truly are a mother’s best friend. I had an airing cupboard shelf full of muslins, as I found that I was using several in just one day when my daughter was tiny!

They have so many uses, here are just a few:

  • great burping cloth
  • discreet breastfeeding
  • snuggle blanket
  • dribble catcher under baby’s chin when feeding
  • sunshade in car seat or pushchair
  • protection against wind in the pushchair or pram
  • impromptu bib as your little one gets older
  • lining the cot so you don’t have to change the whole bedding after your baby is sick

Made to the highest quality from pre-washed, 100% fine organic cotton, the swaddles are kind and gentle to delicate skin.

The smaller swaddles are 70 x 60cm and come in an attractive gift box. You may find these a better size for the changing bag.

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All the swaddles co-ordinate with the wonderfully soft and absorbent organic cotton bib and burp sets which make a perfect gift for your friends and family, and yourself!

The set comes in beautiful gift packaging and contains a bib and burp cloth to ensure that messes are kept to a minimum. When feeding, the bib is simply secured with snaps at the back and the burp cloth sits over your shoulder during winding and cuddles to protect your clothes from any little mishaps.

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Organic Toys? Certainly! These sweet organic baby buddy dolls are handmade in Egypt from natural organic cotton and filled with organic cotton off cuts from Under the Nile’s organic baby clothing range.

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Certified organic fabric makes it a safe comforter and teething toy, and the natural fibres make it nourishing to a baby’s senses.

Suitable from birth, with embroidered features and no small parts, this little friend makes a perfect present for a new-born or little one.

Or, if you prefer an adorable and cute elephant comforter there is just the one for you! Made from 100% organic Egyptian cotton inside and out and safe for little mouths.

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Perhaps your little one needs this cute cat comforter, or this bear buddy… choices, choices!

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What is so special about these baby buddies, is that they really do become best buddies – friends for life who share in the sleepy mumblings at nap time, and the chatty discussions about the dreams they just had in the morning… perfect!

 

Today is International World Pasta Day!

Pasta has long been a favourite dish for children and adults alike; highly nutritious and a great energy source, served either with a vegetable sauce or just with some cheese, it is a quick, simple, delicious meal that we all enjoy. With gluten, or without, there is a pasta for each of us. To celebrate the special occasion of today, we have taken a look at what each kind of pasta says about you** but we leave the pasta shapes and the Mie Noodles to your imagination – let us know what you come up with 😉

Spaghetti: Warm hearted

If spaghetti is your go to pasta, you are csm_mais-reis-spaghetti_minikuerbis_gemuese_01_117f7f64d9warm hearted. You gravitate towards the classic and never fail to help a friend out. Choosing spaghetti means you are sympathetic and kind. You are also open-minded and sensitive, and you always listen when someone needs you.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-spelt-spaghetti.html                 http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-spaghetti-gluten-free-pasta.html

Penne: Easy goingalb-gold-organic-emmer-penne

If  penne pasta floats your boat, you are easy going. You are relaxed and do not have an anxious bone in your body. Even-tempered and mellow, your day to day life may get hectic but you never let that get in the way of things you truly care about.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-emmer-penne.html

Rigatoni: Determined

csm_mais-reis-rigatoni_spinat_pilze_01_28a5780239If you like rigatoni, you are determined. Anything you set your mind to, you accomplish. There is no limit when it comes to what you can achieve. Your resolute outlook on life keeps you focused and gets you places.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-rigatoni-gluten-free-pasta.html

Farfalle (for us the Pantacce Tricolour): Energeticalb-gold-organic-pantacce-tricolore

If farfalle makes your heart soar like the butterflies they are shaped like, you are energetic. Doing nothing all day bores you. You have to get out and experience life! If you like farfalle, you are active, spirited, and have a bubbly personality.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-pantacce-tricolore.html

5. Gemelli: Creativealb-gold-organic-strozzapreti

If you are one with gemelli, you are creative. You have incredible original ideas and are artistic. You are innovative, original, and gifted. Choosers of gemelli are imaginative and resourceful.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-strozzapreti.html

6. Elbow: Generousalb-gold-organic-einkorn-drelli

If elbow pasta is the one that you want, you are generous. You consistently show kindness towards others. You are always thinking about how you can do more for your loved ones.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-einkorn-drelli.html

7. Rotini (Or in our case, Fusilli) : Fearlesscsm_buchweizen_mit_currysauce_02_cf54be97aa

If rotini is your one true love, you are fearless. You are bold, courageous, and brave. Your intrepid outlook on life allows you to live to the fullest. You are lionhearted and not afraid of anything.

Who knew! With this exciting new knowledge, you can enjoy choosing your pasta supper to match your mood!

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-fusilli-gluten-free-pasta.html            http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-wholegrain-spelt-fusilli.html  http://www.ulula.co.uk/seitz-organic-gluten-free-buckwheat-fusilli.html

** http://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/what-your-favorite-pasta-shape-says-about-you/

A Holle Weaning Harvest Festival

The nights are drawing in; the heating is back on, and what better way to feed our next generation than on a harvest feast of gluten free pumpkin and plums! Holle prides itself of making meals for babies which are easy and convenient for the parents, and nutritious and organic for the little ones.

Holle Organic holle-organic-pumpkin-with-rice-baby-foodPumpkin and Rice is an ideal combination of vegetable and a gluten free grain. The Holle Organic Pumpkin and Rice is ideal if, as can sometimes happen, your baby has developed a tendency to constipation after introducing root vegetables like carrots – switching to pumpkin as a weaning vegetable for your baby is usually recommended. http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-pumpkin-with-rice-baby-food.html

Holle Organic Pumpkin and Chicken – is a mild tasting chicken meal that appeals to babies during the later weaning stage one. Using chicken holle-organic-pumpkin-with-chicken-baby-foodfrom a new initiative in Germany which raises the male chicken to Demeter certified organic standards, this mild tasting Chicken meal is perfect for weaning. http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-pumpkin-potatoes-and-chicken-baby-food.html

Holle’s NEW organic baby porridge is a real gluten free treat for babies. Finely puréed pumpkiholle-organic-vegetable-porridge-pumpkin-rightn provides it with a delicious pumpkin aroma that, combined with maize and rice, creates a delicious meal. Easy to prepare using either breast milk, baby formula or just water for a delicious and wholesome porridge for your baby. http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-vegetable-porridge-pumpkin-maize-rice.html

Holle Organic Apple and Plum Baby Food is a smooth and fruity pudding for your bholle-organic-apple-and-plum-baby-foodaby, made with 81% biodynamically and organically grown fruit. Ideal for use in your baby’s porridges, on its own in the afternoon or as a snack when your baby feels hungry.   http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-apple-and-plum-baby-food.html

 

Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches

Premium Organic Baby Food Pouches  – Now Available in Thirteen Delicious Flavours to the Highest Organic Quality

Holle started planning their organic baby food pouches a while ago now and it’s been interesting watching their development. As with everything else they produce, the Holle nutritionist team were determined to develop a range of baby food pouches second to none in terms of quality and flavour. And everyone here at Ulula thinks they’ve managed just that.

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Thirteen Baby Food Pouches to Choose From

The Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches are certified organic as well as all being Demeter certified – they’re made with the highest quality biodynamically grown fruits and vegetables. And, they taste absolutely delicious. The baby food pouches contains fruit and vegetable puree specially chosen to blend well together and to be suitable from the earliest of weaning ages. Here’s a quick rundown of the available varieties and their recommended ‘from’ ages:

Every organic baby food pouch is, just as you would expect from Holle, guaranteed to be free from added sugars, artificial flavourings, preservatives, colourings and thickening agents. And, of course, all pouches are guaranteed free from genetically modified ingredients.

Baby Food on the Go

Being in a pouch, rather than the usual Holle jars, means taking your baby’s food out with you is now easier than ever. The Ulula taste testers told us that they preferred to take the baby food pouches when out shopping or visiting friends and relatives and to use the jars, especially the meat or vegetable varieties, when feeding baby at home. They told us how the baby food pouches were not just more convenient but saved them time.

Taste Tester Feedback

As well as loving the portability and convenience it’s fair to say that every Ulula taste tester that we asked to try them were bowled over by these Holle organic baby food pouches. They loved the large number of varieties available, their taste and texture as well as praising their quality in the highest terms. Here’s just a couple of comments:

My little one loved these baby food pouches so much that I can’t wait to be able to place an order. His big sister is also a fan so I better make sure I order plenty!

These pouches taste soooo good!!! The fruits taste really fresh and they go well together in every pouch. It’s great to be able to get such baby food in this high a quality – every variety is even Demeter certified. Keep up the good work Holle!

Different Multi-packs for Different Needs

The Holle organic baby food pouches can be given when first starting to wean your baby and beyond. For early weaners the pure Pear or Carrot pouches are ideal, then there are varieties suitable from six months and pouches from 8 months onwards. To make it easy to buy the pouches for the right weaning stages we’ve put together several age-based multi-packs – the Weaning Stage One multi-pack, the 6 Months plus multi-pack and the 8 months plus multi-pack. For those that want to truly mix and match as your baby gets older there’s a six pouch variety pack with a variety of flavours.

We’ve also included a five pouch gluten-free multi-pack for those parents that want or need to avoid gluten in their baby’s diet.

Because these pouches mix so well with the Holle baby porridges you can be very flexible in how you approach those first tentative weaning steps with your baby. Try mixing and matching with different porridge varieties for an all round nutritional approach.

So, the Holle organic baby food pouch are ideal from when starting to wean your baby and well beyond. Our taste testers certainly reported back how well received the pouches were also by their baby’s older siblings and, it has to be said, by the parents themselves! As your baby becomes a toddler they can, of course, still enjoy the benefits of top quality organic fruits with the Mogli smoothies for kids.

Save Money with Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches

Each Holle Organic Baby Food Pouch variety comes in 90g packs for £1.29 for a single pouch or as packs of three pouches for £3.55 – save 32 pence. Alternatively, every six pack is priced at £7.14 (or £1.19 per pouch), giving you a saving of 60 pence with every pack.

Since launching the Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches earlier this year they have become instant bestsellers here at Ulula – parents appreciate the variety, the tastes and the quality. Let us know which pouches are your baby’s favourites.

Gluten Free Baby Porridges from Holle – an Update

Gluten free baby porridges are an important choice for many parents starting to wean their baby. Holle baby food has always had a long history of producing an extensive range of porridges for babies, including a number of gluten free baby porridges for little ones of all ages. The Ulula Holle Weaning Starter Kit and Ulula’s Baby Weaning Starter Porridge Pack are lovely examples for babies and parents just starting out on their weaning journey together.

Gluten free baby porridges from Holle

Gluten free baby porridges from Holle

As you’d expect, Holle’s gluten free baby porridges are all certified organic and produced to the very highest standard. Wherever possible, the grains for the gluten free porridges, along with the rest of the Holle range, are grown to biodynamic farming standards and are Demeter certified.

Holle’s Gluten Free Baby Porridges- Some Temporary Changes

Natural, organically grown products are always subject to variations in the weather. In more difficult years, in which there is a lot of rain or it is extremely dry, the result can be that insufficient quantities of grain are available at the very highest quality standard demanded by Holle. As a result of the extremely poor harvest in 2013 Holle cannot presently offer millet gluten free baby porridge in its usual certified Demeter biodynamic quality, in addition to being organically certified. This is because there are ony limited quantities of the raw grain available due to the increased humidity that Holle’s farmers in the growing areas of Austria and Hungary faced during 2013.

In order to maintain a consistently available supply of gluten free baby porridges for your baby, Holle have decided to temporarily switch over to organically certified millet that is not also Demeter certified. They will also mix the former single grain gluten free baby porridges Millet and Millet Apple & Pear with a small proportion of organic wholegrain rice. See further below for more details.

A Comprehensive Range of Gluten Free Baby Porridges

As a result of these temporary changes Holle are still able to offer a comprehensive assortment of gluten free baby porridges in top quality organic standard. Of course, the labelling, packaging and product descriptions on the Ulula website for all the Holle gluten free baby porridges reflect these changes. We will also keep you informed as soon as future harvests allow for a sufficient quantity of biodynamically grown grains and the gluten free porridges are back as being Demeter certified, in addition to organic.

Gluten Free Baby Porridges – Holle’s Current Organic Range

The following provides a summary of the changes made to the current Holle organic gluten free baby porridge range. See individual product descriptions for more details.

Holle Organic Rice Baby Porridge

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified.

Holle Organic Millet Baby Porridge

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified;
  • Mixed with 25% organic wholegrain rice.

Holle Organic Millet Baby Porridge with Apple & Pear

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified;
  • Mixed with 22.5 % organic wholegrain rice.

Holle Organic Three Grain Baby Porridge

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified.

Please note that the rest of the Holle organic baby porridge range remains unchanged. The alternative milk cereal range also remains unchanged.