Category Archives: Weaning

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.

Holle organic baby food pouches

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.

Pure Fruit Baby Food

After our recent article on the launch of the Mogli pure fruit smoothies for kids I had an email from a customer asking about pure fruit baby food suitable to give a younger baby when first starting to wean.

The Holle pure fruit baby food jars have been popular with customers ever since they came on to the market. Since stocking Holle’s latest addition to the range (Holle Organic Apple & Banana) we were asked by many parents to put together a pure fruit baby food multi-pack with all three pure fruit jar varieties.

Pure fruit baby food by Holle

Organic pure fruit baby food by Holle

I love it when customers give us really good ideas for product combinations, so we’ve now put together the Holle Organic Finest Fruit Puddings pack. In the few weeks it’s been online it’s proving something of a best seller.

The Holle Organic Finest Fruit Puddings multi-pack contains the following individual jars:

These pure fruit baby food jars are popular when starting to wean because young babies need to get used to different tastes –  slowly and preferably with as few ingredients as possible. Give to your baby just as the puree comes or mix with one of Holle’s baby porridges. Or why not give as a dessert after your baby’s vegetable puree.

Whatever age your baby is they’ll love these purees – they’re full of pure fruit goodness, certified organic, gluten free, dairy free and, of course, with no added sugars. In fact, just pure, top quality fruit.

Most importantly, these Holle pure fruit baby food jars taste absolutely gorgeous – but don’t take my word for it, try them yourself and let us know what you think. And, of course, if you have any ideas for product combinations you’d like to see on the Ulula website, please just get in touch and let me know your thoughts.

Organic Smoothies for Kids

EXLUSIVE TO ULULA
Organic Smoothies for Kids – Pure Fruit Goodness

Pure fruit organic smoothies for kids by our friends at Mogli. Delicious fruit snacks with a full flavour and nothing artificial added.

These recently launched organic smoothies for kids got a huge thumbs up with the Ulula taste testers. Thanks to Mogli quality standards these little pockets of fruit are ideal when out and about as a quick and convenient snack that you know is full of goodness.

Using just pure fruit every Mogli smoothie is guaranteed free from artificial flavours, thickening agents, colourings and preservatives – and they’re certified to the highest organic and Demeter/biodynamic standards – just as you’d expect from Mogli.

Organic Smoothies for kids

Organic smoothies for kids from Mogli – premium quality pure fruit goodness for your little one.

Mogli organic smoothies for kids come in four yummy flavours, with each pouch packing a powerful fruit punch provided by a blend of three fruits:

When we asked our tasters to try out these new Mogli smoothies with their toddlers and young children we were blown away by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. Here’s just three of the comments we received:

These Mogli organic smoothies for kids are delicious. They come in a smooth puree and a good sized portion. My little one loved all four flavours which really surprised me but when I tried them myself I could understand why.

My son is usually a bit fussy with fruit but he loved these smoothies.

Thanks for the offer of trying the Mogli smoothies for kids. They went down a real treat with our son (and the rest of the family!) We’ll definitely be buying them and that price and quality we think you’re getting good value for money.

Damia is the company behind Mogli and these organic smoothies for kids. It’s a relative newcomer to the market and has an ethos that puts children at the centre of everything they do. Damia believe, just as we at Ulula do, that children in particular deserve good, natural food, and this is just what they are striving to achieve. As well as encouraging kids’ taste for real food the company aims to only supply nutritious food that has been produced in partnership with experts – every product  has been approved by independent nutritionists as well as a parent’s panel and children’s jury. And that includes these organic smoothies for kids.

The Mogli range of organic smoothies for kids is exclusive to Ulula in the UK and, given the high quality of the fruit, provide a unique drink for slightly older babies and toddlers. Each flavour is available in packs of three 100g pouches for £3.55 or we are offering all four flavours in one multi-pack for just £4.40.

Try the Mogli pure fruit smoothies for kids and let us know what YOU think.

Holle Organic Baby Weaning Oil – Replacing Lost Nutrients at a Vital Time in a Baby’s Development

Holle organic baby weaning oil

Holle organic baby weaning oil

Every now and then there comes along a baby weaning idea that makes you ask, “why on earth hasn’t this been done before?” The new Holle Organic Baby Weaning Oil is one such idea. Read on to find out why this unique weaning supplement will change how you think about weaning your baby.

When a young baby is fed exclusively on either breast milk or a baby milk formula, concerned mums and dads can be assured their precious baby is getting all the nutrients necessary to thrive. But when weaning starts and the amount of nutrients taken in through milk decreases, there can be a period when your baby’s body doesn’t get all the energy and other vital nutrients needed for optimum growth and development. This is where the Holle organic weaning oil comes in. With this unique oil you can supplement your baby’s diet through the transition to family meals and replace some of the very specific nutritional benefits of breast milk and baby milks lost during this process.

Providing Your Baby with a Balanced Weaning Diet

Other supplements start from the premise of isolating and then artificially producing specific nutrients found in a given food. These artificial nutrients are then added by some manufacturers to their baby foods – giving you no real choice. Holle, on the other hand, takes a more natural and holistic approach. Holle rightly recognises that individual nutrient chemicals cannot simply be removed from the foods in which they occur and still retain the same overall nutritional effects. The baby weaning oil concept, therefore, provides a special blend of organic oils, an actual foodstuff, which allows you to supplement your baby’s diet with much needed nutrients while still using the full nutritional value of their sources – three very nutritionally valuable plant oils. And you remain in control of your baby’s diet.

From the age when your baby is ready for solid foods, organic baby weaning oil becomes an important part of a balanced diet. It is an excellent source of energy; the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6; and other nutrients. This is why Holle recommends adding 1-2 teaspoons of baby weaning oil to milk-free meals such vegetable, potato and meat based meals as well as porridges made with water. Holle also recommends adding the weaning oil to its porridges and jars.

A Uniquely Natural Blend to Help Your Baby Thrive

The mixture of high quality rape and sunflower oils in the Holle baby weaning oil results in an ideal ratio for infants of the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. Essential fats, and the other fats they are converted to in the body, have a wide range of functions in humans. They are vital for the structure of cell membranes making them flexible and able to allow nutrients into, and toxins out of, cells so body processes can function correctly. They also play a role in cardiovascular health, immunity, and nervous – system functions. The omega oils are especially important for a developing baby’s brain and nervous system.

As well as rape and sunflower, the weaning oil also contains 5% hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is not only rich in polyunsaturates, it is almost unique in nature in that it contains a special fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid. One of the few other foods in which gamma linolenic acid is also to be found is breast milk and it is especially important for the skin, providing your baby with an effective protective barrier. Gamma linolenic acid also has an anti-inflammatory effect and it is especially helpful for children with eczema as they don’t have the necessary enzyme that changes other fatty acids into gamma linolenic acid.

Pure, Organic and Cold Pressed – A Recipe for Success

Here are a few more details about each of the oils used by Holle, and why they were specifically chosen for their baby weaning oil:

Rapeseed Oil (Certified biodynamic/Demeter)

Rapeseed oil is produced by pressing rape seeds. Over 90% of rapeseed oil is made up of polyunsaturates and therefore contains more than most other oils. Additionally, rapeseed oil contains lots of vitamin E and carotenoids. Nutritionally, rapeseed is a very valuable oil.

Sunflower Oil (Certified biodynamic/Demeter)

This vegetable oil, with its light yellow colour and its mild taste, is made from pressing the seeds of the sunflower and is very suitable for a developing child’s diet. Sunflower oil contains lots of vitamin E and is specially selected for the weaning oil as it produces an ideal, baby friendly ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids when combined with rapeseed oil.

Hemp Oil (Certified biodynamic/Demeter)

Because of the gentle cold pressing process used in producing the Holle baby weaning oil, all the precious, essential fatty acids and the naturally nutty taste of the oil are preserved. One special component of hemp oil is the rare gamma linolenic acid, making it unique amongst edible oils. Hemp oil, which is made from the pressing of hemp seeds, is guaranteed to be free from the potentially intoxicating effects present in chemicals found elsewhere in the seed’s structure and poses no health risk, in fact just the reverse.

By the way, it is extremely unusual to get all three of these oils in certified biodynamic, or Demeter, quality. Biodynamic produce is the highest form of organic and it is partly because Holle have insisted its weaning oil is of such high quality that it has taken over two years to research, develop and bring it on to the market.

Premium Quality Organic oils –
Because Only the Best Is Good Enough for Your Baby

Holle recommends adding only cold pressed and non-refined oils to your baby’s meals, for several very good reasons:

  • In the warm pressing process, seeds are heated up before they are pressed, so as to extract as much oil as possible from them. This heat however, destroys valuable nutrients.
  • With conventionally grown, that is, non-organic seeds, refining is necessary to clean the oil. This way any residues of pesticides or solvents are largely eliminated – but so too are many vital nutrients.

Cold pressing on the other hand, is a much more gentle process with less oil yield but with a far higher oil quality. Important nutrients are preserved by cold pressing the seeds. Only oils that are cold pressed and without further refinement can be declared as cold pressed on a food’s label.

With the Holle organic baby weaning oil, the risk of pesticide residues that are found in other, non-organic, oils are fully eliminated. This is guaranteed through organically farming the raw seeds and the consequent strict pollutant controls that are in place.

The use of cold pressed and non-refined oils for preparing your baby’s food is, therefore, completely safe. In fact, through cold pressing, more vitamins and other nutrients, natural colours and the natural taste of the oils are preserved.

How to Use the Holle Baby Weaning Oil

I have written in some detail about the weaning oil and I hope you will see why I think this is such an exciting development in how we think about weaning our little babies. Part of the beauty of the oil is that it doesn’t require you to greatly change what you are doing now or have done before when introducing solids to your baby.

Simply stir one to two teaspoonfuls of the oil into your baby’s existing meals and you are already helping to give him or her that extra nutritional boost during this time of enormous change and development. And all completely naturally.

To ensure your baby gets the optimum nutrients Holle recommends the following amounts to be added to each 200g of food:

  • Vegetable or vegetable and meat based meals: 2 tsp;
  • Fruit based meals: 1 tsp;
  • Milk-free porridge meals: 1 tsp.

The weaning oil can, of course, be used with your own homemade weaning recipes as well as with Holle’s own ranges of milk free baby porridges and their fruit jars, vegetable jars and meat based jars. And if you are just starting out on the weaning journey with your baby and are preparing much smaller amounts, simply adjust the amount of oil you stir in proportionately. Experience shows me that one bottle of 250ml goes a long way.

Premium Quality at Everyday Prices

Holle has managed to keep the price of its weaning oil down at a very low level, meaning we can sell it for just £4.50 per bottle. I find this especially surprising in view of the lower yield involved in cold pressing the seeds and the oil’s unique biodynamic quality. When I asked Holle, they were clear about their reasoning to keep the oil at such a low price level. Because this supplement is for use at a time when most babies are vulnerable to missing out on vital nutrients, Holle took the decision not to make their oil an exclusive product. By pricing the weaning oil low, all babies are able to benefit from its nutritional qualities.

So, as your precious baby begins the transition from an all milk diet to joining in with your family meals, make sure he or she doesn’t miss out nutritionally. The Holle organic baby weaning oil is a natural supplement that will ensure your baby gets all the energy and other vital nutrients needed for optimum growth and development. Your baby will positively thrive.

Organic Pasta for Babies and Children – Now Available

Animal shape pasta for babies and kids

Animal shaped pasta for babies and kids

I am really pleased to announce the arrival on the Ulula website of our organic pasta for babies and children. If you’ve not seen them already, take a look and see why I’m so excited.

Pasta is always a children’s favourite and these three fun pasta shapes are ideal for slightly older babies and children of all ages. Pasta is highly nutritious and a great energy source for your growing baby or child. From 8 to 10 months your baby usually needs more lumpy food and this lovely shaped organic pasta will help to encourage chewing and introduce variety.

In Search of the Best Pasta for Babies and Children

I spent a long time searching for a pasta that I would be happy to sell to discerning mums and dads. I wanted a pasta small enough for young babies’ mouths; that kids would enjoy eating because they easily recognise the varied shapes; and that is made from the highest quality ingredients by a company that really cares about both food and the environment.

These new pastas come from Alb Gold, a traditional family-owned company with a proven organic background and who take great care in not only choosing their raw ingredients but also how each pasta is made. As usual with the food I stock on Ulula, you are guaranteed that you will only be feeding your baby food that has not been grown with the use of artificial pesticides or fertilisers and which has no artificial preservatives, colourings or any other chemical nasty. I only stock those foods that I am happy to feed to my own family.

Tested by Babies – Approved by Mums

And so, how do these pastas for babies measure up? As usual, we asked family and friends to taste test these pasta shapes with their babies and children. Without exception the feedback was great – a particular favourite with the youngest children were the farm animal pasta shapes, while older children loved the roaring safari animal pasta shapes and the dinosaur pasta shapes. A definite winner with babies, children and mums and dads alike.

Mums and dads told us how their little ones ‘loved the animal shapes’, ‘had fun making all sorts of animal noises’ and several commented how ‘having such fun at meal times encouraged him to eat everything in his bowl.’

These delightful pasta animals are specially developed for babies and children and, as such, are small enough for your baby’s mouth – so no choking on adult sized pasta. And every animal piece keeps its shape even after cooking – which makes it great fun to eat as your baby spots the animals he or she knows.

Pasta for Babies and Children – Now Available

Each of the pastas for babies and children is available as single packets as well as in multi-packs of three. There is even a multi-pack with one packet of each pasta shape, which is aleady proving very popular. And, with 10 portions per pack they really are excellent value!

So, take a look at the new organic pasta for babies and children range and tell us what you think.

Feeding Baby Organic Food Reduces Pesticide Risks Later

It seems that hardly a month goes by without more evidence that the chemical nasties sprayed on our food in so-called ‘conventional farming’  are bad for the health of our babies and growing children. The importance of feeding babies a largely organic diet cannot be overstated. For more about the latest study and how to protect your baby, read on…

Last month’s edition of the internationally respected journal ‘Pediatrics’ carried an article suggesting that even low levels of  chemical pesticides are associated with an increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Researchers at the University of Montreal and Harvard University looked for organophosphate pesticide metabolites, an indicator of pesticide exposure, in the urine of 1,139 kids ages 8 to 15 and found that close to 95 percent had at least one of these chemical byproducts in their system. Those with the highest levels were 93 percent more likely to have received an ADHD diagnosis than children with none in their system. Those with above-average levels of the most common organophosphate byproduct – they made up a third of the whole group – were more than twice as likely as the rest to have ADHD.

Even Low Levels of Pesticides are Harmful

“This is not a small effect,” says study co-author Maryse Bouchard, a researcher in the University of Montreal’s environmental and occupational health department, “and it is certainly cause for concern.” She adds that while prior research has proved that high levels of organophosphate exposure can have negative impacts on children’s behavior and cognitive function, in this study “we are talking about very low levels of exposure . . . levels that were believed previously to be safe and harmless but which are now associated with a serious health risk.” She points out that most pesticide exposure today comes through food, particularly conventional fruits and vegetables.

Reducing Pesticide Intake in Babies

So what can concerned mums do to protect their precious babies? You’d be hard-pressed to find an expert who doesn’t advise that people, especially pregnant women and small children, reduce their pesticide intake as much as possible.

The top recommendation is to eat an entirely fresh organic diet, which has been shown to significantly lower children’s pesticide exposure levels. For many that is not reasonable or possible as there just isn’t the variety of foods always available that you would like to feed to your baby.

It also helps to carefully wash and scrub all your fruits and vegetables thoroughly in cold water. But be aware that you can’t scrub away all the risks because most pesticides don’t wash off, and seep into the produce itself.

A more practical answer for many parents is to avoid fresh non-organic foods that have the highest risks because of the large amount of pesticides used on them and the porous nature of their skins in retaining pesticides. See an earlier article on Weaning Your Baby With Organic Food – Pesticides in Fruit and Vegetables for more information. The list provided there gives us useful guide if we are serious about feeding our babies a safe and wholesome diet.

Of course, you want your baby to grow up enjoying a varied diet and so, whilst avoiding the non-organic fruits and vegetables that pose the highest pesticide risk, why not top up mealtimes with some guaranteed pesticide free baby foods?

Pesticide Free Baby Food

Many parents tell me that the large variety of Holle baby jars perfectly complemented by their huge range of organic baby porridges, alongside the homemade food that mum makes from locally bought fruit and vegetables makes the ideal combination. This mix and match approach will help you avoid pesticides while giving your baby the nutritional variety he or she needs.

Share your experiences with other parents. How do you make sure you avoid feeding your baby a cocktail of chemical nasties?