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Holle – make your own finger paints

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Making your own non-toxic, edible finger pains is simple with this quick, easy and inexpensive recipe using ingredients found in the kitchen. Give those little hands, feet and fingers free rein to enjoy being creative and having fun!

It’s so easy:

  • 5 tbsps of flour
  • 100ml of cold water
  • 1 tbsp salt (for shelf life)
  • To add colour try vegetable juices eg beetroot / carrot or spices eg turmeric (be careful, it can stain) or food colouring
  • Mix the ingredients together

Kept in the fridge, the paints should last up to 2 weeks.

When your little one is suffering with constipation

Constipation is bad enough when you are a grown up, but for little ones it can be miserable.

Constipation can occur for all sort of reasons; sometimes it is because of diet, some children have a sensitivity to foods and their bodies reaction is to experience a stool firming effect – constipation and for some little ones it is not what they eat but for example too little fluid intake. However it is common and in most cases, easily resolved.

How Holle can Help – when you are what you ‘Holle eat’!

Certain foods can have a stool firming effect, whilst others can have a stool loosening effect. If your little one becomes constipated avoid feeding constipating foods for a while or feed them only in small quantities.

Rice Porridge can have a firm stooling effect, in which case, you can happily swap to Holle Millet Porridge (gluten-free) or Rolled Oats Porridge which are both stool regulating.holle-organic-millet-porridge-with-rice

Carrots, bananas and raw apples can sometimes cause constipation in babies and complicate their digestion. Good alternatives are parsnips, pumpkins and cooked apple and pear.holle-pure-organic-pear-baby-food

As in all aspects of parenting, there is always an element of trusting your instincts – and those of your baby. If your little one refuses to eat a certain porridge, or fruit, or vegetable, they might well be instinctively self-selecting – telling you what they don’t need, and that may well help you find what they do need in order get themselves comfortable once again.

The beauty of Holle is that the company and their nutritionists, understand this completely – both scientifically and instinctively – and have produced a good selection of Demeter quality foods to support your little one’s needs. For a helpful and handy list of all the Holle Jars and their guide to introducing solid food take a look at the Holle Nutrition Guide.holle-demeter-baby-jar-nutrition-guide

How can I tell if my little one is constipated?
If your little one is straining to do a poo, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are constipated. When it comes to a baby’s bowel movements, there is often no normal number or schedule. Similar to adults, babies’ bowel movement patterns vary. Poo can also change in texture from day to day.

If you’re concerned that your baby may be constipated, look out for these signs:

• Crying and discomfort, irritability or pain before doing a poo
• Dry, hard, pellet-like poo that she has trouble passing
• Fewer than three bowel movements a week
• Foul-smelling wind and poo
• Loss of appetite
• A hard belly
• As odd as it sounds, very liquid poo can be also be sign of constipation. Liquid poo can slip past the blockage of hard poo in the lower intestine. If you see this, don’t assume it’s diarrhoea. It may be evidence of constipation.

What causes constipation?
There are several possible reasons why your baby may be constipated:

• Formula milk. A formula-fed baby is more prone to constipation because formula can be harder to digest than breastmilk, causing poo to be firm and bulky. A breastfed baby is unlikely to get constipated. Breastmilk produces poo that is almost always soft, even if a baby hasn’t done a poo for a few days.
• Introducing solids. Babies often become constipated when they start solids, as their bodies learn how to manage new foods. Low-fibre foods and not enough fluids also contribute to constipation.
• Dehydration. Your baby may be refusing milk because she’s teething, or is poorly with a cold; Your older baby may not be drinking enough milk or water with her solid foods. Whatever the reason – if your baby isn’t getting enough fluids, she may become dehydrated. This can cause dry, hard poo that is difficult to pass.
• A medical condition or illness. Occasionally, constipation can be a symptom of a food allergy, food poisoning, or a problem with the way the body absorbs food, known as a metabolic disorder.
• Worry – maybe about a big change such as moving house, starting nursery or the arrival of a new baby.
For more information and advice click here NHS

Babies who haven’t been weaned
If your baby is constipated but hasn’t started to eat solid foods, the first way to treat them is to give them extra hydration between their normal feeds. The Holle Nutritionists recommend for little ones’ the Baby Tea which contains the herbs fennel, aniseed, caraway and camomile, which together act effectively to relieve wind and support and encourage healthy digestion.holle-organic-baby-tea

The Tea can be taken either on its own, or if your little one is still drinking Milk, the Tea can be mixed in with your Holle Infant Formula by using 1/3 Holle Tea and 2/3 water. Do not use more water than recommended on the packet when you make up the bottle.

“Absolutely love this milk started my baby on it at one week old for a top up with my breast milk as I found it too hard to express breast milk! My baby girl took to it instantly and has had no negative side effects, although I found she was constipated (this is normal for breastfeed baby’s as they absorb all milk) although I did email ulula to ask if they had experienced anyone else having constipation, there customer services was incredible and suggested making the formula with 30ml of their kinda tea and they sent me some samples to try! Instantly this relived my baby’s colic and constipation! She LOVES the milk so much that TBH would chose the formula over the breast lol but she is happy with both! I would highly recommend both these products!” Vicki

“Hi, We we’re giving breast milk & bottle but now only give bottle milk & our 4month old was getting constipation. I read somewhere to give him a tsp. of juice which worked but I didn’t want to be giving him so much sugar all the time, I read a review on this website from the goats milk that said they use this tea. I ween him off the juice now & his poo it great. I use little tea pot & get three bottle from one tea bag. It works fine & saves me some money. Thanks Holle x” Charlotte

Constipation in children
Constipation is common in childhood, particularly when children are being potty trained. As well as infrequent or irregular bowel movements, a child with constipation may also have any of the following symptoms:

• loss of appetite
• a lack of energy
• being irritable, angry or unhappy
• foul-smelling wind and stools
• stomach pain and discomfort
• soiling their pants
• generally feeling unwell

If your child is constipated, they may find it painful to poo. This creates a vicious circle: the more it hurts, the more they hold back. The more constipated they get, the more it hurts. Even if pooing isn’t painful, once your child is really constipated, they will stop wanting to go to the toilet altogether. The Weleda Nappy Change Cream is a must for sore bottoms.cal_nappychangecream75mltubeen

Ways to help prevent and relieve constipation in babies and children:

• Make sure your baby/child has plenty to drink – this includes breastfeeding and formula milk feeds.
• You may want to try gently moving your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion or carefully massaging their tummy to help stimulate their bowels.baby_body-oil
• Once weaned successfully, give your child a variety of foods, including plenty of fruit and vegetables which are a good source of fibre.
• Encourage your child to be physically active – it really helps.
• Get your child into a routine of regularly sitting on the potty or toilet, after meals or before bed, and praise them whether or not they poo each time. This is particularly important for boys, who may forget about pooing once they are weeing standing up.
• Make sure your child can rest their feet flat on the floor or a step when they’re using the potty or toilet, to get them in a good position for pooing.
• Ask them to tell you if they feel worried about using the potty or toilet – some children don’t want to poo in certain situations, such as at nursery.
• Stay calm and reassuring, so that your child doesn’t see going to the toilet or mealtimes as a stressful situation. You want your child to see pooing as a normal part of life, not something to be ashamed of, and food and eating as their friend, not something that ultimately hurts them.

If your little one’s constipation is not getting better don’t struggle on alone; do please consult your GP or Health Visitor for support.

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 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.

Organic Babymuesli Porridge – New Recipe

In this final news item from the Organic and Natural Products exhibition in Olympia we can announce that the ever popular Holle Babymuesli baby cereal now has a new recipe. The base cereal for the porridge has changed to wholegrain semolina, while the raisins have been taken out altogether and replaced by banana, apple and raspberry.

Altogether these substantial recipe changes have made this a highly attractive baby porridge. Early taste tests were extremely favourable – the naturally sweet cereal was complemented by a tasty fruitiness that was very popular. Holle are definitely onto a winner.

Holle Organic Babymuesli porridge is quick to prepare, easy to digest and dairy free. As with all Holle’s baby porridges it can be prepared with breast milk, baby milk or formula, water or any other liquid.

We are sometimes asked if this baby porridge really is suitable for babies – it seems the name ‘muesli’ conjures up images of rather lumpy, chewy cereals, not the kind of food to be feeding babies in  the early stages of weaning. But yes, the Babymuesli is perfect for your little one – it is in powdered form and makes a very smooth, lump free baby porridge.

For older babies, toddler and even adults Holle Organic Baby Muesli Porridge can though make a nutritious snack when mixed with fresh fruit, yoghurt, raisins and nuts (after 12 months of age). Enjoy.

Given this recipe change has just been announced, we are very pleased to be in a position to offer it for sale immediately – try the Holle Organic Babymuesli now.

Eating Breakfast Together

After re-reading my article on our growing  range of organic breakfast cereals it struck me that breakfast is such an important meal in ways other than as a means of refueling the body.

I don’t know about your family but ours tends only to eat breakfast together at the weekends – and that seems such a shame. Busy Britain does not have time to eat breakfast like it used to. Breakfast is an ideal opportunity to spend time catching up, talking about the day ahead and generally socialising. Of course, time spent with children at the breakfast table is also an important opportunity for us to model the kind of behaviour at the meal table that we would like to see, as well as practising social skills.

For us, weekend breakfasts are such a treat – chatting over the cereals and other goodies can sometimes last for hours! We really must try and find a compromise on weekdays – it must be possible for at least some members of the same family to eat a bowl of breakfast cereals together while still being able to get ready to dash off to our different day time activities, whether work or school.

What are your experiences? How do you juggle the demands of time at breakfast time? Can you manage to sit together with your children at breakfast?