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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

 

Celebrating Michaelmas Together

Michaelmas is the festival which really celebrates Autumn and allows us to revel in the darker nights and cooler days without a sadness for the Summer passed. The light is lower, and shadows longer, and we start to look inward to our own inner strength and reserves – like a flower we opened up to the sun during the summer, and now we can fold our petals in and take strength and sustenance from the world under our feet.

Michaelmas is named after Saint Michael, one of the four archangels, the angel who threw Lucifer out of Heaven. He is the Angel of courage and the Angel of the fight against evil, often depicted fighting off fearsome dragons! The festival of Michaelmas is the moment when we can take the light and love that has warmed us through the summer months into ourselves to feed us as we enter the colder, darker months of autumn and winter.

Our favourite Michaelmas Story comes from the very wonderful Tiptoes Lightly “The Festival of the Stones”. http://www.tiptoes-lightly.net/ Here is a little extract:

“But the dragon never forgot, and never quite gave up. He remembers his beauty from long ago, and rises out of the earth in early summer to fly high in the air. Then, as summer ends, a shower of shooting stars beats the dragon back into the earth with swords of heavenly iron”

As we were growing up, we always enjoyed the meteor shower of shooting stars in late August in the night sky, and used to weave a story as to why they are showering down on us at this time of year…  and in later years, Michaelmas had become a time in the year which we rather dreaded – it all felt rather heavy and fearsome, but finding Tiptoes with our children allowed us see the beauty of the date, the 29th September. It is a very special day!

Our Michaelmas Autumn Hedgerow Dragon

Our Michaelmas Autumn Hedgerow Dragon

Making dragon bread is always a wonderful family activity, or making dragon’s from conkers is great fun too!

To bring the light of St Michael into our homes, we can light a new candle at the supper table. Always a favourite activity at Kindi was to make a candle each using strips of wax wound around the candle to become the dragon, and as the candle burns, the flame slowly conquers the dragon until he is banished completely!

As you light your Michaelmas candle this year, perhaps you will have the dinosaur pasta on your little ones’ plates, so that they can be St. Michael fearlessly fighting dragons, just like Jeremy Mouse in the Tiptoes Story. http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-pasta-for-babies-and-kids-dinosaur-shapes.html

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.

Organic Finger Foods – A Junk Free Concept?

At Ulula we believe finger foods and snacks for weaning babies should be not just tasty and fun but also healthy, wholesome treats that help children develop a taste for and love of good food.

It goes without saying that parents play a vital role in educating their children, and that in the first years before a child starts ‘formal education’ much of their learning for their life ahead has already taken place. Nowhere is this probably more true than with our childrens attitudes towards food. Babies learn what good food is only if we feed them good food.

On a recent shopping expedition Roger and I were amazed to see a baby that could not have been older than nine months being fed what looked like a bag of crisps. When we looked closer we could see that what the baby was eating were not crisps as such but rather a pack of  ‘finger foods for babies’. We were so shocked that we went out and bought ourselves several packets from the nearest branch of a well known high street chemist chain to investigate further.

Looking closer at the packets we bought we could see that the ingredients in these crisp-like baby snacks were actually not too bad at all – they were organic and there certainly was no junk.

However, the actual snacks themselves looked just like certain well known crisps varieties and were in packaging that can only be described as looking like crisp packets. They even tasted like milder versions of crisp varieties.

Is this really what we want to be feeding our young babies when they are weaning? Britain already eats more than half of all the crisps and similar savoury snacks eaten in the whole of Europe and is set by the year 2020 for a fifth of all boys and a third of all girls to be clinically obese. We are not saying that these weaning snacks for babies are to blame for this, but we must question whether encouraging our children to eat such things at such an early time in their life really educates them as to what is really good, wholesome food.

The ingredients in these crisps for babies may not contain junk – but this is certainly a junk concept.

Of course, Ulula sells organic finger foods and snacks for babies and growing children (both sweet and savoury), that we source from hand picked companies that we believe take the care to make products that are not only tasty but also wholesome. There are also other companies out there that also sell good quality finger foods and snacks for babies. I guess, the challenge for us as parents is how to choose snacks and treats for our babies that will help them develop a taste for good food that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

What are your experiences of feeding your baby finger foods and snacks? What useful hints can you share with other parents?