Baby Bellies – Our Food Values

Our Baby Bellies range is for babies from 7+ months (Tasty Textures) and 10+ months (More to Explore). Our products in this range are perfect for tiny tastebuds at the early stages of a life-long food discovery journey. Babies’ palates are clean slates, so like you, we think it’s important that we help to start things off on the right track by not using strong flavours or unnecessary ingredients. Our products in this range are simple, subtle and introduce new texture experiences.

Our Food Values

POSITIVELY GOOD

Certified organic nutritionally dense meals and better-for-you snacks.

 

NO NONSENSE

  • No artificial colours, flavours or additives.
  • No unnecessary sugar or salt.
  • No pseudo-confectionery.

 

AGE-APPROPRIATE

  • Just the right tastes, textures, formats and portions to support your child at this stage in their development / progression.

 

SPECIALIST SOURCED

  • Certified Organic ingredient suppliers and product manufacturers.
  • Highest level of quality control manufacturing processes and facilities.
  • Baby Grade ingredients. 

Our Baby Bellies Stance on Sugar and Salt

NO ADDED SUGAR

  • By this we don’t just mean no added cane sugar, we also mean we don’t add other free (also known as ‘simple’) sugars such as rice syrup, honey, concentrated fruit juices and maltodextrin.
  • Where flavour is required for our snack products, we simply use dried organic fruit powders which give a subtle hint of sweetness that the fruit provides.
    • We also use organic spices like Cinnamon to complement fruit flavours.
  • The fruit powder is made from whole organic fruits that have been dried and then powdered. That’s it – nothing else is added or taken away.

 

NO ADDED SALT

  • You won’t find added salt in any of our Baby Bellies recipes. Babies have a delicate digestion system and too much salt from sources other than natural foods like veggies and fruits, breast milk and/or formula may have the potential to affect baby’s kidneys function.1,2,3,4

 

REFERENCES

1. National Health and Medical Research Council (2013) Australian Dietary Guidelines. Canberra: www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n55

2. National Health and Medical Research Council (2012) Infant Feeding Guidelines: Summary. Canberra: www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n56b

3. Nutrition Australia (2009) Salt And Hypertension: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/frequently-asked-questions/salt-and-hypertension

4. WASH World Action on Salt and Health – Salt and Children. Queen Mary University of London: http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/salthealth/children/

TRANSPARENCY IN LABELLING: OVER AND ABOVE LABELLING REGULATIONS

  • Any sugars present in our Baby Bellies range of foods & snacks are only ever from the natural sugars.
  • You can always clearly find what is present in the ingredients we use in our recipe.
  • We’ve taken the extra step and have included an ‘added sugars’ line in our Nutrition Information Panels on the back of packs, where you can see our declaration of sugar we have added to the product.
    • If it says “0” then that is how much we have added.
    • This is NOT a legal requirement, but we want to be as transparent as possible when it comes to understanding our ingredients.
    • You’ll find the ‘Added Sugar’ line on our Nutrition Information is at 0 for Baby Bellies.

What Is Organic Baby Grade?

Not just organic. It’s our extra commitment to you that all our organic ingredients, recipes and suppliers have been specially screened and selected to ensure they are appropriate and safe for growing little bellies.

 

Our aim is to make the best possible foods for babies, toddlers and kids. To do this, we continually search the globe for capable and trusted manufacturers that can make baby snacks and toddler foods to the high specifications we require.

 

Our foods are made by our partners around the world who are experts in producing foods for babies and toddlers. Many of these suppliers are in Europe where there is strict food safety regulation on the production of foods for infants specifically. These requirements recognise that infants are more fragile than adults and as a result, our foods are developed not only with a baby’s growing needs in mind, but also to ensure they are safe, trusted and age appropriate. Therefore, the majority of our Baby Bellies and Little Bellies products meet the European Baby Grade Standards.

 

However, there is currently no globalbaby grade’ food standard. Therefore, we’ve chosen to go the extra mile and create our own policy to reflect the extra care we go to when creating our baby, infant and toddler foods and snacks. We refer to this as ‘Organic Baby Grade’. We’re so serious about this standard that we reference it on all of our packs as part of our Happy Bellies Pledge.

 

Our Organic Baby Grade standard covers two broad areas. All our products must be:

 

1)    Food safety first – safe for the intended age recommendation.  

 

2)    Appropriate and suitable for the intended age recommendation.  

 

 

SAFE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

Our foods are created by experts to ensure textures and formats are safe for our target age range.

 

ALWAYS CERTIFIED ORGANIC:

Baby Bellies and Little Bellies will always offer organic baby finger food and baby first foods and snacks. By choosing to give your baby organic baby food, you can be sure that you are giving them a great start in life. The foods we produce are made with carefully selected organic ingredients, grown naturally without the use of synthetic pesticides. Our Organic baby grade standard also ensures the lowest levels of potentially harmful toxins such as heavy metals.  

 

SPECIALLY SCREENED:

We will visit and review each and every single one of our suppliers before we agree to partner with them. We meet their team, discuss our requirements, learn from their expertise and take time to form meaningful and lasting relationships. They become a part of our wider team as we bring them on our Little Bellies journey with us.

 

AVOIDANCE OF ALLERGENS:

We strive to keep things as simple as possible. Babies and toddlers have more fragile and delicate systems, so we work with our suppliers to eliminate, or at least absolutely minimise the presence of any commonly-known allergens as much as possible throughout the entire manufacturing process. We recognise the diversity of dietary requirements and preferences, so we provide an array of baby snacks and toddler foods to cater to this.

 

TEXTURES AND FORMATS SAFE FOR THE TARGET AGE RANGE:

Our Baby Bellies Tasty Textures range for 7+ months offers baby first foods and snacks that melt easily in the mouth. They come in large shapes that encourage babies to suck and gnaw (as opposed to smaller, whole pieces that could be dangerous for little mouths).

 

Our Baby Bellies More to Explore range for 10+ months offers baby finger foods that all melt easily in the mouth for safe feeding, but are slightly smaller than the Tasty Textures range to reflect transition into the next developmental stage.

 

Our Little Bellies Toddlers in Training for 12+ months introduces toddler foods with crisp textures and shapes to encourage independent chewing and swallowing, and familiarise more adventurous flavours.

 

 

APPROPRIATE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

Food safety is one thing but making sure our foods are suitable and appropriate for the intended age-range is just as important.

 

APPROPRIATE INGREDIENTS: 

Our range of Baby Bellies and Little Bellies snacks and foods are not only made to meet nutritional targets appropriate for growing bellies but they are also made without the use of unnecessary ingredients. We will only use ingredients that you can recognise. We won’t bulk our foods out with starches, we never use any artificial ingredients and we won’t add refined sugars. We promise not to add salt as an ingredient. However, sometimes salt is present as a component of another ingredient that is necessary to our recipe.

 

For example, in our Little Bellies range for 12+ months, salt is a necessary ingredient to the cheese powder used in our Cheese & Herb Fiddlesticks.

 

In our Baby Bellies range for 7+ months, we do not add any salt as we are mindful that babies have a fragile system and too much salt from sources other than foods like veggies and fruits, breast milk and/or formula isn’t good for a babies delicate system.1,2,3,4

 

  • No pseudo-confectionery: Across our Baby Bellies finger foods, you won’t find any added sugar or salt. And we don’t just mean no added cane sugar, we also mean we don’t add other free (also known as ‘simple’) sugars such as rice syrup, honey, concentrated fruit juices and maltodextrin. Instead we simply use dried organic fruit and vegetable powders to flavour our snacks.

 

Across our Little Bellies range of snack foods, we only add sugar or salt only when we feel it is necessary and where a traditional recipe may require sugar or salt to ensure the right taste and texture. If we feel a little sugar is required, then we choose to only use fruit juices in place of cane sugar and keep to absolute minimal levels necessary.

 

  • Minimal ingredients: Every ingredient has a role. If it’s in there, it must be there for a reason, such as to provide flavour or function.
  • Wholesome ingredients: Our products are centred on plant-based ingredients such as organic wheat and corn flour, fruit and vegetable juices, dried fruit and vegetables and vegetable oils.
  • Light, simple and subtle flavours: Our baby snacks are subtle in flavour and low in sweetness because we understand that babies and toddlers’ palates are still developing and are not yet ready for intense flavours.
  • Sweet and savoury flavours: We are conscious to ensure we offer a broad range of flavours to include both sweet and savoury tastes to keep variety.

 

ALL OUR BABY AND TODDLER FOODS AND SNACKS ARE BAKED, NOT FRIED

 

 

PORTION CONTROLLED:

No super sizing or getting used to large snack sizes early on.

 

 

DESIGNED TO HELP SUPPORT NATURAL DEVELOPMENT & PROGRESSION:

We dedicate a lot of time and effort to considering the shapes and textures of our first foods, finger foods and baby snacks to make sure they can play a role in helping to support independent self-feeding and fine motor skill progression, such as pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination, chewing and swallowing. The Bellies range allows progression throughout a range of developmental milestones, introducing new and age-appropriate flavour experiences as each infant moves into a new range.

 

Our Baby Bellies Tasty Textures range for 7+ months introduces new texture experiences in large, soft shapes that little fingers can hold.

 

Our Baby Bellies More to Explore range for 10+ months offers smaller shapes and introduces new texture experiences to help promote independence.

 

Our Little Bellies Toddlers in Training for 12+ months brings more adventurous textures, shapes and flavours.

 

 

REFERENCES

1. National Health and Medical Research Council (2013) Australian Dietary Guidelines. Canberra: www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n55

2. National Health and Medical Research Council (2012) Infant Feeding Guidelines: Summary. Canberra: www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n56b

3. Nutrition Australia (2009) Salt And Hypertension: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/frequently-asked-questions/salt-and-hypertension

4. WASH World Action on Salt and Health – Salt and Children. Queen Mary University of London: http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/salthealth/children/

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