The amount of advice that will be directed towards you when you begin bottle feeding your baby can be overwhelming.
In this article we have compiled some of the top tips to keep bub healthy and happy when it comes to bottle-feeding.
It is imperative that before each and every feed you sterilise all feeding equipment, and remove all germs that could gather on your babies bottle and subsequently in their milk.
Bottles, teats, retaining rings and caps all need to be washed in clean, hot, soapy water, and sterilized using an electric steam sterilizer, or cold water solution until your baby is at least 1-year-old.
Teats or bottles that show cracks will need to be thrown out immediately.
NEVER GO AGAINST THE RECIPE
The preparation instructions on the side of the recipe clearly state the way you must prepare formula milk – it is important you do not change or go against the recipe.
Too much water may mean your baby isn’t getting enough nutrition, and vice versa; too little water will put your baby at risk of becoming dehydrated.
While family members or other mums you know may instruct you to add other things to your formula milk to fill your baby up or make them sleep better, nothing other than formula powder and water should go into the mixture.
DON’T KEEP FORMULA STORED IN BOTTLES TOO LONG
A warm formula bottle is the ideal condition for bacteria to grow, which is why the World Health Organisation suggests that any feed left in a bottle should be thrown out 2 hours after preparation.
DON’T PUT THE BABY TO SLEEP WITH A BOTTLE, OR LEAVE THEM TO FEED THEMSELVES
While it may seem convenient for some mothers to leave their baby holding their own bottle, or lay them down with a bottle, this must never be done under any circumstances.
Babies left unattended are at risk of choking, and if a baby is put to bed with a bottle and falls asleep, this only increases the choking hazard.
Also, letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle dripping into his or her mouth with cause milk to pool around the teeth, over time leading to decay of baby teeth.
AVOID MICROWAVING FORMULA
Never, we repeat NEVER, microwave a baby’s bottle
Heating in a microwave causes the contents to heat unevenly, thus producing “hot spots” in the milk which may be significantly warmer than the rest of the liquid and can burn your baby’s mouth.
It is important that if you are having trouble formula feeding your baby or have an concerns that you speak to your family GP or registered nurse immediately.
Nature’s Food World believes that “breast is best” when it comes to feeding babies. Our product is simply an Australian made alternative for mothers who cannot, or choose not to breast feed.
Baby Formula- Nourishment for your Baby
If the mother cannot breast feed the baby then the baby has to start weaning before he or she reaches the optimum age of one-year-old. Baby Formula works as the best supplement and provides all the nutrients necessary for the growth. The baby formula is derived from the cow’s milk and provides all the components elementary for the baby.
Breast milk is the best source after the child is born, but in cases where breast milk cannot be given baby formula can be the best substitute. Even if the baby is provided with the breast milk you can start using the baby formula once the baby is about six months old. Baby Formula is the best food once you start to give semi-solids to the baby.
Baby Formula is available in three different versions- it can be in the form of powder, concentrated liquid or it can be ready-to-feed liquid. Baby Formula is primarily focused on cow’s milk, but there are other special formulas available also, such as lactose-free and lactose-reduced for special babies who cannot digest lactose. Lactose is a natural carbohydrate found in milk. Few babies may also be allergic to cow’s milk protein and hence for them protein hydrolysate formula may be prescribed. This type of formula is also easier for babies to digest rather than the cow’s milk protein. If you want to stick to vegetarian food supplement then soy formula is an option.
Australian Baby Formula is the best in the market and supplies all the nutrients needed by the baby in the required quantity. There are a few Australian baby formula manufacturers in the market and you can use any and see if that is good or not. Trial and error method is the best to choose the best manufacturer.
You should visit your pediatrician before weaning your baby. Consult the doctor and take their advice on the type of baby formula to be used and in which manner. There are formula’s available for every age group. The choice depends upon the preferences and the nutritional status of your baby. You have to go through different brands and types to determine the best suitable for your baby. The best is take the advice of the concerned doctor.
Powdered Formula- Powdered Formula is the cheapest in the market. You need to measure the amount of water to be added to the powder. You can use the filtered water to add to the powder. You don’t need to heat the mixture just make it a little warm so that the powder is fully dissolved in the liquid.
Concentrated Liquid Formula- They are slightly more expensive then the powdered range but they are faster to prepare than powdered formula. You don’t have to go through the intense mixing process and thus saves a lot of time.
Liquid Formula- This type of formula is extremely convenient if you don’t want to spend time mixing since the water is already mixed in and saves a lot of trouble. They can be the most expensive variant.
No matter which type you choose, it should be the best for your baby. If the baby is having trouble while having the formula then kindly consult your doctor or change the brand or the variant.
It’s the last thing you want to think about.
You’re already overtired from partially sleepless nights, and then comes the added stress of the impending holiday season… Christmas is here!
Christmas with kids can be difficult enough; carting them from place to place, dealing with the “sugar highs” that they’ll often find themselves in from over indulging, and carting them back home again when they’ve crashed out early at the end of the night.
But Christmas with a newborn can take this stress to a whole other level – that’s if you let it get to you.
Below are a few tips for handling Christmas with a new born, on your own terms.
Yes, we know – that’s far easier said than done. But it is so important to try to remember.
When you’ve got a newborn, you are excused from wanting to battle the crowds just to keep your family happy with presents on Christmas Day.
When you turn up with your beautiful newborn bub, no one will judge you for deciding to take it easy on the celebrations when you’ve already got so much on your plate.
Release yourself of some of the typical Christmas “expectations” and you’ll find it’s far easier to stress less!
YOU MAKE THE RULES
You can guarantee a few things that will happen at your first Christmas with a newborn:
- Everyone will want to hold/cuddle him or her,
- You’ll be expected to travel all over the place as per usual
- You’ll have to feed – whether by breast or bottle – several times throughout the celebrations, and probably not when everyone else is eating
- Everyone will be trying to give you advice!
- You and your bub will both need a break
With regards to all of these things it’s important to remember that, while they will most likely occur, YOU are still in control of what happens.
Don’t want to pass your baby around like a pass-the-parcel? Then don’t.
Too hard to travel with bub this year? Stay at home.
Don’t want to upset bubs schedule by feeding at typical festive “feeding times”? Then don’t!
Not sure you prescribe to the advice your great Aunt or 3rd cousin is giving you about your baby? Then smile and nod, and leave it all at the door. Only you are the expert when it comes to your baby.
You or bub need a break from the chaos, noise, smells, sights? Then take one, unapologetically.
Christmas with a newborn doesn’t have to be as stressful as it sounds if you simply remember that stressing won’t make it easier for you or bub, and you are calling the shots when it comes to what you do and where you go.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, from the team at Nature’s Food World!
As the mother of a newborn, it can be worrying and unsettling when your baby is clearly experiencing discomfort, and you feel as though nothing you are doing can soothe them.
Colic is experienced by roughly one in five newborns, and though it has typically passed by the time the baby reaches four months of age, it can cause a great deal of distress for both mother and baby.
Fortunately, the signs of colic can be easily spotted, and therefore, you can begin to remedy the issue as soon as you sense it appearing in your bub.
SIGNS OF COLIC
In early infancy, colic can be generally characterised by attacks of inconsolable crying, with what appears to be abdominal pain, despite being well fed and cared for, clean, dry and wrapped.
Other signs that your baby could be experiencing significant distress because of colic are:
- Clenched fists
- Tensed abdominals
- A disturbed/broken sleep
- Crying attacks throughout feeding
- Wind while crying
WHAT CAUSES COLIC?
Although no definite cause of colic has been determined, the most common cause is believed to be indigestion.
A child can however be predisposed to developing colic at twice the rate of other newborns, if the mother smoked cigarettes whilst pregnant.
HOW CAN I HELP SOOTHE MY BABY’S COLIC?
When your baby can’t communicate with you what they are feeling, it can be difficult to know how to soother or ease their discomfort, however listed below are some of the most effective ways of calming a baby with colic:
- Swaddling/wrapping your baby well during crying attacks
- Using a dummy when they are irritated
- Feeding your baby in an upright position, rather than with them reclined
- Ensuring you have burped them adequately after feeding
- Feeding your baby less milk, more regularly
- Giving your baby a warm bath and a soft massage
- Calming your baby’s senses by comforting them in a darkened, quite place
- Keeping them moving, either by walking with a stroller, going for a drive or simply rocking them in your arms
SPEAK TO YOUR GP
It is important that if you are concerned about your baby’s symptoms and wish to get a clearer diagnosis or better understanding, you speak to your GP and request a physical exam, which will determine if there are any internal obstructions or abnormalities.
For parents of newborns, especially those experiencing parenthood for the first time, understanding how hungry or full your baby is can be daunting.
When your precious bundle of joy can’t verbalise how they are feeling, it can cause you, the new parent, significant stress.
Am I over or under feeding my child? Are they getting adequate nutrition? How can I tell what they are feeling?
If you’ve often got these questions running through your head, don’t panic, you are in the same position as many first time mothers, who just want to ensure they are doing everything they can to raise a healthy baby.
Just like you are with your own body, your baby is the best judge of their own fullness and hunger. We’ve compiled a few of the most common signs of fullness and hunger they will exhibit, to assist you in getting peace of mind when feeding your baby.
Fist sucking/lip smacking
Generally, this will be the first sign your baby will give to let you know that they are ready to be fed.
Sucking on their fist and smacking their lips is a distinctive hunger cue, as typically are any other gestures towards the mouth, and will give you a good indication that they are ready and willing to feed.
Opening mouth while feeding
When your baby is feeding and continues to open their mouth, you can simply translate this to, “more please!”
Similarly, if your child is trying to close their mouth while feeding, it is a good sign that they have had enough.
Smiling during feeding
Typically, this will only occur in babies older than 4 months, but the expression of happiness and interest during feeding is a good sign that they are hungry and will continue feeding for some time.
Waking up restless
Waking up restless, moving around excessively in their cot, and making gestures towards their mouth typically occur together, and are a good indication to you, the parent, that your baby has woken up ready for a feed.
Hunger is often the last sign your baby will give that they are hungry, and at this point it may be difficult to get them to feed, as they may have become too distressed to settle with the breast or bottle.
Making sure you are aware of the earlier hunger cues will make feeding time far easier for both yourself and your baby.
Turning away from breast or bottle
As do older children and adults when they have had enough to eat, babies tend to try and turn their heads away from the breast or bottle when they have reached a point of satiety.
Even if you think that your baby hasn’t had enough, typically this is a strong indicator they are full.
Feeding can often make your baby very drowsy, so should you notice they are drifting off to sleep during a feed, it is best to stop feeding and let them rest, as their little bodies are telling them they have received adequate food for the time being.
Disinterest in feeding
Should your baby become increasingly interested and aware of their surroundings, and less aware of the breast or bottle, they may be trying to tell you that have had enough.
As was stated above, once you have noted the fullness and hunger cues your baby displays, it is important to follow them, as your baby is the only one who can truly understand their level of hunger.
It is important to speak to your family GP if you are concerned about whether your child is getting adequate nutrition, or you have questions on the frequency or amount they should be eating at any stage throughout their development
If you’re a new mum who is having difficulty, cannot, or chooses not to breastfeed, one of the most difficult decisions you now face is choosing a formula that will provide your baby with adequate nutrient to fuel growth and development.
Knowing the essentials vitamins and minerals your baby needs through the stages of development will make the process of choosing a formula much easier.
To make it easier for new mums, we’ve compiled a guide to the top essential vitamins and minerals your baby needs, as well as explaining why they are so crucial to healthy development.
Iron is critical for your baby’s healthy brain development, which in turn is fundamental for the development of a healthy child in general.
Adequate amounts of calcium in your baby’s diet will ensure he or she achieves peak bone mass, and maintains a normal, healthy level of growth and development.
Babies and toddlers lacking in calcium can experience weakness and pain in limbs, weakened teeth and bones, and poor growth as a result of inadequate nutrition.
Our immune systems ensure that we are being constantly protected from everything from bacteria in the air, to the possibility of infection during wound healing, and when this system is weakened, your babies health could be significantly compromised.
Zinc is a powerful immune building mineral, and crucial in ensuring all round health for your newborn. Zinc also assists with the development of cognition in babies and toddlers.
Vitamin A promotes the growth of hair, nails and skin, by assisting to produce healthy cells and tissue necessary in their formation. Healthy skin and hair in turn assists in protecting the body from infection.
Vitamin A also plays a key role in the development of vision and bone growth.
The B vitamins work in conjunction with one another in our bodies to convert carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy for daily use.
Babies require these B vitamins in order to be able to metabolise food, but B vitamins also assist with the following:
- Enhancing immune and nervous systems
- Maintaining healthy skin
- Promoting growth of healthy cells
While iron is important for brain development it cannot do the job alone.
Vitamin C is important for your baby as it assists the body to break down and process the essential iron
As well as getting calcium to promote the development of healthy bones, babies also need adequate amounts of vitamin D to assist the body to absorb the calcium, making vitamin D crucial in their bone growth.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which protects the body’s cells against damaging free radicals, which can cause cancer, heart disease and cataracts in later life.
Adequate vitamin E consumption from a young age will mean your child is protected from a young age against potentially disease causing free radicals.
Correct amounts of vitamin K ensure that your baby’s body is clotting blood normally.
Low levels of vitamin K can lead to severe internal bleeding, often into the brain, which can lead to brain damage.
Ensuring your baby is getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals they need doesn’t have to be hard work.
Nature’s Food World Australian made baby formula and toddler milk drinks provide all of the vitamins and minerals essential to their healthy development, as well as many more!
Made with wholesome, nutrient-rich dairy from dairy farms throughout Victoria, Nature’s Food World has been making its mark on the Victoria market for some time now.
But now, it’s time for New South Wales mums to rejoice, because the 100% Australian made baby formula you’ve been asking for is now available in stores throughout NSW!
Nature’s Food World can now be purchased at the following SUPA IGA stores throughout Central and Western NSW, with more stockists to be announced shortly:
- Donges SUPA IGA Young
- Bernardi’s Marketplace SUPA IGA Blayney
- Bernardi’s Marketplace SUPA IGA West Wyalong
- Bernardi’s Marketplace SUPA IGA Forbes
- Bernardi’s Marketplace SUPA IGA Bathurst
- Ashcroft’s IGA Dubbo
- Ashcroft’s IGA Orange
- IGA Luddenham
If you’re a mum to a toddler or newborn in New South Wales, and you’ve been searching for an Australian made baby formula alternative – you’ve found it!
Should our range of high-quality, nutrient-dense baby formulas and toddler milk drinks not be available in your local IGA or SUPA IGA store, get in contact with us to request a new stockist.
Alternatively, you can purchase the whole range of Nature’s Food World baby formula and toddler milk drinks from the following links:
As adults, we appreciate the value of eating healthy foods that keep us feeling full and sustained between meals, and we know the importance of an unbroken and restful night’s sleep.
And while we know that both a good diet and a good night’s sleep is also imperative for a growing baby, when they can’t speak to us, it’s hard to guess how they are doing on both fronts.
However, with tangible evidence and anecdotes from Australian mum’s feeding their babies our Australian made baby formula, you can rest assured on Nature’s Food World, your baby will be getting the best of the best when it comes to sleep, and sustenance.
In our last blog we outlined the nutritional benefits of Nature’s Food World’s 100% Australian made baby formula, and how the vitamins and minerals will assist your baby in developing into a healthy and happy child.
But how do those benefits translate when it comes to our toughest critics; the Australian mums and bubs consuming our baby formula range?
KEEPS THEM FULLER FOR LONGER
Our nutrient-dense baby formulas and toddler milk drinks are packed with the essential vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs.
“Nature’s Food World fills her little tummy more, which has made it great for all of her feeds!”- Suzy, Victoria
A BETTER SLEEP FOR BOTH MUM AND BUB!
A fuller stomach, especially before night time feeds, is imperative to ensure a restful night’s sleep for both you and your baby, and a key component of filling their little tummies adequately is choosing a suitable formula.
“Your formula has been wonderful, especially for night feeds, as she – as well as mummy and daddy – are getting a longer night’s sleep!”
While our Australian made and owned baby formula and milk powders are wonderful for your child, Nature’s Food World acknowledges that when it comes to nutrition for babies and toddlers, breastfeeding is always best.
Our product is simply a high-quality, Australian-made alternative should you be unable to breastfeed, or choose to formula or mixed feed for your own personal reasons.
Ensuring your baby is well nourished in his or her early years is imperative to ensuring a healthy and happy life!
But as a mother who is unable or chooses not to breastfeed, it can be tough to find the right food for your baby; the best one to keep them sustained, nourished, and developing well during the crucial first stages of their life.
Nature’s Food World Australian made baby formula promotes healthy growth for your newborn, right through to toddler, by ensuring all ingredients we use are subjected to the highest level of scrutiny, and therefore guaranteeing the safest product is being consumed by your precious bundle of joy!
100% Australian Made
As our product is made on Australian dairy farms, it provides your child with Australian lactose, as well as Australian whey protein concentrate, an excellent source of protein in their early stages.
Being 100% Australian made – having earned our green kangaroo ‘Australian Made’ confirmation – means our baby formula is held in the highest regard globally for its high quality and nutritional benefits.
Complete & Balanced nutrition
Nature’s Food World baby formula is packed full of nutrients to promote the development of your baby, including the following essentials:
- Lineoleic acid and ARA – or Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- FOS and GOS – prebiotics promoting the growth of beneficial microflora
- Nucleotides – the building blocks for your baby’s DNA and RNA
- Taurine – essential for good liver function
- Inositol – essential nutrient for cells
- Biotin – helps break down protein, fat and carbohydrates for your baby to use as energy
- Essential and added vitamins and minerals
Promotes Healthy Growth
In progressing from the newborn to toddler stage, your baby is now becoming more active, more aware, and is developing faster; all of which require a higher level of nutrition.
Our specifically designed toddler formula accommodates all of their needs at this point in the growth phase, and incorporates the following essentials elements for healthy growth and development:
- L-carnitine – for improved energy and brain functioning
- Lutein – important in the development of vision and eye health
- Beta-carotene – provides overall protection through enhancing the immune system
- Choline – vital in the development of the brain and memory
If you have any questions regarding the suitability of Nature’s Food World Australian made baby formula for your newborn or toddler, do not hesitate to get in touch with us here through our website, on Facebook, or Instagram!
Nature’s Food World is quickly becoming one of the top choices for Australian mums who are searching for an Australian-made alternative to breastfeeding.
For mothers who cannot breastfeed, are mixed feeding or choose not to breastfeed, Nature’s Food World is providing a high-quality, nutrient rich alternative, made in Australia, from milk produced by Australian dairy farmers.
So what are new mums saying about Nature’s Food World?
“It’s such a great thing to be able to use, Australian made & owned milk formula for our little girl. She had reflux and difficulty in gaining weight and now thriving on mixed feeding with your formula. Thanks Nature’s food world.”
“Unable to breastfeed I started looking for formula alternatives, and was disappointed when I realised there were very few Australian-made formula choices available. Then I found Nature’s Food World! And I’m so glad I did! My son is healthy and happy and loving Nature’s Food World – and so am I!”
“I can’t speak highly enough of Nature’s Food World. My 18-month old is growing and developing wonderfully on the goodness of Australian dairy. I’m now getting ready for my second baby to arrive, and look forward to mixed feeding with Nature’s Food World again.”
Mums nationwide are seeing a multitude of benefits from feeding their newborns and toddlers Nature’s Food World. These benefits are not only in the form of feeding their children an Australian-made, trustworthy product, but in the nutritional benefits that come with consuming Australian dairy, at any age!
Read more about the benefits of Nature’s Food World here, or contact us for more information!