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Organic is the name of the game these days – especially for babies!

Posted on 28 July 2016 by Admin

We modern parents are pretty savvy customers. Thanks to our friend Google – and plentiful advice from friends and knowledgeable strangers on Twitter and Facebook – we pretty much know what’s what in the world of babies.

What to do about a fever? Check. Best place to snag bargain baby clothes in the sales? Check. You name it, and if it relates to our kids, we probably know about it.

Which goes some way to explaining the phenomenal popularity of organic baby food here in the UK. According to Brandwatch, British parents spend more than £600 million on baby food and milk annually – and nearly 60% of the baby food market is spent on organic baby foods. Only 3% of the milks market is organic, and that’s just us!

Parents tell us that it’s because they trust organic to be the safest, purest choice for their babies, and we couldn’t agree more! In fact, we’ve been saying exactly the same thing for 60 years – ever since Georg Hipp took what was then the very unusual step of converting his family farm in Bavaria to organic farming practices.

Just like any other family, we want our children and grandchildren to grow up happy and healthy in a world that’s worth living in. That’s why we’ve always been dedicated to sustainability – protecting nature, truly caring more about the environment and keeping our farmland rich and nutritious for the future. 

Our partner farms grow only the best varieties of organic produce for babies – hand-selected for their optimum nutrition and low acid content - and we regularly inspect each farm to make sure they meet our own strict organic standards (which are often even tougher than the EU standard required by law!)

Yes, other baby food brands might think we’re a bit mad to take such painstaking care with our ingredients – but we don’t mind. (Lots of people doubted Georg Hipp at the time, too, but that didn’t stop him! And 2 generations later our philosophy is unchanged.)

After all, we’ve been pioneers in the organic movement since 1956 for one simple reason: we truly believe that organic is the best possible option for our children, and our planet.

 

Why do you choose organic for your baby? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page or Twitter feed! Use the hashtag #hipporganicbabies so we can find your post.

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Five things you probably didn’t know about HiPP

Posted on 18 July 2016 by Lindsay


 

Here at HiPP, we create some pretty amazing organic products for babies. But did you know how much more we do? Here are five things you probably didn’t know:

1.  We have a pet falcon. Well, not so much a pet, really – the beautiful peregrine falcon who resides at our German head office & factory is more of an employee, in charge of pigeon control. We think he does a wonderful job! 

2. We’re landlords to lots of wildlife. We go to great lengths to create welcoming homes for a huge variety of creatures, from bird and bat nesting boxes to insect hotels to lizard houses. Many of these tiny tenants return the favour by ridding our crops of lots of insect pests – and they help keep the local ecosystem nicely balanced, too.

Strategies that work particularly well on our model farm get shared with our 8,000 partner farms, so they can take advantage of our research to improve their methods.

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3. We plant non-food crops, too. Of course, it takes lots of land to grow enough fruit and veg to make all our delicius HiPP foods – but we make sure to set aside areas on each farm for growing other types of plants as well. Native wildflowers and grasses provide the perfect habitat for local wildlife, and our farmers often sow “green manure” crops which are then plowed back into the soil to increase its fertility. We even select an annual “Tree of the Year” to plant in our growing woodland at HiPP HQ, and a German campaign we led several years ago led to the planting of around 5,000 more trees in deforested areas.

 

4. We have our own Alpine spring. After going to such great lengths to avoid chemical pesticides and pollutants in our farming, we wanted to make sure the water we use to cook those delicious fruits and veggies was just as clean – so we dug a well. And this is not your average well –  the Georg HippSpring draws pure, natural Alpine water from more than 150 metres below our production facility in Germany. The water from our well is incredibly clean – which makes it perfect to use in cooking our baby food. 


5. We teach fish to climb. This isn’t as crazy as it sounds! A lot of the electricity we use comes from renewable sources, one of which is hydropower. Because hydropower plants work by changing the flow of rivers, migrating fish may find it difficult or impossible to pass. The solution is to install “fish ladders” - a series of linked pools that the fish can use to climb past the power plant.

Did any of these surprise you? Let us know in the comments section below! Or visit www.hipp.co.uk to learn more.

 

 

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Holiday tastes for the littlest ones

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Lindsay

Christmas is a time of joy, of course, but if you're in the middle of weaning your baby right now, you might be forgiven for also feeling a tiny bit unlucky – after all, it's not the easiest thing to be pureeing organic pumpkin whilst simultaneously preparing turkey and trimmings for twelve.

But fear not, wise parent:  Christmas is actually the perfect time to add some amazing flavours to your baby's repertoire. (And if you're way too busy for the food processor right now, that's okay – we're here to help!)

Taste matters – now and for the future!

Flavour is definitely important – in fact, it's one of the key parts of weaning, and it's something to keep in mind from the very beginning.

Here's why. Your baby is born with a taste for sweet, high-fat foods – not coincidentally, like breast milk – because they provide lots of energy for that growing little body. Young babies also tend to be wary of bitter tastes initially, which is probably a protective instinct to keep them from putting mouldy or poisonous things in their mouths. (Clever little sprouts!)

When weaning time comes around, though, it’s a golden opportunity to expand your baby’s taste horizons. At around 6 months, babies tend to be more open to new tastes and textures than they may be later on – and several studies have found that introducing stronger flavours early on has a direct effect on babies’ food preferences later in life, as well as their tendency toward fussy eating habits.

In short, if you want a toddler who noshes happily on broccoli or loves a mild curry, it’s best to introduce them to plenty of exciting flavours from the start. Of course, these new tastes are a bit of a shock at first – keep the camera handy, as the faces they make are often priceless! But if your baby refuses a new food that’s nutritious, keep trying.  Babies are more likely to accept a new taste the more they are exposed to it – and a bit of enthusiasm and praise from Mum and Dad will often help the spinach (or swede, or parsnip) go down.

Don't skip the lumps

Texture is important, too: one study of nearly 8,000 children showed that if babies were introduced to lumpy foods before nine months of age, they ate significantly more food groups at age 7 (including a whopping 10 kinds of fruits and veggies). And those lumps and bumps also help your baby develop the mouth and tongue muscles that will soon come in handy for talking!

Of course, nothing you do can guarantee your baby will skip the dreaded picky-eating stage, and most toddlers do end up with a few ‘difficult’ foods during this time. But offering plenty of variety early on is your best bet – and it will help set your baby up for a lifetime of healthy, happy eating to come.

Holiday tastes for your baby to try – and a few to avoid

At this time of year, most of us have foods in the house that don't get a look in the rest of the year – and that's a shame! Many of them are perfect for your baby to taste as well. Here are a few:

Brussels sprouts: If you're roasting or steaming some sprouts for the adults, try pureeing or fork-mashing a few for your baby, too. Brussels sprouts and other brassica vegetables are ultra-healthy, so giving your little one a taste for them now is a move that will definitely pay off down the road!

Turkey: Mild and full of protein, turkey makes great baby food. Older babies can hold and gnaw on larger bits, and even the littlest ones can taste some breast meat, maybe pureed with a bit of breast or formula milk (and some roast pumpkin, if you have any!)

Cranberry relish: A tiny bit of this zingy condiment will be sure to get your baby's taste-buds tingling! Offer a bit on a clean spoon or finger and watch the reaction...

Mash: Set a bit aside before adding any salt, and let it cool – your baby will probably be quite happy to dig in even without a spoon (if you can handle the mess factor!)

Cheese: A holiday cheeseboard is a great chance to let your baby try bits of stronger flavours like hard or pasteurised goat's cheese and aged Cheddar – just cut off tiny slivers and let the fun begin!

However, not everything on your festive table is baby-friendly: you'll want to avoid anything that's got alcohol in it, obviously (so no plum pudding or egg nog!), and steer clear of choking hazards like whole nuts, grapes and chipolatas until your baby is older and very comfortable with finger foods.

And of course, if you have a dozen for dinner and it all gets a bit too hectic to puree, we've got your back: My First Sunday Dinner is a moreish blend of healthy veg and roast turkey, perfect for an easy and nutritious holiday meal!

What's on your baby's festive menu this year?

 

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Are organic foods better for your baby?

Posted on 7 September 2011 by Helen

Hi,

It’s Organic September - time to celebrate everything about organic!  I’ve worked with HiPP for over 12 years now and during this time I have read a lot about organic farming and organic food production and in my opinion there are four main reasons why it is better to choose organic:

1.    Babies are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of unwanted chemicals found in non-organic foods and will benefit from foods containing no GM ingredients or harmful pesticides. 
2.    Organic food is food as nature intended, and often tastes better
3.    Organic foods are often higher in essential nutrients e.g. vitamin C and antioxidants
4.    Organic foods are better for wildlife, animal welfare and the environment.

Some official UK bodies are yet to be convinced on the benefits of organic foods, but there is growing  evidence in Europe and internationally that there are nutritional benefits in choosing organic versus non-organic foods.

The following websites give more information on organic foods and I hope once you’ve had a look at these you will agree that organic foods may well be better for all of us, our wildlife and our environment -

What do you think - do you believe organic foods are better for you and/or your baby? Have you changed your mind on this recently?  Or do you think organic foods are an unaffordable or unnecessary luxury?  We’d love to hear your views.

All the best,
Helen

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When to introduce finger foods

Posted on 30 November 2010 by Helen

Hi again!

I’m often asked when it is safe for babies to have ‘finger foods’. As soon as a baby is able to handle these foods properly and shows an interest in doing so is probably the best answer, and for most babies the fine finger control needed develops at around 7 months of age. Introducing some independent feeding using foods that baby can safely eat and which involve some chewing is fun and will help with speech development and the overall progress of babies towards family-type meals. Don’t worry if your baby hasn’t got any teeth yet, their gums are hard enough for them to manage many finger foods quite easily now.

You can choose a variety of nutritious finger foods of different shapes and colours for your baby to enjoy, offering some at each mealtime alongside their normal meal.  Start off with softer foods such as pieces of ripe fruit e.g. banana, melon, mango, pear, or lightly cooked vegetables e.g. carrot sticks, broccoli florets, baby sweetcorn, and gradually as they become more competent you can try other foods like those listed below:-

  • fingers of pitta bread, toast or bread, rice cakes
  • cooked pasta shapes
  • cooked pieces of chicken or turkey, or fish
  • quarters of hard-boiled egg, or scrambled egg
  • grated cheese or cubes of cheese
  • dried fruits e.g. apricots, raisins, sultanas
  • raw vegetables e.g. tomatoes, cucumber, peppers
  • roasted vegetable pieces, e.g. parsnip, carrot, sweet potato

For a selection of dip recipes to try with some finger foods, have a look at the weaning recipes on the HiPP Baby Club.  

HiPP Organic offers a variety of finger foods for different stages, including Little Nibbles Rice Cakes for your baby to enjoy.

But remember, always stay with your baby and make sure they are sitting up straight while they’re eating, and avoid giving hard foods such as raw carrot, apple or whole grapes until you are confident that they can handle them without the risk of choking.

Hope it goes well.

Best wishes.
Helen

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