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Do you have questions about Love Child Organics’ products? Since we started Love Child we’ve been asked lots of great questions and have put our answers together here. If you’d like to know about anything further, please drop us a line at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
How Love Child is made
What makes your packaging safe?
Safety was the primary consideration in the selection of our packaging provider. Our pouches are constructed of a layer of aluminium sandwiched between two layers of plastic, thereby keeping the organic food inside fresh and ready to use. The aluminium never comes in direct contact with the food to ensure it’s safe for tiny tummies.
Both layers of plastic have been carefully chosen for food safety. The pouches do not contain any Bisphenol A (“BPA”), Bisphenol S (BPS) or Phthalates, which are the main toxin concerns relating to plastics these days. Our caps and straws are made from PE plastic. Polyethylene plastic is a very common food packaging material and has been used for this type of packaging for many years. This type of packaging is in widespread use for baby food in Europe, the US and Australia.
Is the packaging recyclable?
We selected our pouch-style packaging for a number of reasons:
Safety. It is BPA-free and completely safe for babies and small children. Convenience. It’s easy to throw in a bag, stash in a stroller, or pop in a lunchbox, and easy to suck straight from the pouch.
Nutrient preservation. It permits less intensive processing and heating than alternatives, thereby preserving more nutrients.
Small carbon footprint. Less carbon dioxide is produced during the manufacturing and shipping than many other forms of packaging.
Our pouches use 80% less material than many alternative forms of packaging. An independent audit of the life cycle of our pouches has shown that the energy used, and the environmental impact made, when making, transporting and destroying them is significantly less than PET plastic bottles, Tetra packs and glass. When compared to the glass jars commonly used for baby food, our pouches can use as little as 8% of the energy requirements.
All of the cardboard outer packaging used for our boxes is 100% recyclable and is made from materials sourced from sustainable forests. And we use vegetable inks and water-based coatings to print the boxes.
The caps can be put in recycling bins but unfortunately the pouches themselves are not accepted by most municipalities for recycling at the current time. We believe strongly in the health, safety and overall environmental advantages of our pouches. Love Child is committed to continuing to work with our suppliers to find even greener, more innovative, and more recyclable pouch alternatives.
Where are Love Child’s products produced?
Love Child’s fruit and vegetable purees, Fruity Chomps bars, Oaty Chomps bars and Owlies are produced in Canada in organically certified facilities that specialise in making safe and delicious food for little ones. The rest of our products are produced in similarly high-quality facilities in Europe.
How do you make your products shelf stable without adding preservatives?
All of our fruit and vegetable purees are produced in Canada in an organically certified facility operated by a company that has enormous experience in packing these types of pouches. There are a number of stages in the process that enable us to create safe, tasty, nutritious and shelf stable products.
We carefully balance our recipes to ensure that the natural acidity of the food is hostile to bacteria but safe for little tummies. This sometimes involves the addition of a dash of lemon juice concentrate.
We flash pasteurize the fruit blends to kill any existing or dormant bacteria. Our pouches allow the food to be heated to a lower temperature, and are held at that temperature for a shorter period of time than glass jars, thereby preserving more nutrients.
The pouches are filled hot to ensure that they are free of bacteria.
Finally, a vacuum is drawn and an inert gas goes into the top of the pouch before the cap is tightly screwed on. This ensures that there is no oxygen in the pouch. They are now ready for your little one.
Our Savoury Baby Meals are produced in Europe in similar, high experienced facility. Rather than being pasteurized, the ingredients in these pouches are fully cooked much like a soup or stew, which means that they don’t require the slightly acidic PH balance that is needed for the fruit and vegetable pouches. They are then filled and sealed in a similar way to the fruit and vegetable purees and the combination of the processes ensures they are shelf-stable.
How to use our products
Who are your purees for?
First and foremost, our purees are a perfect first food for babies. But because of our popular packaging, they also make a convenient and healthy snack for older children and even adults. They can be packed in a child’s school lunch or make a great grownup snack for hiking, cycling or before a workout.
What is the best way to feed my baby or child your products?
For younger babies, squeeze the puree straight onto a baby spoon and feed from the spoon. Toddlers and older children will enjoy slurping straight from the pouch.
Do you have any tips on how to start my baby on solids?
Yes — we actually have a whole page on our website dedicated to this question. Please take a look at our feeding tips.
Your simple first purees are so simple. What role do they play in my child’s diet?
Our Simple Firsts purees can be used as a first food for your baby when you may be focused on introducing one food at a time. They also make a great snack for older children, particularly our applesauce which is a favourite for all ages. All of our Simple Firsts products contain no ascorbic acid so they provide a wonderfully pure start for your little one.
Can I freeze the pouches?
We do not recommend freezing an open product because any bacteria that entered the product while it was open will continue to grow during the freezing process and once it is thawed. However, if you do choose to freeze a product that has been opened, be sure to defrost it in the refrigerator, give it a bit of a shake or squeeze to avoid any separation and serve it straight away.
Before being opened our Super Blends and Simple Firsts can be frozen. This might cause a bit of separation so give them a shake before eating. We do not recommend freezing our Power Yo’rridge flavours because the yogurt does not thaw well and will remain lumpy and separated even after being fully thawed.
Can I put the pouches in the microwave?
No. It’s not a good idea to put the pouches in the microwave because they have a foil liner and they could get too hot. The best way to warm the purees is to put the pouch in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Always be sure to test the temperature before giving it to your child.
How long will the pouch last once opened?
With the cap back on, it can be stored in the fridge and enjoyed for up to 24 hours.
What’s in our food
Why do you include “superfoods”, and why are they so “super”?
It is important to eat a diverse diet of healthy foods. However, some foods are recognized as being particularly nutritionally dense, and so are termed “superfoods”. We like to include these superfoods in our products to ensure that children are getting as much tasty goodness as possible. You will find quinoa and acerola, which are both nutrient-rich and gentle on little tummies, in all of our Superblend purees. In addition, we include fruits and vegetables which are packed with goodness, including kale, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, blueberries, mangos or strawberries.
Quinoa: often referred to as a “supergrain”, although technically a seed, quinoa comes from a plant that grows at very high altitudes in the Andes Mountains in Central and South America. A main staple of the Inca diet for thousands of years, they referred to it as the “sacred grain” because of its nutritional properties.
One of the most exciting properties of quinoa is that it is one of the only plants to provide a complete protein because it contains all 9 essential amino acids. In particular, quinoa is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. Lysine also helps boost the body’s calcium absorption, to help build strong bones.
Quinoa is also high in fibre (it has 50% more fibre than brown rice) and iron. It is naturally gluten-free making it easy for babies to digest but also has a low glycemic index, meaning your child will digest it slowly and it will keep them feeling full for longer. Finally, quinoa is a natural source of vitamins E and B1, along with most of the minerals needed by the human body: calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and copper.
We are proud to source our quinoa only from suppliers who are committed to environmental protection, fair trade and poverty reduction.
Acerola fruit: also known as Barbados cherry and West Indian cherry, acerola is native to Southern Mexico, Central and South America, but is now also being grown as far north as Texas and in subtropical areas such as Asia and India. It is known for being extremely rich in vitamin C (over 30 times more than oranges!) and also contains vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3, and carotenoids and bioflavonoids (antioxidants), which provide very important nutritive value. Humans absorb the vitamin C produced by the fruit better than synthetic ascorbic acid, which is common in many food products, including baby food.
Chia: We love chia, and for good reason! Chia is an excellent source of protein, healthy fatty acids and fibre. You can find chia in our Oaty Chomps Bars and in our Infant Cereals.
What do you mean when you say you leave out all “unnecessary ingredients”?
By this, we mean that our products never contain any added sugar, salt, additives, preservatives or fillers. Unlike many other baby food brands, we never include ascorbic acid or citric acid in our products.
Do your products contain GMOs?
Our ingredients are all certified organic which means they are also completely free of GMOs.
Are Love Child’s products nut-free?
All of our purees are nut-free, as are the facilities they are made in. None of our snack products contain nuts, but some are made in facilities that handle nuts. Please look for the “nut free” icon on our individual product pages on our website, to know for sure if a product is made in a nut free facility.
Are Love Child’s products kosher?
All of our fruit and vegetable blend pouch products (Simple Firsts, Superblends and Power Yo’rridge), as well as our Oaty Chomps bars, Fruity Chomps bars and Owlies are Kosher. Our new Savoury Baby Meals, which include the Ratatouille, Pumpkin Risotto, Vegetarian Chili and Veggie Casserole, as well as our Toodle Os, Teefies, Love Ducks and Infant Cereals, are not certified Kosher.
Are Love Child’s products gluten-free?
Many of our products are gluten-free, however, some of them are not. Our pouch products, Fruity Chomp bars, Pat-A-Cake rice cakes, Love Ducks and Buckwheat + Chia Infant cereal are gluten-free. Our Toodle O’s and Teefies are made with only gluten-free grains, but are produced in facilities which also process grains containing gluten, so may contain gluten. Our Oaty Chomps bars are actually made with certified gluten-free oats but we don’t currently claim gluten-free on the packaging. We plan to add this information to the packaging soon. Our Owlies are made with spelt flour, which naturally contains gluten, so are not gluten-free.
Organic food is often more expensive. Is it healthier or safer?
Yes to both, particularly for small children. Please click here to find out more about why we choose to make only organic food.
Some of Love Child’s products contain berries. Are they safe to give to my little one?
Berries have fantastic nutritional qualities and are delicious. On occasion, they can cause a reaction, as can all foods. We recommend you introduce them one at a time into a child’s diet to check for any allergies.
Why is there water in some of your products?
At Love Child we do not ‘dilute’ our recipes with water and none of the fruit puree is replaced by water. For extra nutrients, we add dried quinoa flakes and legumes to some of our puree blends, and they absorb a great deal of water as they soften and cook. Without adding water, the puree would be too textured and far too thick.
What is quinoa and is it good for my baby?
Quinoa is a gluten-free ancient grain which is a complete protein. It is gentle on baby’s tummy and an excellent first food. We take care to source our quinoa only from suppliers who are committed to fair trade, environmental protection and poverty reduction.
Your infant cereals contain chia. Is it safe for my baby?
Naturally gluten-free and always non-GMO, chia is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and is an excellent food for your baby. Chia is considered a true superfood because it is loaded with fibre, protein, micronutrients, antioxidants, and omega-3s, which are considered to be important for baby brain development. Chia can be constipating for your baby if too much is consumed, especially if it isn’t combined with water. We’ve made the chia easy for baby to absorb and digest by grinding it right into the cereal flakes and worked with baby nutrition experts to ensure that we’ve included it in just the right amount. When you add liquid to the cereal, the chia absorbs it, which makes the chia easy to digest.
What is amaranth?
Amaranth is technically a seed but is commonly known as a grain because it is eaten like a cereal grain. It is a member of the Chenopodiaceae family of plants and therefore is a relative of beets, swiss chard, spinach, and our favourite, the mighty quinoa. Because of this, amaranth has similar nutritional characteristic to leafy green vegetables. It is also a good source of the amino acid lysine, calcium, iron and magnesium, and is gluten-free.
What is millet?
Millet is a gluten-free ancient seed which, like quinoa and amaranth, is more commonly known as a grain. It is a good source of magnesium and phosphorus, is high in fibre, and is gentle on little tummies.
What is buckwheat?
Buckwheat is a naturally gluten-free pseudo-grain/seed that is actually related to rhubarb. It is high in protein and dense in nutrients. Because it’s so healthful and has a wonderful nutty flavour, it makes an excellent first food for babies. It can be found as the main ingredient in our Buckwheat + Chia Infant cereal, and also in our Teefies and Toodle Os.
The puree in the spout of the pouch looks darker than the puree in the rest of the pouch. Why is this?
This happens because our purees do not include ascorbic acid which is a preservative typically added to fruit to prevent discolouration. Oxidation of the puree right in the spout causes this to occur and is completely normal and safe to eat. You might also notice that the quinoa strands in puree near the spout also are darker and this too is completely normal. We find that this oxidation is most visible in our Apple Mango flavour. Because we believe that food for children should be 100% natural, we choose not to include preservatives that would prevent discolouration.
What are the little white or brown lumps and strands in my Superblends puree?
Those lumps and strands are the quinoa. Quinoa seeds have little strands that tend to come apart from the rest of the quinoa when cooked. They look like little white or brown squiggles.
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