Snacking well with Bebemi organic baby products

Confession. I am one of those parents who is very particular of the kind of food that I give to my children. Homecooked food is the best because I could control what goes into the dish. My kids are not allowed to drink cold water (but once in a blue moon, it’s fine) and if they have to snack, they would have to be fruits and mom-approved tidbits.

Very rigid mom, eh? But at least, the children don’t have to report to the doctor every now and then. In fact, they have quite a good record of not visiting him.

I believe in educating the children on nutrition from young and choosing the right food has to be taught. In terms of snacks, I normally and try to go for organic ones and when I heard about Bebemi, a Korean Organic Snacks that is specially designed for toddlers during their weaning stage, I knew I had to take up the opportunity to try the products and review them.

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I’m glad I did.

These four types of Bebemi snacks – Bebemi Stick, Petite, Ring and Rice Cake Biscuit – were sent to me and I wasted no time in trying them. Yea, I usually do tasting of any food first before giving to the kids.

So, um, if you are looking for snacks that are crunchy, they are not because they are not baked or fried. The selected non-pesticide grain snacks are prepared using the world’s first patented technology that “rub” the grain bucket using ceramic friction heat (about 150 degrees Celsius) so nutrition is not lost in the process. The texture is on the soft side which melts immediately upon contact with the saliva so it doesn’t cause choking. Another plus point is that it doesn’t really stick to your teeth as compared to the other snacks that we consume. So it’s definitely a win for me in this area (think ‘dental health’).

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On the first day, Daniel had the Bebemi Petite with milk for breakfast and finished the whole bowl of it. I was happy of course that he didn’t reject a new product since most of the time, he would eye them with suspicion and carefully taste them. Perhaps the milk has helped but in any case, I’m happy.

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I started packing the other snacks into his container and he was happy with the others as well. The snacks are of the right size for him to grip and he really didn’t drop many this time round (less wastage). It doesn’t create much mess as a result and cleaning up is easier as compared to the other snacks whose crumbs are much smaller and more sticky on his little fingers.

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I had Faith try the products too and mentally told myself that she wouldn’t like them since she is exposed to more kinds of snacks and desserts (I’m more relaxed with her now) and may find these ones bland. I mean, the Bebemi snacks contain NO sugar, salt, artificial colouring, synthetic additives, preservatives and does not undergo oil treatment. It’s really just the natural taste and aroma of the whole grains and vegetables so I’m not sure how she would take to it. And surprise, surprise, she likes them! I don’t understand but obviously I’m not complaining.

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The Bebemi snacks are good as a form of breakfast cereal for the adults too. I love the Bebemi ring the most and have been snacking on them. Each packet of the Bebemi product comes with a zip lock to ensure the freshness of the snacks and the number indicated on the top right hand packet shows the required age of the child in order for them to consume.

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Bebemi is exclusively disrtibuted by Totsworld and each packet retails at $8.90 but they can be purchased at $15 for 2 packets.

However, as a reader of this blog, you can purchase 2 packets for $14 or 4 packets + 1 free packet for $28 when you key in the code LYNNLLY during checkout at Totsworld.

Bebemi products are also available at all OG and BHG departmental stores, 1010 Mother and Child and in the near future, Redmart.

There are indeed many baby snacks that are available in the market and I’m glad that we can have one more good and wholesome product for our kids to try.

Disclaimer: We are gifted with four packets of Bebemi korean organic baby snacks for review purposes. All opinions are solely mine and the children’s. 

Dan’s first experience with Bellamy’s Organic

Life gets really interesting once a baby reaches 6 months old. During our last visit to the PD, I was asked which brand of milk powder I wanted to try on Daniel. A few options were given and in the end, I chose the one that I grew up with and which the older one had used – Dumex.

I didn’t immediately use that can of formula milk powder because Daniel was diagnosed to have baby eczema by the PD and the latter had suggested that I watch my dairy intake since that might be the cause of the condition (he’s on total breastmilk). Although his condition is under control now, I thought it would be better that I source for an organic baby formula instead and hope that he would react well to it which is the main reason why I participated in the Bellamy’s Organic Experiencer Project.

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The subject

It is not difficult to like Bellamy’s Organic when I read up on its mission –

“to provide a pure start to life for babies and children everywhere and we are passionate about promoting healthy eating practices amongst children.”

It resonates greatly with me because that is what I desire for my children as well and I use organic ingredients in my cooking as much as possible. I certainly do not want my family to consume too much harmful chemicals! So starting the young ones with organic food is the way to go for me and I’m appreciating the fact that Bellamy’s Organic produces only 100% organic foods.

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Daniel has been on total breastmilk until now and he latches directly to the milk source so getting him to try the milk using the bottle has been a challenge. He was resistant to the bottle and in the end, I had to feed him using the spoon. It seemed that he noticed the difference when he took the first few spoonfuls and it didn’t take long for me to understand why. I tried the milk myself and realised that it is not really that sweet. My breastmilk must have been sweeter! This works for me since I dislike formula milk that is too sweet or contains artificial sweeteners.

Thankfully, there is no rejection from the boy and more importantly, no adverse reaction (i.e. allergies, constipation, etc) to the milk and that means he is not allergic to cow’s milk! You can imagine my joy! This is his first experience with formula milk (apart from the ones he drank in the hospital as an infant) and I’m happy that it is organic food that he is starting off with.

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Since Dan has started on solid foods, it was definitely a welcome move to get him to try Bellamy’s organic baby porridge which is organic oats blended with organic grains. It has added iron but no added sugar or salt. Adding the organic baby formula, this makes a very healthy and easy meal for me to prepare. Initially, it took the boy a while to get used to the taste and perhaps, texture, but after a few days, I am happy to report that he could finish the whole portion that was given to him. It’s definitely a far cry from the few teaspoonfuls at the beginning stage.

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Now, I could even rope in the husband to help since there is no more resistance from the boy anymore.

You could say that I’m very satisfied with the products and progress thus far and I went a little further and purchased the food pouch for Dan to try. You need to know something. I dislike these ready-to-serve baby food because I bought some food jars from other brands for my girl to try when she was around Dan’s age and when I tasted the food, I stopped myself from giving it to her. It had some weird taste to it and didn’t taste natural. If I find that a certain food tasted weird, I wouldn’t want my child to consume it, would I?

Having gained confidence and assurance from Bellamy’s organic formula milk and rice porridge, I decided to give its food pouch a go at it. I had the banana apple porridge and it tastes very similar to the original food. So yes, you can be sure that I would stock up on these because it promises convenience for me and nutrition for my kid!

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So I find myself becoming a believer of Bellamy’s Organic products and went on to purchase the milk rusks for my teething boy.

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At the end of the day, we all want our children to grow up strong and healthy, to be able to have a strong immune system and to grow up choosing the right food to consume, all the way till they reach adulthood. To achieve that, it has to start with providing the children with a healthy diet, one that is filled with wholesome, nutritious food from an early age. I’m glad to share the same beliefs as Bellamy’s Organic and from this experience, it is obvious that they truly care about the well-being of the young ones. Admirable. You have gained for yourself a loyal fan now.

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Do you have a photo of you and your child that is especially precious to you? You are invited to share that photo at Bellamy’s Organic Facebook Page and do let them know why the memory of that photo is held dear to you. You can stand a chance to win $200 TANGS shopping voucher + $50 Bellamy’s Organic Hamper. It is truly a Mother and Child’s well deserved treats!

Contest ends 25 May, Wednesday. Don’t wait anymore!😉

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Disclaimer: We are given a box of Bellamy’s Organic milk powder, pasta and rice porridge to sample for this experiencer project, as well as supermarket shopping vouchers. All opinions are, as usual, mine.