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The Baby Food Advisor
Love, Comfort and Orga nic / Demeter Baby Food
The Best from Organic / Biodynamic Agriculture
Bringing a new life into the world is an extraordinary miracle. Many things change. Holle has been providing healthy baby food "from the beginning" for over 70 years.
Many beautiful moments await you...as well as many new responsibilities. Your child's first year of growth and development is the most important stage in its
A great deal of support, love, appreciation and many shared experiences help shape a life, therefore providing the right nourishment is essential. Breast milk provides your
successful future. baby with the very best nutrition. Specialists recommend a minimum of 6 months
Since its beginning, Holle has provided baby food only from premium organic
farming. Holle offers, from birth, the full range of organic baby foods. For your child's
well-being, quality and natural goodness come first in our infant foods.
This Baby Food Advisor provides useful information regarding your baby's diet and
nutrition, from birth through to joining in with family meals. Our vast experience and
extensive knowledge of nutritional science establishes a solid foundation you can
Our baby food range includes infant starter formula and follow-on formulas as well as
a large assortment of grains for use in bottles and porridges. We also offer a huge
variety of fruit, vegetable and meat jars, rusks, biscuits and tea. Simply put, we offer a
full baby food range for the complete nutritional needs of your baby from birth
through to three years.
Holle quali ty standards
Our food is made entirely with Consistent Quality Controls
ingredients from organic and/or Comprehensive quality control procedures are in place, from
biodynamic (Demeter) agriculture. the certified farmer through to the finished baby food. These
l l e ee
➔ natural cyclical cultivation without the controls allow the 'Demeter' and / or 'Organic' labels to be placed
exploitation of animals, soil or the on the packaging of all certified Holle products. The official cer-
environment tification control numbers ( eg. DE - 001 - Öko - Board of con-
➔ quality not quantity trol), can also be found on our packaging. These numbers
➔ biodiversity instead of monoculture verify the continued accuracy and transparency of our quality,
➔ animals kept in their natural environment
➔ the use of animal hormones and growth
Qua lity from the production and delivery of the raw materials, through
the manufacturing process and finally, to the finished product.
regulators are rejected
➔ natural compost instead of artificial fertilisers
The Unique Demeter Quality
➔ all chemical plant fertilizers and
For every Holle infant food Whenever possible our baby foods are made with Demeter raw ingredients. Only products
insecticides are rejected
product, the following which meet the stringent and far reaching quality criteria of certified organic, bio-dyna-
➔ no chemical additives, such as pre
applies: mic farming, can carry the 'Demeter' label. Beyond the criteria of organic farming, the
servatives, during processing and
➔ guaranteed no genetically modified Demeter farmer makes allowances for additional specific peculiarities of individual plant
ingredients and animal species. The Demeter farmer views a farm as a live organism with natural
➔ no added table salt cycles. Food for the animals originates predominantly from the farm's own paddocks and
➔ no hydrogenated fats fields. The dung is composted and mixed with special organic ingredients such as medici-
➔ no added flavours* nal herbs, further supporting and nurturing the farm's soil.
➔ no added colours* After sowing, seed growth follows the biological rhythm of
➔ no added preservatives* each plant species. Ingredients from this form of agricul-
*according to European legislation ture develop a particular energy, having a vitality and
strength. For further information visit: www.demeter.net
The Holle bab y food range
6 Important Notice: Breast feeding is ideal for your baby. We recommend you make yourself aware of the importance of breastfeeding by talking to a specialist (doctor, midwife, health visitor or dietician). 7
We offer a diverse range o f bottle and porridge meals
Product Ingredients Qualities When to start and for how long
* addition of vitamin B1 according to European legislation ** contains naturally occurring sugars *** The goat milk formula is sold in the UK as: Goat Milk Nutrition from 12 month (according to UK law)
from after 4 after 5 after 6 from 8 from 12 1–3
Organic Infant Formulas day 2 months months months months months years
Organic Infant Formula 1 skimmed milk, whey powder gluten free,
(partly demineralised), vegetable oils, unsweetened** • From the first milk bottle onwards
maltodextrin, vitamins and minerals
Organic Infant Follow-on skimmed milk, whey powder (partly gluten free,
demineralised), vegetable oils, mal- unsweetened**
Formula 2 todextrin, skimmed milk powder,
starch, vitamins and minerals
• Milk bottle
skimmed milk, whey powder (partly gluten free,
• Milk bottles in
Organic Growing-up Milk 3
demineralised), vegetable oils, skim- unsweetened** combination with
med milk powder, starch, maltodex- milk free, stool softening organic cereal
trin, vitamins, minerals porridges
Organic Infant Goat Milk full cream goat powder, maltodex- gluten free,
trin, lactose, vegetable oils, starch, unsweetened**,
Follow-on Formula*** vitamins and minerals cow milk free
Organic cereal porridges
gluten free, unsweetened**
Organic Rice Porridge wholegrain rice*
milk free, stool firming
gluten free, unsweetened**
Organic Millet Porridge wholegrain millet* milk free, stool softening All organic cereal porridges are suitable as:
contains gluten, unsweetened**
Organic Spelt Porridge wholegrain spelt* milk free, stool softening • Fresh milk bottles and fresh milk porridges
contains gluten, unsweetened**
Organic Rolled Oats Porridge wholegrain oats* milk free, stool softening • Milk porridges with Organic Infant Formula 1 or
wholegrain wheat* contains gluten, unsweetened** Infant Follow-on Formula 2
Organic Semolina Porridge milk free, stool softening
wholegrain rice, wholegrain corn, gluten free, unsweetened** • An ingredient in vegetable meals
Organic 3-Grain Porridge wholegrain millet* milk free, stool softening
Organic Millet Porridge wholegrain millet, apple flakes, gluten free, unsweetened** • Part of non-dairy fruit meals
Apple-Pear pear flakes* milk free, stool softening
Organic Baby Muesli wholegrain wheat, wholegrain contains gluten, unsweetened**
oats, banana, apple, raspberry milk free, stool softening
Porridge flakes, wholegrain rice*
Organic cereal porridges with milk
Organic Milk Cereal wholegrain millet, milk powder, whey gluten free,
powder, vegetable oil, maltodextrin, unsweetened**,
with Millet calicium carbonate, vitamins stool softening
• Ready-made milk porridges -
Organic Milk Cereal wholegrain spelt, milk powder, contains gluten,
maltodextrin, whey powder, vege- unsweetened**, simply add water to prepare
with Spelt table oil, calicium carbonate, stool softening
Organic Milk Cereal wholegrain wheat, whey powder, contains gluten,
milk powder, vegetable oil, banana unsweetened**, Important Notice: Breast feeding is ideal for your baby. We recommend you
with Bananas fruit powder, maltodextrin, calicium stool regulating
make yourself aware of the importance of breastfeeding by talking to a
specialist (doctor, midwife, health visitor or dietician).
Holle Organic Infant Formulas
Naturally the best:
Breastfeeding is ideal for infants as breast milk contains the best possible mix of baby’s nutritional requirements. The Holle Organic Growing-up Milk 3 can be given
nutrients, including vitamins. The nourishment breast milk provides plays a vital role from 12 months of age and will, again, meet your baby's nutritional needs at this stage
in the growth and development of a baby, including a healthy immune system. in its development. Holle Organic Infant Follow-on Formula 2 and Organic Growing-up
In addition, the intense contact between a mother and child during breastfeeding Milk 3 are easily digestible and gluten free.
promotes feelings of harmony and security. Therefore, Holle recommends
Over 99 % of the ingredients in Holle Organic Infant Formulas is derived from organic
agriculture. The organic full cream milk used in the formula comes from cows raised in
caring environments appropriate to their species. These organic fields and pastures are
Information can be obtained from your GP, midwife, health visitor or Mother and
the reason for the superior qualities of the organic milk used in the manufacture of our
Child Health Centre. In case your child requires an additional supplement or
premium baby food. Less than 0.5 % of the ingredients are added vitamins and minerals.
breastfeeding cannot take place, you should consult your doctor.
These ingredients are added to the formula according to European legislation and are
guaranteed not to be genetically modified.
Holle Organic Infant Formula 1, 2 and 3
If a mother cannot completely breastfeed, or is unable to breastfeed, Holle Organic
Preparing formulas is simple and quick. Add the milk powder to boiled water and mix.
Infant Formula 1 may be used from birth onwards to provide a complete, organic
After cooling, it is ready to drink. Please carefully read and follow the instructions and
replacement for your infant. It contains all the necessary nutrients that a baby needs for
other important information on the packaging.
the first 6 months of its life. Infant Formula 1 is easily digestible, gluten free, starch
free and has no added sugar. It has been formulated and developed to closely resemble
the protein balance found in breast milk.
While weaning, Holle Organic Infant Formula 1 can be given in addition to breast milk
and will be suitable together with a mixed diet till the end of the first year. If your ➔ tasty and easy to digest
➔ gluten free
baby's hunger cannot be satisfied with the Holle Organic Infant Formula 1, the Holle
➔ no GMO
Organic Infant Follow-On Formula 2 can be given after 6 months and will satisfy your
Organic Infant Goat M ilk Follow-on Formula
For a number of years, allergies and intole- Preparation is simple and quick. Add the milk powder to boiled water and mix. After
rances have become increasingly common in cooling, it is ready to drink. Please carefully read and follow the instructions and
babies and infants. This is why, in order to other important information on the packaging. The Holle Infant Goat Milk Follow-on
promote effective allergy prevention, doctors, Formula can also be used for preparing tasty, filling Holle Demeter porridges.
health care specialists and Holle recommend
breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of
life and, where there is a risk of allergy, Important note:
avoidance of fresh cow's milk and products Holle Organic Infant Goat Milk Follow-on Formula is not always tolerated by children
containing cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is a natural alternative to cow’s milk. with a cow’s milk intolerance, since cow’s milk and goat’s milk share some of the same
protein components, and thus both of these milk types can trigger an intolerance or
Goats have been a companion to humans since time immemorial, and the value of allergic reaction. But there are also many cases where children react to certain cow’s
goat’s milk has been recognised for many centuries. Globally, more people drink milk proteins which are not present in goat's milk. In these cases, goat’s milk
goat's milk than milk from any other animal. Holle Organic Infant Goat Milk represents a natural alternative. If a cow’s milk intolerance has been identified, or if
Formula is a ready-made, milk-based food product that provides cow’s milk free one is suspected, then Holle Organic Goat Milk Follow-on Formula should not be used
nutrition for infants aged between 6 months and 2 years. It is suitable for mixed fee- without consulting your child's paediatrician.
ding as part of a supplementary feeding plan. Made with the very finest organic goat’s
milk, more than 99 % of the ingredients are sourced from organic agriculture. The
remaining 1 % are vitamins and minerals that are essential for the infant's well- Please note: The goat milk formula is sold in the
being. Ideal for feeding infants where products containing cow's milk need to be United Kingdom as: Goat Milk Nutrition from 12 month
omitted in the first years of life. (according to UK law).
The Unique Qualities of
Holle Organic Grain Porridges
➔ Wholegrain cereals ➔ Individually prepared meals - to suit your baby's tastes
The Holle organic porridge range is made using the whole grain. Not only is the main At Holle we want to support your vital role as a parent when feeding your baby.
body of the grain seed used but the entire kernel including the important outer bran Through our unique preparation methods we can 'unlock' the full goodness of the
layer. Therefore, the entire natural nutritional contents of the organic / bio-dynamic grains in our porridges for you to use in bottle or porridge
grain such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins feeds. Any additional ingredients, such as milk, fruits or vegetables is entirely
are retained. Similarly, the important digestive qualities remain determined by you and your child's tastes. That is as it should be. We want you to
because of the high, natural fibre content. make the decisions about what goes into your baby's meals and we want to help by
providing the best possible porridges for you to use as a base to which to add those
➔ Highly digestible - easy to digest ➔ Porridge meals prepared with Holle formulas
The Holle porridge range is produced using whole grains, resulting in a light, When not using fresh milk to prepare a grain porridge, Holle Organic Infant
wholesome and easily digestible baby cereal. Through a unique manufacturing Formula 1, Follow-on Formula or Goat Milk Formula may be used as a substitute.
process, involving the carefully controlled application of heat and moisture, Holle Firstly, prepare one of the Infant Formulas according to the instructions. This is
is able to unlock the full goodness of the organic / bio-dynamic grain for your then added to the Holle Organic Grain Porridge to create a smooth consistency.
developing baby. Additionally, this special process produces flakes that are readily Ready to eat! A detailed recipe can be found on all Holle Grain Porridge packages.
soluble. This ensures that your baby can more easily digest and absorb the energy
and vitality contained in every one of our organic porridges. Together with the
ingredients listed in the recipes, quick and simple bottle and porridge meals can
be prepared according to your baby's developmental stage.
➔ The grain and porridges range ➔ Recommendations for grain allergies
The Holle grain product range is made up of several different "single" grain porridges, In case of coeliac disease, gluten free grains are appropriate: rice, millet, corn.
so that if a certain grain does not agree with your child you can try one of the alternative We recommend: Organic Rice Porridge, Organic Millet Porridge, Organic 3-Grain
porridges. Holle offers 4 gluten free porridges: Organic Rice Porridge, Organic Millet Porridge and Organic Millet Porridge Apple-Pear. In the case of wheat allergies, wheat
Porridge, Organic 3-Grain Porridge and Organic Millet Porridge Apple-Pear. free products should be used.
Further wheat free products are: Organic Spelt Porridge and Organic Rolled Oats Porridge.
The Organic Semolina Porridge and the Organic Baby Muesli Porridge contain wheat. ➔ Holle organic cereal porridges with milk
We recommend starting with a single-grain porridge before introducing the Organic Baby For a quick preparation with water, Holle offers three different instant milk porridges,
Muesli. By following this method, any potential reaction to an individual grain will be suitable as part of a mixed diet from 4 months upwards. The cereal porridges with milk
identified and you will be able to avoid that grain in other foods throughout the first year. have a mild flavour to suit babies, are satisfyingly filling and easy to digest.
Nutritional values of the Hol le organic cereal porridges
100 g contain on average the following nutritional values:
Product Energy Protein Carbohydrates of which sugar* Fat of which saturates Iron Fibre Sodium Vitamin B1
kJ (kcal) g g g g g mg g g mg
Rice Porridge 1630 (384) 8,8 80,2 0,7 3,2 0,8 1,4 3,3 0,006 1,0
Millet Porridge 1657 (391) 12,2 76,5 0,6 4,0 0,6 3,1 2,7 0,005 1,0
Spelt Porridge 1499 (354) 14,9 67,1 1,8 2,9 0,5 2,9 9,6 0,003 1,0
Rolled Oats 1630 (386) 14,1 67,2 1,8 6,7 1,6 3,1 8,7 0,009 1,0
Semolina Porridge 1500 (354) 10,6 72,6 2,1 2,3 0,6 2,7 9,2 0,007 1,0
3-Grain Porridge 1585 (374) 8,9 77,9 0,9 3,0 0,7 3,3 3,7 0,002 1,0
Millet Porridge 1613 (381) 13,7 73,4 5,2 3,6 0,6 3,2 3,7 0,003 1,0
Baby 1457 (344) 10,6 68,7 6,6 2,7 0,5 4,1 10,5 0,009 1,0
*Contains naturally occurring sugars
The analytical values are subject to normal variations of natural ingredients.
The Holle jar collection – balanced,
varied and versatile
What makes them special:
➔ Wherever possible, raw materials are sourced from organic /
➔ The vitamins, minerals, trace elements and protein present all come from
the natural structure of the ingredients. Contains no isolated nutrients.
➔ In addition to their many important constituents, wholemeal cereals also
provide dietary fibre to regulate your baby’s digestion in a natural way.
➔ No milk protein
➔ No added salt
➔ No binding agents
➔ Large range, including fruit jars, vegetable jars, baby meal jars and junior
➔ Low-allergen varieties labelled with an “A”
➔ Different consistencies for different age groups:
– Baby food: finely puréed and so easily digestible.
– Junior food: coarser in consistency to encourage chewing.
Characteristics of the Holle jar range
from about 4 months
from about 4 months
from about 8 months
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Baby vegetables jars 190 g Baby fruit jars 190 g
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Carrots Apple & Banana with Whole Wheat Flakes
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Spinach with Rice Apple
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Mixed Vegetables Banana with Semolina
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Carrots with Potatoes Apple & Banana with Apricot
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Pumpkin & Rice Apple & Bilberry
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Zucchini & Pumpkin with Potatoes Apple & Pear
Broccoli & Whole Grain Rice Banana & Peach
Carrots with Apple Apple & Peach
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Baby menu jars 190 g Junior jars 220 g
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Pumpkin & Chicken Mixed Vegetable with Rice
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Potatoes, Corn & Beef Apple & Pear with Whole Wheat Flakes
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Baby jars 125 g Mixed Vegetable with Millet
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Birchermuesli with Fruits
Organic Baby Spelt Rusks Organic Baby Spelt Biscuits
Holle Organic Baby Spelt Rusks are produced from high- Holle Organic Baby Spelt Biscuits are made from high quality
quality organic ingredients and prepared with natural yeast Demeter spelt flour and improved by the use of best Demeter
and sea salt. They are unsweetened and carefully made butter. Holle purposefully use molasses of rice instead of
without ingredients that could trigger allergies, such as egg crystallized sugar for a naturally mild flavour that is just right
white, milk protein and wheat. Thanks to their mild taste for babies. Spelt Biscuits are perfectly suited for snacks and
and good tolerance, Holle Organic Baby Spelt Rusks are when baby needs that little something extra.
ideal for feeding babies from age 6 months onwards.
Suitable either as a snack for nibbling and chewing and
thus for strengthening the jaw and chewing muscles, or for
preparing tasty baby rusk cereals.
Organic Fruit Bars Tea for Kids Nursing Tea
A perfect finger food to comple- Holle Organic Tea for Kids is suitable for Holle Organic Nursing Tea is formulated
ment the sugar free Organic babies aged from 2 weeks onwards, to naturally encourage lactation in breast-
Baby Spelt Biscuits and Baby Spelt and has a calming and relaxing effect feeding mums. This tasty infusion is a
Rusks - the 2 new Organic Fruit thanks to its carefully selected mixture comforting drink created to enhance the
Bars with the flavours Apple-Pear of herbs. It is made nursing experience
or Apple-Banana. with fennel, aniseed, and comes in easy to
Both bars are made of 100 % organic fruit, honey and spelt. The bars caraway and camo- brew tea bags.
are very fruity and are firm enough to handle but without being tough to bite. Both bars mile sourced from
are naturally sweet enough to give toddlers a healthy treat or snack while keeping the finest organic
enough of the tang of the real fruit. agriculture. Its deli-
cious taste and bene-
ficial effects mean it
is also suitable for
Interesting Facts About a Baby's Diet
in its F irst Year
Baby's diet plan intolerant or who have an increased allergy risk, specialised
As a baby grows, so does its nutritional requirements. An feed is required and Holle Organic Infant Formula l is not
exclusive diet of breast milk or Formula 1 from birth onwards, suitable. Please consult your child's paediatrician.
may not satisfy an infant's increasing hunger. The gradual
introduction of a so called 'supplementary food phase' begins Infants who have been fully breastfed for longer than 6
often after the 4th month and continues through to the begin- months should also start with the protein balanced Holle
ning of the second year, when the child will frequently have Organic Infant Formula 1 before changing to the Holle
food eaten by the whole family. Because every child develops Organic Infant Follow-On Formulas. Infant Formula 1 does
individually and begins to acquire a liking for certain meals not contain any starch. It is, therefore, easily digestible and
at an early age, differences in overall diet plans are completely can be used until the end of 12 months.
normal. The individual activity level of a baby influences its
energy requirements and therefore its meal servings. Lively After the first six months of feeding your baby with Holle
children need more energy than passive babies and therefore Organic Infant Formula 1, the Holle Organic Infant
require more frequent and larger meal servings. The Holle Follow-on Formula 2 can be introduced. Because some
food plan has been designed according to guidelines given by babies have different activity levels to others, they there-
the Nutritional Research Institute for Children and can act as fore need more energy. In this case you should use the
a guide to the nutritional needs of your child. Organic Growing-up Milk 3, but not before the age of 12
Breastfeeding / Bottle feeding
You should continue to breastfeed after 6 months. In case you cannot
breastfeed or cannot wholly breastfeed, you can introduce:
– Holle Organic Infant Formulas or Porridge meals
– Holle grain porridges in combination with fresh milk or formula. According to the increasing energy needs of a growing baby, solid foods should
In case you don't want to use fresh milk when preparing porridges or for be introduced to complement his/her diet. When your baby is ready, single grain
crossing over from breast milk to the first bottle, we recommend the protein porridges are best to start with.
balanced Holle Organic Infant Formula 1. For children who are dairy
First solid meal after 4–6 months onwards Fruit porridge after 5–6 months onwards
The first solid food in your baby’s life should be a vegetable meal. Carrots are The next porridge to be introduced to your baby’s diet should be a dairy free
sweet and mild and probably the best vegetable with which to start. Alternatively, fruit porridge. This is a substitute for the breast or bottle feed in the afternoon.
you could use Parsnip or Pumpkin & Rice. For the first two weeks feed a few Initially, we recommend using a purée of apple, pear, banana or peach. Exotic
spoonfuls of fresh homemade carrot purée or Holle Carrot and slowly increase fruits, or a mix of different fruits, should not be used before the above have been
the amount up to 190 gram. properly introduced.
We recommend adding 2 teaspoons of edible oil to a 190 gram jar. Top tip: Use a
small plastic spoon to feed your baby rather than a cold metal spoon.
Junior meal after 7 months onwards
After 7 months onwards you can start feeding your baby slightly lumpier food.
The next solid meals The vegetable porridge with cereals can be coarser and the fruit porridge may
It is important to introduce new foods one at a time so you can see how your contain small pieces of fruit. The coarser consistency of these meals will stimu-
baby reacts to the ingredients. If your baby tolerates the carrot meal you can late your baby's chewing action. After 7 months onwards, meals from the Holle
move onto carrots with potatoes. In this way, you can introduce the whole range Junior range will satisfy the needs of your baby as an introduction to family
of Holle vegetable first foods during the following 2 months. To provide a com- meals.
plete meal, the vegetable jars can be also used with the Holle porridges. Stir 2
tablespoons of any of the Holle Porridges into a vegetable jar and add 2 tea-
spoons of edible oil.
Milk Porridges after 4–6 months onwards
Milk porridges are prepared with any of the Holle cereal porridges and fresh full
fat milk or, alternatively, with Holle Milk Formulas. When using fresh milk we
recommend the addition of one teaspoon of fruit or vegetable juice as a vitamin
supplement. Detailed recipes can be found on all Holle Porridge cartons.
General Information for P reparing Holle Baby Food
Preparation of Holle Organic Infant Formulas Adding lactose
Holle Grain Porridges contain no added sugar. Granulated sugar as a sweetener
Bottle meals is unnecessary in infant food. However, for the first 7 months we recommend
Preparing bottles of Organic Infant Formula 1, Organic Infant Follow-on adding lactose during the preparation of porridges and meals. Unlike adults,
Formula 2, Organic Growing-up Milk 3 or Goat Milk requires only boiled water. babies do not yet have energy reserves and take longer to convert the starch
Further ingredients should not be added as the formula contains all the found in grains into sugar.
necessary ingredients. Lactose acts as an easy digestible and quick energy source guaranteeing a
continued and satisfactory energy supply for the infant. Lactose is an important
carbohydrate also available in breast milk, and has a distinct advantage over
Preparation and Ingredients of Holle Grain Porridges normal granulated sugar as it has the same energy levels at only 40 % of the
sweetness. Therefore, lactose is ideal for baby food. In addition, it is beneficial
Milk quality/milk dilution in the development of a healthy intestinal flora. As of 7 months the addition of
When preparing the porridges, we recommend using fresh full cream milk, lactose is no longer necessary.
preferably organic or biodynamic. As cow's milk contains more protein and
minerals than breast milk, it needs to be diluted in the first 6 months of a
baby's life. This is because an infant’s kidney function is not yet fully developed
and any excessive strain would be detrimental. It is therefore essential, in the Adding juice
first 6 months, that cow's milk is diluted with water in the ratio of 1:1. The addition of fruit or vegetable juice to porridges supplements the vitamin
content of the food in a natural way. We recommend alternating with fruit
juices, which contain vitamin C, and carrot juice, which contains vitamin A.
Adding vegetable oils
Vegetable oils supply essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid, and fat soluble
vitamins. Breast milk contains sufficient linoleic acid, whereas cow's milk
contains only low amounts. As cow milk is diluted with water before 6 months,
the addition of vegetable oil is essential (see recipe on porridge packaging).
Furthermore, the immune system is strengthened and baby feels satisfied for
longer. From 6 months, the undiluted full cream milk contains enough fat and
the oil is no longer needed. We recommend using edible oil or alternatively
Practical notes on us ing Holle baby foods
Below you will find a summary of the most common questions, suggestions and We do not want to use fresh milk.
tips, compiled by experienced mothers in cooperation with our nutritionist. You Can the milk porridge be prepared using water and
can also find further information at Holle’s website at: www.holle.ch porridge only?
Provided that the infant is still breastfed 2 – 3 times per day, the porridge can be
How should a baby be fed between the ages of 7 and 8 prepared with just water for a short period. If breastfeeding is no longer possible,
months? then milk must be used without fail, because milk is an important part of a
➔ Breast or bottle feed first thing in the morning. baby’s nutritional needs. If a baby is not fed with milk, then it will miss out on
➔ During the morning a small snack suitable for infants may be offered e.g. important nutrients such as vitamin B12, calcium and others. In cases where
rusk, wholemeal baby biscuit or unsweetened rice cake. Alternatively a fruit cow's milk needs to be avoided because an allergy has been diagnosed, or a risk
jar/freshly puréed fruit can be given. of allergy has been identified, an appropriate alternative should be used, for
➔ For lunch offer a cereal porridge with vegetables. This may be supplemen example hypoallergenic infant milk. Organic hypoallergenic infant milk is not
ted with a little meat 2 – 3 times per week. yet available. However, Holle cereal baby foods can be prepared using hypoaller-
➔ Milk-free fruit porridge in the afternoon. genic infant milk. In terms of natural products, positive results have been obtai-
➔ Milk porridge in the evening. ned using other animal milks such as goat’s milk or mare's milk.
➔ Possibly one further milk feed (either breast or bottle) These products are available from specialist organic / wholefood outlets. Holle
just before bedtime. offers a special Organic Infant Goat Milk Formula (see pages 12/13). Vegetable
At other times the baby should be given ample unsweetened fennel, herb or fruit based milk substitutes such as home-made soya milk or almond milk are not
tea, or water. suitable as substitutes for animal milk, as they do not contain vitamin B12.
They also provide less calcium and a lower protein efficiency ratio than animal
milks. Rice milk, which comes in liquid form, is not suitable in any way for fee-
ding infants. It is merely a refreshing drink and is not a milk at all. Before star-
Is it possible to supplement Organic Infant Formula 1 with ting to use a alternative to commercially produced infant milk or fresh cow’s
rice porridge? milk, it is important to consult a relevant specialist, e.g. paediatrician, midwife
Infant Formula 1 milk is a complete bottle food and does not need to be supple- or health visitor. The feeding of children with allergies should always be monito-
mented with further ingredients. If, however, Infant Formula 1 milk is no longer red by the relevant specialist.
consistently filling, 1 – 3 teaspoons of Holle rice porridge or Holle millet porridge
can be added to the bottle. After 6 months Organic Follow-on Formula 2 can be
Can milk porridge also be prepared with breast The milk bottle teat blocks during feeding with the
milk? fresh milk bottled meal. What is the best teat to use?
Yes, this is possible with unsweetened Holle cereal porridges. For the standard Unfortunately there are no teats available that are suitable for feeding with fresh
recipe, heat 130 ml of freshly-expressed or previously frozen breast milk to milk and wholemeal porridge. The only teats available on the market are cereal
approx. 40 °C and mix with 25 – 30 g (approx. 5 – 7 tablespoons) of a cereal of teats and milk teats, suitable for use either with cereals only, or exclusively with
your choice. No further ingredients are needed. The milk should not thin infant milks. The best approach is to carefully enlarge the hole in a milk
be heated to more than 40 to 45 °C, otherwise nutrients may be lost. Experience teat by making a long cut with a sharp pair of scissors. With a little practice you
has shown that it is often more convenient to divide the quantity into two por- will eventually create a teat that is suitable for feeding. For older babies who can
tions of 65 ml (10 – 15 g of cereal) and mix them one at a time, as the cereal swallow larger quantities, it is advisable to use a cereal teat.
can become runny after even just a fairly short time. This is due to the relatively
high fat content of breast milk, which makes it more difficult for the cereal to
bind together. This change in consistency does not affect the quality of the
Aren't wholemeal foods difficult to digest for babies
aged 4 months onwards?
No. The cereal's starch is broken down in our special production process by the
gentle application of warmth and moisture. In this way, the goodness of the
whole grain is made readily available to a baby’s digestive system. When the
Can the milk porridge be prepared with infant
whole grain is used, in addition to the nutrients and active ingredients in the
formula milk instead of fresh cow’s milk?
seed germ, the important digestive fibre in the cereal is largely retained.
Because the Holle porridge dissolves very quickly and easily, it can be easily pre-
pared using infant formula milk. Either Infant Formula 1 or Follow-on milk
can be used. In the case of children for whom a risk of allergy has been identi-
Fully breastfed babies receive enough liquid from their mother’s breast milk.
fied, a hypoallergenic milk formula can also be used. If cow’s milk needs to be
Bottle meals likewise provide a baby with sufficient fluid. In special situations,
avoided, the milk cereal can be prepared using Holle Organic Infant Goat Milk
for example where the baby is suffering from a temperature or diarrhoea, it is
Follow-on Formula. Pour approx. 160 ml of boiled water into a bowl and add
important to compensate for the increased loss of water. If your baby shows signs
the appropriate amount of infant milk powder (as specified on the pack). Then
of thirst, give him plenty to drink. Holle Organic Baby Tea, unsweetened fennel
mix in approx. 18 g (3 – 4 tablespoons) of a Holle porridge of your choice.
tea, fruit tea, still mineral water, and – where the water quality is good –
That's all there is to it. No further ingredients are needed, as the infant milk
previously boiled and cooled tap water are all suitable. Always slightly warm the
formula already contains all the necessary nutrients.
baby’s drink, and never give it to him straight out of the fridge.
To encourage the baby to drink more, it can be helpful to add 1 – 2 teaspoons of What should be born in mind when the baby's first
carrot juice to the unsweetened tea or boiled water. Generally babies recognise teeth appear?
and like the slightly sweeter taste of carrots, and will be willing to drink more. When the baby’s first teeth appear, his gums will become inflamed. The baby
To prevent dental decay, do not allow the baby to suckle the bottle for extended will often become crotchety and cry. At night the baby will wake up more often
periods. and, in some cases, will eat less or less frequently. Relief from teething is availa-
ble in the form of teething gel or homeopathic preparations for preventing
teething discomfort. Use sugar-free preparations that are gentle on the teeth, and
Can the fresh milk be pre-boiled in the evening in speak to your doctor, health visitor or pharmacist for advice. Because a baby’s
preparation for the night-time? first teeth (milk teeth) are of considerable importance for chewing and language
For infants up to the age of 6 months, food must always be freshly prepared. development, you should ensure that your child benefits from good, regular
Experience has shown that if, after the breastfeeding stage, a baby needs a meal oral hygiene right from the appearance of the very first tooth.
at night, it is often too long to wait for the freshly-boiled meal to cool ready to
use. Also, the baby will be crying for longer, which may mean he takes longer to
fall asleep again afterwards, perhaps keeping siblings or neighbours awake.
It may therefore be advisable to pre-boil the night bottle prior to going to bed,
so that, if necessary, it only needs to be heated up to drinking temperature.
While it is not in use, the food should always be kept refrigerated. If a bottle is
prepared using infant formula milk, then it should always be freshly prepared.
How can the porridges be prepared in such a way
as to avoid lumps?
By closely following the instructions on the packaging lumps should not occur.
The cereal is very fine, and is suitable for preparing a smooth porridge quickly
and simply. However, if the cereal is added to a bowl first and the water stirred in
afterwards, lumps can occur. It is therefore important always to follow the
recipe, pouring the liquid into a bowl first and only then adding the cereal.
Overview o f a baby’s
diet in the first year
Entwicklungsphasen: Still- und Trinkphase Üb ergangs- und Abstillphase
Transitional and weaning phase Übergangsphase zur Kindernahrung
Transition to children’s food
Age / Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Snack: Fruit / fruit jar,
Morning Tea Spelt-Rusk/Spelt-Biscuit
milk bottles with Vegetable/Vegetable-Potato meal with meat
Lunch Holle Organic Infant or
vegetable jar with wholegrain porridge or meat jar
Afternoon Tea Milk-free fruit porridge/fruit-cereal-porridge
Dinner Breastfeeding Cereal-milk-porridge
or milk bottles
Every baby is unique with individual preferences, dietary differences may occur and this
is completely natural. The table above, is therefore only a guideline.