FAQ

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General questions

Do Woodland Wonders products contain any synthetic colours or flavours?

No. Woodland Wonders products never contain any synthetic colours or flavours.

Are all Woodland Wonders products organic?

Yes! All of our cereals and snack bars are Denmark, EU and USDA certified 100% organic.

Where do you source your ingredients from?

We source all of our fruits, vegetables, and grains from trusted organic distributors, many of which are located right here in the Denmark! However, depending on growing seasons, we’ll source ingredients from other countries. We hold each and every one of our partners to the same strict standards and carefully source each one of our ingredients.

Where are Woodland Wonders products made?

All of our products are made in Denmark.

How do you test your products?

As parents ourselves, we take the safety of our products very seriously. Each product is tested to make sure that they meet strict EU standards and are safe for every baby, toddler, and adult to consume.

What is Woodland Wonders doing to minimize contaminants in our food?

Woodland Wonders and our suppliers all have a Food Safety Programme, which includes measures that help us prevent contamination by any harmful toxins.

How are Woodland Wonders recipes created?

Woodland Wonders recipes are created personally by our founder Christina Hansen in collaboration with her team, and with partners like registered dietitians, nutritionists, and medical professionals. Because she is a mother too, she is driven by the long-term health and safety of children and the desire for tasty and nutritious foods for children that parents also would like to eat.

Our pouches

What are the pouches made of?

Our foil pouches are made from multi-layer films produced without the use of BPA or phthalates. The outer layers are polyethylene blends designed for durability and printability. The middle layer is a bonded aluminium layer for moisture and vapor impermeability. The inner layer (the only layer that touches the food) is bonded virgin food-grade polyethylene. The food cannot contact the middle aluminium layer.

Are the pouches recyclable?

Unfortunately, our pouches are not recyclable at this time. Although our pouches cannot be recycled, they do offer numerous environmental benefits over other packaging alternatives. From raw materials to transportation to your local store, pouches with flexible packaging like ours require less energy and fewer raw materials to produce and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the alternatives. Despite these benefits, we are still concerned about the recyclability of our pouches and are continually working to improve.

If there is a tear or puncture in the pouch (caused by a box cutter or damage during transit), will the food be spoiled?

If a tear or puncture is found in the pouch, please discard and do not consume as we cannot guarantee the quality of the product. If you notice this, please contact the store, where you bought the product and they will happily replace it for you.

Our foods

Are any of your foods suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

All our cereals and snack bars are 100 percent plant-based and thus vegan. You’ll find details of which ones are suitable on our food information sheet or on our foods.

Are any of your foods certified Kosher?

Yes. Our whole milk powder is certified Kosher.

Are any of your foods certified Halal?

Yes. Our whole milk powder is certified Halal.

Do you use any GM ingredients in your foods?

None of the ingredients we use to make our foods contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), as these are not permitted under organic standards.

Do your baby cereals or porridges contain milk?

None of our baby cereals or snacks contain milk or lactose.

Why do you add thiamin (vitamin B1) to some of your foods?

We add thiamin (vitamin B1) to our baby cereals. This is required by law for any weaning foods that are cereal based. Vitamin B1 is an essential nutrient for growth and development, and the law is there to make sure babies get enough of this important vitamin.

Why don’t you add other vitamins or minerals to your foods?

We don’t fortify any of our foods with vitamins or minerals. This is because fortifying foods isn’t permitted under organic standards unless it’s required by an overriding DK law (for example, the law about thiamin). We believe that feeding babies a variety of foods is the best way to get the various nutrients they need.

I have bought out of date food, what should I do?

All of our foods leave us with a minimum shelf life of 75% and then it is delivered to our distributors and retailers. It is their responsibility to ensure that they are selling in-date stock, we are sorry if this has not been the case for you and would recommend that you return the item to store where you purchased it. We give a best before date on all our foods because we know that the food is at its best quality up to this time. We would however like to know more about your experience in case there is anything we can do to improve. Please get in touch.

Our baby cereal

What is the difference between your cereals and other brands?

Woodland Wonders is different, because we do not, for example, use roller-drying, which is a highly processing manufacturing process. Our products are thus minimally processed and as a result thereof, the natural flavour and texture of the ingredients are preserved.

Why do you only use oats in your recipes?

Oats are wholegrain and considered a very good starter food for babies as they are rich in fibre and also easily digestible. They are also a good source of energy for your baby and are very light in comparison to rice.

Furthermore, oats have a naturally sweet taste, which babies love.

How do I prepare your cereals?

There are instructions on the pouch on how to prepare Woodland Wonders cereals. Use your baby’s usual milk and please note that you must not boil the milk, as you will likely ruin the nutrients.

Preparation instant cereal:

Pour 15 g cereal in a bowl and add 45 ml boiling water (100°C). Allow to soak for 1 minute while stirring. Add 15 ml of breastmilk, formula or water and stir again until the cereal has the desired consistency. Serve cooled.

Preparation in a saucepan:

For a smoother consistency, place 15 g cereal in a saucepan with 60 ml of water. Bring to a boil and stir continuously until the cereal is smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat and stir in 15 ml of baby’s usual milk. Serve cooled.

Add more water or cereal if your baby prefers a different consistency.

The amount of cereal you use depends on your baby’s appetite. As your baby grows their appetite will too, so gradually increase the amount of cereal accordingly. Always check the temperature of the cereal before you feed your baby.

Why do I have to use boiling water? Other baby cereal brands can be made with cold water.

Most other baby cereal brands have been processed using the roller-drying method. First, the ingredients are mixed, then cooked using very hot steam. This process breaks down the starch in the grains. Finally, the cooked porridge is roller-dried into a fine dust-like powder, and because it has already been cooked once before, it is easily soluble even in cold water.

This roller-drying process, however, is not something we use at Woodland Wonders. We use real oat flour and are proud to say we make porridge the way you would make it at home.

The cereal is too thin. What am I doing wrong?

The water you use is probably not hot enough. Oats are around 40–60% starch. When we start heating starch granules in water, as we do when we cook porridge, the starch granules absorb water, and this causes the granules to swell. Over time, this swelling of starch granules causes the porridge to thicken. This process is starch gelatinisation; for oat starch, it kicks off when the temperature reaches around 60˚C. If your porridge mixture doesn’t reach the temperature required for gelatinisation, you get a grainy mixture of oats swimming in a liquid broth.

Therefore, we recommend you use boiling water when making instant porridge or preparing the porridge in a saucepan.

The cereal is too stodgy. What do I do?

Try adding an extra tbsp water and stir until the cereal is smooth and creamy.

Can I make a large portion and keep some of it for later?

No, for your baby’s safety, we recommend that all leftovers should be discarded. Do not reheat already cooked porridge.

Can I freeze the porridge?

No, we do not recommend freezing the porridge.

Do you have nutritional information for your cereals made up with different types of milk?

The mixing instructions on our packs suggest using your baby’s usual milk to make up our cereals. To give you an example of the nutritional content of the cereal made with milk on the back of pack, we use a leading DK brand of formula milk.

Allergy

My child has an allergy. How can I find out which of your foods would be suitable?

We have different levels of risk regarding the presence of allergens or risk of cross contamination in our foods, and we want to give you as much information as possible to help you make a decision as to whether the food is suitable for your circumstances.

There’s a few ways you can find out:

  • On our packs

Any allergens that are present in our foods, including cereals containing gluten, are shown in bold in the ingredients list. We also declare which allergens our foods may contain in the information on the pack. Just because an allergen is present in the same factory, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a risk of cross contamination, and if this is not stated on our packs then the allergens are fully controlled to prevent the risk of cross contamination.

  • On our foods pages

Where you can find all the allergen information about each food.

  • Our food allergen information sheet

This has a list of all our foods with information about which allergens are in the food and whether allergens are present in the factory where they’re made.

Why have you changed your cereal recipes to include gluten?

Experts recommend introducing common food allergens to babies when they’re 4–6 months old. This includes babies with a family history of food allergies. In the past, they thought that babies should not get such foods containing gluten until after the 6 months. But recent studies suggest that waiting could make a baby more likely to develop food allergies.

What about cinnamon and other spices? I have heard that I should avoid them.

Allergies to spices are uncommon, and the amount of cinnamon used in Woodland Wonders Secret Forest baby cereal per serving is very small. Different cultures incorporate spices into their babies’ diets earlier than others. A child’s familiarity with spices will vary depending on things like how “spicy” and varied the diet of a breastfeeding mother was, or if the child was primarily formula-fed.

If there is any history of allergies to a particular ingredient in your family, you may want to exercise caution and do a 3-5 day allergy trial, as you would with any other food. For example, you could add a sprinkle of cinnamon to any one of the starter recipes your baby already enjoys, before trying it in a combination.

If you have any more questions or concerns, please do get in touch!

Cinnamon contains coumarin, which is a natural aroma, but at the same time also a toxin, which can damage the liver. Moderate amounts of coumarin in cinnamon is not regarded hazardous to your health, but it is not healthy for baby to consume large amounts of cassia cinnamon as part of their normal diet.

If the only source of coumarin is cassia cinnamon, an adult person of 60 kg can safely consume 2 grams (1 teaspoon) of cassia cinnamon every day and a baby of 7.5 kg can consume 0.25 g without exceeding the recommended limit.

 

Body Weight (lb) Body Weight (kg) Grams of cinnamon allowed per day Teaspoons allowed (based off of 6 mg coumarin per 1g cinnamon)
15 6.8 0.23 1/8
20 9.1 0.30 1/6
40 18.2 0.61 1/3
60 27.3 0.92 1/2
80 36.4 1.21 1/2
100 45.5 1.52 3/4
120 54.5 1.82 9/10
140 63.6 2.12 1
160 72.7 2.42 1 ¼

 

Source: The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration

Use and feeding

When should I introduce solid foods?

For babies who are exclusively breastfed, doctors recommend waiting until a baby is about 6 months old. But some babies may be ready sooner.

How will I know if my baby is ready?

Wait until your baby is at least 4 months old and shows the following signs of readiness before introducing solids.

Babies who are ready to eat solids foods:

  • are interested in foods (for example, they may watch others eat, reach for food, and open their mouths when food approaches)
  • hold up their heads well, and sit up with little or no help
  • have the oral motor skills needed to eat (meaning that they don’t push food of the mouth but move it to the throat and swallow it)
  • usually weigh twice their birth weight, or close to it

Babies under 4 months also aren’t coordinated enough to safely swallow solid foods and may choke on the food or inhale it into their lungs.

How do I know how much to feed my baby at mealtimes?

When you begin, you are introducing your baby to the idea of eating something other than breast milk or formula, more than supplementing your baby’s diet. For that reason, it is not necessary at first for your baby to eat a certain amount. Your child should show readiness signs that they are ready to begin solids (discuss these with your paediatrician), and one of those signs is the ability to turn their head. This ability enables your child to signal you by turning away from the spoon.

Babies differ so much in their preferences and their readiness for solids that it’s difficult to make hard and fast rules about the consistency, amount, and type of solid foods to offer. You and your paediatrician should discuss your individual child’s needs as they grow and develop.

Where should I keep unopened pouches of Woodland Wonders baby cereal?

Unopened pouches should be kept at room temperature, like in your cupboard or pantry. We don’t recommend exposure to freezing or excess heat.

How do I know your products are right for my baby’s age and development?

At Woodland Wonders we have extensive processes in place that help us determine the age suitability of our foods. These include stringent risk assessments with a trained panel and research with parents prior to the launch of any food. After launch, we review all our foods regularly, considering all feedback received from parents as well as carrying out additional internal and external independent testing as deemed necessary.

We appreciate that all babies grow and develop at different rates so the introduction of cereals and finger foods can be a learning curve. While the choice of a parent to feed their child with a food should be based on knowledge of what their child’s capability might be, as well as any age or stage labelling, we will do our very best to help support parents in making those choices.

 

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LOTS OF FLAVOUR AND TEXTURE

Stimulates baby’s senses

Because our products are made from minimally processed ingredients, the cereals have a textured consistency, that stimulates your baby’s oral motor skills.