Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

Here is one for my random thoughts category.

Yesterday, when I went to bed after a day enjoying my (almost) 9 month old son, my brain didn’t want to go to sleep just yet but decided to start thinking about the years to come and how they will look like.

I thought about my childhood,… about the things that I believe were great, yet my son probably won’t experience. Why? Simply because times have changed.

I was outside all the time, never cared about the weather. I grew up in an estate which was described as “the ghetto” of our city. Well, that wasn’t really the case,… perhaps only if you compare it to the oh so posh remainder of the city.

I knew it was time to go home either at dusk, when I felt like it or when my mum yelled at me from the kitchen window. If I was too far away to hear her, most likely some other neighbour kid was near enough and went off to search for me and tell me to go home.

Nowadays it’s different, the kids already have an iPhone. What’s the fun in that?

Or, I remember it was one of the greatest things ever to go outside in shorts, a shirt and no shoes (they wouldn’t be of any use anyway) on a rainy summer day. Run from shelter to shelter,… eventually give up and just lay down on the ground, soaking wet, let the rain hit your face and feel awesome.

You can’t do that with an iPhone in your pocket.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying iPhones are bad, in fact I am writing this post on my iPhone right now.

Anyway,… I could list a hundred more things, I think there are a ton of great things from the “good old days” that our next generation kids won’t be able to enjoy.

But I swear to god, I will do my best to raise my son well and show him the joy of a proper childhood.

Not the childhood of a non-socialised, junk food eating, console game addict kid with no manners.


As you might have read in my About page, I will only post something about my private life if I think it is really worth sharing. Today is one of those days.

My mother in law came to visit for a couple of days to support us amateur parents. Today, while my wife and I had breakfast, granny looked after our son Vincent William upstairs.

While the radio played in the background we suddenly heard a very distinctive laugh. It was our son,… and he didn’t stop! So we went upstairs to have a look what was so funny,… and I had to pull the iPhone and capture him going crazy about ‘re-appearing’ laundry.

Have a look yourself ūüėČ








… I wanted to post this since ages …

UPDATE: The organic lie

Posted: 14. January 2012 in fails
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I always thought that HIPP¬†is a company that keeps what it promises and doesn’t confidence trick you as a health-conscious parent.

Well, today I was thought a lesson when I went shopping.

When I saw this product in the baby-food-shelf, I was immediately convinced that all ingredients are organic and it would be the best thing to get for my baby:

I don’t know what made me do it, perhaps the mistrust that has developed over the years of food-product-lies, but I turned the box around to have a detailed look at the ingredients.

What I found was this:

There are a two questions that immediately come to mind:

  • Why do you name a product ‘organic’ if not all¬†ingredients are organic?
  • How can you list a non-organic ingredient in the list of ‘our organic ingredients‘?

Maybe I am overreacting, but I think this is very disappointing for a company that states:

‘Here at HiPP we are passionate in our belief in using organic foods for babies and toddlers.’¬†

I have contacted HIPP asking for a statement to this blog-post of mine and will post their response once I have received it.¬†That’s the least I can do, to give them a chance to help us understand their point of view.

Ultimately what I want to achieve with this post is, that if you are a parent trying to find healthy, organic food for your child, you might want to have a second look at the ‘small-print’ before you buy.


Update 17.01.2011:

I have received a very quick and detailed response from HiPP and, as promised, here it is:

Dear Christoph

Thank you for your e.mail from which we are sorry to hear you are disappointed with the labelling and composition of HiPP Organic Apple Elephant Biscuits.

The composition and labelling of organic foods is tightly controlled by the Organic Foods and also by the Food Labelling Regulations and HiPP complies with all the requirements of this legislation.  For foods to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals and the product must have been inspected and certified by a registered certification body.  In this case the product has been approved by the organic certification body in the country of manufacture (Switzerland), and also by the UK organic certifier the Soil Association.

Both certifiers ensure that the product meets all the required legislation in terms of organic quality and labelling.

Because some ingredients are not available organically, up to 5% ingredients from a list of approved non-organic food ingredients are allowed. There are also a limited number of non-food ingredients such as yeast, salt, water, and a restricted number of additives and processing aids are allowed, some of which are legally required (such as iron and thiamin in flour).

Bothwith non-organic food ingredients and additives there is an extremely strict list of permitted ingredients to ensure that nothing harmful or potentially harmful will be found in organic food. This explains why this product contains the two highlighted non-organic ingredients, used only because no organic alternatives were available.

With regards to the labelling of organic products, the labels must identify the organic and non-organic ingredients in the ingredient panel in the same colour, size and style of lettering as the organic ingredients.  This is done with these HiPP biscuits.

I hope you are happy with this explanation and that you are reassured that, although these biscuits contain small amounts of 2 non-organic ingredients, this has only been done because organic alternatives were not available and their use has been approved.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards

Helen G.

HiPP UK Nutritionist