Our Story

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why bellota baby?

We have unconditional love for our little acorns from the minute they are born and every parent wants the best for their baby from the offset. However, once the sleeping, nursing, nappy changing phase is under control and a healthy routine has been established along comes weaning... just to keep us on our toes...

Bellota Baby was set up for this very reason. We identified a gap in the market for fresh organic baby and toddler food delivered direct to your door. We found retailers & food service outlets have limited, if any, nutrient dense wholefood options available which have not been pasteurised or are decanted from a plastic pouch. Usually found on a dusty looking shelf rather than a fridge with an extended shelf life, sometimes stretching 2.5 years.

We strongly believe in serving the whole family fresh nutrient dense food, especially the tiny people who weight for weight eat far more than a full-grown adult. We also feel passionate about avoiding plastic, especially when it comes into contact with food.

For this reason all of our food has not been heat treated, is free from preservatives, additives, refined sugar and salt and made using 100% organic ingredients.

Our range of fresh Pure Purees, Natural Nectars & Baby Bites provide a fresh, natural, highly nutritious alternative to traditionally shop bought commercial baby & toddler food.

 

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who is bellota?

Founder Jade Ireland

After 11 years of partnership at an international property firm and following a health scare of my second child, I began researching tiny people's nutritional needs and the state of the baby food market in the UK.

Studying at College of Naturopathic Medicine in London in the evenings and after enrolling in various cooking courses, I set up Bellota Baby in late 2016, leaving the partnership in January 2017.

Living in Highgate, an area popular with young families and surrounded by wonderful nurseries & schools I began selling in farmer's markets, independent cafes and health shops launching my e-commerce site in February 2017.

I endeavour to not just provide fresh, nutritionally dense food for the tiny people but also to try and guide parents through the weaning minefield and provide blogs that may help when it comes to feeding and caring for our adorable little ones.

I hope you enjoy the website and I would love to hear from you! Get in touch via email: jade@bellotababy.com

 

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In House Nutritionist Mary van der Westhuizen

Before qualifying as a Nutritional Therapist, I studied Theology at Oxford University. I then qualified as a lawyer at Linklaters and went on to spend eight years working within the legal team of an investment bank.

My time in the City gave me an insight into the challenges to healthy eating that many people face when under stress, travelling or working long hours. I became passionate about the benefits that can be enjoyed from making even small diet and lifestyle changes.  Through my research and clinical work I can see how - both in theory and in practice - a healthy, balanced diet can result in improved mood, focus and overall health for everyone from babies through to adulthood.

I am a fully qualified, registered Nutritional Therapist. I studied for four years with the University of Greenwich and  BCNH - UK College of Nutrition & Health I gained a degree level Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with clinical practice. 

I’m a member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and I am also registered with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is supported by the Department of Health. 

Since 2013 I've been running baby weaning workshops for Lulubaby. I regularly contribute to parenting magazines and websites and I'm Mumfidential's Nutrition Expert. 

I live in London with my husband and four young children.