March 11, 2022 Updated on April 12, 2022 4 min read
Cow’s milk is one of many options that you can be offered at that special 1-year milestone. So why is cow milk traditionally recommended? Read on to learn more about cow milk introduction, when toddler formula is appropriate, and why toddler formula is more common in Europe than in the US.
While whole cow’s milk may be sufficient for many toddlers, it may not be an optimal choice for ALL toddlers. Here are 3 instances in which toddler formula may be beneficial.
Some of the most common nutrient deficiencies in US children ages 1-6 include iron, vitamin D, calcium and DHA. Toddler formula can help fill the gap of these common nutrient deficiencies. For inspiration and education about food introduction, check out our Nourish Blog. Inside, you’ll find healthy tips for food introduction as well as a list of common foods high in iron, vitamin D, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.
In the US, formula is generally separated into two stages: Infant formula ages 0-12 months, and toddler formula, for ages 12-24 months. Instead, the EU offers stages of milks: Stage 1 infant formula suitable from birth, Stage 2 follow-on formula starting around 4-6 months, stage 3 follow-on formula starting from 10-12 months, and even stage 4 growing-up milk from about 2 years old. Typically, there is less emphasis placed on the upper age limit in these stages. With this model, it is easy to see how many parents in Europe choose to continue through the milk stages of their chosen brand as their infant grows into a toddler, moving on to the next stage as parents feel confident their child is getting what they need from their diet.
We know how difficult it is to ensure that your little one is getting all the nutrients they need which is why our toddler formula is fortified with 22 vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin D, calcium and DHA. For parents interested in using a toddler formula, here are some practical tips to make the transition as seamless and nutritious as possible!
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