One of the things I find hardest about parenting is the sheer choice of decisions you must make. It starts at birth: epidural or natural pain relief? Moses basket or crib (or even – gasp – co-sleeping?). Breastfeeding or formula milk? Stay at home or go back to work? Purees or baby-led weaning?
The ironic thing is that whichever decision you make, to some it will always be the wrong one. As much as it’s the right decision for you, there will always be a negative Nelly who will make you question what you’re doing and whether you are giving your kids a bad start in life just because they have access to CBeebies and the odd chocolate.
One of my most recent decisions has been that of growing up milk vs toddler milk, which has included lots of research into the nutrition required by kids as they grow into toddlerhood.
I’ve been interested to find out that toddlers require:
• Nearly three times as much energy from food compared to an adult
• More than four times the amount of iron and vitamin C
• Around three times the amount of calcium, zinc and vitamin A
• More fat than adults, particularly ‘good’ unsaturated fats
• Less salt in their food than adults (though Elfie’s a bit of a special one with this as she does require more salt than other children)
Hilariously, if toddlers were as big as adults, they’d need 7,000 calories a day to keep going! I can only dream of being allowed to eat 7,000 calories. This is how it might look:
Elfie has been drinking cow’s milk since she was 12 months old, and as Hux is fast approaching this age too I’ve been wondering whether I should make the switch to growing up milk.
Growing Up Milk is made from cows’ milk enriched with key nutrients that toddlers need, like vitamins A, C and D, iron, calcium and omega 3. It would be reassuring to know that drinking two 150ml beakers of Growing Up Milk daily will go a long way towards providing the vitamins and nutrients my children need.
To find out more about the extraordinary growth and development that toddlers go through visit www.growingupmilkinfo.com.
What sort of milk does your toddler drink?