After the Little Man weaned from breastfeeding a few weeks after his second birthday, I found myself scrambling to find a replacement. Although he eats solids like a champ already, I believe that milk is still essential for his growing bones.
Have you ever found yourself in the grocery store, wondering what kind of milk you should give your toddler? I have. From cow’s milk to goat’s milk, full cream to skim, liquid to powder–there are a lot to choose from and it can be quite stressful. I asked, “Does it even matter what kind of milk I will give my children?” Well, yes.
But before I say which one I ended up buying for the minis, let me say what I believe is most important about your choice of milk:
- It should be something your child is not allergic to;
- It should be something your child will drink; and
- It should not be a burden to your family just to buy it. (Some milk choices are quite expensive and hard to find!)
Now that that’s all laid down, let’s talk about milk that worked for my minis.
The Princess, who was breastfed on her first few days and formula fed until the age of 2, prefers Low Fat Milk. She drinks 2 glasses a day, one in the morning and one before she goes to bed. This is totally fine if your toddler prefers this, but make sure she gets most of her other nutrients from other food. Thankfully, the Princess is not a picky eater at all. While she is not a huge fan or pork, she loves fish, vegetables and fruits!
The Little Man, on the other hand was breastfeed until he was a little under 3 years old. After he stopped breastfeeding and was super picky with his food, I knew I had to give him milk that will work as a supplement. And our choice of milk? NIDO® 3+!
Kids, during their early childhood years, for example, easily get sick because they have little exposure to diseases and therefore have not yet developed the immunologic defenses needed to fend them off. To address this, moms should provide their kids with foods that have the right nutrients, along with an age-specific milk that contains both probiotics and prebiotics.
Probiotics are live good bacteria that promote stomach balance and help strengthen the immune system. Prebiotics, on the other hand, act as a multiplier of good bacteria, ensuring acceptable good-to- bad bacteria ratio in the tummy and protection from within.
Studies reveal that the human brain grows about 3.5 times in mass from 0 to 5 years old. That is why kids during this time are able to learn and absorb new knowledge like a sponge. To support this, moms can give their child age-specific milk with high levels of DHA, ALA and LA, which are fatty acids that work together to promote proper brain structure development and normal cognitive functions.
All these and more can be found in NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+. From the best of Nestlé Research™: NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+ are the only age-specific milk brands with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, millions of live good bacteria that helps build your child’s bodily defenses.
NIDO® 3+ also contains a unique blend of natural fibers and nutrients called Prebio® 3, while NIDO® 5+ is enriched with CALCI-N® to help build healthy bones by providing better calcium absorption.
Milk plays a very important role in a child’s growth and development so it pays to know what they need at different ages and stages of their growth for one to make the right milk choice. To learn more, visit www.lakingamazing.ph.