BabyBoy and BabyGirl graduated from breastmilk / formula to cow’s milk a couple of months ago. For me, this was an unmitigated relief when compared to making up formula – no more measuring out powder, using sterile water etc etc.
However, I (like, I suppose, many other parents) went through the debate – should I switch to cow’s milk or one of the many many toddler / growing up milks that are out there and marketed to us?
At first, influenced by that marketing no doubt, I was leaning toward toddler milks. It was familiar – sticking to the same powder-and-water routine, no need to refrigerate etc etc. But then I began to question, why?
Why does a toddler need special milk? From what I could see, these milks are fortified with various vitamins. That’s all well and good, and vitamin supplements are recommended (in the UK at least) for children up to the age of five….but what if your toddler does not take enough milk?
Personally, given the above, we prefer to give BabyBoy and BabyGirl a spoonful of vitamin liquid every morning. Why? Because we can know that they’ve actually taken it. There’s no worry about whether they’ve taken enough fortified milk during the day if they don’t feel like it, or if they’ve eaten a lot of things like cheese or yoghurt instead.
Is anyone out there using toddler milks? Have I missed something? Is there a reason other than vitamins that you use these products? Do let me know…