After 12 months, nutrition continues to play an important role in your child’s growth and development. By their first birthday, they have likely already tried many foods and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), can now be introduced to whole cow’s milk. Whole milk, sometimes referred to as 4% fat milk, offers your little one a wide range of nutrients including high-quality protein, vitamin D, and calcium and also fat that can serve as an energy source important for rapidly growing brains. Developed with pediatricians, Growing Years® Organic Whole Milk contains all the nutrients of whole milk plus it is fortified with choline, DHA Omega-3, prebiotics, and is high in vitamin D.
Sometimes, the first introduction to whole cow’s milk may not go as planned and your child may not like its taste initially. Here are some tips and tricks to ease the transition to your child drinking whole milk:
Children younger than 24 months should not consume any other dairy milk other than whole milk because whole milk has a higher fat content, which is important for young children.
The AAP recommends 16 ounces of whole milk per day, and no more than 24 ounces per day, so milk is not displacing iron-rich food.
Around the time your child is transitioning to cow’s milk, their dexterity skills are advancing. They are now able to grab, hold, and release objects, such as cups and toys, making this a great time to introduce a cup. Here are some tips to help ease the transition:
You may need to try multiple cups while your child is weaning off the bottle to an open cup or straw cup.
Continued and prolonged use of a bottle or sippy cup have been associated with a higher risk of excessive weight gain, tooth decay, and the potential to displace iron-rich foods in the diet which could lead to deficiency.
Regardless of how you serve milk, consuming it when laying down to sleep can increase the risk of choking, tooth decay, and ear infection.
After the second year of life, your child has likely mastered steadily holding and drinking from an open cup. At this point, some children might be ready to start drinking a dairy milk containing a lower fat content like Growing Years Reduced Fat Milk. Please consult your child’s health care provider for specific recommendations.
Here are some facts to know as you transition:
*It is important to note that if using in combination with infant formula, the infant formula must be prepared correctly with water according to package instructions prior to mixing with whole milk.