Sources of dairy in your toddler’s diet
By now you may have introduced dairy foods such as yogurt and cheese into your toddler’s diet. When your child reaches 12 months of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics says you can introduce cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is an important addition to your toddler’s diet because the calcium and vitamin D help build strong bones and teeth.
Daily servings of dairy
Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese are great nutrient-dense food choices. Serve 2 cups of dairy each day, broken into 1/2 to 2/3 cup servings. Giving your toddler more than the recommended amount may decrease your toddler’s appetite for the other foods that supply nutrients she needs.
Filling nutrition gaps
As an infant transitions from breastmilk and infant formula, it may be difficult to get the nutrients she needs. Many toddlers do not get enough vitamin E, iron or alpha linolenic acid (an essential omega-3 fat).
That’s why we’ve designed GERBER® GRADUATES® SMART SIPS™ dairy beverages and GERBER® GRADUATES® Yogurt* Blends Snack for toddlers. Both have essential vitamins and minerals and omega-3 fat to support healthy growth and development.