Toddler formula: Nutrition support for the 2nd year
When your baby turns 1 year old, you may be thinking of transitioning from breastmilk or formula to cow’s milk. Until now your baby has relied on breastmilk or formula to get the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development—whole milk only provides some of these nutrients.
A little nutrition insurance
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends infants breastfeed for the first year and beyond as long as mutually desired by mother and child. Cow’s milk does not have the amount of iron and other important nutrients that your baby needs. When breastmilk isn’t an option, the only appropriate substitute is iron-fortified infant formula.
After 1 year, for babies who may not always be eating a balanced diet, older-baby formulas are a nutritious choice. Older-baby formulas offer important nutrients that a growing toddler needs and that are not provided by regular cow’s milk.
While nutrients typically found in formula could be provided by foods, toddlers don’t always eat a balanced diet. And some toddlers may not always meet the recommended requirements for certain nutrients. The Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2008 found that on a given day, almost 25% of toddlers are not meeting the recommended level of fat intake, and more than half of toddlers (12 to 23 months) are not getting the recommended amount of vitamin E.
Nutrition support from toddler formula
Recommended for 9- to 24-month-olds, toddler formula is specifically formulated to meet her growing nutrition needs. GERBER® GOOD START® 2 Protect formula has:
- 30% of the Daily Value for iron, vitamin C, and vitamin E in 8 fluid ounces
- More iron, vitamins E & C, and zinc than whole milk, while providing the calcium a growing toddler needs
- DHA & ARA to support brain and eye development
- BIFIDUS BL™—our branded beneficial probiotic cultures to help strengthen your baby’s healthy immune system
We take the extra step to break down proteins for your baby.