From a tiny infant to a teetering toddler, your baby speeds through her first year—sitting, crawling, standing, and maybe even taking her first wobbly steps. During these short 12 months, her birth weight triples, her brain size doubles, and her length increases by 50%.
That’s a lot of growth and change, and it takes a lot of energy and good nutrition. Little bites of solid foods may not meet all of baby’s growing nutritional and developmental needs, especially for Calcium and Iron. In fact, Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S., affecting mainly older infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
That's why breastmilk or an Iron-fortified formula should continue to be the primary source of nutrition throughout the first year of life.
For toddlers who are 9 to 24 months, GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle and GRADUATES® Protect formulas help support optimal nutrition. They both offer Iron, DHA & ARA, and Vitamins C and E, and as much Calcium as in standard milk-based formulas1. And GRADUATES® Protect is the only older-baby formula with beneficial probiotic cultures to help support your toddler's immune system.
GOOD START® Gentle and Protect can be used throughout the first year of life. If your baby is doing well on this formula, and if you feel confident he's getting all the Calcium he requires, there's no need to switch. If you feel that your baby is a picky eater and wants extra nutritional support, GERBER® GRADUATES® Protect is an excellent choice.
Disclaimers/Notes: 1Standard formulas provide adequate nutrition for the first year. GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle provides extra nutrition insurance.
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