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Children's Milk: When and How Often?

Between the ages of 1 and 3, your child’s development is in high-performance mode. A good nutrient supply is particularly important at this stage. Children’s milk can be a valuable supplier of nutrients for your toddler.


Even after their first birthday, your toddler's cognitive and motor development is at full throttle: they are learning key skills such as running, speaking and understanding. For this reason, your child needs about 5 to 6 times as much essential nutrients, like iron, vitamin D, iodine, as an adult, relative to their bodyweight. In the following, we will cover why children's milk can be so valuable for toddlers.

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According to the WHO Growth Standards 2006, your child’s size will double and their weight will quadruple in the first 3 years.

A balanced family diet will usually provide your toddler with all the nutrients they need for their rapid growth and development. Helpful tips for giving your child a good mix of foods are available on the Optimixx food pyramid, which was developed by the Dortmund Research Institute for Child Nutrition. (see optimal toddler nutrition). However, the largest current study on child health in Germany (KIGGS) says: Our children are often lacking in nutrients such as iodine and vitamin D on a daily basis. Lack of Vitamin D is caused by the fact that is only found in large amounts in fish. Vitamin D is also produced when sunlight comes into contact with skin. During the winter too little sunlight or time outside, can lead to a deficiency in vitamin D. On average, only 51 percent of the daily recommended amount of iodine and 6 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin D are provided by the foods toddlers are eating.

Pay Attention to Ingredients

When buying children's milk, pay attention to whether the ingredients follow the recommendations of the German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ).

Recommendations from the German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ)

The German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ) has developed a recommended formula for milk that is tailored to toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3. Aptamil Children's Milk 1+ is the first children's milk to be developed in line with their recommendations.

Aptamil Children's Milk contains age-appropriate amounts of vitamins A, C and D for a healthy immune system, vitamin D and calcium for the normal growth and development of the bones, iodine for thyroid hormone function, as well as reduced protein content and patented prebiotics (GOS/FOS)*.

* Galacto-/Fructooligosaccharide

Children's Milk can improve nutrition

For toddlers who are not yet eating the same foods as the rest of the family, children's milk can help supplement the nutrients they are getting with micronutrients such as iodine, vitamin D and iron. This approach is supported by research done with toddlers.

Children's Milk — How much and how often?

Nutritionists agree: around 3 portions of milk and dairy products spread throughout the day (about 300 to 330 milliliters in total) are essential for an optimal mixed diet for toddlers. Toddlers should start the day with a full breakfast. Aptamil Children's Milk 1+ fits perfectly with breakfast and provides valuable, age-appropriate nutrition for your child.

Use Children's Milk as a drink, not as a meal

A second glass of Aptamil Children's Milk 1+ also works well alongside a small meal to get your little one through the afternoon — the snack can be either sweet or savory. You can give your toddler children's milk at breakfast, as an in-between meal and with dinner. But keep the following in mind: children's milk is a drink, not a meal. For this reason, you should only give your child children's milk after he or she has been weaned off the bottle, and only in a cup.

High-quality children's milk can help provide your toddler with the essential nutrients needed to tackle upcoming growth spurts. This means you can already begin setting the foundation for your baby's future health today.

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