Once your baby reaches their first birthday they officially become a toddler!

Toddlerhood is a unique phase of life between the ages of 1 and 3. During this time, the nutrition that your little one gets can have a positive influence on their growth and development – not just now but for their whole lives.

Between the ages of 1 and 3 your toddler is growing faster than they ever will again in their life. In fact, by the time they are 2 they will have grown to approximately half of their adult height!*

Growing Up milk, toddler, brain

Another fascinating fact is that by the time your toddler is 3 their brain will have grown to 80% of its adult size. Iron is one key nutrient which supports their brain development but it can be hard to get enough in their diet.

Your toddler’s nutritional needs are quite different to yours. As they head into toddlerhood, they will actually need 4 times more iron and 5 times more vitamin D than an adult compared to their size.
Irish research has shown that 23% of 1 year olds in Ireland have inadequate intakes of iron. As well as that, over 90% of 1-3 year olds do not meet the RDA for vitamin D (1). Research has also shown that Growing Up milk is proven to help reduce the risk of inadequacies of these two nutrients in the diets of toddlers aged 1-2 years (2).

Aptamil Growing Up milk is made from natural cow’s milk and is fortified with key nutrients

Aptamil Growing Up milk 1-2 years is made from natural cow’s milk and is fortified with iron and vitamin D. This is one way to support their unique nutritional needs as part of a healthy balanced diet from 1 year onwards.


Find out more about Aptamil Growing up milks here.



1. National Preschool Nutrition Survey, IUNA 2012
2. Walton J & Flynn A (2013). Food & Nutrition Research Journal.

*Based on a prediction for height, a child’s height is influenced by genetics. Please note that children grow at different rates.

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