New Irish Toddler Guidelines
New Irish toddler guidelines released by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland say the majority of Irish Toddlers are deficient in Vitamin D. This means that they are not getting the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 10µg a day. Vitamin D is important for a variety of reasons, and can be quite difficult to get the right amount from food sources alone, let alone if your toddler is a picky eater!
Why is vitamin D so important?
We know that it helps support the normal function of the immune system, which is developing more every day as your toddler plays and explores their surroundings.
Vitamin D is also an essential ingredient for growing bones, as it aids the absorption of calcium and phosphorous.
Sources of vitamin D:
Sunlight, oily fish, egg yolks, fortified foods and fortified milks. Check out some our vitamin D rich recipes below
Between toddler tantrums and picky eating we know that it can be hard to know if your toddler is getting all the nutrition they need. We’re here to help you, however we can!
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Questions about feeding and nutrition?
Our nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.
Breastfeeding is best for babies. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow On Milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet. It should not be used as a breast milk substitute before 6 months. The decision to start weaning including the use of this product before 6 months should be made only on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professional responsible for maternal and child care, based on baby’s individual needs.
Use Toddler milk as part of a varied balanced diet from 1 year.
Dietary guidelines published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (2020)
Vitamin D supports the normal function of the immune system.
2 x 150ml beakers provide 93% of a toddler’s RDA of 10ug for vitamin D.
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