Milk Beverages: What’s best for your little one?

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Toddler milk beverages and regular liquid milk share many nutrients, in different amounts

You may be struggling to find the right beverage to give your toddler, debating between milk and other options, and that’s okay. With so many choices out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The key is to stay informed so you know your little one is getting the right nourishment at the right time.

At this time in their development, your child's brain and body need specific nutrients, like DHA, iron, calcium, and Vitamin D to help them grow. Choosing the right source that is nutritious enough for their growing body and gentle enough for their developing tummy might seem tricky, but can help ensure your child receives those crucial nutrients.

Toddler milk beverages, like NIDO 1+, and regular liquid milk have many of the same nutrients, but they are present in different amounts. Here’s how the two compare, to help you choose the best option for your little one.

WHAT'S IN YOUR CHILD'S MILK BEVERAGE

Vitamins and MineralsNIDO 1+ (per 1 cup)Whole Milk (per 1 cup)
DHA19 mg-
Probiotic1 Billion CFU L.rhamnosus-
Protein5g8g
Vitamin D3.9mcg (25% DV)3.7mcg (25% DV)
Calcium210mg (30% DV)300mg (40% DV)
Iron2.4mg (30% DV)-
Vitamin A140mcg RE (45% DV)78mcg RE (25% DV)
Vitamin C6mg (40% DV)-
Vitamin E1.4mg (20% DV)-
Vitamin K9mcg (30% DV)0.7mcg (2% DV)
Thiamin (B1)0.1mg (20% DV)0.1mg (20% DV)
Niacin (B3)1.8mg (30% DV)0.3mg (4% DV)
Riboflavin (B2)-0.4mg (80% DV)
Pantothenic Acid (B5)0.7mg (35% DV)-
Vitamin B60.1mg (20% DV)0.2mg (40% DV)
Vitamin B12-1mcg (110% DV)
Zinc1mg (30% DV)1mg (30% DV)
Selenium7mcg (35% DV)5mcg (25% DV)
Magnesium-30mg (35% DV)
Phosphorus-246mg (50% DV)

A toddler’s diet should include a variety of foods such as low fat or fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. As part of a healthy diet, NIDO 1+ can provide additional protein, vitamins and minerals, like iron and 19 mg of DHA to help support brain development along with vitamins A, C & D, iron, zinc and a probiotic to help support their immune system – all in an easy to prepare powder with a mild honey taste that your little one is sure to love!

*Milk provides plenty of key nutrients to a child’s diet; the type of milk they need varies by age and health requirements. Please talk to your child's healthcare provider if you have any concerns.