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Understanding the nutritional needs of a 12+ Month baby

The nutritional needs of your growing toddler are still quite different from your own. Even at 12+ months, your baby will need a good source of iron, for brain development, as well as calcium and vitamin D, for healthy bones. These three are vital for a growing toddler that is becoming more active mentally and physically. The Aptamil range for 12+ babies is:

Aptamil Growing Up Milk 1-2 Years: This milk with Pronutra+? is nutritionally tailored to meet the needs of your growing toddler at this stage of development.

Aptamil Growing Up Milk 2-3 Years: This milk with Pronutra+? is specially formulated for the next stages of your toddler's development.

What are the benefits of Aptamil for a 12+ Month baby?

First words (Your baby's brain): One of the most exciting developments in your baby's brain will start to happen around this time. Your baby will start to rapidly gain language skills and later move on from single words and vocal noises, to simple phrases. He will start to understand simple spoken instructions from you so much better.

During the time that your baby is 12 to 24 months, the most dramatic changes are taking place in the brain's language areas, which are developing more synapses and becoming more interconnected. By the time your baby is 18 months, he will likely be able to say about 50 words, but will understand many more, usually about 500. Often a child's vocabulary will quadruple between their first and second birthday.

Your interaction with baby plays a huge role in his speech developments. As you repeat simple words and phrases he will learn to copy you. Giving your baby the chance to interact with other family members and relatives will also make a difference and broaden his speech and vocabulary. Aptamil nutrition for Baby's Brain: As your baby's brain grows and learns new skills and abilities, iron will continue to be an essential nutrient. Now that your baby has started to eat solids, you can monitor his diet to make sure he is getting the right levels of iron, through iron-rich foods like oily fish, eggs, and other toddler specific product that are iron fortified.

Digestion: By the time your baby is 1 year old, his stomach capacity will have increased to nearly 10 times what it was at birth. Their stomach capacity by this time is usually around 300ml, around the size of a grapefruit. Your child's digestive system will continue to develop as your baby goes through childhood. Ensuring that your child eats a balanced diet will support the on-going process of development, which won't be complete until adulthood. During adulthood the stomach capacity is usually 100 times more than it was at birth, comparable in size to a cantaloupe melon. Aptamil for Baby's Digestion Development: Although bigger than infants, toddlers from 1-3 years of age have different nutritional requirements than older children and adults do. This is usually the result of:

  • Significantly increased level of physical activity
  • Rapid developmental changes
  • High growth rates

Remember, though, that although a toddler requires more energy and nutrients than adults, they have a smaller stomach capacity. They can only cope up with relatively small portions of food, so providing a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients that are needed for growth and development is really important. Aptamil milks can help your child to achieve a good, healthy balance of all the key nutrients needed, alongside a balanced diet. Aptamil with Pronutra+Growing Up Milk is nutritionally tailored for your this stage in your toddler's development. Bone Development: By the time your baby has his first birthday, he will be increasingly mobile. He will grow in confidence and become more active, moving around, gesturing, picking up things, and interacting with objects. He may still crawl around, but it's more likely that there will be a fair amount of?cruising' going on as he grabs onto furniture and other objects, using them to help support his chubby legs and help him move around.

By 15 months he may now be able to walk unaided, kneel down without help, pick up and grasp small objects, and even try his hand at art by scribbling with pencils or crayons. For your little one to be able to do all this he must have a healthy bone structure that will provide him with the flexibility, strength, and support that is needed as he becomes busier and discovers the new and exciting world around him.

Aptamil Nutrition for your baby's bones: As your baby grows bigger and stronger, his bones will constantly renew themselves. This happens through a natural process which is called Ossification. This process involves cells called Osteoclasts that break down the existing bone and other cells called Osteoblasts and build it up again.

Vitamin D is a key nutrient in helping your baby from strong, healthy bones. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb Calcium and Phosphorus from food. Cheese is one example of a food that is naturally high in both Calcium and Phosphorus. Aptamil with Pronutra+ Growing Up Milk for toddlers is enriched with Calcium and Vitamin D to help support your growing child's bone development.