How To Get DHA Into Your Toddler’s Diet

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When I picked up my daughter from daycare last Friday, the 2-year old teacher made a comment that really stuck with me. She was commenting on how verbal my daughter is and how easily she picked up counting as well as the different colors. She’s only 19 months, but she can count to at least twelve already! That conversation reminded just how important it is to take steps to support my baby’s brain development.

The first three years of life are a period of such rapid growth in all areas of a baby’s development. Did you know that 85% of brain growth happens in those first three years of life? Therefore, it is so important to ensure that toddlers are getting important DHA to help nourish this brain growth. What is DHA? It is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of a baby/toddler’s brain. Twenty years of studies show that DHA is a way to support early brain development. Experts recommend that toddlers have 70-100 mg/day of DHA to support early brain and eye development. Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™ is a milk-based toddler drink tailored for ages 1-3 years that has DHA and complements their diet to help ensure good nutrition for their changing needs and tastes. Enfagrow Toddler also has prebiotics designed to help support the immune system and calcium, vitamin D, zinc and 19 other nutrients help to support growth and development.

My toddler is a bit of a fussy eater so the idea of a product that can help her get the nutrients that she so desperately needs is very appealing to me. On average, a toddler’s diet only provides 25% of the recommended amount of DHA, leaving a huge nutrition gap. (The main source for DHA is fish and most toddlers do not like to eat fish. Toddler favorites like cereal, cheese, bananas, regular milk, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, carrot sticks and fruit puree all have 0 mg of DHA.) Thankfully, Enfagrow Toddler does have DHA! The best thing about it is that my daughter loves drinking it! Not only does it come in a Natural Milk Flavor, but it also comes in Vanilla.

From the maker of Enfamil®, the #1 Brand of Infant Formula recommended by Pediatricians. Enfagrow Toddler products are sold in a powder form or in or convenient 32floz bottle. My baby started off using Enfamil so why wouldn’t I want her to continue to develop with a brand that I know and trust? Visit Enfagrow.com to learn more and request free samples.

 

This is sponsored by Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™.