Fussy Eating & SMA® Pro Toddler Milk

Fussy Eating & SMA® Pro Toddler Milk
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I have always found the transition from babies relying solely on milk, to adding new foods to their diets, to be an exciting stage of their development. I love watching my children’s changing expressions as they try new foods. Often crossing my fingers that they might respond positively to new tastes like avocado and kale. As it turns out, my children point blank refuse to be this middle class and of course prefer foods like ketchup or chicken nuggets. I guess I will have to wait a few more years before I can begin dishing out olives and quinoa, without the worry of having it thrown back in my face.

I may have succeeded in passing on my love of fresh fruit to my children (thank the lord for small mercies), but when it comes to foods like exotic vegetables and whole grains, I may as well admit defeat. I can dish them out time and again, but the response is always the same and that response is not good. The most my children will tolerate is a small serving of peas and sweetcorn or the odd carrot baton.

Nowadays, we are all too aware of the important role that diet plays in everyone’s health, not least our children’s, and for this reason I think nutrition can be a source of headaches to parents. I remember feeling so stressed out when Charlie went through a stage of fussy eating and I was permanently concerned she wasn’t getting the nutrition she needed. The problem I found, is that no matter how good my intentions, there were always times where what she ate was out of my control. You can’t force feed a toddler with sweet potato, they simply won’t allow it.

This is where supplementing your toddler’s diet with SMA® PRO Toddler Milk as part of a varied and balanced diet can be beneficial. Despite all of us being acutely aware of the effect of diet on health, many toddlers’ diets require more Vitamin D and iron. The former being a nutrient that can be a little difficult to obtain from food. Foods such as eggs and salmon are good sources of vitamin D, but both of which are foods my children can be quite fussy about. Unless the eggs are in cake of course, then they seem to have no difficulty eating them at all. Funny that.

So, the next time your toddler decides to launch their lovingly prepared plate of salmon or eggs across your dining room table, take comfort in the knowledge that SMA® PRO Toddler Milk contains vitamin D and calcium, for normal growth and development of bone. 2 x 200ml of SMA® PRO Toddler Milk provides toddlers with 108% of the RI for vitamin D. Even if your hard work in the kitchen goes to waste, you can rest assured that they are still getting enough vitamin D in their diet. You can always try salmon again next week and live in hope that this will the week they declare salmon aka, ‘pink chicken’, to be their favourite ever food. Just don’t be naive enough to expect the same reaction the following week.

If you are interested in learning more about toddler nutrition, you might be interested to know that SMA® Nutrition has just launched a Facebook page, called ‘SMA® Baby Club UK & Ireland’. There are regular posts to help parents – both mums and dads – navigate their first 1,000 days of parenthood, from conception until their baby turns 2.

*Reference Intake (RI) is the amount of vitamins and minerals required per day by young children to help meet their daily nutritional requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SMA® PRO Toddler Milk is suitable for young children from 1-3 years, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. Breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible.

ZTC1864a/05/17 SMA® Nutrition UK

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9 Comments

  1. June 1, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I can honestly say I did use this as a dietary supplement even after the kids were weaned. They still had their ‘milkies’ every evening for quite a while because Toby turned into the fussiest eater and I was concerned about his lack of certain vitamins.

    Obviously people will differ massively on this but I love the way you’ve done this post! x

    • June 2, 2017 / 7:37 am

      Thank you Jade! I think it’s nice to know they’re getting the vitamins they need. My elder two are too old for this now, but I do give them multivitamins to top up their diet. I’ve started taking a load of supplements too and I’m feeling so much more healthy xx

  2. June 1, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    My son is such a fussy eater its good that follow on milk has all vitamins needed.

  3. June 2, 2017 / 7:46 am

    ‘Pink chicken’ haha! I found weaning so very stressful with my firstborn – she had severe reflux and projectile vomited EVERYTHING back up, leaving her still almost phobic around food now (age 10 and a half). Thankfully my middle one will eat pretty much anything (except veg) and the littlest one is relatively easy-going (sort of). There was a point where every mealtime turned into a battle though which obviously didn’t help anyone, but once I realised that as long as they are still growing and are healthy enough in themselves I can trust them to choose what they want to eat or not. And I do give them a multivitamin every day just to make sure they’ve got everything they need.

    • June 2, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Oh no poor little girl! I hope she grows out of it over time. My eldest doesn’t have a big appetite either, but like you say, she’s growing so there’s no need to worry. I think you worry so much more with your first. I wish I could have been as chilled out then about these things as I am now xxx

  4. June 2, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Laughed at the thought of quinoa being thrown around – my two year old is EXACTLY the same and refuses to entertain the idea of quinoa or cous cous!

  5. June 2, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Milk is very important this week, food definitely doesn’t go down well most of the time x

  6. June 2, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Mine are fussy but twin weaning went SO much better than I expected and they both did so well 🙂 We are OK these days as long as I serve them things they love!! Lovely photos, as always! xx

  7. June 3, 2017 / 6:17 am

    We had a fussy eater for about 12 months but way past the stage milk could be substituted. George had sever gastric reflux that created so many bad memories when eating foods. Thankfully we got through it and now he eats so well and really varied too. Although not avo or quinoa. x

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