The 6-month mark is a big milestone, as you can begin complementary feeding - solid food to your little ones’ diet. While your baby will still be getting most of their nutrition from breastmilk or infant formula, complementary feeding can help supplement their diet with essential nutrients needed at this growing stage.
COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING TO MEET NUTRITIONAL NEEDS
The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends supplements of 400 IU of vitamin D per day for infants under the age of 1, either in the form of a vitamin D-fortified formula or liquid vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D may cause rickets, the softening and weakening of bones in children. It is most likely to occur during periods when children’s bones are developing rapidly between the ages of 3 months to one year old. WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age.
TRANSITION TO FORMULA-FEEDING
Follow-on formulas are specially formulated to be richer in iron and zinc, which can complement your baby’s diet at the 6-month milestone. When introducing a follow-on formula to your baby’s diet, it is recommended to make a gradual transition. Start with one formula feed a day for the first 3 days. You may wish to increase to 2 feeds a day from the 4th day onwards.
Made in Australia with the organic milk powder, NATURE ONE DAIRY® Organic Formula is certified by the Australian Certified Organic which is Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce. The organic powder is processed in a pharmaceutical-grade facility licensed by Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) in Australia, bringing NATURE ONE DAIRY® Organic Formula at its purest and freshest state.
Babies will take any time between 7 to 13 days to adjust to a new formula, and you may notice differences in their stools, which may change consistency and color. This is perfectly normal as their digestive system is adapting to new nutrients present in the formula.
KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS: INFANT FORMULA
Knowing what’s in your infant formula can help you determine if your baby’s nutritional needs are being met. Here’s a quick guide on the essential ingredients to look out for in infant formula and how they can benefit your baby!
BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR BABY'S MEAL TIME
Here are 3 fun and easy recipes to incorporate Nature One Dairy® Follow-On Formula into your little one’s diet.
Oats are wonderful first foods for babies as they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, and babies tend to prefer the taste of oats. Simply replace regular milk with infant formula for a wholesome and nutritious meal.
2. Teething Popsicles
This simple yet innovative recipe shows you how to make your own teething popsicles for a delightful treat while soothing your baby’s gums.
3. Banana Ice Cream (For Babies)
This easy-to-make banana ice cream for babies is the perfect afternoon treat to beat the heat.
If your baby is taking well to the new formula, you can always adjust the transition period to be much shorter. Be sure to look out for any signs of allergy including rash, vomiting or excessive fussiness.
COMPLETE RANGE OF NUTRITION FOR YOUR CHILD
Nature One Dairy® carries a complete and varied range of nutrition for your child, from Newborn Infant Formula (0-6 months) to Follow-On Infant Formula (6-12 months), Toddler Nutritious Milk Drink (1-3 years old) and even Junior Nutritious Milk Drink (3-6 years). Each formula is customized to meet the nutritional needs required at each growth stage of your child while eliminating the hassle of having to switch between brands. Made from grass-fed cow’s milk in its purest and freshest state, with only the finest ingredients, Nature One Dairy® is dedicated to manufacturing nutritionally optimal formula milk in a pharmaceutical-grade facility in line with Australia’s strictest food regulation and hygiene standards.
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