Baby Week 51


Your toddler now


Milk on the menu

Cow milk is probably becoming a big part of your child's diet now that she's passed the 12-month mark.

Whole milk is usually the beverage of choice at this age because toddlers need fat to fuel their growth and their considerable energy needs. At 24 months, your little one can safely switch to low-fat or even nonfat milk.

When consumed in moderate amounts, cow's milk has many nutrients a growing toddler needs. Nutritionists recommend that 1-year-olds drink at least 16 ounces of milk a day – but not more than 24 ounces.

Some kids love their milk and the challenge for parents is not to go overboard. A child who drinks more than 24 ounces may fill up on milk and miss out on other foods that are important for a balanced diet.

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