Frequently Asked Questions

1-Why Choose Growing Up Milk?

Growing Up Milk is a good source of many of the nutrients that toddlers need, like Protein, Fat, Calcium, Iron, Vitamins D, A and C, and Omega 3. Between the ages of one and three, toddlers go through a period of amazing growth and development, so it’s important that their nutritional needs are met. It’s a simple way to top up your toddler’s diet with the extra nutrients they need

• Growing Up Milk is made from cows’ milk enriched with many added nutrients that experts recommend for toddlers.

• Toddlers usually miss out on important nutrients. Thus Growing Up Milk can be very useful, as its specially formulated to complement the diet of young children.

• Growing Up milk also contains further components for growth that toddlers at this important phase of growing and learning need and often don’t get enough, of like bioactive ingredients, added Iron and other vitamins and minerals besides Macronutrients.

• Growing Up Milk helps ensure that toddlers get all their nutrient requirements fulfilled.

2-What is a developmental milestone

Developmental milestones act as checkpoints in a child's development to determine what the average child is able to do at a particular age. Knowing the developmental milestone for different age helps parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals understand normal child development and also aids in identifying potential problems with delayed development. For example, a child who is 12 months old typically can stand and support his or her weight by holding on to something. Some children at this age can even walk. If a child reaches 18 months of age but still cannot walk, it might indicate a problem that needs further investigation.

3-How would I know that my child is getting all required nutrients?

To ensure your child gets all the nutrition needed every day, you must offer a variety of nutritious foods from all of the 5 food groups (Milk and Dairy, Breads and Cereals, Vegetables, Fruits, Meat and Pulses) in the right amounts for your child's age.

4-How much food do they need?

Depending on their age, size, and activity level, toddlers need about 1,000-1,400 calories per day.

5-Is my Toddler eating enough?

It's hard enough to get your toddler to sit still for meals, let alone keep track of how much he eats! But there are easy guidelines to help you figure out if your toddler is getting the nourishment he needs.

6-How do I prepare single serving (one glass) of Morinaga BF-3?

Pour 180ml of boiled water in a cup or bottle and add 6 level scoops of BF-3 powder to it using the enclosed scoop. Stir or shake gently the capped bottle until the powder is completely dissolved.

7-At what age can I give Morinaga BF-3 to my child?

Morinaga BF-3 is a Growing Up Milk, recommended for all children aged 1 -3 years old that provides high quality nutrients which help in Physical (Height and Weight) Development , Cognitive (mental, intellectual, thoughts, emotional) Development and Intestinal (tummy) development.

8-How can I avoid BF-3 powder from clumping?

To avoid clumping, ensure that the utensil is dry before scooping the Morinaga BF-3 powder. When preparing, make sure to always add water first to BF-3 powder, not the reverse.

9-What is the shelf life of Morinaga BF-3?

24 months i.e. 2 years.

10-Why is Toddlerhood important?

As infants progress from infancy to toddlerhood, they may face various developmental issues:

• Physical (Height and Weight) Development

• Cognitive (Emotional & Intellectual) Development

• Intestinal (Tummy) Development

Due to their rapid growth and development, toddlers need energy and nutrient-rich foods. It is important to remember, though, that they are still growing and developing rapidly, which means they still have high energy and nutrient requirements in relation to their size. Small, frequent, nutritious and energy dense feedings of a variety of foods from the different food groups are important to meet nutrient and energy needs during the second year of life. This suits small tummy sizes and provides energy to keep them moving all day.

11-How do I ensure that my child is growing up fine?

A simple exercise like measuring height as well as weighing your child at regular intervals can help you and your family doctor to assess your child’s overall health. The Ideal Height-Weight chart allows you and your doctor to keep track of your child's growth & development over time and take early action in case of any problems.

12-What is Nutrition?

Nutrition refers to everything that your child eats and drinks. Your child’s body uses nutrients from food to function properly and stay healthy. Nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. In the right amount, nutrients give your child the energy to grow, learn, and be active. Calories are the amount of energy in food and drinks your child consumes. Children need certain amount of calories to grow and develop. But if your child takes in more calories than required, the extra calories will be stored as body fat.

13-Why Good Nutrition is important at this age?

If inadequate food is consumed:

• Children may not have enough energy to explore, discover and learn as they should.

• They may not progress optimally in the long term, in areas such as:

     o Motor development (movement, motor skills)

     o Physical development (height and muscle development)

     o Cognitive development (Emotional and Intelligence)

Thus, ultimately resulting in under nutrition/Failure to thrive.

14-What should be the goals of Optimal Nutrition in early childhood?

• Achievement of expected physical and cognitive developmental milestones.

• Healthy body functions and organ systems, e.g., digestive, cardiovascular, neurological etc.

• Healthy immune system development i.e. defense against bacteria so that the child falls sick less often.

15-What is the Challenge of toddlerhood?

Challenge is to meet the nutritional requirements of toddlers. Growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, but nutrition remains a top priority. It's also a time for parents to shift gears, leaving bottles behind and moving into a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.

The toddler years are a time of transition, especially between 12-24 months, when they're learning to eat table food and accepting new tastes and textures. Now it's time for toddlers to start getting what they need through a variety of foods from all of the 5 food groups (Milk and Dairy, Breads and Cereals, Vegetables, Fruits, Meat and Pulses) in the right amount for your child's age.

16-What is the suggested feedings of Morinaga BF-3 per day?

2 – 3 servings per day i.e. 6 scoops in 180ml water.

17-What is the difference between Morinaga BF-3 and regular cow’s / buffalo’s milk?

Characteristics:

• Morinaga BF-3 supplies toddlers with 40 essential nutrients.

• Adjusted protein content.

• Fortified with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), important for brain and nervous system development.

• Contains a good balance of vitamins and minerals.

• Contains 5 types of nucleotides – good for intestinal (tummy) development.

• Contains the multi-functional protein Lactoferrin - that helps in building immunity i.e. it provides defense against various diseases as well as promoting the intestinal (tummy) environment.

• Contains 2 kinds of oligosaccharides (Lactulose & GOS) as bifidus factor – enhances the growth of good bacteria in the tummy.

18-What are some general milestones by age?

12 Months (1year):

• Uses simple gestures such as shaking head for “No” or waving “Bye Bye”.

• Pulls up to stand.

• Copies you during play (like clapping when you clap).

• Responds when told “No”.

• Says “Mama” and “Dada”.

18 Months:

• Looks at something when you point to it and say “Look”.

• Uses several single words to get what he/she wants.

• Walks without help.

• Plays pretend (like talking on a toy phone).

• Points to interesting things.

2 years:

• Uses 2 – 4 word phrases.

• Shows more interest in other children.

• Follows simple instructions.

• Kicks a ball.

• Points to something (like a toy or picture when you name it).

3 years:

• Shows affection for playmates.

• Uses 4 – 5 word sentences.

• Copies adults and playmates (like running when other children run).

• Climbs well.

• Plays make believe with dolls, animals and people (like feeding a teddy bear).

19-Is physical activity also important?

Proper nutrition and regular physical activity are the keys to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing health problems. Encourage your child to find physical activities he or she enjoys and get active. Aim for at least 1 hour of active play every day. Limit your child’s time using a TV, computer, cell phone, or game station to no more than 1 to 2 hours a day. Set a good example by limiting your own screen time, too. Physical activity should be part of your whole family’s lifestyle.

20-Can I really make a difference?

Yes! As a parent or primary caregiver, you have a lot of influence on your child. He or she will follow your example, so it’s important for you to be a good role model when it comes to making healthy choices. Even small changes in your family’s eating habits and physical activity can have a big impact on your child’s health.

21-If I have any question, how and whom can I contact?

Yes on our web page we offer free counselling on Nutrition and related queries by our experienced and qualified team.

22-What are the benefits of good nutrition?

Benefits of good nutrition are:

• Healthy weight for height.

• Mental well-being.

• Ability to learn and concentrate.

• Strong bones and muscles.

• Good energy level.

• Ability to fight off sickness and disease.

• Faster wound healing.

• Easier recovery from illness or injury.

• Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and bone diseases in the future.

23-What’s unique about a toddler’s growth?

Believe it or not, between the ages of one and three, toddlers grow faster than at any other time since they’ve been born. On average, they gain an astonishing 40 per cent in height and weight over these three short years. What’s more, toddlers have very active brains and bodies. They need lots of energy and the right amount of nutrients to fuel their daily exploring, discovering and tearing around. Unfortunately, it appears from studies by the Department of Health that many toddlers are not getting all the right nutrients in the right quantities so their needs are not being met.

24-What can I do to help my toddler?

Start early and lay down a solid foundation with good eating habits during the toddler years. Establish regular mealtimes and stick to them. A good pattern is breakfast-snack-lunch-snack-dinner with an extra snack before bedtime if you think it’s necessary.

Choose water and milk as your toddler’s main drinks but be careful about giving them too much milk because it can leave your toddler too full to eat.

Sit and enjoy eating with your toddler and other children at every opportunity, and encourage people caring for them to do the same. This can help them to feel safe, secure and more adventurous about trying new foods, textures and tastes.

25-What’s your advice for mums of fussy eaters?

Firstly, I know that this can be worrying for mums. The key is to be patient and hold your nerve – most toddlers do grow out of this phase. So try hard to stay calm and ride out the storm, with a business-as-usual attitude to meal-times, and you should both come out of the other end unscathed. I will say though, it may need a bit of acting on your part, pretending that you aren’t bothered when you actually feel anxious and stressed inside.

Secondly, keep offering breakfast, lunch and dinner at regular times with two nutritious snacks in-between. This stable routine will mean that you can relax in the knowledge that if your toddler has not eaten much at one meal, he will be offered a nutritious snack within a few hours. Remember, if your toddler is hungry, he almost certainly will eat.

26-Are supplements important when my toddler’s not eating well?

Toddlers often regulate their dietary intakes over several days and so they may naturally just eat more one day than another. Bear this in mind before you worry that your toddler isn’t eating well and remember that the UK Departments of Health recommend that children aged between one and five years be given supplements containing vitamins A, C and D even if they are enjoying a healthy, balanced diet.

27-Do toddlers need extra iron?

Newborns arrive with enough iron in their bodies to last for around six months. After these initial stores run out, they need to get iron from the food they eat.

28-How can I get iron into my toddler’s diet?

Foods such as lean red meat, green vegetables like broccoli and pulses like peas and beans are great for iron. Fortified foods like bread and some breakfast cereals also give us this crucial mineral. Vitamin C boosts all of our body's – toddlers included – ability to absorb iron from the food we eat. It is therefore well worth trying to combine iron-rich foods with vitamin C in, for example, a piece of red pepper or tomatoes when having beans.

29-What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin and is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children. Ensuring your toddler gets enough vitamin D is very important.

30-Can you tell me how to increase my toddler’s vitamin D intake?

Remember to expose your toddler to appropriate amounts of time in the sun. This is the primary way for them to get vitamin D and works by the action of ultraviolet rays on their skin. Just fifteen minutes of sun on the hands, face and arms two to three times a week (without high factor sunscreen), from April through to September, is believed to be enough to keep vitamin D levels up while keeping the risk of sun damage low.

31-What are your five top tips for ensuring a toddler gets as good a diet as possible?

Encourage them to eat a wide variety of foods. The wider the variety of foods the wider the variety of nutrients in the diet. Fussy eaters who eat only a handful of different foods are likely to struggle to get all the nutrients they need. Eat family meals together. Eating is a social occasion and encouraging your toddler to eat with the family helps them learn to enjoy food as you do. Equally your toddler will learn to enjoy the type of foods you and your family eat, making your food preparation easier!

Try new foods regularly. It can often take a few attempts before a toddler learns to accept and then enjoy new foods to persevere and you will hopefully be rewarded by the fact that your toddler will eat a wide variety of different foods.

Try to keep calm. Encouraging kids to eat and try new foods is a gentle process, aided by a little peace and calm, without too much pressure.

A treat every now and then is fine. And brings a smile to their faces! As long as they are eating a good variety of healthy foods a treat at the end of a meal occasionally is fine.

32-Why are Vitamins A, C, and D important for toddlers?

These vitamins play an important role in the growth and development of young children and are essential for everyone. The British Nutrition Foundation has excellent information on the role of these nutrients in the diet www.nutrition.org.uk.

33-Why is Omega 3 important for toddlers?

Omega 3s are found in oily fish, rapeseed oil and some nuts. An essential fatty acid, alpha-linoloeic (omega 3) is important for health, including growth and development, as the body cannot make them. Other types of omega 3′s are long chain polyunsaturates (LCPs) and are important for the development of key organs including the brain and the eye. Researches show the key roles for these important nutrients in toddlers.

34-Why is calcium important for toddlers?

Calcium is needed for the normal growth and development of bones in children. Getting adequate calcium during toddler years is essential to help build a strong skeleton that forms the foundation of the bone structure right through to adulthood. A lack of calcium can cause problems such as osteoporosis or fragile bones much later in life.

Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurts and ice cream. It is also found in fish such as sardines and canned salmon where the bones are soft enough to eat. Finally some green leafy vegetables, nuts and pulses also contain calcium though this is not as well absorbed as dairy calcium. Toddlers should be having three portions of dairy a day (such as milk, cheese, yogurt) to ensure they have an adequate intake. Don’t forget that vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium in the body.

35-Do enough mums know what a healthy balanced diet should look like for toddlers or is it all a bit confusing?

I think it’s confusing! Toddlers are not simply little adults, they have unique requirements and the healthy eating advice for adults (to choose foods low in fat and high in fibre) is simply not appropriate for toddlers. Toddlers need energy and nutrient dense food. They have small tummies so whatever small portions they have during the day should provide all the energy and nutrients they need. So skimmed milk, low fat yogurts, high fibre mueslis and low calorie drinks are all fine for mum but not for a toddler.

I think mums and dads often struggle with giving enough variety in a toddler’s diet. It’s all too easy to give the foods a toddler likes rather than persevere with new foods that they may reject a few times before becoming accustomed to them. Choosing the right portions for a child is a challenge too and information on typical toddler portion sizes is available but I suspect many parents are not aware of it.

36-Why is Obesity and over weight on the rise?

Obesity was once unusual in toddlers as in other age groups, but it is now becoming increasingly prevalent. The vast majority of overweight and obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake (amount of calories consumed in food and drinks) and energy expenditure (amount of energy used in activity).

37-How important is the role of physical activity and play at this age?

Physical activity is vital for your toddler's development and to help him/her maintain a normal weight. The Department of Health recommends that children under five years who can walk should be active for at least three hours each day.

Toddlers learn eagerly and most want to try new activities. Encouraging your toddler to keep physically active will help him/her to:

• Develop movement skills.

• Keep up with friends in the playground and in sporting activities as they get older.

• Stay a healthy weight.

• Keep a healthy heart.

If toddlers learn to enjoy games and sport then continue to let them play at school, their school work will also benefit.

Be patient; some toddlers take longer than others to learn new skills. Some are better co-ordinate than others. Keep gently encouraging, make it fun and give lots of praise.

38-What do we mean by growth and what does it reflects?

Growth comprises two dimensions – weight and length/height.

Growth measurements can help to monitor your child's health and development and reassure you that your child is growing normally. They can also identify:

• Toddlers who are likely to become overweight or underweight.

• Toddlers who are growing too slowly.

• Toddlers who are very short or very tall and who may have a health problem.

Reference: Infant & Toddler Forum

39-What is the role of snacks in a toddler’s diet?

Toddlers eat smaller amounts of food at one time than adults because they have smaller stomachs, given the portion size, these “meals” would often be better described as snacks. For many toddlers, 25% of their caloric intake actually comes from snacking, which makes it critical that those snacks be wholesome and nutritious. Healthful snacks can also provide your little one with nutrition they might be missing during regular meals, particularly if he/she is a picky eater.

“MYTH” about snacks

“Snacks always ruin a child’s appetite for meals.” Not true!
Snacks can actually fuel growing bodies and help keep your tot on a healthy eating schedule. For a hungry tot, waiting too long between meals can just be too much. To avoid meltdowns without spoiling mealtime, choose appropriate portion sizes and avoid refined carbohydrates with low nutritional value. When your child learns to satisfy him/herself with real nutrition, she builds a healthy relationship with food. To help prevent those hyperactive afternoons and inevitable crashes, choose a toddler diet that includes colorful vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins. Just like us, our little ones need well-balanced nutrition.

40-What is a balanced diet and what's so good about it?

A balanced diet is one that contains a wide variety of foods, eaten in different combinations, every day. By eating lots of different things, a balanced diet helps to give your toddler all the nutrients he needs. This means that you don't have to worry about your toddler lacking something essential in his food.

However, providing a balanced diet for a toddler every day can be quite a challenge. So try not to worry if you don't always achieve it. As long as your toddler eats well most of the time, he will be getting plenty of nutrients.