Learn the differences between nutritional drinks for toddlers: Enfagrow, cow's milk, cow's milk with DHA and PediaSure®*
With so many options to pick from, selecting the right drink for your toddler can certainly be confusing. Here’s some information to help you make a good choice for your toddler’s growing brain and body.
Isn’t cow’s milk the perfect food?
Cow’s milk is nutritious and can be an important part of your child’s diet. Yet during the toddler stage while the brain is growing rapidly, many moms prefer giving their children a drink that has DHA. Milk doesn’t have DHA — and on average, a toddler’s daily diet only provides 25% of the DHA many experts recommend. That’s why it’s a good idea to help fill in the gap with Enfagrow® Toddler Transitions™ Infant & Toddler formula or Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™ Milk Drink.
Horizon offers a cow’s milk that has DHA. While this offers an important nutrient that regular cow’s milk does not, it doesn’t have other important nutrients that Enfagrow has such as prebiotics and iron. These are nutrients that moms may want to look out for in nutritional beverages for toddlers.
What about PediaSure?
PediaSure, the original shake, may seem similar to Enfagrow, but it’s quite different. This shake is actually a liquid meal replacement for children who may be below the recommended weight or have other health concerns. Because it’s designed as a meal replacement, PediaSure contains more sugar, fat and calories than the average healthy toddler needs. PediaSure Sidekick is another version of PediaSure and is meant to be a nutritional drink to accompany food, not as a meal replacement.
Why are there several Enfagrow products for toddlers - and how are they different?
A 9-month old has different nutritional needs than a one or a two-year old and that’s why we offer two different options. Importantly, they both have DHA and iron. These two brain-nourishing nutrients are important at every stage, such as during toddlerhood as rapid brain growth continues.
Enfagrow Toddler Transitions is for toddlers 9 to 18 months. It has:
- Complete nutrition for older infants transitioning into toddlerhood
- 30 nutrients for healthy growth, such as calcium and Vitamin D
- Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotics® Blend designed to help support digestive health
Enfagrow Toddler Next Step is for toddlers one year and up. It has:
- Nutrition that complements an older toddler’s diet
- 19 nutrients for healthy growth, such as calcium, Vitamin D and zinc
- Natural Defense Dual Prebiotics Blend designed to help support digestive health