Iron – a key part of your toddler’s diet

Iron supports normal cognitive development and the recommended daily intake of iron for toddlers aged 1 to 3 years is 6.9mg. A lack of iron can lead to anaemia, which can affect energy levels.

For such an important nutrient, iron can be surprisingly hard for the body to absorb. So how do you help your toddler get enough of it? A good start is to serve up iron-rich foods every day. The iron found in meat and fish is most easily absorbed by the body. 

There are lots of other sources too, including:

  • beans and lentils
  • dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli
  • wholemeal bread
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • dried fruit such as apricots, figs and prunes
  • a toddler milk, click here to check out Cow & Gate’s Growing Up Milk

A top tip for getting more iron

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron more effectively, so it’s a good idea to serve some fruit alongside iron-rich dishes.

Giving your toddler some diluted, unsweetened fruit juice with meals is another option for a vitamin C boost that will help to up their iron absorption.

A Growing Up Milk for growing, active toddlers

An easy way to help your toddler get the goodness they need is by giving them a toddler milk. Click to check out Cow & Gate’s Growing Up Milk.

Nutritionally tailored with the hard-to-get nutrients they need, just 2 beakers a day help top up their diet.
2 x 150ml beakers contain at least 100% of their daily vitamin D requirements, as well as added iron and omega 3 when used alongside a healthy, balanced diet. Alternatively, you can also help top up your little one's vitamin D using vitamin D drops.

For toddlers over 2 years old who are growing well and eating larger amounts of food and needing less energy-giving fat in their milk, Cow & Gate have created a semi-skimmed 2-3 years version. It’s the perfect addition to your toddler’s healthy, everyday diet.
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