What is iron?

  • Iron is an essential mineral

Why is iron important for toddlers?

  • Iron helps with the cognitive development of children (the ability to think and reason)

Where can toddlers get iron from?

    • There is easily-absorbed iron, called Haem Iron, which can be found in animal foods, like beef, poultry, fish, and egg yolks
    • A less easily-absorbed iron is know as Non Haem Iron, which is found in foods such as lentils, beans, green vegetables, and dried fruits
    • Cows’ milk is a poor source of iron. Growing Up Milk contains forty times more iron than cows’ milk

Does this look healthy to you?

Both of these menus look healthy but the menu on the left doesn’t provide enough iron for a toddler. The menu on the right shows how switching cows’ milk to Growing Up Milk can increase a toddler’s daily iron intake.

Iron_Does this look healthy to you

Want to know more? Read our expert toddler nutrition advice here