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There are so many different types of formula nowadays, it can be extremely difficult to find the perfect formula for your toddler. Even though we fully stand behind the benefits of goat’s milk formula over all other types of formula, we want to give parents a complete overview of their options. Therefore, be sure to read on and discover the different types of toddler formulas available!

Goat’s Milk Formula

At Oli6 we stand behind our products and recommend it for toddlers. Of course, the final decision lies with parents, so they must be fully informed about the benefits that goat’s milk formula could deliver for their toddler.

One major benefit of goat’s milk formula is the high level of prebiotic oligosaccharides it contains. Prebiotic oligosaccharides inside goat formula can make digestion easier, because these non-digestible fibres absorb water in the large intestine; this makes the stool softer and easier to pass. However, this is not the only benefit prebiotic oligosaccharides inside goat formula can deliver, because they also promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria!

Of course, goat formula has more advantages than prebiotic oligosaccharides alone. Goat formula also contains high levels of certain vitamins and minerals. Some vitamins and minerals are even present in higher percentages inside goat formula; this includes vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Therefore, Oli6 goat formula is an excellent option for your toddler.

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Cow’s Milk Formula

The second type of formula that a toddler could benefit from is cow’s milk formula. Cow’s milk formula provides the right balance of nutrients, just like goat’s milk toddler formula. However, some toddlers experience problems digesting cow’s milk formula.

For some toddlers, the hard curd that is formed by the proteins inside cow’s milk formula can be difficult to digest. Goat’s milk toddler formula also creates a curd, but this is usually softer thanks to the different combination of protein inside goat’s milk.

Of course, not all toddlers have problems digesting regular cow’s milk. So, if you have given your toddler a cow’s milk formula before, you should have no problems switching to a cow’s milk formula for toddlers. Once your child is ready to move on to genuine milk, you could then continue with cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Naturally, the same rule applies for toddlers who have been on goat’s milk formula.

Soy-Based Formulas

Soy formulas1 were considered as the healthiest option many years ago, but research has disproven that theory over the years. One of the major issues with soy-based formulas is that it could damage a child’s teeth, since most soy-based formulas are sweetened to provide a better flavour for the toddler.

Since soy-based formulas can have a negative effect on the dental health of a child, most parents will not use soy formulas unless a licenced medical professional recommends them to do so. However, if you use soy-based formulas, you must keep a close eye on the dental health of your child.

Soy-based formulas are only recommended by health professionals if the diet of the child cannot contain animal protein, which are often present in goat’s milk toddler formula and cow’s milk formula. The protein inside soy are plant-based, so children with a sensitivity to animal protein could get this formula recommended instead. Still, the use of soy formula is far from ideal when you consider some of the controversy surrounding it.

Hydrolysed Protein Formula

Hydrolysed formulas are like soy-based formulas, since these types of formulas are only used when recommended by a medical professional too. A hydrolysed formula provides the same nutrients as regular formula, only the protein inside has been broken down into smaller protein.

Aside from the fully hydrolysed formula, parents can also come across the partially hydrolysed formula. A partially hydrolysed formula only contains whey protein, but otherwise the formula has been left unaltered. Therefore, many people believe that this type of formula is obsolete.

Both hydrolysed and partially hydrolysed formula are not recommended, unless they are obtained after receiving medical advice from a licenced health professional or a paediatrician. If you believe your child might benefit from a hydrolysed formula, then you must visit a medical professional first.

Do I Need to Sterilise Bottles and Cups for Toddlers?

At Oli6, we often get the question if parents should sterilise the feeding equipment of their toddler. When a toddler has celebrated his or her first birthday, their immune system is a lot stronger; this often means that a toddler does not need feeding equipment sterilised. Of course, there are some exceptions to this general rule.

Toddlers who are developing slowly – or toddlers with a poor immune system – may require their feeding equipment to be sterilised. Therefore, parents will only sterilise equipment when their toddler is more susceptible to illness.

When in doubt about sterilising bottle feeding equipment, you can always contact a health professional. Alternatively, you could speak to other parents who had a similar experience with their child, since they often provide the best recommendations.

Should I Contact a Health Professional about Toddler Formula Choices?

If your toddler has a history of digestion-related problems, it could be best to talk to a medical professional about the nutrition choices of your child. Toddlers who are sensitive to certain ingredients must be monitored closely, since developmental problems could occur if your toddler is not consuming the right nutrient balance!

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Have You Decided to Use Oli6 Toddler Formula?

Does our Oli6 formula sound like a good option to you? Then be sure to read our information pages, which gives you more information about our toddler formula and its benefits. We also recommend browsing through the product pages, which will give you more insight in the nutritional values of this excellent formula.

Do you have any questions about our Oli6 formula and cannot find the answer on our website? Or do you have problems locating an Oli6 supplier in your neighbourhood? Feel free to contact our expert team, who will be more than happy to provide you with further assistance.