Your Child Is Growing Up and It’s Time To Switch Formulas?


Posted 1.6.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

*Please note an updated version of this blog is available at: Transitioning from Neocate Infant to Neocate Junior

 

Often, I get calls from curious parents regarding up-age products, which are products for babies that are one year of age and up. Our conversation is very similar to this:

“My little one with an allergy is about to turn one years old. Can I keep him on the same formula or should I switch to a different one? If I have to put him on a new formula, how do I do it?” – Parent

“The answer is simple and only involves two things: New formula and weaning.” – Nutrition Specialist

Of course, it’s not that simple. But it isn’t as hard as many would think. And honestly, the process usually depends on your child.

Depending on what formula your child is on now, you can usually just switch it to the product next in line. Here at Nutricia infants with milk protein allergies are on Neocate Infant. Once a child turns one, parents can then switch their formula to Neocate 1+, Necoate Junior or EO28 Splash.

Since each child is different, my formula suggestions are always on a case-by-case basis and of course depend on a doctor’s recommendation. However, for instance, if your child still has malabsorption issues, I would often recommend Neocate Junior because it contains a higher amount of vitamins and minerals.

After you make the formula choice, you need to begin weaning your little one. Again, the process of weaning is not set in stone; however, you usually start by giving your child a combination of new formula and old formula until he or she is completely comfortable on the new formula. For example, you could start off with 25% new formula and 75% old formula. If that works for your little one, slowly keep increasing the amount of new formula. If your child gives resistance, switch to less of the new formula and more of the old. Basically, you can create your own weaning recipe!

What have your experiences been like switching to up-age formulas? I’d love to know!

And as always, if you have any questions, send them my way!

- Christine

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