Which should I use: Neocate Junior or Neocate Splash?

Choosing the right formula when you have several options can sometimes be a difficult decision.

In the Neocate range of products for children over 1-year-old, you certainly have options! The Neocate® Junior and Neocate® Splash products are very similar, with a total of 11 (ELEVEN!) options.

So how do you know which is the best option for you or your child?

In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the differences between these products, which might help you with this decision. As always, consult your healthcare team before making any formula switch, or if you or your child are ready to start using one of these formulas.

Supplement or Sole Source?

For some children, a Neocate product is used as a supplement to the diet, whereas for other children it is the sole or primary source of nutrition (meaning little or no nutrition comes from “regular” foods). If you’re not sure whether you or your child will use a Neocate product as a supplement or a sole source of nutrition, ask your healthcare team!

(Healthcare professionals can help here, as nutrient needs are different for every person, and vary based on age, weight, activity level, and medical conditions).

Neocate Junior and Neocate Splash products both provide some of every nutrient and can be used interchangeably as the sole source of nutrition. That means that any one of these products can meet 100% of nutrient recommendations for most children. The healthcare team should help decide which product is the better fit.

Powdered Neocate Junior opions

Formula Format

Are you looking for a formula that doesn’t require mixing? If so, then Neocate Splash may be a better fit. Neocate Splash comes in a convenient drink box and do not require adding water or mixing before consuming, just shake well! Another convenience? No refrigeration required before opening.

On the other hand, if mixing formula isn’t a problem, our Neocate Junior products may be a better choice. This product is ideal when you’re traveling and want to carry a lot of formula in a little space. In some cases, a healthcare team may recommend that you have formula that’s more concentrated (e.g. when someone can’t consume a large volume of formula at once). In that case, Neocate Junior products can be concentrated, by adding less water based on the healthcare team’s guidance.

In some cases, families find that both products fit into their lifestyle! Neocate Junior products work well in the home, and Neocate Splash products are helpful on the go.

Flavor Variety

What flavor does your child prefer? Both formulas come in a variety of flavors because we want you to be able to find one that works best for you and your child! In some cases, you may be able to use a few flavors to help with variety. Here’s a rundown of the flavor options:

Fiber, Fiber, Who Wants Fiber?

Fiber is an important part of a typical diet. However, many children who need Neocate can have limited fiber intake. For that reason, all flavors of Neocate Junior have added prebiotic fiber. (An unflavored version without prebiotic fiber is also available.) Not sure if you should choose a Neocate product with or without prebiotic fiber? Your healthcare team can help!

We hope this has helped you choose which Neocate product may be best suited for your child’s nutrition needs!  If you have any questions, contact your healthcare professional to help you decide. For questions about Neocate products, please contact our Nutrition Specialists at 1-800-Neocate.

How did you decide which Neocate product(s) were the best fit for you?


Last updated January 24, 2019

Published: 04/19/2016
Carolyn Ricciardi
Hello Faizal, Our Neocate Junior products do contain less than 2% maltodextrin. Our Neocate Junior range with prebiotics offers more flavor options but we do also have an unflavored option without prebiotic fiber. Whether or not you choose the option with or without prebiotics is personal preference and dependent on whether or not you want or need additional fiber in your diet. Both options are hypoallergenic and can be used as part of an elimination diet for food allergies!
Ok, does it have maltodextrins? Can I use with prebiotics or without prebiotics
Carolyn Ricciardi
Hello Faizal, All of our Neocate products, flavored and unflavored, are hypoallergenic and can be used as part of an elimination diet for food allergies. The artificial flavor added to any Neocate product is carefully reviewed, in consultation with recognized experts in the field, to ensure that they are not derived from major allergens (dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish).
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