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Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3: Made For Toddlers Aged 1-3

Watching your child hit new milestones day by day is an experience that can’t help but evoke feelings of parental pride and joy. After all, it’s not every day that your bundle of joy learns to take his or her first steps or coos their first words. The golden age for a child’s development occurs between the ages of 1 to 3 years, during which they develop their skills in understanding, mutual communication, gross motor, fine motor and speech with significant improvement in language and interpersonal skills. 1 Although all children develop at their own pace, you can help support your child’s growth with positive experiences and the right balance of nutrition.

1st Year Milestones

At 1 year old, you’ll be able to enjoy communicating with your bundle of joy them more as they begin to imitate your words, clap, play and even comply with simple requests as their language and interpersonal skills rapidly develop. 1 Although your child may not yet fully understand your words, continue to talk, read and sing to them as this is when their cognitive skills are picking up pace and your conversations with them are helping to further develop their social and language skills. You might notice your child being able to hold objects on their own now such as their spoon or cup and perhaps even try to feed themselves thanks to their developing motor skills. Your kiddo may also be attempting to walk on their own or by holding on to objects for support, so get ready for their first steps any day now!

During this period, it’s essential that your child gets enough calcium, vitamin D, DHA and prebiotics in their diet.

Calcium is important to help your child build strong bones and teeth while vitamin D supports calcium absorption and aids in improving bone strength. 2 A deficiency in vitamin D is also linked to an increased risk of infection, hence it might be a good idea to load up on milk fortified with vitamin D such as Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3 to support your child’s system. 3 Vitamin D also plays an important role in muscle function and cell growth, in addition to its ability to aid calcium absorption. 2 Meanwhile, calcium not only helps to build strong bones and teeth, but it’s also a critical component for muscle contraction and nerve transmission. 2 This makes it particularly important during the early stages of your child’s life when their bones are still growing at a rapid pace as it helps to increase their bone mass. 2

DHA and omega-3s in general, are crucial for the development of the brain and eyes. DHA levels are concentrated in the eye, skin and brain cells where they can be mainly found in the cell membranes. They are responsible for making the membranes and gaps between cells more fluid. 4 This in turn, makes it easier for nerve cell transmissions which subsequently leads to better neurocognitive development. 4 DHA is also important for vision and various functions of your eye. A deficiency may cause vision problems in children. Additionally, DHA is especially important for brain tissue growth and function as your child’s frontal lobes are dependent on it. 5 The frontal lobes are the parts of the brain responsible for processing information, memories and emotions as well as helping improve sustained attention spans, planning, problem-solving and social, emotional and behavioural development. 6

With all these important nutrients for your child to absorb, they will need a healthy gut to process and make use of them. Hence, it’s best to look for a milk formula that contains prebiotics to encourage the growth of good Bifidus bacteria to help maintain a healthy digestive system. Studies have also shown that children who consumed formulated milk powder containing a specific blend of prebiotics, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and long chain fructo-oligosaccharides (lcFOS) with polyunsaturated fatty acids are at lower risk of developing infections. 7

2nd Year Milestones

Once junior hits the age of 2, get ready to put on your running shoes, mama! Your child should now be able to walk, climb and run. 1 Additionally, they may now be able to form simple sentences as their vocabulary increases, obey simple instructions, identify objects more accurately and scribble when given crayons or other forms of writing instruments. 1 You may also be able to share more foods with your little one during this time as they begin to eat by themselves. 1

A diet that includes zinc becomes increasingly important as zinc helps with physical development, wound healing and is necessary for normal immune system function. 2 8 This is helpful particularly as your little one is slowly exploring new foods and their sensitive tummies need a little extra help adjusting. It would also be advisable to supplement their diet with foods rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect cells in the body. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells in the body. Antioxidants like vitamin E help to protect cells from free radicals that may have escaped the natural process of our body system. 9

3rd Year Milestones

Having fewer than two bowel movements a week, passing stools that are hard, dry or lumpy, having stools that are difficult or painful to pass, having a swollen or bloating abdomen, or having stool in his or her underwear that looks like diarrhea.4

Diarrhea

3 years, triple the fun! Now that your child is 3, you should be able to integrate him/her into your activities even more as they can now walk, run, jump and climb with ease. 1 Your little one would probably be able to converse in simple sentences now, so get ready for a little chatterbox of your own. At this age, make-believe play is common as their imagination begins to take flight. 1,/sup> This is usually when your toddler begins to express affection and empathy, hence you can expect them to be freer with their hugs and kisses. 1 To support your child’s growth and help keep them happy and healthy, opt for a milk formula that supplements their diet with essential nutrients such as DHA, calcium, vitamin D and E, zinc and prebiotics such as the Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3 which is made especially to cater to the nutritional needs of toddlers aged 1 to 3 years.

The nutrients your child consume during their first 3 years play a crucial role in helping their bodies and minds develop healthily and Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3 is specifically formulated with all the nutrients mentioned above! At Dumex, we believe that natural is best for your little one, hence the new Dumex Mamil Gold range is made with a formulation that contains no GMOs, colouring, or added sucrose. Our Dumex Mamil Gold Growing up milk formulation presents your child with the wholesome goodness of grass-fed milk containing a unique prebiotics blend that helps to maintain a healthy digestive system, vitamin D and E, calcium, zinc, omega-3 and 6 as well as DHA from fish oils for brain development (as high as 75mg per 100g) for Stage 3.

Interested in starting your little one on Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3? Visit Dumex.com.sg for samples now and explore the boundless benefits that your child can get from Dumex.

References

1. Developmental Milestones Chart. (2008). Retrieved April 20, 2020 from http://www.ocwtp.net/pdfs/trainee%20resources/cw%20core/cw%20core%20module%207%20all%20handouts.pdf

2. Michaelsen, K.F., Weaver, L., Branca, F. and Robertson, A. (2000). Feeding And Nutrition Of Infants And Young Children: Guidelines for the WHO European Region with emphasis on the former Soviet countries. Retrieved from http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/98302/WS_115_2000FE.pdf

3. Remmer, S. (2020). Are There Immune-Boosting Foods That Your Kids Should Be Eating Right Now?. Sarah Remmer. Retrieved April 16, 2020, from https://www.sarahremmer.com/are-there-immune-boosting-foods-that-your-kids-should-be-eating/

4. Stillwell, W. and Wassall SR. (2003). Docosahexaenoic acid: membrane properties of a unique fatty acid. PubMed.gov. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14580707

5. Horrocks, LA. and Yeo, YK. (1999). Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). PubMed.gov. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10479465

6. Bjarnadottir, A. (2019). DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid): A Detailed Review. Healthline.com. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dha-docosahexaenoic-acid#sources

7. Chatchatee P et al. (2014). Effects of Growing-Up Milk Supplemented with Prebiotics and LCPUFAs on Infections in Young Children. JPGN 2014; 58(4):428-437

8. World Health Organization. (2009). Infant and Young Child Feeding. NCBI. Retrieved April 20, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK148957/

9. Traber, M. (n.d.). Vitamin E protects omega-3 fatty acids and the brain. Retrieved April 21, 2020 from https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/vitamin-e-protects-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-brain

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