The Winter Potty List with Growing Up Milk

Winter is definitely upon us, the mornings are chilly and cold and it has been getting darker alot earlier. As it is a lot colder now we find it not so easy to spend lengthy amounts of time outside in the fresh air.

From October to April, the sun is at the wrong angle for our bodies and the bodies of our little ones to make the vitamin D we need. This can have an impact on your toddler’s health, as vitamin D plays an important role in the development of little ones’ bones and teeth. I wrote about Vitamin D a while back, you can read about it here. As we are spending less time outside because of the weather and also because the sun is at the wrong angle we need find ways to top up our toddler’s diet with Vitamin D during this time.

Why not Play chef on a rainy day and design funny faces for Fisherman’s Jackets (jacket potato with tuna). Not only is this a fun activity for you and your little one to enjoy together, but the final product is also a good source of vitamin D

Relax and curl up watching a movie, with a beaker of Growing Up Milk for your little one and a hot drink for mum. Just two 150ml beakers a day of Growing Up Milk provides 73% of toddlers’ daily dietary vitamin D recommendation

Other sources of dietary vitamin D include fortified cereals, eggs and oily fish. The Department of Health also recommends that all children aged six months to five years receive vitamin D drops of at least 7mcg, in order to meet their daily requirement

My son is 27 months old and still enjoys 2 beakers of Growing Up Milk a day, of which he drinks first thing in the morning after his cereal and one just after dinner of the evening. Drinking 2 150ml beakers of Growing Up Milk a day gives him 73% of the daily recommended requirement. I want to make sure that he has strong and healthy bones and teeth as this is important to his growth and development and he also really likes the taste of the milk and prefers it to drinking cows milk.

The guys over at Growing Up Milk  asked parents to send in their suggestions of things to do with a toddler over the winter months. After looking through all the great entries, they have created a Winter Potty List of 24 must-do activities for you and your little one to enjoy, including a few vitamin D inspired games.

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I think taking part in the Winter Potty List will be lots of fun and it will also keep us, as well as our children, active and healthy.

Scrambled eggs, canned Tuna, Salmon, Canned Sardines and Chicken are all ideal foods to get Vitamin D from.

Will you be joining in? What would you add to the list?



Could your little one be a star of the new Dance Dance Baby Advert for Cow & Gate?

Our Little ones love to move along to music, showing off their lively personalities boogying, jiggling, turning and shaking their little bodies all over the place, that’s why Cow & Gate have created Dance Dance Baby

Dance Dance Baby is a Facebook app that has been created for you to upload videos of your little one expressing their personality to music. Cow & Gate will select their favourite clips for their new advert, which will be launched on their YouTube channel later this year.

They are looking for boogying babies from the age of 9 months to 3 years old, you will find all the FAQ’s and how to get involved here, please make sure you read all of the terms and conditions before entering.

The closing date for the videos to be uploaded is 15th July 2013, the videos should be no longer than 30 seconds long and is only open to UK residents.

Here are a few guidelines to help you capture your little one’s moves on video:

  • Film it landscape, sideways (horizontal) and in colour.
  • Try to keep the camera nice and steady.
  • Make sure your little one is dancing or wiggling safely.
  • Keep logos of brands (including Cow & Gate) out of view.
  • Try to keep your little one facing the camera as much as you can.
  • Turn off the date and time stamp option (this may appear in the corner of the screen on your camera).

Good Luck and get filming your little ones 🙂

This is not a sponsored post, my son has appeared in the campaign which is why i am happy to share.



Is your toddler ready for the Marathon?




With the London marathon looming, taking place this sunday (21st April), adult runners are preparing for a major feat. However, what mums and dads may not realise is that on a daily basis, the nutrition our little ones require to achieve every day milestones, like crawling, walking and running, is comparable to the power grown-ups need to complete major achievements.

The First Steps Research, commissioned by, highlights how a toddler’s daily antics, which might include: tottering from one end of the sofa to the other, playing in their sandpit or even their afternoon nap, uses the same energy, when compared ‘pound for pound’ to an adult running 30 miles. That’s more than a marathon.

This is also equivalent to:

  • Eight hours of straight singles tennis – just three hours shy of the record breaking 11 hour, five minute match set at Wimbledon, by Nicolas Mahut and John Isner in 2010
  • Rowing for six hours – plenty of time to row the 21 miles of the English Channel
  • 250 minutes boxing – that’s 83 rounds in the ring, which is over 27 individual fights

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton explains the science behind these findings. She comments: “To illustrate the difference between a toddler’s and an adult’s diet, the First Steps Research worked out the average calories required to support a toddler on a daily basis. We took into consideration their weight, resting metabolic rate, and energy necessary for growth, development and activity. Each of these factors, when compared with an average 70kg (154lb) adult, equated ‘pound for pound’ to a 3,600 calorie daily diet for an adult. That’s enough to run marathons, climb Ben Nevis twice, or box more than seven fights consecutively.

My 20 month old is always on the go, from the moment he is awake to the minute he falls asleep he spends his time running around, climbing, playing with the ball either throwing or kicking it and riding his bike. I don’t have enough energy in me to keep up with him, there’s one thing for sure is that i sleep very well at night (when he isn’t waking me up) as he tires me out! His favorite activity is going to our local gymnastics club where he spends an hour and a half  bouncing on the trampoline, walking on the beams, jumping into the pit and generally running around.



“I hope the findings of the First Steps Research go some way to help parents understand why it is so important for our toddlers to get the right healthy balanced diet, designed to meet their special nutritional needs, including the right amount of vitamins – for this amazing period of growth and development.”

Visit to find out more about the amazing growth and development that one toddlers experience from the age of one to three. The website offers nutritional advice from experts, as well hints and tips on ways to top-up your toddler’s daily vitamin D intake, and the role Growing Up Milk can play to help support little ones.

This post is a part of my role being a Growing Up Milk Mumtor. I have received no payment i  doing so!



Vitamin D Day 31 March 2013


Vitamin D Day to shine spotlight on vitamin D

 At the dawn of British summertime 2013, launches the UK’s first Vitamin D Day (31 March) to raise awareness about the importance of the vitamin for toddler development. I recently wrote about how we get our recommended dose of the sunshine vitamin Here

With a recent survey highlighting that the majority of UK mums (91%)  don’t know the recommended daily intake of vitamin D for toddlers, Vitamin D Day has been created to address misconceptions, and educate the nation’s parents, about the role of diet in providing the essential vitamin.

Health expert and ITV’s This Morning regular, Dr Chris Steele, who is backing Vitamin D Day, stressed the importance of dietary intake of vitamin D for toddlers. He said: “Many parents don’t know how much vitamin D is needed for the normal growth of toddler bones and teeth.

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He added: “The low levels of vitamin D in toddler diets is a growing health concern and we need to ensure that our toddlers are getting the best from their diets. Presently, the average British toddler is only getting 27% of their recommended daily dietary vitamin D intake ii and the sun cannot be relied upon alone to fulfil a toddler’s vitamin D needs.”

Vitamin D Day aims to educate Brits on the food sources, like oily fish, liver and eggs, as well as foods and milks fortified with vitamin D, such as fortified breakfast cereals and Growing Up Milk, to help top-up vitamin D levels in our little ones’ diets.

To support Vitamin D Day has launched its new website which includes vitamin D rich recipes for toddlers and expert health advice and tips, as well as a vitamin D Q&A video with Dr Chris Steele.


For more information on the importance Vitamin D and toddler nutrition, visit


I’m A Growing Up Milk Mum

I have some exciting news to share with you all, i have been invited to be a Growing Up Milk Ambassador with Cow & Gate.

Even though Oliver is 19 months now i still give him growing up 1-2 years formula milk, there are days where he doesn’t have a very good appetite and giving him formula milk gives me that added reassurance that he is receiving the essential nutrients of vitamins and minerals that he needs to grow into a strong healthy boy.

When Oliver was a new born i breastfed him until he was 8 weeks old when unfortunately our breastfeeding journey had to come to an end, it was upsetting and i felt like i was failing in being a mum, Oliver was born with Reflux and he brought up his milk straight after a feed. He wasn’t keeping much milk down and i was exhausted, our nights were filled with dealing with his reflux fits where he held his breath and shook uncontrollably, he wasn’t putting on much weight and had gone way below the bottom line on the centile growth chart. We was given medicine which had to be added into his milk just before feeding and put onto a formula which was thicker in the hope that the milk stayed down in his tummy.

Oliver’s reflux became a lot better by the time he was 6 months old but we still have the odd times when he can bring up his milk.


I will keep you up to date with new stories, polls and videos about toddler health, i will also share with you some lovely recipes from toddler chef Fiona Faulkner.