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


Cravendale Epic Straw Challenge

My boys love a glass of milk especially when it has that funny powdery stuff mixed into that changes the colour slightly and tastes very yummy No! what you like! I mean Milkshake! I don’t need to push them into drinking milk as they already know how important it is to have an intake of calcium to acheive healthy strong bones and healthy teeth. Adequate Calcium can decrease a child’s chance of getting osteoporosis later on in their adult life.

The recommended intake for :-

1 to 3 years old — 700 milligrams of calcium daily

4 to 8 years old — 1000 milligrams

9 to 18 years old — 1,300 milligrams

Cravendale have come up with a fabulous new way of making sure our children get the appropriate calcium intake they need by making it fun to drink.

Be a Milk magician with EPIC STRAWS!

Get 10 Epic Straws Codes and redeem The Secret Slurper

Once you have Collected The secret slurper you can then go on to collect the other two!

Get 10 more codes and then choose your set

There are three Epic straw sets to collect The Secret Slurper, The Cereal Snaffler and The Bottle Burglar. Each one comes with an easy to follow picture instruction sheet that is colourful and simple to look at, with step by step pictures it won’t be long until you have built your creation and are ready for your calium intake with Cravendale.

Let The Slurping Commence!

Putting together the Secret Slurper

The Boys had lots of fun with the straws and easily drank a whole glass of milk each! Even daddy had to have a go as he can never miss out on any fun activity the boys are involved in. All i could hear was “It’s my turn now” “You’ve drunk all the milk” “Let me have a go now” and lots of giggles so i know that they really enjoyed it. They are pretty much hands on boys and like to design and build things together, they are forever in there bedroom building the next big thing with the lego or gluing things together to make new buildings or trains, so i set them a task to build a new Epic Straw set!

This is what jak came up with!

He is very proud of his little creation and calls it The Super Spy Set as he says that you can look through it like binoculars while drinking at the same time.

Why not join in on the fun and sign up with Cravendale, save the voucher codes on their 2 litre bottles and get slurping yourselves, you will never want to drink milk normally again!

Thank you to Britmums for sending us our Epic Straws to test out 🙂