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Initial post: Dec 12, 2010 11:34:01 AM PST
Do you use the second stage toddler formula?
why, or why not?
If so, what age did you switch, or stop using infant formula?

I know this is a relatively new thing, and I'm just curious who has decided to use it.

We use the infagrow. We just feel like the more nutrition the better, especially since our little one is starting to be a picky eater!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2010 4:39:43 PM PST
You aren't supposed to switch until 12 months. In my opinion it is a gimmick to get people to buy it because they think it must be better (kinda like when everyone stopped breastfeeding in the 50s because if scientists made formula it must be better than what you could make yourself). I have a daughter who was failure to thrive and needed extra calories and her nutritionist had me give her whole milk (first with a little bit of formula added) and then around 18 months she started having pediasure or carnation intant breakfast for the extra nutrition.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 3:16:33 PM PST
Abbys says:
Hi Girlie, I'm also in the same boat as you... I want to know if anyone is also trying out stage 2 formula for their babies. My son is 10months old and I just now started him on Good Start Protect Plus 2. He's been using GS Protect plus 1 since 2months old because I wasn't producing breast milk. So far, (knock on wood) he hasn't gotten sick yet and is doing well on Gerber Protect plus formula, his bowel movement is also very regular, daily in fact. I called Gerber recently regarding a cereal I found with probiotics, they answered my questions on that cereal but they also suggested the stage 2 Protect plus for my son now (until 36months old?), as it supposedly has more vitamins and nutrients than the stage 1 and even cows milk. I think I compared the stage 2 to stage 1 and if I remember correctly, the stage 2 PP have more calcium and less iron... Anyhow, being a first time mom, I just thought, hey why not... This is his first can of the stage 2 formula so we'll see how that goes. Any other inputs will be appreciated. Thank you!

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 11:53:02 PM PST
colljd02 says:
I decided to just go with Whole milk (Vitamin D) at 12 months (gradually switching from formula to milk). I had discussed it with my pediatrician, and she told me, that as long as I was giving my daughter her vitamins everyday, the toddler canned milk (various brand names) is an unneccessary cost. I gave my daughter a daily dropperful of Poly-Vi-Sol liquid vitamin, and whole milk to drink.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 3:47:22 AM PST
CA parent says:
I was not very lucky when it comes to milk supply so had to totally stop breastfeeding when my daughter was 7 months old. She was on Enfamil premium Lipil full time after that. When she turned one, her pediatrician suggested to start whole milk ( horizon Organic whole milk with DHA) with just one feed of Enfagrow everyday. She has solids thrice a day as well. I never tried to switch her formula as Enfamil and Enfagrow suited her well. I give her tri-vi-sol also once a day.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2010 1:32:05 AM PST
one has to wonder how much of this nutrition is biologically available, or does it just go right through like drinking juice vs. eating vegetables and fruit. By the smell of the poo I have dealt with in others' formula babies, it seems by observation alone you can determine that some of these products are a waste. At this stage the toddler should be getting most of his nutrition from solids, and believe me , every child is a picky eater at some point. Consistency and finding those foods they like and bombarding them with them, while avoiding the unnecessary junk foods I can never understand parents feeding their wee ones (potato chips, cookies, soda, McDonald's, etc) will prove worthwhile.
I went from a 1 y.o. that ate everything, to a 2 y.o. that ate 3 things, to a now 2 1/2 y.o. that eats things other mothers are astounded by. I know it sounds wasteful and ridiculous, but if you keep giving them the opportunity, eventually they will take it. My child asks for salad! because he sees us eat them almost every day. He will always eat the tops off of broccoli, and hummus with hidden benefits (vegetables) eaten with carrot sticks are one of his favorite snacks. I do supplement with wholefoods vitamins almost daily, as one good meal is all I can expect the child to eat in a day.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2010 1:36:45 AM PST
Just fyi, Horizon is regular factory farming under the guise of organic. If you taste it side by side with conventional milk, you will see it lacks the taste of true organic. They are being sued by the cornucopia institute for their false pretenses, and I hope other fakers are exposed for the crroks they are. Some store brands are questionable as well, I prefer my local dairy or Organic valley, you may even know some farmers that belong to this co-op and not even realize it.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 10:57:04 AM PST
I think you don't need the Toddler formula, if you give your baby whole milk or soy with DHA, and a balanced diet, you don't need all the extra expense of a formula. At first it is a change, definitely, but it's also helped our family eat better. We all eat the same veg and fruit and my diet has much improved. The boo bear always wants what is on our plate, anyway.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 3:25:49 AM PST
Caitlin Nash says:
Personally, I have never used the stage two formula. My son switched over to whole milk when he was 12 months old, and eats a wide enough variety of table foods that he's quite healthy; the only thing extra that he's receiving is an iron supplement, as he was slightly anemic and his pediatrician wanted us to be on the safe side with that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2010 7:52:04 AM PST
Kate says:
I stopped BFeeding @ when my son was 9 mos, he was a big sturdy boy, and our pediatrician recommended the 2nd stage formula. He took to it just fine (we used both similac and enfamil) and when he turned one 1 I eased him into 2% (at dr's recommendation again b/c he was so big) and he transitioned just fine.

like anything, you may just need to try a few different ones to see how your little one takes to them.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 10:17:03 PM PST
My daughter was a premiee and now at 18 months is still very "underweight" per the nutritionist. She eats more than my "average weight" 2 1/2 year old, but my younger daughter is very tall and lanky for her age. We wanted her to have more nutrients also plus she is lactose intolerant. We tried her on Engragrow gentlease and she refused to drink it after one sip. Apparently she thought it was nasty tasting. I tried it myself to see why she made a face when I gave it to her----IT WAS GROSS! I thought "WOW" that's why! The nutritionist was out of the office so I did my own experimenting by adding chocolate and strawberry to try to make it taste better....nothing worked. After talking to the nutritionist and they pediatrician, we tried pediasure. She LOVES it! She drinks her pediasure chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla "milk" while her sister drinks her regular 2% milk. I used Similac sensitive until my daughter was 1 year old, then I switched to pediasure. My daughter loves cheese (and luckily it doesn't stop her up!) so she eats cheese daily since pediasure doesn't have as much calcium as milk. She also has vitamins every day.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2010 4:11:55 PM PST
T. Clancey says:
I tried Enfagrow with my daughter. It says 10-36 mos and she was 11 mos so I tried to switch her. I use formula for supplementation at this point. The first 3 days were wonderful bc it seemed that it was filling her up better. However, it began to give her diaper rash and by the 6th day of using it, her tushy was on fire regarless of the diaper cream. It was like it made her poo way to acidic. Terrified me to think what it was doing inside of her and I stopped using Enfagrow immediately after seeing her rash was getting worse and really bad. After a few days of being on her regular formula, her bottom started to clear and the diaper rash never came back. So, I won't use Enfagrow or any other 2nd stage formula. I will probably use reg formula to mix with her food until she can take a vitamin.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 9:45:36 AM PST
There are plenty of vitamin drops on the market, you don't have to wait until the baby can safely chew one.

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 7:40:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2011 7:44:46 AM PST
PghYinzer says:
I only used it once with my girls, and it was by accident - we only bought store brands, generally Coscto or Target, but once had to buy Kmart's and Kmart's was not labled well (as of 2008 at least). I bought "infant formula" and of course at like 11pm one night as I was about to open the new can saw the small print that said "for infants 10 months and up" or something like that. I compared the ingredients to the ingredients in an empty can of our usual stuff and the nutritional info was so slight in differences, I took a chance it wouldn't kill my babies (they must have been about 6 months then) I called the pedi the next day and asked if there was any good reason not to use up the can and she said no, go ahead. (If it had been a reasonable hour, I would have gone out to buy the right kind!)

My son never took formula, so we never had to think of moving to follow up for him - he nursed until he switched to milk completely. But my twins were combo fed so once they hit the "follow up" age I could have switched - but kept with infant formula because that was all Costco made and that was the brand we mostly used. Like I said the differences were very slight. We pretty much used it for when we were out and about only past a certain age as it is easier to travel with powder than milk. So they got formula longer than they strictly needed it, but out of convenience, not because I thought it was necassary. (At home, they got breastmilk and cow milk, on the road BM and formula) I don't know how I managed with my son, never using a powder - either I was just on the go less with him, or just never gotten into a powder habit I never thought to use it.

Normally around the year mark, give or take, I'd say drop formula for milk so long as there is decent variety in the rest of the diet. But powder is nice for traveling.

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 8:03:09 AM PST
Our son was on Similac, but there is no second stage to that (that i've seen).
I tried the gerber good start, but he hated it!! No matter how little of that I mixed in with his similac, he refused it!! I was going to give up, til I got a sample and coupons in the mail for the enfagrow. I was able to switch him to that very easily. He loves it.
Between coupons, and Walgreens register rewards, the price of the can is usually about cut in half for us, so it's not really costing a whole lot more than whole milk.

We are slowly finding things he likes, like veggies and meat. We have so far succeeded with chicken, turkey, some beef, and carrots and corn. Other veggies tend to be hit or miss with him. But broccoli tops and squash he is starting to like. And til we get a better mix in him, I like to keep that extra nutrition of the formula. He only gets it a couple time a day (morning and night). He loves to drink water! He is not incredibly fond of milk, we have found out. Although he will drink it sometimes.

Anyone have any ideas on veggie finger food for toddlers??

Does anyone have any

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2011 2:51:46 PM PST
M. SCHNEIDER says:
our twins were very sensitive to proteins, they were on similac (expensive stuff) in the little purple can. we chose to give them the 2nd stage after they were a year then transitioned to whole milk at 2. Each transition we went with 1 oz at a time per 8 oz. (example 7 oz formula 1 oz milk) we did this 3 days at a time to make sure there wasn't an allergy.... good luck

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2011 6:05:30 PM PST
mom of 4 says:
I have 4 kids and I have always given them the stage 2 formula. I slowly wean them to whole milk but continue to give 8 to 12 oz at least until 18 months or longer. It has the iron that children need, plus other vitamins. Besides the liquid vitamin, children can't take vitamins until 2. I guess it's kinds like women how breastfeed paste 1 year, why, do what you think is the healthest for your baby. Good Luck

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 8:37:18 AM PST
S. Sepesy says:
i only use it because my son has a cows milk intolerance and wont take soy or other milk so until he grows out of the milk intolerence or starts accepting some other milk or some drink, he will get the stage 2 formula because its the only thing he will drink more than an ounce or two of

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 8:57:16 AM PST
Just an FYI, if you use WIC and your child has any sort of nutrition issues (for example, my daughter was a 36 week preemie), you can get Pediasure or 2nd stage toddler formula from WIC. You just have to get a letter from your child's doctor explaining the medical reasoning why the doctor is recommending that specific toddler formula. It varies which toddler formula you can get depending on your state's WIC contract, but whichever infant formula your state uses, that is the same brand of toddler formula they will use. My state uses enfamil, but my daughter is lactose intolerant and she can't take any of the toddler formula's so she get's 108 bottles of pediasure a month from WIC. It isn't something the WIC office really talks about, but both toddler formula or pediasure is something you can get if there is a nutritional need for it. From my experience, the pediasure tastes better and it is more convienent to use than powdered toddler formula.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 10:06:59 AM PST
B. Bright says:
1) Similac makes Go N Grow or Grow N Go or somethign like that as their stage 2 formula, for whoever hadn't seen it.

2)My take on it is use it if you want and your ped says it's OK. I started switching my 10/11 mo preemie to 2nd stage when I was getting it super cheap with sales, coupons, and formula checks. I compared the back ingredient list and talked to my ped. Green lights everywhere. Even if you have NO coupons, checks or sales, the 2nd stage formula (used to be) 3-5 bucks cheaper per big can. $20 a month? I'll take it! My kids never seemed to notice the difference. The second switched at 9mos (labelling was 9+ mos at that time) but I bought whichever was more cost effective per serving. What did I end up with? Two healthy kids, and that's all that really matters, anyway! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2011 11:41:07 AM PST
thanks about the go n grow--that was me asking.

some 2nd stage say 9 months and up--others different things.

Now, it looks like enfamil has one for even older toddlers. Not sure if i'll use that one--i'll figure that out whe he gets to that age.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 9:49:55 AM PST
My son drank Baby"s Only "toddler" formula from the time he was like 6 months until he was over 3 because of mild whole milk sensitivity.His excema also got WAY milder when we switched, an added benefit for sure. It's full of all the vitamins and sweetened with rice instead of corn, which is great and it's also organic. I always bought it on diapers.com since they have free shipping. Hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 11:49:35 PM PST
I have a 10 month old and was thinking of starting him on stage 2. I thought it was rediculious that they even made a formula for toddlers who were old enough for cows milk. After researching I found out that stage 2 can actually be started at 9 months. Does anyone know if the nutritional value is the same for stage 2? It is $10.00 cheaper then stage one. But I want to do what is best for my child.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 6:58:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2014 7:03:41 PM PST
My son is small but healthy, I was concerned about his size and researched toddler formulas and it matched his dr . advice. She said to go cold turkey to whole milk at 1yr (no food allergies). The toddler formula is only recomended for children underweight or have serious health issues. Even though he's small it would throw his height to weight ratio off (make him fat for his height) The formula companies just want you as a customer for longer than 1 yr. Cows milk is suitable for toddlers.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 7:53:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2014 7:55:51 PM PST
Have any of you tasted tasted the dropper vitamins? They are completely horrible. How do you get your kids to take them. When they added d vi solution my daughter was about 9 or 10 weeks old. She refused to take it and if I added it to her formula she refused the bottle. She was failure to thrive too. Ng tube was ok but when we were done with it she was like no way! I have had her on Engage of for only one day. She has the worst diaper rash I have ever seen and it keeps getting worse by the hour. Going back to formula tomorrow. Oh, She is 14 months old. Not sure why it has my dad's name on my account, but I am Diana Stumpf.
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