Cow’s Milk Alternatives for Toddlers

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Lifestyle blogger, Lynzy & Co. with her two daughters!

I have been looking for alternatives to cow’s milk for quite awhile because whole milk wasn’t sitting right with our youngest and was causing her some issues with her bowels. I promised you a post on cow’s milk alternatives for toddlers and it’s finally here! We have tried quite a few things for our little Ellie bear and have settled on two different options that have really changed the way that her GI system digests food. She is now able to go to the bathroom regularly and is a happier toddler overall! If you have a little one that is currently suffering from constipation or seems to be cranky since you introduced whole milk, I would look into some of these options. You may just see a vast improvement! πŸ™‚ 

Cow's milk amternatives for toddlers including Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches!

I breastfed Ellie until she was about 12 months and then I began to gradually supplement with formula. Finding a formula that will agree with your child’s tummy can be stressful and painstaking! Our children aren’t used to getting the nutrients in a different form and sometimes their digestive systems take a hit. When I was asked to work with Kabrita, I was so excited to try their goat milk toddler formula. Goat milk is great for babies and easy to digest! I love to bring along formula when we are taking a trip somewhere so that I don’t need to go searching for milk. Ellie still loves her cup of milk (1-2 times a day) and I wouldn’t want to risk not having it. Kabrita’s goat milk toddler formula is fortified with 22 vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, iron and omega 3s and naturally east to digest as well. Ellie downed her goat milk formula without any questions asked and loved it. I highly suggest you try it if you have a toddler (12-24 months) who is currently suffering from tummy troubles, eczema or congestion associated with cow’s milk*, or if you are simply looking for a healthy and nutrititious non-GMO milk alternative! I also get frequent questions about the current sippy cup that Ellie uses and it’s this one here

*Goat Milk is not suitable with children with a cow milk protein allergy, but may be a solution for children with cow milk sensitivity

Cow's milk amternatives for toddlers including Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches!

We have also used hemp milk (unsweetened) and although we had some issues with it in the beginning, we ended up finding a sweet spot with it. When we used hemp milk primarily it ended up giving Ellie lots of loose stools (the opposite effect of what she was having trouble with). We ended up only using a few ounces of it a day here and there to help aid her with her digestive system and that seemed to work out really well. The key to it is finding out how it will react in your toddler’s tummy since everyone is different! 

Cow's milk amternatives for toddlers including Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches!

The last option we tried was almond milk which unfortunately was a no-go with our little Ellie! There are SO many different kinds and the key to this is making sure that you get a version WITHOUT carrageenan. Whole Foods actually has one that is carrageenan free and I heard wonderful things about if you wanted to try it! 

Cow's milk amternatives for toddlers including Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches!

Kabrita also makes Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit Pouches which Ellie nearly knocked me over for. She seriously loves these and they are so convenient for on the go! These are great for babies 6 months and older and they have no added sugar (huge win)! They are also non-GMO project verified and 70% organic, which puts my mind at ease. There are several combinations (four to be exact) to choose from and Ellie’s favorite is the mango peach!

Cow's milk amternatives for toddlers including Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches!

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Cow's milk amternatives for toddlers including Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches!

GIVEAWAY TIME

Now for a little giveaway! Kabrita and I are teaming up to give one lucky reader a gift bag full of goodies from Kabrita! Here is what is included: 

4 x 6 pack of each yogurt flavor (24 pouches)

 1 x 28 oz tin of formula 

1 x 14 oz tin of whole goat milk powder

 1 kabrita tote bag 

1 kleen kanteen branded bottle

All you have to do is comment below telling me one tip you would give to a mom of a toddler ages 12-24! πŸ™‚ 

28 Comments

  1. Melissa
    April 18, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    My daughter is 17 months old and she loves her snacks! I have to brings snacks everywhere we go. Her favorites are the pouches and the fruit and veggie melts made with coconut milk.

  2. Heather
    April 18, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    My one tip would be cherish every single second even when they are driving you insane. You thought the first year flew by the second year goes by even faster.

  3. Tessa
    April 19, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    My tip for a toddler is to have some sort of routine. The more predictable our days are the better they seem to go. My 12 month old likes to know what to expect!

  4. Samantha
    April 19, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    One tip would be don’t get discouraged if/when they become picky eaters. You feed them those chicken nuggets and French fried and don’t feel bad about it. My toddler hit a phase where we get home and she starts yelling “nack!”…..”nack!” Wanting a snack. No matter what I offer, the one thing she wants is dang pringles.. PRINGLES. So we’ve come to terms and seemingly bought stock in Pringles. She’s growing just fine and has no issues, so for now we go with it.

  5. Karleya Chard
    April 19, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    My constant reminder/advice for myself is to keep my energy up and and mind open. The foods or activities our 16 month old loves one day he then dislikes the next day which can seriously test my patience/stamina.

  6. Amanda Medrano
    April 19, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Don’t give up on foods if your toddler refuses them a couple times. Keep trying! I know it’s frustrating if they refuse, but they may start to like it if you give them multiple opportunities.

  7. Katy
    April 19, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Routine, even the most small, really helps toddlers. Having an idea of what to expect can avoid some meltdowns. Also- don’t worry if they develop a troublesome or annoying new habit, it is usually short lived. I am so excited about this second year with my second. I am remembering how fun it is and we need the distraction with our threenager.

  8. Jhoselin
    April 19, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Totally agree with all the other Mamas about having a routine it helps everyone in the family find a flow in the day. But also, to take each day at a time. Some days things won’t be super clean or organized or you might feel you weren’t super productive. But baby being happy, loved and cared for trumps all those “little” things;)

  9. Hayley
    April 19, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    My tip would be to get them outside! My toddler is so much happier when we’re doing something outdoors, it’s a daily necessity in our home!

  10. Amanda Wald
    April 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I’m approaching the 12 month mark. My mantra is breath, snuggle as much as possible and lose the cell phone more often!

  11. Heather
    April 19, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Always have snacks and a couple toys on hand when you head out. Keeping them fed with good snacms and active, we do parks mainly, make life so much easier with my 2 littles.. i have a 2.5 year old and 11 month old.

  12. Amanda
    April 20, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Clean as you go! I find that if I just take a minute or two to clean up a mess I’m less overwhelmed at the end of day as I don’t have one huge mess waiting for me after bed time.

  13. Rachelle
    April 20, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I try to make healthy snacks ahead of time, like dehydrated fruit strips, muffins, etc-that way when we are on the go we have lots of healthy snacks to bring along on the road. I’ve also loved the silicone reusable mats to put down on tables wherever we are so that their snacks are not on a public restaurant table and they aren’t throwing plates around.

  14. Rija
    April 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I love to go out with my little one once or twice per day, she sleeps/eats better .. My tip is to spend more time outside ..walking ,jumping or chalk painting !

  15. Marcus Walker
    April 21, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Naps are very important with a child that age.regularly scheduled nap time is a must

  16. Kelly D
    April 21, 2017 / 10:36 am

    My tip would be to pack and snack and drink bag when going out with them.

  17. HEATHER KAUFMAN
    April 21, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Have patience!!!

  18. April 21, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    A little patience at critical times

  19. Linda Bradshaw
    April 21, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Have them take naps and rest while they are. They are cranky if they don’t and you are exhausted if you don’t.

  20. Lyz S
    April 22, 2017 / 11:02 am

    My best advice is to be patient! Toddlers can drive you absolutely crazy, but they are learning and developing so much so quickly. Take it all one day at a time.

  21. Emily
    April 22, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    My tip is to have as much empathy as possible. That age group is tough because they cannot yet vocalize their needs, but they are big enough to know what they want. It’s easy to get frustrated, so staying calm and having empathy helps with translating those frustrated baby noises.

  22. April 23, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    My best tip is to treasure the moments. Even when the crazy is kicking in, this won’t last forever.

  23. allyson Tice
    April 24, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    one tip is to do a schedule and stick to it! makes toddler life so much easier!!

  24. Wendy Wallach
    April 24, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    My advice would be to let them get dirty now and then! There is always the washer and dryer to clean the clothes.

  25. danell palmer
    April 25, 2017 / 10:32 am

    My tip would be to enjoy everyday with your little ones because time really does fly by!!

  26. Sandy Adams
    April 25, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    My tip…. take time to play. This stage is truly gone in the link of an eye, dusting, cleaning, dust bunnies and cobwebs will still be waiting when they are a bit older but you can never turn back the clock. Cherish every moment.

  27. Katerina
    April 26, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Enjoy every single day with your toddler. Even the hard ones. They grow up so fast!

  28. Amanda Welker
    April 27, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    My advice is to not offer your toddler soda EVER! It’s drinkable candy that sets taste expectations and erodes tooth enamel, leaving your baby vulnerable to cavities.

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