Is dirt your toddler’s best friend?

Welcome to The Science of Raising them Ready, where we break down the research about preparing our children for tomorrow. In this episode, we look at why experts say it’s good for children, both physically and mentally, to get outdoors and get dirty.

For more on how you can Raise them Ready, check out the other videos in the series below. Or to learn more about Aptamil Toddler, which has been specifically formulated to support the immune system for growing toddlers who love the outdoors, visit our product page here.

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Why playtime is prime time for development

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained without picking up a screen? Discover five fun brain games in this episode of The Science of Raising them Ready.

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The building blocks of resilience

Resilience has become the new buzzword in parenting, but what is it and how can we foster it in our children? Find out in this episode of The Science of Raising them Ready.

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Meet the experts

Casey Beros

Health Journalist

Casey Beros is a recognised health journalist, TV presenter and content producer. Having partnered with many of Australia’s leading health organisations, Casey understands the health landscape in Australia like few others, and as a mum is able to address the lifestyle issues facing everyday Australian parents. 

Nik Loveridge

Aptamil Toddler Health Science Expert

Nik Loveridge is a dietitian and father of three who, in his role as Head of Medical Affairs for Nutricia ANZ, has worked across a number of areas in nutrition. This includes preterm/term infants, toddlers, and nutrition for specific conditions such as allergies, gastro-intestinal and metabolic conditions. Having worked in the UK and Amsterdam, with the latter a global industry role, Nik has a worldwide view on the research and trends in parenting.

Karina Savage

Paediactric Dietician

Karina Savage is a paediatric dietician/nutritionist and accredited sports dietician with over 15 years of experience. As a mother of two and specialist in children’s gut health, she understands first-hand the challenges that many parents face with their child’s diet. She is also a published author of infant colic/reflux and allergy. 

Welcome to the AptaNutrition website

Supporting choices for mums

Before you enter, please read this important statement:

If you are able, breastfeeding is best. It provides all the nutritional health benefits as Mother Nature intended. In readying for and during breastfeeding, it's important that mums eat a healthy, balanced diet.

If you're considering bottle feeding, seek professional medical advice first. Introducing bottle feeding either partially or exclusively, may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, which makes reversing the decision not to breast feed difficult. Also consider the social and financial implications, such as convenience and cost over time.

When using infant formula, always follow the instructions for use carefully, unnecessary or improper use may make your baby ill.

Information about Aptamil Toddler and other products is for educational and informational purposes only. If you would like to proceed, please click "I understand".