Originally Posted by polishprinsezz
please note that toddler formula is not a necessity for children. it really is a gimmick for formula companies to continue making money on parents concerned that their children are not getting adequate nutrition from other foods. offer yogurt, cheese, dry fortified cereals. while formula is a necessity for infants who are unable to receive breastmilk toddler formula is not.
This is not at all true. It's a necessity for children who are no longer infants and who aren't getting adequate nutrition from other foods. DS would be dead of starvation without the formula, b/c he wasn't eating solids (including cereals and purees) until nearly 16 months.
DS was always formula-fed, and had terrible issues starting solids (he just wasn't ready). At 12 months, he was barely eating anything solid (maybe a few spoons/bites a day). At 15 months, still not much to speak of. Our ped told me to switch to toddler formula b/c it is a different formulation than the infant formula. He was not eating anywhere near enough to get adequate nutrition from other foods, and the infant formula doesn't provide the right amount of iron/protein/whatever for a toddler running around amok. The only reason she didn't switch him sooner was b/c he's very small, so the infant formula was fine for him.
Sorry, OP. Short answer: Check with your ped before you take him off for the long-term, just to make sure he's getting enough nutrients in him. Good luck!