January 31, 2018

key pregnancy nutrition

What a woman eats and drinks during pregnancy is her baby’s main source of nourishment. So, experts recommend that a mother-to-be choose a variety of healthy foods and beverages to provide the important nutrients a baby needs for growth and development.

A pregnant woman needs more calcium, folic acid, iron and protein than a woman who is not expecting, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Folic acid, also known as folate when the nutrient is found in foods, is a B vitamin that is crucial in helping to prevent birth defects in the baby’s brain and spinal cord, known as neural tube defects.

foods to eat

During pregnancy, the goal is to be eating nutritious foods most of the time. To maximize prenatal nutrition, try to emphasise the following five food groups: fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and dairy products.

Fruits and vegetables: Pregnant women should focus on fruits and vegetables, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Get between five and ten tennis ball-size servings of produce every day. These colorful foods are low in calories and filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Lean protein: Pregnant women should include good protein sources at every meal to support the baby’s growth. Protein-rich foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, tofu, cheese, milk, nuts and seeds.

Whole grains: These foods are an important source of energy in the diet, and they also provide fiber, iron and B-vitamins. At least half of a pregnant woman’s carbohydrate choices each day should come from whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta or breads and brown rice.

Dairy: Aim for 3 to 4 servings of dairy foods a day. Dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt and cheese are good dietary sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D.

In addition to a healthy diet, pregnant women also need to take a daily prenatal vitamin to obtain some of the nutrients that are hard to get from foods alone, such as folic acid and iron.

foods to avoid

Alcohol: Avoid alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol in the mother’s blood can pass directly to the baby through the umbilical cord. Heavy use of alcohol during pregnancy has been linked with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, a group of conditions that can include physical problems, as well as learning and behavioral difficulties in babies and children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fish with high levels of mercury: Seafood such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy and tilefish are high in levels of methyl mercury, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and should be avoided during pregnancy. Methyl mercury is a toxic chemical that can pass through the placenta and can be harmful to an unborn baby’s developing brain, kidneys and nervous system.

Unpasteurized food: According to the USDA, pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from two different types of food poisoning: listeriosis, caused by the Listeria bacteria, and toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite.

Listeria infection may cause miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm labor, and illness or death in newborns. To avoid listeriosis, the USDA recommends avoiding the following foods during pregnancy:

Unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods made from it, such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, queso blanco and queso fresco. Pasteurization involves heating a product to a high temperature to kill harmful bacteria.
Hot dogs, luncheon meats and cold cuts unless heated to steaming hot before eating to kill any bacteria.
Store-bought deli salads, such as ham salad, chicken salad, tuna salad and seafood salad.
Unpasteurized refrigerated meat spreads or pates.

Raw meat: A mother can pass a Toxoplasma infection on to her baby, which can cause problems such as blindness and mental disability later in life, reports the CDC. To prevent toxoplasmosis, the USDA recommends avoiding the following foods during pregnancy:

Rare, raw or undercooked meats and poultry.
Raw fish, such as sushi, sashimi, ceviches and carpaccio.
Raw and undercooked shellfish, such as clams, mussels, oysters and scallops.

Some foods may increase a pregnant woman’s risk for other types of food poisoning, including illness caused by salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Foodsafety.gov lists these foods to avoid during pregnancy, and why they pose a threat:

Raw or undercooked eggs, such as soft-cooked, runny or poached eggs.
Foods containing undercooked eggs, such as raw cookie dough or cake batter, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, homemade ice cream, homemade eggnog, Hollandaise sauce.
Raw or undercooked sprouts, such as alfalfa, clover.
Unpasteurized juice or cider.

Source: www.livescience.com







November 13, 2017

soothing mum and baby

The bond between a mother and her newborn baby is one of the strongest connections in nature, but the influx of hormones, and sheer exhaustion of motherhood can wreak havoc on new mum’s skin. Looking after a young child is a huge stress on your body and this releases the hormone cortisol into the body, weakening the skin and causing issues, such as loss of radiance and dryness.

Here at Little Butterfly London, we pride ourselves on using quality natural ingredients that help combat skin issues that new mums face daily whilst ensuring each ingredient used is safe to use, even when breastfeeding.

soothing new mum’s skin – our hero ingredients

Our ‘cocoon of bliss stretchmark butter’ helps soothe and calm itchy skin by using its powerful formula that includes rooibos and arnica flower. Arnica flower extract helps to reduce cell inflammation and enhances circulation, which is ideal for mums with stressed out, red and itchy skin.

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Fuelled with powerful botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals, our ‘scent of seas toning body serum’ uses roobios extract to help protect, heal and soothe the skin of new mothers and mums-to-be.

This high-performance serum assists in restoring elasticity and returns bounce to over-stretched or slack skin, whilst leaving a feeling of instant lightness.

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soothing baby’s skin – our hero ingredients

Calm your babies skin with mandarin essential oil. Our 100% ecocert certified organic ‘love eternal baby massage oil’ is filled with a luxurious oil blend that pampers baby with soothing mandarin oil alongside nourishing peach and protective rosehip oils.

With quite a history dating back thousands of years to traditional Chinese medicine, mandarin is known to be the sweetest and the most calming of all citrus essential oils. Our baby massage oil is lightly infused with mandarin and orange pure essential oils, to calm, soothe and lend a subtle sweet fragrance.

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Our best selling ‘soft as moonlight nappy change cream’ features oat kernel extract which is a super skin soothing, natural ingredient. Our unusually rich and generous blend of ingredients within our award winning nappy cream includes 18 carefully selected ingredients such as nurturing mango seed butter, comforting calendula and camomile to relieve discomfort. Cocoa, shea butter and buttermilk nourish and protect, while peach kernel and cucumber seed oil maintain the skin’s healthy moisture levels.

Treat your little one to this beautiful nappy change cream, with added oat kernel extract, zinc oxide, vitamin C and E to promote healing and natural protection. Rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is beautifully calming as it melts into the skin.

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October 20, 2017

self nurturing for new mums and mums-to-be

From simple things like taking a shower, to big things like not giving yourself time to pursue your own interests, being a new mum can be hard work.

stay hydrated

We’re 70% water, so hydration is key. If you’re breastfeeding it is especially important to watch your fluid intake. Even if you’re not nursing, water is necessary to help maintain skin flexibility and joint protection.

be you

You had a life before your little one arrived and you should hold onto that person now that you’re a new mother. Of course you won’t have as much time to dedicate to your interests, but take an hour or two a week to find yourself again.


Keep your expectations realistic. No one can do it all, let alone do it perfectly. Work toward reasonable, achievable goals, whether dealing with feelings, doing housework or losing your pre-baby weight.


It’s important to take some time out for yourself both before and after welcoming your bundle of joy to the world.

At Little Butterfly London, we strongly believe that new mums and mums-to-be need to take some time out to cherish their own bodies and look after themselves so that they can enjoy those fleeting precious moments with their baby.

We have partnered up with professional therapists and the most prestigious luxury hotels and spas in the UK and Ireland to create bespoke pre-natal and post-natal massage treatments. They are the ultimate nurturing and relaxation treat for new mums and mums-to-be.

You can choose between our pre-natal ‘Dreamy Pregnancy Massage’, or our recently launchedThe New Mums Nurturing Touch’ post-natal treatment, which has been designed specifically for new mums.

Our soothing, restorative dreamy spa experiences are exclusively available in these luxury hotels and spas in the UK and Ireland…

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October 20, 2017

eczema in babies

Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition that affects up to one in five children. It usually appears for the first time before your child is two years old.

The good news is that most children who have eczema will grow out of the condition by the time they are in their teens. Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatments.

eczema tips that may help your little one’s skin condition

Keep your baby’s nails short to help prevent skin irritation from scratching.

Cotton clothing may help, whereas woollen and synthetic fibres may worsen the condition.

With all forms of skin products, you should look for the ones that are natural, unscented and dye-free, so that you don’t further irritate your baby’s skin.

Our 100% natural soft as moonlight nappy change cream effectively supports very dry and eczema-prone skin.

Try to keep your baby’s bedroom cool as getting hot and sweaty can make their eczema worse.

support eczema prone skin

At Little Butterfly London we always have baby’s best interest at heart, which is why all our products have been specifically formulated for newborns and the most sensitive of skins.

Made of the most precious natural and organic ingredients with highly nourishing, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, they gently care for delicate skin with a tendency to irritation, inflammation, dryness and itchy eczema-patches.

bubbles in the breeze top to toe wash (200ml)

Light and refreshing as bubbles in the breeze, our organic-certified top to toe wash gently cleanses both body and hair, whilst creating a delicately fragrant bath. Beautifully mild and soothing, it gently cares for the even most delicate, dry and irritation-prone skin.

soft as moonlight nappy change cream (50ml)

Deeply nourishing and calming, our organic-certified and 100% natural nappy change cream is the hero product amongst our range. It efficiently supports healing and protects baby’s most delicate areas from excess moisture. It also acts as a powerful healing balm to protect and repair any areas of irritated, dry and cracked skin, working equally well on mature skin.

October 18, 2017

bedtime routines for toddlers

Establishing a bedtime routine for your toddler will make your life and theirs that little bit easier. When you follow a set pattern every night, your toddler will know what to expect. This will help them feel more relaxed, and able to fall asleep more easily.

 what are the basics of a good bedtime routine?

The important thing is that you do the same thing every night, so that your toddler learns to associate particular activities with bedtime.

Your toddler’s routine should always include spending a little time in his bedroom. This will teach him that his room is a nice place to be, not just where he’s sent at the end of the day.

Once you’ve tucked your toddler in for the night, give him a kiss and leave the room. If he grumbles, tell him that you’ll be back to check on him in five minutes. In all likelihood, he’ll be fast asleep by the time you return. If not, do the same thing again until he settles.

what can I include in my toddler’s bedtime routine?

What you include in your toddler’s routine is up to you. Just make sure you choose activities that help calm your toddler, rather than excite him. Here are some ideas for you to try:

Give him a soak

A nice, warm bath is a soothing experience, and getting your toddler clean and dry is a great way to ease him into bedtime.

Using our light and refreshingbubbles in the breeze top to toe wash‘, to gently wash both body and hair, whilst creating a delicately fragrant bath. Beautifully mild and soothing, it gently cares for the even most delicate, dry and irritation-prone skin.

The finely balanced formula is artfully blended with soothing meadowsweet, moisturising cucumber fruit and comforting oat kernel extract. Silky buttermilk conditions ever so gently, while nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants leave young skin feeling fresh, nurtured and protected. Tenderly infused with mandarin and orange pure essential oils, to calm, soothe and lend a subtle sweet fragrance.

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get him changed for bed

Change your toddler into a fresh nappy, or encourage him to use the toilet if he’s already potty-trained. Then help him get changed into his pyjamas. Offer him a choice of two pyjamas so that he can exercise some of his growing independence.

have a chat

Whether or not your toddler’s talking yet, bedtime is a perfect opportunity to have a quiet chat. Of course, if you have a young toddler, you’ll have to do most of the talking yourself, but he’ll still love getting your full attention.

Talk about everything you’ve both been doing throughout the day, and how it may have made him feel. If your toddler’s old enough, ask him to tell you about the best and worst things that happened to him, as well as anything that’s worrying him. This may help him to work through any anxieties or fears so that he gets a better night’s sleep.

read a bedtime story

Cuddle up for some cosy story time. Your toddler will love spending time with you, and hearing you give all the characters silly voices. It’ll even help him learn new words, and encourage a lifelong love of reading.

Give your toddler a choice of books from a small selection each night. He’ll enjoy getting to have his say. You may end up reading the same few books for week or so, but repetition is a key part of your toddler’s learning. While it may be a tad frustrating for you, it’s great for his development!

sing a song

A soothing lullaby is a classic way to help your sleepy toddler drift off. Your voice and your partner’s voice are your toddler’s favourite sounds. You could even record a tune for him to listen to when someone else puts him to bed.

say goodnight

Your toddler may enjoy going around the room saying goodnight to his favourite toys. Don’t let him take advantage, though. If he insists on saying goodnight to every single stuffed toy in his bedroom, he may just be trying to put off bedtime a little longer.

Bear in mind that anything can occasionally throw your toddler’s routine off for a few nights. Find out when your toddler will be ready to sleep away from home.

October 10, 2017

what causes the pregnancy glow?

There are many physiological changes and common concerns that comes with pregnancy such as nausea, fatigue, or swelling. However, the pregnancy glow is one of the physiological changes many women look forward to while they are pregnant. The pregnancy glow is one of the skin changes that is caused by the changes and increase of hormones during pregnancy. If you are experiencing the pregnancy glow, count yourself blessed and enjoy it while you can.

what causes the pregnancy glow?

The specific cause for the pregnancy glow is not concrete, but there is solid educated explanations that suggest it is related to a couple of physiological changes that occur during pregnancy. As noted above, many of the skin changes are attributed to the influx of hormones. These hormones cause your glands to produce more oil, which makes your face more shiny.

Another contributing factor is the increase in blood flow. During pregnancy, your body increases the production of blood by approximately 50%.  The proposed theory is that this increase in blood flow and circulation leads your face to be brighter, or more fuller.

how can you manage the pregnancy glow?

The pregnancy glow is a natural part of pregnancy. Most women appreciate the glow or shine that is revealed in their faces. Many people call this physiological change one of the blessings of pregnancy. However, the increase in oil can make your skin too oily and sometimes trigger acne, also known as pregnancy acne. If this proves to be the case, you should be using an oil free moisturiser such as our Blossoms in Spring Illuminating Day Cream which is lightweight in texture, but powerfully formulated.

This deliciously light, ultra-hydrating day moisturizer penetrates the skin with powerful and scientifically proven botanical extracts and vitamins to optimise skin rejuvenation and vitality – leaving a velvet-matte finish as beautiful as blossom petals.

Hopefully, you will be able to display your pregnancy glow and avoid the mask of pregnancy. Unfortunately, one of the physiological changes during pregnancy is the change in pigmentation of skin. This “mask of pregnancy” involves brownish spots or patches that develop around the neck and face. Many women find these to be less desirable than the pregnancy glow.

Our day moisturiser diminishes skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone thanks to one of it’s key ingredients, collagen-enhancing Actipone® Mulberry GW. This scientifically proven botanical extract to effectively address hyper-pigmentation issues and uneven skin tone.

Massage daily in upward motions to a cleansed face and neck.

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Compiled from the following resources:
(1994). Robert V. (Ed.), Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year (281).  New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Cunningham, F. Gary, Leveno, Kenneth J., et al (2005).  Maternal Physiology in Williams Obstetrics 22nd edition (126). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

September 18, 2017

how Little Butterfly London took flight

It is now 5 years since Gudrun, the founder of Little Butterfly London, was first inspired to create an exquisite, organic-certified baby skincare range after the birth of her little boy, Lucas.  Being a new mother, it was crucial for her to nurture his delicate skin with the utmost gentle yet effective ingredients whilst ensuring that their pampering time together was truly magical.

Having a strong passion for luxury skincare since she was a teenager, Gudrun’s expectations for her son’s babycare products were extremely high, so she spent many years researching and put all her knowledge, efforts and resources into creating Britain’s first organic-certified skincare range especially formulated for babies and later also for mothers and mothers-to-be.

Gudrun’s Guiding Principals

Ingredients are key. Gudrun always chooses the precious over the ordinary. She only works with the most premium natural and organic plant ingredients available, which must always be ultra-safe and gentle, yet equally effective for delicate, potentially reactive and eczema-prone skin.

The products must be 100% pure and free of any potentially harmful or questionable ingredients such as mineral oil, paraffins, parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, PEGs and artificial fragrances, which is also why she has chosen to work with Ecocert, the world’s most renowned natural and organic certification body giving the consumer reassurance and confidence that the products are consistently manufactured to the highest quality and ‘clean’ standards.

All our baby skincare formulas address common baby skin problems and conditions like dryness, extreme sensitivity, reactions and eczema, whilst our skincare products for mothers are truly effective yet naturally also safe to use during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period.

Whilst quality is paramount, Gudrun believes that pregnancy and early days of motherhood is a precious time in your life that passes in a fleeting moment and therefore should be enjoyed and treasured with products, that not only nurture, but also look stunningly beautiful and enhance the emotional experience and lift the mood.  This is reflected in the extreme attention to detail that has gone into the packaging and the overall luxurious feel and presentation of the range.

As passing visitors of this beautiful planet we have a responsibility to not only look after ourselves and our children, but also our environment, which is why all our packaging must be recyclable and only sourced from trusted suppliers using sustainable and responsible production methods.

September 1, 2017

the basic principles of the Ecocert standard

Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics” and we are proud that each formula within the Little Butterfly London range has been certified organic by Ecocert.

We strongly believe in the high-standards of Ecocert since it reassures parents that our products have been formulated to the highest ethical, organic and safety standards without the risk of containing harmful ingredients.

the basic principles of the Ecocert standard

The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes.

All packaging must be biodegradable or of a recyclable nature.

Ecocert standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients comes from natural origins.

All processes and every entity involved in the production of certified cosmetics undergo a rigorous audit procedure once a year.

Ecocert is against animal testing and only authorises the use of animal by-products that do not directly question animals’ lives such as beeswax and honey.

July 15, 2015

and the awards goes to…

LL AwardsIt is remarkable to see how well children respond to praise to reinforce good behavior. We can see by observing our children’s innocent reactions, how it is in our DNA to welcome positive reinforcement to grow as a person…. And I have to admit, that even as an adult I’m not impartial to it either…

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Little Butterfly London has received eight award nominations since our launch, last year in September 2014. I was very pleased to see that our baby skincare line is getting so strongly recognised. It has confirmed and even boosted my ambition to continue the journey I have started, and has made me reflect on how far we have come in such a short time. It is a pleasure to see our meticulously designed products and brand, reflected in the appreciation of this competitive market and hear people’s admiration for Little Butterfly London. I am amazed to see it travel from a light bulb idea, onto to the shelves of the country’s leading retailers.

tgp_nba_2015_silverWe were delighted to see our ‘bubbles in the breeze’ top to toe wash win the Silver Award in The Green Parent magazine awards. The formulation is beautifully delicate and enriched with pure organic plant extracts such as meadowsweet, cucumber and oat kernel extract. Alongside this, our hero product, the ‘soft as moonlight’ nappy change cream, which contains more than 18 precious ingredients, has been nominated for five LBP (Loved By Parents) Awards. Our “fall into dreams” mother & baby massage oil, which contains only the most precious and selected ingredients, has been shortlisted for a FreeFrom Skincare award, and our entire range has been shortlisted for the “best infant skincare range” in the Little London Awards.

In many of these categories we are undeniably the smallest and youngest brand, competing Shortlist 15 RGB 72dpiwith strong established players, which have been on the market for many years. We hope however, that what we lack in years on the market, we are making up with unparalleled quality in skincare formulations, all delicately packaged and presented.

Finally, receiving awards is wonderful, but it is only a confirmation that we are on the right track, not the end of the road. We are very grateful for the excellent response we have had from the media and will continue to strive for British excellence, and to provide only the best and safest skincare for the most precious skin of all, that of our little ones.


April 8, 2015

how to wean your baby

Weaning your little one can be a daunting task, especially with so many conflicting views around. We speak to Sara Patience, a registered health visitor, nutritionist and nurse with more than 15 years of experience working directly with families, about her new book Easy Weaning and her top tips on how to get your baby eating solids. When is the right time to start weaning?

The Department of Health advises weaning at around 6 months, which is 26 weeks. Prior to this babies need only breast or formula milk. By six months babies are usually able to support their upper bodies in a sitting position, pick up and object and put it in their mouth and swallow. Every baby will be a bit different, which is why the guidelines offer some flexibility. I advise mums to aim for six months to begin weaning. We know that there is no advantage to waiting longer than six months, when babies are beginning to run low on nutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin D and that weaning before four months, which is 17 weeks, increases the risk of allergy, obesity and choking.

Untitledb What food is best to start the weaning process with?

There is no evidence that weaning should start with one particular food.  If your baby is six months they may start weaning with soft pieces of food, often sharing something the rest of the family are eating, and allow baby to pick the food up and feed themselves, this is referred to as ‘Baby-Led Weaning’. You could try a piece of potato, broccoli, spaghetti, as long as it’s soft enough to easily squash between your fingers. Don’t give hard foods, round or tubed shaped foods. If your baby isn’t yet six months old, or you want to start with purée, you can purée vegetables that you are about to eat, or purée pieces of fruit. Don’t forget that babies tolerate meat very well and it supplies zinc and iron, both of which baby is starting to run out of. Ensure meat is prepared in a way that baby can manage. Start with a small amount of food, if your baby is picking food up, not much will be eaten, if you are using a spoon a few teaspoons is enough for a first go. Then increase the quantities as your baby gets used to it.

Are there any foods that should be avoided in the first year?

There are food restrictions during the first year. Between six months and one year you should avoid: honey, added salt and sugar, whole nuts, liver pâté, shellfish, shark and unpasteurized foods. However, from six months your baby can have ground nuts or thinly spread nut butters, unless there is a history of allergy, cow’s milk used in cooking or on cereals, but not as a main drink and eggs can be given if cooked solid.
Fish also has a restriction in that girls and women of child bearing age should only have oily fish up to twice weekly whilst boys and men can have it up to four times weekly. If you chose to give your baby foods before six months you need to avoid all the foods named above, as well as any cows milk, gluten, eggs or nuts – if you plan to wean before six months, speak to your health visitor for advice.

Any tips on how to broaden the range of foods that your child will try?

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Fussy eating is almost a right of passage for a toddler – expect it, it’s developmentally normal. However, there are things you can do to minimise fussy eating. Start, by weaning your baby on to home cooked foods, this way, your baby will become accustomed to the foods you eat (I’m presuming you eat healthily!). Offer your baby a wide variety of foods, flavours and textures – if you use purées move your baby off them quickly as prolonged use of purée can increase fussiness. Exposure your baby to foods, use them for play, involve them when shopping. You can do all these things before your baby is one year.  Remember that foods often have to be offered 12 -15 times before they are accepted. If your baby rejects something –don’t take that as evidence that they don’t like it, offer it again.. and again.. and again.

How do I wean my child off formula milk and when?

As your baby increases their intake of solid foods, their milk intake will begin to drop. At eight months, for example, your baby is likely to have three meals a day, and three bottles a day, by one year this is likely to have dropped to two bottles, or beakers of formula milk. From one year, your child can have full fat cows milk and only needs around 350/400mls a day, they will probably have other dairy foods in their diet.
To change from formula to cows milk you can just stop the formula and give the cows milk. If your toddler is used to warm formula, they may prefer warm cows milk. If your child doesn’t seem to like it you can mix the cow and formula milks, slowly reducing the formula and increasing the cows milk. Don’t be tempted to flavour the milk with sugary powders or teas. When your baby has cows milk she will need vitamin D drops available from your health visitor or pharmacy, in fact, if your baby is having less than 500mls of formula approaching one year, they will still need vitamin D drops, so don’t feel they need formula as a ‘supplement’, they won’t be drinking enough to achieve this.