Datatables – convert from Mysql data: string to date object with moment.js

I have date field as string (Text type) in mysql column called "date_fld".

It is in string format in mysql column, which looks like: 31.12.2021

Using PHP and JS / moment.js, I would want to convert this string format to date object to sort the DataTables header by actual date.

I am not sure, how to do that?

## Fetch records
      $records = $this->db->get('data2')->result();

      $data = array();

      foreach($records as $record ){
          $data[] = array( 

      ## Response
      $response = array(
          "draw" => intval($draw),
          "iTotalRecords" => $totalRecords,
          "iTotalDisplayRecords" => $totalRecordwithFilter,
          "aaData" => $data

      return $response; 



{ data: 'date_fld',
    render: function (data, type, row) {
      return moment(new Date(data)).format('DD.MM.YYYY');

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