Toddlers Snack On Fruit During Lockdown

June 18, 2020

Working from home while juggling being a parent to a toddler is difficult at the best of times, never mind during a global pandemic. Our eating habits slip towards ‘comfort’, and happy hour cocktails seem to be getting earlier every day.

But while our dietary habits don’t stand up to scrutiny, the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) has revealed the lockdown snack of choice for toddlers is fruit, reports Nursery World.

The ITF used their online toddler food tracker, Tot It Up, to discover that young children who were at home due to nursery closures tended to eat bananas, apples, grapes, and berries as snacks.

33 per cent of young children start their day with wheat biscuits, such as Weetabix, and sugary or chocolate-coated cereals were only served a mere six per cent of the time.

Other findings include:

  • Bread slices and bread rolls were the most served lunch item, served 12 per cent of the time.
  • Pizza was one of the most popular meals served for either lunch or dinner but 55 per cent of the time it was given in bigger portion sizes than recommended.
  • A fifth (20 per cent) of meals served at dinner were spaghetti Bolognese, making it the most popular meal
  • Shepherd’s pie was a close second, making up 18 per cent of dinners served.

IFT used data from over 256 Tot It Up users to reveal that some foods were likely to be served in incorrect portion sizes. 48 per cent of meals or snacks for toddlers were either too large or too small. Crisps were a big culprit, with a too-large portion being served 75 per cent of the time.

Parents can use the Tot It Up meal planner to keep track of their toddler’s nutritional intake, and the free resource also offers guidance on what to prepare for one-to-four-year-olds.

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