No one tells you the answers when you have a child, for me a lot of it has been trial and error, lots of error! I honestly think ensuring your child is eating enough of the right foods is a really difficult task.
The Infant and Toddler Forum challenged me to try out the Tot It Up food tracker. The Tot It Up tracker is being used to build up a nationwide picture of the eating habits of children under 5 within the UK. It allows parents to input the food, drink and exercise their child has had each day into an online diary which then gauges whether they’re eating enough of the right foods and being active enough. It compares real life food and activity with current recommendations, and gives a guide to how you are doing and offers some gentle recommendations if necessary.
For the last 7 days I have been using the Tot It Up tracker to record what the little man has eaten, drank and what activities he has done daily.
The tracker is super easy to sign up too and use. Once you’ve logged in you choose the day you’d like to add details too and then add food, drinks and activities to that day. The options are quite extensive and I managed to find all of the meals the little man had eaten.
When you’ve completed the day you’re able to see a summary which shows you the food your child has eaten, whether their activity levels are sufficient, whether they have had enough of the right food categories and even offers some guidance and recommendations on how to improve their daily intake.
At the end of each day, parents are able to see a summary of the foods that their little one has eaten and any recommendations as to whether they have eaten the recommended amount of each food group, or not.
I was glad to see that the little mans summary was pretty good. He tends to eat the right amount of food although on a couple of days it did say his fluid intake was a little low. That’s something I’ll make sure I concentrate on and encourage him to drink more water throughout the day.
I was pleased that his activity levels were appropriate for his age and he is hitting the right amount each day. It’s recommended that under 5’s should be active for at least 3 hours each day. This can include playing outside, running around and anything else where there is some exertion. The little man is constantly on the move and also has a weekly football class which he thoroughly enjoys. I’m glad he gets enough exercise – it’s probably something his Dad and I should take note of too!
The Infant and Toddler Forum have created the helpful infographic below. It’s well worth a read if you have a toddler.
The Tot It Up challenge is running until the 21st November 2016 and you can register on the ITF forum. If you complete at least one day of food, drinks and activities you can help build up a nationwide picture of what toddlers are eating. Not just that, anyone that gets involved has the chance to win a £50 shopping voucher!
What are you waiting for? Get signed up!