A few weeks back, I shared research from SMA® Nutrition, which revealed how adventurous Britain’s children aged 1-3 years really are.
The SMA® Nutrition Toddlers Today report* conducted by ICM Unlimited with 1,000 mums in Great Britain, explored the common experiences that contribute to the growth and development of modern day toddlers, including how they eat, play and socialise.
With Britain’s toddlers revealed to be daring eaters, social butterflies and active explorers, I took on the challenge to keep a diary of Miss J’s week, to see how her habits compare with those of the survey respondents.
Not such a picky eater
The SMA Nutrition report revealed that toddlers’ home menus featuring such delights as couscous/quinoa or hummus (35%), avocado (28%) and sushi (7%).
Well I can’t say that Miss J ate any sushi this week, but she had a spoonful of hummus with vegetable sticks almost every lunch time (it’s a big favourite), enjoyed sun dried tomatoes as a twist on our usual home made red pepper muffins, and snacked on baked sweet potato fries.
She also ate cucumber from grandma’s greenhouse in huge quantities, and ordered double helpings of broccoli and sweetcorn wherever she got the chance.
We ate out at Pizza Express and she polished off her pizza, dough balls and salad, but inexplicably rejected the cherry tomatoes. And she turned her nose up at pastry this week, despite the fact that she loved it last week. At nursery, the usually slightly spice-averse Miss J ate lentil dhal and apparently loved it.
It seems the only thing that’s predictable about a three year old is their unpredictability.
According to SMA Nutrition, over half (55%) of mothers take their little ones to specially organised events (excluding nursery) on a weekly basis.
Miss J is no exception. As well as spending three days at nursery, painting, crafting, playing outside and generally having fun with her friends, she also enjoyed our family trip to an adventure centre in the National Forest in Leicestershire, where she took part in a treasure hunt across several acres of wood and grassland.
She helped build a den, gather wood for a campfire, went on a barefoot walk through mud and clay, clambered across bridges, rode a small train and then spent a happy hour in the adventure playground with all the other little ones.
We headed to the zoo this weekend, but not before Miss J attended a friend’s birthday party. Yes, she’s definitely a girl with a busy social calendar!
How about you? What’s the most adventurous thing your toddler has got up to this summer? Let me know in the comments!
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*Online research conducted by ICM Unlimited with 1,000 mothers with toddlers (1-3 years old) throughout Great Britain between 28.10.14 and 04.11.14.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: SMA® Toddler Milk is suitable for young children from 1-3 years, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. Breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible
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