Friday 2 December 2016

Is your child a fussy eater? Daithi O’Sé and Rita Talty help launch nutritional resource for tots

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Published 27/04/2015 | 15:05

Dáithí and Rita Ó'Sé launch Toddlebox, Ireland's first feeding and nutrition website for toddlers
Dáithí and Rita Ó'Sé launch Toddlebox, Ireland's first feeding and nutrition website for toddlers

Broadcaster Daithí Ó’Sé and his wife Rita were on hand today to launch ‘Toddlebox’ - an informative website to help parents ensure their children remain healthy while simultaneously putting an end to tantrums at the kitchen table.

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The celebrity pair joined dietitian Sarah Keogh to launch the resource, which will also double as a supportive online community.

In conjunction with the website launch, research commissioned by Cow & Gate showed that an overwhelming 75 percent of Irish parents are concerned about their toddler’s nutrition.

Research from the brand showed that almost 7 in 10 parents have experienced their children having a tantrum over meal times.

To help parents get a grip on their little ones’ eating habits, Toddlebox is a feeding and  nutrition website catering specifically for children. The supportive online community also allows parents to engage with other parents who just like them can find mealtime a struggle.

Toddlers, although tiny, require almost four times more iron than an adult per kg body weight per day, yet one in four Irish toddlers aged one year are not getting the right amount of iron in their diet which is a key nutrient in supporting brain development ( 2 5 )

Dáithí and Rita Ó'Sé launch Toddlebox, Ireland's first feeding and nutrition website for toddlers
Dáithí and Rita Ó'Sé launch Toddlebox, Ireland's first feeding and nutrition website for toddlers

Toddlers also need five times more calcium and five times more Vitamin D per kilogram of their bodyweight per day. However, toddlers’ tummies are only the size of their own closed fist, making it sometimes difficult for parents to get the right foods in.

Dáithí and Rita revealed they have both experienced the highs and lows of meal times, with their toddler Mícheál Óg often refusing healthy foods at meal times.

“Mícheál Óg has been an absolute joy since he was born last March and now as he hits the important toddler years, Rita and I are more aware of his nutritional needs than ever before,” Dáithí said.

“We do find mealtimes can be a struggle now and again with Mícheál Óg refusing foods that were his favourite last week or with him choosing to eat only one part and leaving the rest. We want mealtimes to be fun but as any parent with a toddler knows, it can be next to impossible to be sure they are not just full but full of nutritious foods,” he added.

If like Dáithí and Rita, you find toddler meal times challenging on occasion you may be the perfect fit to take part in Ireland’s very first Toddlebox challenge initiative.

The website is is on the hunt for eight families from across Ireland to take part in this challenge.

Toddlebox are looking for families to share tales from their toddler’s high chair and come on board to capture the reality of the highs and lows of toddler meal times. The Toddlebox challenge will go behind the scenes and work with these families one on one, filming every step of the way to share their experiences and offer advice and tips on toddler nutrition to the wider Toddlebox community.

Toddlebox expert dietitian Sarah Keogh, will work with these families and tailor meal plans specific to their day to day lives. This information will then be shared on www.toddlebox.ie with other families seeking advice and tips on feeding their toddlers.

If you are interested in working with Toddlebox experts and capturing the highs and lows of your toddler’s meal times over a two week period please visit www.toddlebox.ie and register your details.

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