Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS)

Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS)

The Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) allows us to learn about the nutrient intakes and gaps of America's youngest children and to understand what foods are being consumed at different stages of development as children transition from an all-milk diet to the foods provided by the family.

There are two FITS surveys, one conducted in 2002 (FITS 2002) and another in 2008 (FITS 2008).

FITS 2008 Study Materials

The following materials are PDF files available for you to use in your research. When FITS 2008 Study Materials have been incorporated or adapted for use in your research, please reference as follows:


FITS 2008 Key Findings

Positive Changes seen since 2002
  • Longer duration of breastfeeding
  • Delayed introduction of complementary foods
  • Less fruit juice consumption among infants
  • Decreased consumption of desserts and sweets from 6 to 21 months of age
Continuing Concerns
  • Inadequate iron in infant diets
  • Lack of fruits and vegetables is a concern at every age
  • Toddler and Preschooler diets are too high in sodium and saturated fat, but lacking in essential fats, fiber, and whole grains
  • "Extras" that contribute discretionary calories were commonly consumed

FITS Scientific Publications

FITS 2008

FITS 2002

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, January 2006, Supplement 1
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, January 2004, Supplement 1