A new report found that toddlers in child care weighed a little more, on average, than those who stayed home during the day with their parents, Time reports in Babies Gain More Weight in Day Care.
Researcher Juhee Kim acknowledges that it's still not clear what causes weight gain in babies in day care, but she speculates that it may have something to do with their irregular eating patterns and caregivers' different feeding habits. Infants who are cared for at home, for example, can expect a constant and consistent feeding pattern. But a baby who spends her days in day care may get fed every time she cries, as a soothing mechanism.
On Paul Nyhan's Working Dad blog he has written about research on the benefits and fallout of child care. Paul feels Time sums it up well in the article.
"Past studies have shown that day care can enhance or accelerate babies' cognitive development; it may even boost their academic performance later in life. But eating habits established during this same time may also have long-lasting -- and unhealthy -- effects."
Based on personal observations, I think many chubby toddlers often become healthy/fit grade schoolers. So working parents, is this research cause for concern or insignificant information?