Looking for food ideas for 1 year olds and 2 year olds? add these preschool snacks to your toddler meal plan. The more variety that you introduce in your toddler menu, the less picky your child will be as she gets older. These on the go kids snacks make life that much easier.
One of the best tips I have learned after becoming a Mom (especially a mom of three) is trying your best to pre-plan and be prepared. I hate those moments when I am running late and run out of the house only to realise that I forgot to pack something for my daughter (or kids) to snack on. Aren’t these little ones always starving when you go out and especially ravenous on the day when you don’t bring anything?
What about during those moments at playgroup when all the ‘prepared’ Moms whip out their children’s snacks and your little one is the only one left out? We have wonderful mothers surrounding us at play group but I’m sure we would all like to be the giver in that situation rather than the receiver. These food ideas for 1 year olds and 2 year olds are perfect to keep in your fridge. As always, you know your own child.. make sure to cut up grapes vertically for a one year old. Whole grapes can be a chocking hazard.
I find that its a lot easier to prep my toddlers snacks at the beginning of the week when I have some down time.
I went out to Makro and purchased a few items. First I found a good sized large container and used this as my partition in my fridge. Then I found a few smaller items (which were the perfect size for on the go snacks). Here I used Addis 200 ml rectangular containers but you could easily use round containers too and just stack them up in your fridge.
I store this in the fridge and its easy to grab one or two on my way out.
Now I too am one of those prepared and on the ball Moms at our kids playgroup. 🙂
For babies and toddlers I suggest cutting grapes in half lengthwise (as they pose a choking hazard!). For older kids feel free to leave them whole.
If you plan on pre-packing cheese make sure to use this one up the same or next day.
For containers I recommend the above Addis 200 ml containers as well as the following products available from Amazon:
Lock & Lock, No BPA, Water Tight, Food Container- I love that its easy to know when these are locked and love that they are air and water tight. I have never had any leakage issues!
Ziploc Container, Extra Small Bowl, 6-Count(Pack of 2) – I LOVE these containers. They are so useful and light weight. I generally always have one of these in my diaper bag! I leave them empty sometimes in my diaper bag because you never know when you will end up eating out and want to keep something away for baby. (This is especially useful when you go for hotel breakfasts and you want to take a few grapes with you.)
Wean Green Bowls – If you want to stay away from plastic completely these wean green bowls are a wonderful substitute. They are made from thick glass and have come into use more times than one. They are not as light as plastic and they could possibly break but I’ve had them for over 2 years and think they are great!
– Fruit like grapes, blueberries, strawberries, etc.
-Dry Snacks like crackers.
– Chicken pieces!
Do you have any helpful tips for toddler snacks? Please share them on my Facebook page or in the comments below!