For babies I would probably just sprinkle a few on the highchair tray and let them practise picking up and feeding themselves. They are made from certified organic ingredients and are suitable for babies 9+ months. I like that they also provide a source of iron to assist babies with normal growth and development, and they are low in sugar and salt too!
Things to consider when packing toddler lunchboxes….
- Make it colourful and appealing….use budget friendly silicone muffin and cake liners, little forks, lots of different coloured foods in tiny amounts!
- Think small for little hands to grab fast…cut sandwiches into small shapes, use small containers with lids rather than lots of plastic they need to unwrap, grate fruit and vegies, break up large biscuits and try to bake mini muffins rather than large sizes.
- Include a little of everything…some you know they like, some you hope they will try….it's amazing what toddler's will try when other children are eating beside them!
- Include a favourite fork or spoon with their yoghurt or custard.
- Let them help choose a few ‘special' items (for my girls it's the Little Bellies products at moment) to include in their lunchbox so they feel involved in the process and therefore more likely to eat!
- Use a lunchbox with an opening that is easy for little independant hands to master.
- Put food on paddlepop sticks! Fruit, meat, cheese…it's all apparently more appealing when it looks like a little skewer!!
Easy lunchbox ideas for toddlers……
- Large rice cakes broken into segments for easy eating
- Cheese cubes and sultanas…sometimes diced dried apricots
- Little fruit or grain bars like the Choo Chew Bars
- Mini savoury muffins – Ham, cheese and vegetable are a favourite and easy to make and freeze.
- Two fruits (just buy the large tin and spoon into a small container…don't spend money on fancy little tubs!)
- Mini toasts (seen in pic below)
- Mini cheese crackers
- Diced leftover cold meat
- Boiled egg cut into quarters
- Frozen fruit pieces…especially mango
- Dry cereals such as cheerios, nutrigrain or Little Bellies Hoops and Loops.
- A little pot of yoghurt with some stewed fruit stirred through
- Cold pasta spirals or spaghetti
- Apricot Fruit Balls
- Choc broccoli mini muffins (sweet but with a cup and a half of green vegies included!)
- Carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato muffins
- Little pieces picked from the garden such as cherry tomatoes, strawberries, crunchy capsicum and snow peas
- Plain breadsticks (broken up into smaller pieces) or baby carrots with hummus dip
- Crunchy plain noodles
- Leftover mini meatballs
- Pizza or cheesymite mini scrolls
I will choose the answer that I feel is the most creative and helpful to other parents looking for ideas!
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