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We did Baby Led Weaning (BLW) with Braelynn and loved it. Baby led weaning is skipping baby food and going straight to regular food.
There is a proper way to do this where it is safe for the baby. If you are planning on doing BLW then you need to do your research and learn how to do it correctly.
I recommend following Feeding Littles on Instagram. They have several online courses about BLW and also about feeding toddlers and older children. They also share tons of great ideas about how to get kids to eat different foods and tons of different snack and meal ideas.
Since we did BLW, Braelynn has been eating real foods since 6 months old. We also never really did snacks made specifically for babies because most of them have a ton of added ingredients and they are expensive. We found it cheaper and often healthier to just buy regular snacks for her.
I’m not going to talk specifically about baby snacks in this post but more so about snacks for toddlers. Babies don’t snack that much but toddlers are a different story. My toddler literally eats all day so we’ve had plenty of opportunity to find good snacks for her. So enough rambling, let’s get to snacking! Here are some awesome healthy toddler snack ideas!
We try to do fruits and veggies for a lot of her snacks as these are the best healthy toddler snacks in my opinion. Now obviously it’s easy to do soft fruits like bananas but with other fruits you need to make sure they are cut correctly to avoid it being a choking hazard. The same goes for veggies, make sure they are cut correctly for your child’s age.
Some of our favorite fruits are bananas, shredded apples, cut up grapes, squished blueberries and different melons. Some of our favorite veggies are shredded carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.
There are so many different things you can do to make fruits and veggies exciting but adding dips is a really basic one. You could do yogurt, hummus, ranch, etc.
Freeze Dried fruit
We’ve given our daughter freeze dried fruit since she first started eating snacks. It melts in their mouth so it’s great for early eaters and it’s fruit so it’s good for them. You can find this in almost any grocery store. This is a great on the go toddler snack.
My daughter is allergic to milk but we still do coconut or almond milk yogurt and she loves it. This is a great way to get some protein in and it’s a yummy, healthy snack for your toddler.
From The Ground Up Crackers
We love these crackers made with cauliflower! I also love that they are gluten and dairy free. Our daughter is allergic to dairy and was gluten free for a while which is how we discovered these crackers. They are a hit with our daughter and I like giving her these over other cheese crackers. Super easy toddler snack!
These might not be the healthiest but they are so easy and kids love them. There are organic options that might be a little better than the regular ones but either way these are a great toddler snack. They are easy to take on the go too.
What kid doesn’t like applesauce. We do the cups and the pouches and my daughter likes either of them.
You can even make your own and add in some other fruits to change it up a little. We sometimes make homemade applesauce in the crockpot. All you do is peel and cut up your favorite apples and add them to the crockpot. Add some water to the crockpot, just enough to cover the bottom. Then put it on low and put the lid on.
I don’t have a specific time to tell you to leave it but just until the apples get soft and mushy. Then you can drain any excess water and mash up the apples until they are the consistency you want. Make sure you store it in the fridge when it’s cooled off.
I mentioned this earlier as a dip but I have to mention it again because it’s a great snack for kids. My daughters favorite snack is hummus and tomatoes. Hummus is a great way to get in some protein and kids just love dipping things.
There are so many muffin recipes out there on Pinterest that you are bound to find one your little one likes. There are also healthier options like ones that don’t use flour or ones that add in “hidden” veggies.
You can also just buy the muffin mix from the store. I would suggest making mini muffins though so it’s easier for your toddler to hold.
You have to be careful with these because they have pieces of nuts in them. We felt fine giving them to our daughter but you do what is right for you. Our daughter loves these and I love the ingredients in them.
Cereal is a really simple snack for your little one and there are tons of options out there. I would opt for one that isn’t just sugar but that has some more nutritional value.
Boiled eggs are a really easy snack to keep on hand. If your little one won’t eat a plain egg you could make them into deviled eggs. This is another great way to get some protein in.
I know most of these snacks are pretty basic but that also means they are easy. Most of the time it’s also healthier to keep it basic. These snacks could honestly be for any age and I eat most of them too. I hope these ideas are helpful for you and your little one!
What are some of your favorite toddler snacks? Comment below and I’ll add them to the list!