(Closed) Snacks for toddlers

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

steckarrr :  I tended to bring tinned baby food when my children were under about, from memory, about 18 months. After that, they would eat small portions of meals with us when they were with me, so I’d probably expect something to be provided. 

Avoid anything too hard because it can be a choking hazard, specifically raw carrot and hard apples. Also avoid anything too full of sugar. Most other things are ok. Water for drinks is fine.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Ask the parents what their kids would like. You can easily target your audience with a few text messages.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

steckarrr :  Will the kids get dinner too, so you’re thinking about snacks later in the evening? Or are you trying to come up with snacks that would serve as dinner for them?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

You need to provide meals for kids that are 1+. Water is fine for kids. Snacks that aren’t full of sugar would be great. I would appreciate not having to bring a bunch of snacks for my child, but I would unless I knew you planned in buying some.

Edit: I don’t mean a full plated meal for kids, but there needs to be something they can eat besides snacks. If the child was with me, I’d just give them some of my food. However, it sounds like you want them in a completely different room, so they need something.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Also, my LO is under a year but my niece that is 2 1/2 loves crackers, puff corn, pretzles,fruit snacks, fresh fruit, etc.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Unlike a PP did, I would never expect that my one year old would be provided dinner. I’d bring something with me but any snacks etc would be a nice surprise. My LO loves corn puffs, dried apples (the ones meant for babies), broccoli (her favourite!), corn cakes and strawberries cut small. I think you should just go to a baby section in the store and buy snacks per age groups. It’s the easiest way and at least you know for sure they’re suitable for the age groups! You should also make sure that the parents know there are snacks in case of any allergies.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Fruit (Halo/Cuties oranges, grapes cut up, strawberries), crackers (gold fish, Ritz), cheese sticks, popcorn puffs (Trader Joes has good stuff, or Pirate’s Booty brand), apple sauce is good but can get messy if that’s a concern, pretzels (my daughter likes the peanut butter filled ones), yogurt (frozen yogurt tubes if it’s hot, or just regular yogurt)

I’m just listing snacks my 2.5 year old eats regularly. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2006

Even dry cereal can be good. Those soft Bear Paw cookies are good too.  Goldfish crackers, bananas, grapes cut up small, those Bitz and Bites mixes,  rice cakes, and raisins. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

steckarrr :  I wouldn’t rely on parents bringing their own meal. If expect food to be available for any child post-weaning. 

If the child is being weaned (either soft puréed food or baby led weaning with soft normal food) then the parents will probably have something. 

Otherwise the children will just snack all day and lose meal times. 

Most parents will carry their own snacks so if possible is aim at a meal for the children to have at a set time. 

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