What snacks do you give your 1-2 year olds when out and about?

(57 Posts)
MeeWhoo Mon 26-Nov-12 12:32:23

Ds will soon be 14mo and I need ideas for snacks that are not too messy so that he can eat them on his push chair or at the park, etc. At the moment I am stuck with banana and biscuits....

YouHaveBeenOutbid Mon 26-Nov-12 12:36:14

Breadsticks and blueberries are my 15 month old's current favourites.

NickNacks Mon 26-Nov-12 12:37:11

Dry Cheerios, grapes, sultanas, pitta bread, melon,

PerchanceToDream Mon 26-Nov-12 12:45:48

Sunmaid raisins are your friend.

MeeWhoo Mon 26-Nov-12 12:49:54

Thanks for the replies. So for small things such as raisins, do you use one of those cups with a lid that they can put their hand through?

PerchanceToDream Mon 26-Nov-12 12:51:41

No, I find the little boxes themselves are great as they have to work at getting the raisins out. Can be an absolute godsend on the bus/train.

MrsBungleBear Mon 26-Nov-12 12:53:20

Raisins, rice cakes and fruit usually. Sometimes bits of cheese cut into sticks.

MeeWhoo Mon 26-Nov-12 12:54:07

Ah, i see.. Thing is I'm not in the UK so I haven't seen raisins in little boxes like that, they tend to come in big bags.

5madthings Mon 26-Nov-12 12:54:25

cheerios, rice cakes, mini cheddars or ritz crackers, oat cakes, cubes of cheese, grapes etc.

i would be wary of too many raisins as they are not great for teeth, i try and give them with a meal like lunch so they get other stuff to chew so to help make sure the raisuns dont stick to teeth.

i just use a small tupperware tub, have seen those tubs you can put your hand into but stuff cant tip out, poundland had them last week actually.

5madthings Mon 26-Nov-12 12:55:28

i dint buy raisins in little boxes as they are expensive! just put some in a tub.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 26-Nov-12 12:56:02

Breadsticks, all the time bloody breadsticks.

It was his second ever word hmm

Seriously I get the fear when I open the last box and immediately rush out to stock back up.

He also likes those veg & oat bar things. They're a million pounds normally but they had them in my local B&M bargains at 29p because they were short dated. Seriously 29p!.

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Mon 26-Nov-12 12:56:58

Home made biscuits, pear, grapes, cold meatballs are favourite at the moment.

BBQshapes Mon 26-Nov-12 13:40:19

Ditto breadsticks and blueberries. Little cereal bites like Oatibix and Shreaded Wheat filled with fruit. Goodies Organic Cheesy puffs. Dry cracker biscuits, children's biscuits or mini rice cakes.

We use one of those plastic bibs that have a scooped bottom and just put the food in their for DD to pick out herself - keeps her busy trying to grab them from there and no mess either.

5madthings Mon 26-Nov-12 13:48:21

some of the organix bars, little sausage rolls and scotch eggs or i make little sandwiches, breadsticks, cheesey breadsticks. occasionally those ellas puree pouches there is a banana one that dd likes. cucumber and carrot sticks.

capecath Mon 26-Nov-12 13:54:22

raisins (in a little plastic tub), grapes, plain or savoury biscuits, sometimes a cereal bar, small pieces of cheese, cucumber, other fruit, oatcakes

beela Mon 26-Nov-12 14:22:10

dry cheerios & raisins
brioche rolls
(any sort of berries actually)
puree pouches

The pots with the lid to put your hand in are great (as long as you put the lid on properly. Yes DH, I am looking at you).

ZuleikaD Mon 26-Nov-12 14:26:47

raisins, hot cross buns (or other fruit loaf type stuff), flapjacks, cream crackers.

Kiwiinkits Mon 26-Nov-12 23:46:00

I can't believe no one has said mandarins! Are they really expensive in the UK or something?

boredbuthappy Tue 27-Nov-12 00:22:49

Dried fruit of any kind, big favourite here, especially blueberries. cheese and crackers, cut up fresh fruit (although I wouldn't let him eat fruit left to his own devices in the pram, maybe while out at a cafe or restaurant or somewhere he is sat in a wipeable seat), hummus spread between 2 pieces of thin bread and cut into triangles is big fav as well. And then of course, all the ready to go snacks you get at supermarkets, watching the salt content. Things like banana bread, muffins, homemade biscuits if you have time to do that sort of thing. Also, like others, I ALWAYS have some raisins stashed in my son's going-out bag.

PerryCombover Tue 27-Nov-12 00:30:17

white choc buttons

Thanks Perry! Was starting to feel like a weirdo for thinking chocolate and quavers. blush

Organix oaty bars

And Milkybar grin

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 27-Nov-12 01:43:04

Organix oaty bars, that's what they're called! (Honestly 29p I shit you not)

I personally don't call rice cakes and humus a snack, that's what my DS usually has for lunch. Is that bad blush

I'm also not too fussed on giving him fruit, especially dried fruit, as a snack, I keep it for meal times.

I generally just stay with bread sticks. (Except for when i have s stash of cheap Oaty bars, did i mention they were 29p?). He's happy as I'm sure he'd live on them given the chance, they don't need to be chilled, they're not messy and they last a while.

I suppose cheese fits those criteria as well but as he treats that like its made from freshly squeezed elephant shit I don't bother.

MoelFammau Tue 27-Nov-12 02:34:50

Oatcakes (always bloody oatcakes)
Cheesy oatcakes (ditto)
Tangerine segments
Oaty flapjack (couple of little squares)
Malt loaf
Ellas Kitchen smoothies (Peach & Banana is no.1 here)
Carrot sticks
Cheesy crackers
Pomegranate seeds

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Tue 27-Nov-12 02:44:38

Pomegranate seeds? Really? What age from? We have bloody tons of them!

What age do you all give raisins too?

We make Mimi buttermilk pancakes with spinach/sweet potato mixed in a rare attempt to make it healthy (and I can't find kiddie rice cakes in USA)

ZuleikaD Tue 27-Nov-12 05:40:06

I give raisins as soon as they have a pincer grip, so about 7 months ish.

MoelFammau Tue 27-Nov-12 23:32:56

I gave DD pomegranate seeds from 6 months. She liked them more than raisins at first. Sounds ever so posh but I'm in a Turkish area and you can buy 3 whoppers for 60p here. Cheaper than apples.

MoelFammau Tue 27-Nov-12 23:33:43

Yep, 6-7 months. If they can hold it, they can eat it, I reckon grin

sh77 Tue 27-Nov-12 23:41:39

29p??? One tenth of what I paid.
Why have i never thought of bread sticks?
Some really great ideas on this thread.

Raisins, oat bars and rice cakes.

ATourchOfInsanity Tue 27-Nov-12 23:45:28

Breadsticks and the little boxes of raisins (Poundland does a packet of 10 or so, surprisingly for £1 wink ). DD used to love dates but she got really picky and doesn't like the cheap Morrisons ones anymore and only eats the Holland &Barrett ones. Banana chips usually work too. DD won't eat 'wet' fruit though so I am a bit of a dried fruit addict. Oh and those Bear Rolls - yup, dried fruit again, but you can get them in most supermarkets smile

ATourchOfInsanity Tue 27-Nov-12 23:47:18

Girl normal ricecakes are OK as long as they are non salted, just plain. You can put butter on them if you like and I just break them up into a pot.

choceyes Tue 27-Nov-12 23:47:20

Cashew nut pieces, sometimes pistachios for a treat. Both of them love nuts
Piece of dark chocolate
Sugar free chocolate flapjack
Avocado/cucumber for dc2
Cheese for dc1
Tinned chickpeas or beans a hit too and great on the go.

ATourchOfInsanity Tue 27-Nov-12 23:49:43

Oooh ooh and the pots with the lids on that you can put your hand in are also in Poundland :D Anyone tell I have a bit of a budget? But really, why pay £10 when you could pay £1 or buy 10

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 27-Nov-12 23:57:12

Yup, twenty nine of your Great British pence! I had to stop myself scooping the whole shelf load into my basket blush

I don't do any kind of remotely moist food if we're on the go.
Strictly high chair and full bib if it's anything wetter than dust. He is the messiest child I have ever seen.

Arsing tossing breadsticks. Millions of the fuckers.
I don't have a toddler, I have a 4yo and a 10mo but I have shares in breadstick factories. They love them. Why? They're dull as shite.

ATourchOfInsanity Wed 28-Nov-12 00:06:53

Organix are Boots, right? I got DD some of their carrot bars and she really liked them, so may have to look for the bargainous bars you speak of grin

ATourchOfInsanity Wed 28-Nov-12 00:08:36

Yes, why so much love for such a dry bland and tasteless 70's table accoutrement? I love them because they are dry. But she has no excuse. Nada,

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 28-Nov-12 00:48:03

Breadsticks are made of baby crack. Seriously, mine goes frantic if he sees a box of them.

It genuinely was his second word. Not Mumma, oh no. "Baby" then "Breh steh".

(It was the sweetcorn and red pepper flavour bars, DS loves them.)

MoelFammau Wed 28-Nov-12 01:44:52

Oh, just recalled. Tinned sweetcorn. DD loves that as a nibble.

MoelFammau Wed 28-Nov-12 01:45:29

Starting to feel I'm a bit weird... or DD is... confused

DomesticGoddess31 Wed 28-Nov-12 07:35:05

My top tip: Make a big batch of scotch or american style pancakes for breakfast one day and freeze the leftovers. They make the most brilliantly tidy snack for on the go and my DD loves them. She is perfectly happy with plain but I sometimes add mashed banana to the batter or sprinkle fruit on top of the pancakes as they cook. The fruit ones are less clean and tidy to eat though obv.

DomesticGoddess31 Wed 28-Nov-12 08:06:17

Nah I'm loving the sweetcorn idea, gonna try that and the chickpeas too!

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Wed 28-Nov-12 08:19:25

I normally have emergency snacks in my bag for the toddlers I mind, these are:
rice cakes
dried apricots and cranberries

one of the girls really likes her veg so I'll put some extra carrots and green beans in the steamer and then have them in a little pot for her.

choceyes Wed 28-Nov-12 09:23:03

oh yes breadsticks! Both of mine go mad for them. It is like a drug. They only have them when we go to this playgroup once a week. They put out breadsticks and fruit and all the kids go mad for the breadsticks, fruit is largely ignored. I don't give breadsticks any other time. I don't give them white bread, so its the same to me. It's definitely a treat food!

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 28-Nov-12 09:52:05

White bread is actually better for them when they're very young choc. Whole meal isn't a good idea until they're a bit older, something to do with it being too dense and filling so can fill them a bit too much.

I don't think whole meal is bad exactly, just that simple white is easier for them to digest when they're small.

EMS23 Wed 28-Nov-12 10:00:20

So I appear to have the only two yr old in the world that doesn't like breadsticks or raisins then?!

ZuleikaD Wed 28-Nov-12 10:07:53

Randall's right - they're not supposed to have a high fibre diet because it means they don't get enough of the calories they need.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 28-Nov-12 10:18:50

A 2 year old that doesn't like breadsticks shock
You jest surely?

choceyes Wed 28-Nov-12 10:24:07

Yes under 12 months it's best to have a mix of white and wholegrain, but mine are 2.3 and 4yrs now.
I find that mine eat the same amount of it whether it is wholegrain or white, so I just give them wholegrain, so they get more nutrients that way. Normally mix in butter or olive oil into the pasta or rice, just in case they are missing out on any calories!
I don't agree with wholegrain being harder to digest (maybe in the tiny ones). Refined carbs are a modern invention. Humans are meant to eat the grains whole aren't they?
Besides they get the white versions at nursery 3 days a week. It's wholegrain pasta, rice and bread at home, so it all balances out.

Emsmaman Wed 28-Nov-12 10:40:59

Raisins, rice cakes (preferably marmite flavoured), bananas, brioche rolls, little sandwiches with cream cheese, raisins, cheese strings or babybel (cheese strings easier for her to hold and take bites of) organix bars and corn puffs. DD lurves the organix fruit bar things (date and banana?) but they are even more ruinously expensive than the oat bars so I don't buy them anymore.

EMS23 Wed 28-Nov-12 11:01:15

It's true I tell you! She's an 'individual' little thing at the best of times. I wish I could say she prefers all manner of healthy snacks but to be honest, jammy dodgers are her snack of choice!

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 28-Nov-12 11:16:40

Ahh the jammy dodger, a classic for a reason!

sh77 Wed 28-Nov-12 22:35:40

Bought breadsticks for ds 20 mths for the first time ever today. He disn't seem impressed. BUT he is off all foods at the moment due to a cold.

He loves sweetcorn but sure if they provide any nutritional benefit when they come out looking the same as when he put them in his mouth.

MeeWhoo Thu 29-Nov-12 09:59:07

Sorry I disappeared, I got distracted by RL.
Thank you everyone for sharing your tips, there are a few ones I can try right now and some more to try at home and maybe out and about when he is a bot older as he is very messy, spits "skins" out and only has 4 teeth so not everything is suitable yet.
This thread is also making me miss the UK and the easy to find snacks such as cereal bars, fruity loafs and all the rest!

ATourchOfInsanity Thu 29-Nov-12 12:03:06

sh77 we get the same here with the raisins- she loves them though so some must get chewed for taste, surely?!
Oh and maltloaf - Soreen - with butter on. Can get messy though - brown slime dribble.

Zimbah Fri 30-Nov-12 21:29:54

I avoid maltloaf for that reason Insanity. It's truly disgusting when it's been chewed for a few minutes and then spat back out again, a brown, gooey mess that is near impossible to remove from clothing!

Smudging Fri 30-Nov-12 21:45:33

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