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

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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....

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.

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 28-Nov-12 00:03:50

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.

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