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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....

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

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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!

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.

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!

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.

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

Ahh the jammy dodger, a classic for a reason!

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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?!

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.)

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,

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

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.

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.

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

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