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Healthy Finger Foods For Babies and Toddlers

Updated on August 30, 2017

Finger Foods Your Baby or Toddler Will Actually Eat . . . And They're Healthy Too

Let's face it, babies and toddlers (especially toddlers) can be very picky eaters. It can be hard to think of types of healthy finger foods to introduce to your baby or toddler that they might actually enjoy. Once she got the hang of solids and had that 'pincer grip' that the experts tell you to watch for, I wanted to expose my daughter BJ to food that would be good for her and would be a lot less messy than the pureed carrots and banana that I was still trying to scrape off of my walls.

I did a bunch of experimenting with different recipes and suggestions from friends and family, and came up with some big winners. For parents who want to help their child form healthy eating habits right from the start, here are some of the best of the best right from my daughter and her playgroup friends' lists of favorite finger foods. I've included multiple selections from each food group and/or type of food to give you a wide range of ideas for feeding beginning 'hands on' snackers. Granted, I can't guarantee that your child will eat them, but they're at least baby and toddler-tested and found appealing by most. :)

I've also included some tested tips and suggestions for introducing new foods to your child. Believe me, I know how challenging that can be.

Happy eating!

photo credit: BunnyFabulous

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Vegetables

Which ones are good to try with babies and/or toddlers

Vegetable Finger Foods

You don't always have to hide the veggies! Here are some that can be winners in your child's finger food repertoire. Always worth a try!

Broccoli

While broccoli may get a bad rap as a vegetable kids don't like, many of the toddlers I know like eating their 'trees' a lot. It's also a good source of Vitamin C, among other things.

For younger toddlers especially, broccoli should be served cooked. The florets are easier for young children to chew than the stalks which can get woody. It's easy to steam broccoli, or just buy it frozen and microwave smaller portions as needed then chop into small bite-size pieces and serve. Don't be afraid of frozen veggies! They're just as nutritious as fresh ones.

Cauliflower

If your child takes to broccoli, try cauliflower too. The floret tops are soft when cooked, and easily picked up by little hands. Just like broccoli, you can get frozen florets and microwave portions as needed.

Cauliflower is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B6.

Peas

A friend turned me on to serving my daughter semi-frozen peas to help ease her teething pain at snacktime. Soaking frozen peas in water for just 10 seconds or so softens them up just enough to eat easily while still retaining enough cold. They seem to go over well with most babies I know. As your child gets more teeth, you can serve small peas straight out of the freezer if your child prefers the texture.

Edamame

Steamed young soybeans (edamame) as a great toddler snack? Who knew.

I served them to my daughter as an experiment, and she gobbled them up. Plus, they're super-healthy. The United States Department of Agriculture states that edamame are "a soybean that can be eaten fresh and is best known as a snack with a nutritional punch". Edamame contains protein, which further helps stabilize blood sugar, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain a high source of vitamin A, vitamin B and calcium.

I found it the most easy and convenient to buy ready-to-eat edamame rather than trying to shell them myself. You can usually find them in the refrigerated section of larger grocery stores near the soy cheese and veggie burger-type products. They can also be purchased frozen, then you cook them yourself. If you're not familiar with edamame, the pods they come in aren't edible. If you get ones in the pod, they cook up tastier than pre-shelled ones (at least in my opinion), but you'll need to remove them from the pod before serving them to babies or toddlers.

Another option for a toddler who has a bit more chewing power (read: has at least a molar or two) is dry roasted edamame.

Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

While my daughter's not into plain garbanzo beans as a finger food, a number of her toddler buddies are. You can cook them yourself or get the canned variety and drain them. You can remove the translucent skin on the bean before serving if you prefer.

Hummus, the chickpea-based spread, isn't really a finger food per se, but it's a great dip for vegetables and crackers. My child will eat most anything if it's slathered in hummus.

Red Cabbage

When I broiled some red cabbage in a slightly sweet sauce (rice vinegar, soy sauce & honey) for a recipe, I let my daughter try some to see what would happen. She ended up liking it in small pieces. I think a lot of what got her to put it in her mouth in the first place was the bright purple color, then she figured out that she liked it. NOTE: do not feed honey to children under 1 year of age.

Bell Pepper

Again, the appeal of color. My daughter seems to have an aversion to most red foods, but yellow for some reason is OK. She likes small pieces of yellow bell peppers; I've tried green, but they look too much like the other green veggies she eats...ho hum in her book. Broiling peppers until soft makes it easier for toddlers with less chewing ability. Try them with dips such as hummus or ranch dressing.

Kale

For older toddlers, there's a simple way to cook this dark leafy green that's yummy for grownups too. Crispy Kale has a taste somewhat similar to a potato chip (albeit a more veggie-tasting one), but it's much, much healthier.

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Vegetable Chips - A More Portable Veggie Finger Food For Toddlers

Veggies on the go can be a little tough to pull off, so vegetable chips can be a portable solution. They may not be quite as healthy as fresh vegetables, but they're definitely better than a lot of other options. Most large grocery store chains have these veggie chips (or something very similar) in their bulk foods section, usually in a plastic clamshell packaging as seen in the photo. This mixture contains green beans, taro, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash. There are some purple chips in there that I don't quite know what to make of. Maybe those are the sweet potatoes? Most of the veggie chips I've seen just have canola oil and a bit of salt in addition to the vegetables.

These are for older toddlers with teeth. I'd definitely break the chips up into smaller pieces for your child to chew more easily and not choke on. The green beans are the easiest to crunch, so a child used to taking bites of things would probably do well with them. My daughter LOVES veggie chips and would probably eat them all day if I let her. Not necessarily a bad thing, though. ;)

photo credit: BunnyFabulous

Cereals, Cereal Bars and Other Carb-Based Snacks

Looking Beyond Puffs . . . Carb Snacks With More Nutrition

Organic and/or healthier alternatives to popular toddler finger snacks.

Whether it's puffs, goldfish crackers or other grain-based snacks, this is an area where it can be more of a challenge to find nutrient-laden offerings for your baby or toddler. But since crackers, bread, etc. are some of the easiest type of snacks to feed toddlers, not to mention the ones that they can tend to gravitate towards, it's one where I tended to want the most suggestions. Some of my mom friends came to the rescue and shared a bunch of their favorites with me, and my daughter enjoyed quite a few of them.

From my friends' advice I was glad to find that some popular baby-focused brands as well as some products geared towards adults provided alternatives to popular kids' snacks that are still yummy and convenient. Another way to go is making some tasty-but-healthy treats yourself that pack a nutritional punch and are also appealing to other family members.

Below I've got a list of some of the tried and true favorites from that list of friends' suggestions. Their kids and my daughter have tested them all. :)

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Kashi Heart-to-Heart Cereal

Go beyond Cheerios. Besides having o's and cute heart shapes, this cereal is designed to promote heart health. While that may not be your first thought for a baby/toddler snack, it gets kids off on the right foot, and is definitely healthier than many other finger food options. They're slightly more crunchy than regular cheerios, but not by much.

Kashi Heart To Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Kashi Heart To Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

My daughter calls these 'heart cereal' and crunches these up right from her snack cup by themselves or in a mixture with other finger foods. Another benefit is that these are great-tasting and healthy to adults as well. You may be eating from your child's snack stash.

 

Annie's Homegrown Whole Wheat Cheddar Bunnies

Annie's Organic Cheddar Snack Mix, Baked Cheese Crackers and Pretzels, 9 oz Box (Pack of 4)
Annie's Organic Cheddar Snack Mix, Baked Cheese Crackers and Pretzels, 9 oz Box (Pack of 4)

Looking for an alternative to goldfish crackers? While the whole wheat version of these bunnies aren't a bright orange, they do have the cute bunny shape and are an ideal size for toddler hands. They're baked with organic cheddar cheese and organic wheat flour, and taste really yummy to our whole family.

 

Earth's Best Bars and Biscuits

My daughter appreciated Earth's Best teething biscuits to gnaw on at snacktime while she was teething. It was rare for her to finish off an entire biscuit at one sitting, but she's not known for a huge appetite. They're hard enough to provide the texture and pressure that a baby likes on their teeth, but with the gnawing and drool, they dissolve easily enough for young babies to eat.

When your child gets a little bigger, the cereal bars are wonderful. BJ liked them so much that she'd make a 'baaaa' sound to ask for a snack bar every day. They're less processed than most commercial brands and have added nutrients too. We liked the ones with fruit in the middle a lot; BJ wasn't so big on the crispy rice ones, and neither was I since the texture is a little too hard for children this young in my opinion.

Happy Baby Puffs

An organic whole grain melt-in-baby's-mouth snack with greens, apples or bananas baked right in? Yesssss! They're fortified with vitamins and minerals including vitamin D.

More bonuses about these snacks:

- Half the sugar of other brands

- Better value - 40% more puffs inside in a convenient flip-top package

- Green Packaging: Their containers are sourced through a green partnership with Method.They are made with 25% recycled materials, are BPA free, and are recyclable.

Happy Baby Organic Superfood Puffs, Kale & Spinach, 2.1 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Happy Baby Organic Superfood Puffs, Kale & Spinach, 2.1 Ounce (Pack of 6)

My daughter likes the greens ones a lot, and loves their o-like shape which she thinks looks like a flower. They melt really easily in kids' mouths, which makes them perfect for babies starting out with finger foods. Plus, it's an easy way to get a teensy bit more vegetables (in the greens variety) or fruit into your child's diet. We went through a lot of these, and I re-used the canisters for storing other dry foods.

 

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Plum Organics Fiddlesticks

Plum Organics Tots Fiddlesticks Snack Sticks, Apple Carrot, 2.12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Plum Organics Tots Fiddlesticks Snack Sticks, Apple Carrot, 2.12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

These organic sticks are baked with real fruit and veggies, and as a bonus, they're gluten-free too. We tried the apple carrot flavor (berry and banana flavors are also available) on a road trip, and they were easy for our daughter to chew. She likes the taste, and it's also a lot of fun to say 'fiddlesticks'. The packaging is BPA free too.

 

Taking a Break for a Snack

Fruit

Delicious fruits to try and non-perishable options too

Fruit for Babies and Toddlers

Fruits are usually some of the easier finger foods to get toddlers to eat. Here are some ideas beyond the typical banana. Each of these items needs to be cut into little chunks small enough for your baby or toddler to eat easily.

Strawberries

Blueberries -- cut in half to prevent choking

Apples

Peaches

Pears

Mangoes

Bananas

Watermelon -- remove seeds. This is a big favorite of one of my daughter's playgroup buddies

Grapes -- remember to cut up to prevent choking

Avocados -- Cut into chunks, this can be a great finger food, and its smooth, creamy consistency is appealing to many babies and toddlers. My daughter also loves it mashed to the consistency of guacamole.

Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for fiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. Per serving, avocados have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.

Black Olives -- Get them sliced in a can. They're easy to pick up and have an appealing 'O' shape which is perfect for little ones to stick on their fingers. It's great fun for kids to eat them off of a fingertip. These are a big favorite in our house.

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/plumandjello/2333263539/

Dried Blueberries

While raisins are officially a 'no-no' for toddlers due to their sometimes sticky, sometimes hard (if they get dried out) nature, there's another dried fruit that I've found that can be a healthy alternative and far less likely to be choked on. These little dried blueberries aren't sticky and they're small enough to be handled by a toddler. You could always cut them in half if need be. They're naturally sweet and high in antioxidants, so you've got yourself a tasty, healthy treat for your little one. They get eaten easily at our house, and mommy sneaks some too.

I found these in a large grocery store chain, but haven't seen them on Amazon.com yet. I'll post a link when I do.

photo credit: BunnyFabulous

Finger Food For Babies: Freeze-Dried Fruit - It's not always easy to carry around fresh fruit. It can get messy, sticky, or need to be kept cool. Here's an easy

Brothers-ALL-Natural Fruit Crisps, Variety Pack, 12 Count, 4.44 oz (Pack of 2)
Brothers-ALL-Natural Fruit Crisps, Variety Pack, 12 Count, 4.44 oz (Pack of 2)

We started our daughter out on the apple and pear varieties of these freeze dried fruit crisps (broken into small pieces) when she was just starting out on finger foods. They melt into soft pieces in your mouth and taste great. For awhile, she would only eat freeze dried fruit, but since they are 100 percent real fruit, peeled, sliced and freeze-dried into a light, flavorful chip-like "crisp" - all made with no added sugar or preservatives, she was still getting all the fruit nutrition.

 

Proteins & Dairy

Finger food ideas and recipes

Proteins and Dairy for Babies and Toddlers

Even with 2 cups of milk a day, toddlers still need additional calcium. If your child doesn't get enough protein during meals, make up for it during snack time.

Black Beans

Cooked at home or the low-sodium canned version, black beans are a good source of protein and fiber. They're soft enough for toddlers to eat too. My daughter also likes black beans and cheese pureed to the consistency of refried beans. Not a finger food, but delicious and easy anyway.

Cheeses

While adults may see cheese as fattening and something to cut down on, it's a great source of calcium and protein for growing toddlers who need the fat too. Small cheese cubes can be cut up into bite-size pieces, or pre-sliced cheese can be broken into smaller pieces or given whole to a toddler to take bites out of, depending on the child's eating abilities. Large-shred cheese can be messy, but some kids like to pick up the little pieces to eat.

I don't know many kids (if any) who don't like cheese in some form or another.

Chicken/Turkey

You can still have finger-food chicken without getting into nuggets that have all the extra breading. Just served small chunks of cooked chicken instead. To have some on hand, I cook a package of chicken breasts all at once, chop them up, and put them in a zip top freezer bag. Just pop some in the microwave to defrost and serve.

Easy cooking method: put chicken breasts in a pot of boiling water (with or without sodium-free chicken stock powder), then cover and turn down the heat to a simmer for 20 min.

Tofu

The toddlers I know either love tofu or hate it. Seems to be a consistency thing. Since tofu is rich in high-quality protein, and is also a good source of B-vitamins and iron, it's worth a try. Extra Firm tofu holds together the best in little hands.

One of my daughter's buddies enjoys tofu raw right out of the package, but my daughter herself won't touch it unless it's cooked into something more appealing like Tofu Fries.

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Dry Roasted Edamame - Crunchy, portable protein

This one is for older toddlers who have a better ability to chew since they are slightly crunchier than most cereals, but when your kiddo has a molar or two, try them out. Dry roasted edamame is packed with soy protein and fiber, and has a kid-pleasing loud crunch. Don't just dismiss this nutritious on-the-go snack if your child doesn't go for cooked edamame; the consistency and taste are quite different... kind of nutty.

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sea Salt, 4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sea Salt, 4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)

This brand of dry roasted edamame has a good flavor and decent crunch, but is easy enough for an older toddler to eat. We often mix it in a 'trail mix' with Kashi cereal and other dry finger foods.

 

Freeze-Dried Yogurt Melts

Non-messy freeze dried yogurt is an easy on-the-go finger food option that needs no refrigeration. Yes, freeze dried yogurt snacks have sugar in them, but if you'd like an organic option that has more nutrition than the traditional Gerber melts, try Happy Baby's HappyMelts. They're part of a partnership with Stonyfield, the makers of YoBaby yogurt.

HappyMelts have 1 more gram of protein than Gerber, have Vitamin D (which Gerber lacks), and have 8% more of the Daily Value of Calcium than the Gerber yogurt melts.

Happy Baby Organic Yogis, Freeze-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snacks, Mixed Berry, 1oz. Packets (Pack of 8), Organic, Gluten Free, Easy to Chew Probiotic Snacks for Babies and Toddlers
Happy Baby Organic Yogis, Freeze-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snacks, Mixed Berry, 1oz. Packets (Pack of 8), Organic, Gluten Free, Easy to Chew Probiotic Snacks for Babies and Toddlers

These HappyMelts were a staple in our house starting in the early finger food stage through all of my daughter's toddlerhood. She still likes them as a preschooler. One time she ate them in front of her yogurt-disliking cousins and they were intrigued enough to try them. Result: love at first bite. The difference in texture and the fact that these are finger food made all the difference. The melts themselves are a bit more dense than the Gerber ones, but they still melt well in babies' mouths.

 

More Baby and Toddler Finger Food Resources

Cookbooks, nutritional guidelines, how to introduce new foods, foods to avoid

Cookbooks and Recipes -- Preparing Delicious, Healthy Foods for Toddlers

I've prepared a number of finger food recipes for my daughter, and I wrote Healthy Toddler Finger Food Recipes to share the best ones.

I also found Annabel Karmel's books very helpful for thinking outside the box about what foods to try serving to my daughter as a baby and as a toddler. Annabel has both finger food and spoon/fork food recipes that my li'l girlie loves.

First Meals Revised: Fast, healthy, and fun foods to tempt infants and toddlers
First Meals Revised: Fast, healthy, and fun foods to tempt infants and toddlers

An older edition of this book walked me through preparing first tastes of solid food up into pleasing a toddler's palate. Lots of ideas throughout.

 

Introducing New Foods to Toddlers

Here are some tips and suggestions from experts and from my own experience.

* If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Your toddler may hate his first, third, and ninth exposure to cauliflower, but the tenth time may be the charm.

* Try new food when you and your toddler are at your best - when you're both well rested, in good spirits, and healthy.

* Your child will be more open to a new food if he's hungry (but not overly hungry), so give him his new food first.

* Don't stop feeding your child if she makes a funny face - it doesn't necessarily mean that she doesn't like what she's tasting. She may just be reacting to the distinctly different taste. Even now, my daughter will sometimes grimace and then say that she likes a food and keep eating it.

* Try to keep your facial expressions positive, even if you're serving a food you detest. Likewise, keep your comments about the food positive as well. Don't preface introducing a new food by saying 'Here's some avocado, you may not like it.'

* On the other hand, some children may get their guard up if you make a big deal over a new food. Keeping things normal and low key tends to work better.

* Let your toddler see you eating the same food he's eating. He loves copying you.

* If your child gives you the thumbs-down on a particular food (closing his mouth, turning his head, throwing it), don't force it. Try again in a few days and he may surprise you by gobbling it up. Forcing food or showing your frustration may turn mealtime into a negative experience full of power struggles.

* Switch things up. Your toddler may tire of eating bananas at every meal and give up on them entirely. Plus, a varied diet is more nutritious for your growing child.

* Try the food in a different form. My daughter never liked carrots in their pureed or mashed form, but as an older toddler, she loves crunching on the thin 'twigs' of matchstick-sliced carrots.

* In the same vein, try a different temperature. Sometimes small pieces of a semi-frozen food go over better because the consistency is different, or the taste isn't as strong. Children's taste buds are much more sensitive than adults', and freezing a food tones down the taste. For example, my daughter doesn't care for fresh grapes that much, but if I give her small pieces of frozen grapes, it's quite a different story. She'll eat them right up. Just be careful to cut frozen or semi-frozen foods into very small pieces to prevent choking.

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      Jacolive 3 years ago

      My son 14 month old boy also likes anything dipped in hummus or guacamole. We try to give him lots of fresh fruits and steamed veggies but after a recent trip to NYC his favorite snack is bagels with cheese

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      Ramona 4 years ago from Arkansas

      My 1 year old granddaughter will try anything once and makes her decision then. Enjoyed your lens very much. Thank you for sharing these tips.

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      Mommies should visit your lens. Sundae ;-)

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      My daughter is very picky and I struggle to find things she will eat that are healthy so this has some good ideas, like tofu. I haven't tried it yet but I will have to.

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      momideas 5 years ago

      Great Lens I battled to feed my children at this age and even now hat they are older, with healthy food they want to eat

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      At 18 months, my granddaughter will eat almost anything. We're lucky!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Great lens very helpful

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Great information! I have one little one that is fairly open to new things and loves fruits and vegetables and I have another that is a bit more resistant to try new things. I will add some of these to our daily menu. Thanks! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits...they are 100% organic dried fruit finger snacks for kids 6-months and older. No-sugar added and gluten-free, perfect!

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Great Lens, I'm glad I'm not a parent; when I use to watch my god-daughter I was always afraid of her choking on something. Excellent Lens. Kudos!

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      kerilovesadeal 6 years ago

      @BestBuys4Baby: That's an interesting method to reward good eating habits and make it fun! I've heard about low fat healthy chocolate sauces. Think maybe you could make some kind of desert or special treat with that. Maybe mix it up once in a while? :)

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      kerilovesadeal 6 years ago

      I think my nieces would enjoy Plum Organics Fiddlesticks. Their parents don't let them eat many cookies or cake that often. What their parents been able to do as easily is find many healthy alternatives that the kids will like. I'll pass this info along.

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      TheMotherSquid 6 years ago

      Don't give them the option of junk food. Give them a wide variety of healthy food, and they are bound to eat something if they are hungry. I try to keep my child from even eating junk food; that way, he doesn't know about it. Also, try to give you toddler choices! He is more likely to eat it that way! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas and such an important topic. I found a great book at the library about roasting and pureeing vegetables and sneaking them into soups, casseroles and even macaroni and cheese!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      It was easier in my house when the boys were young. Now they are 18 and 20 and I need to remind them to eat well. (But at least I know they love healthy food and, when presented with it, that they will eat it.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am all for the healthy food and veggie chips for kids and adults too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish I could get my kids to eat some of those veggies!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These are certainly a lot healthier treats than I gave my children when they were little. I would enjoy some of them myself :)

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: That's a great point. I'll hunt down some more inexpensive alternatives for prepackaged snacks if I can. The healthy ones don't seem to come with a cheap price tag most of the time. In the meantime, black beans and chickpeas are a particularly good combination of inexpensive plus healthy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I noticed all of these great recommendations. However I am wondering what you would recommend for cheaper alternatives.

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      BestBuys4Baby 6 years ago

      We fill a glass with fruit and at the very bottom is a small piece of chocolate as a surprise treat!

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      kellypr83 6 years ago

      We love edamame at our house!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      They should look interesting and it is very good idea to provide a story related to the food (think abou Popeye and spinach). Stories are great tool, don't underestimate them!

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      mimthemom 6 years ago

      Very informative!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I used Gerber toddler type snacks.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Great lens, having your young children and toddlers eating healthy at such a young age is so very important in showing them how to be healthier (even though they don't realize it at that age).

      I always gave my kids cheerios, small pieces of cheeses and thinly sliced ham. Fruit is always great too, bananas, strawberries... the list is endless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed reading this, our youngest is almost 3 so you gave me so good ideas for him, thank you indeed!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I'm impressed by the wide range of suggestions you've presented!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The best way to get a little one to try something different seems to be to put it on your own plate, that's just what they want! Very amazingly nicely done with excellent suggestions to establish healthy eating in our little ones that can be carried on through their lives.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoyed it..

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Love your Lens, so much helpful information and adorable photos!

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      Great Lens thanks for sharing

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      Brilliant lens!!

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      BunnyFabulous 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @Missmerfaery444: Thanks! Glad you liked it.

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Another great lens on baby and toddler food! :)

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      SquidooMBA 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thank you for providing such a great resource!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You have provided a wealth of information for parents to feed their babies and toddlers healthy foods!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 7 years ago

      I was always looking for finger food for my toddlers (both those I babysit and my own...when they were young). You have covered a lot more than I ever thought of.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      This is good information! Can't seem to add more... Finding healthy finger foods is very important to start them eating healthy from the start

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! Extremely informative, well researched and practical ideas. You have a wonderful way of making it all so interesting. Samantha's a very lucky child to have such a well informed mom!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Great lens!

      **Blessed by the Toddler Neighborhood Squid Angel**

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      BunnyFabulous 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @Trudy Hanley: Thank you for the kind words, and the link too. All the best to you!

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      Trudy 7 years ago

      You gave so many helpful hints and great ideas for moms who want to give wholesome snacks and food to their babies and toddlers. I added a link to your lens, from my lens. Wonderful lens!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      This is such a great lens. My children are now both teenagers, so it doesn't really apply. But I think I'll give the zucchini muffins a try though because we have so many growing in the garden at the moment (It's summer here in Aus).

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      fromamericateel 7 years ago

      You have some great Ideas. My grandkids love cooked broccoli and cauliflower straight from the fidge. The coolness helps with teething. As they got older they moved right into raw with out a quibble.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow! You certainly put a LOT of time and thought into this lens. I no longer have toddlers, but I would recommend this to anyone who did. I would add to your information one very important thing - don't try to "force" kids to eat specific foods. My oldest son HATED anything that resembled eggs or had the vaguest smell of eggs. Put an "egg noodle" in his mouth and he would immediately spit it as far as he could. He's almost 37 now; still hates eggs and can smell them a mile away! Great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks so much for the suggestions! I'm having a toddler guest today and it's been a long time since I've fed a little one. This page was very helpful!

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      SquidooMBA 8 years ago

      The dried fruit snacks are excellent. Our daughter loves them (and so do I)! They travel well and have been lifesavers on several occasions.

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