Travel Snacks for Babies and Toddlers
Here are some great ideas for travel snacks for babies and toddlers.
When I was breastfeeding, of course this was so much easier but after weaning Miss M and her moving on to solid food, we had to think more about what to pack in the nappy bag when we were out and about.
The first thing I did was buy a little cooler bag to store her food and drinks – apart from keeping the temperature down, it also meant everything was in an easy to reach place. In here I could fit her lunch, fruit, snacks and drinks.
Now Miss M eats pretty much what we eat, I don’t always take the cooler bag but I do always take a selection of snacks in the nappy bag – these are to keep her hydrated and happy in between meals and let’s face it – appease her from throwing the odd tantrum! We try and give her the healthiest snacks and food possible but we’re also a bit relaxed occasionally and it isn’t always easy to keep fresh food ‘fresh’ when you’re on the go. We mix fresh and packaged snacks – here are our favourites for when we’re out and about. This post contains affiliate links.:
1. Fruit and vegetables – grapes and bananas are Miss M’s favourite fruits – these are the two she asks for the most – ‘bapes’ and ‘nanas’. They both ‘travel’ well and aren’t too messy as long as we have wipes at the ready to clean up sticky fingers and faces afterwards. The only problem for me is that I loath the smell of banana – ah, the things we do for our babies! Vegetables take a bit more forward planning as we chop they up in advance rather than pack a knife in the nappy bag! We like to take chopped carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes for shorter journeys or picnics.
2. Rice cakes and fruit puffs – a firm favourite since Miss M was 6 months old – not too messy either – well unless you let half-chewed ones stick to your clothes and dry, then there’s no shifting them. Another plus is that unless they’re banana flavoured, mummy quite likes these too :) She particularly loves Kiddylicious Fruity Puffs and Organix Rice Cakes.
3. Raisins – ooh I’m sure she could eat these all day. They’re sweet and healthy and again, not much mess involved which is so important for travelling. We never give her food or drink when she’s in the car but when we stop off along the journey, they’re always handy to have. We also sometimes give her raisins or grapes in restaurants when we’re waiting for our food. On that note, I’ve found always having a colouring book and crayons in the nappy bag is a life saver for times like that as she loves to scribble or gets us to draw her things.
4. Biscuits. Now ‘biskies’ actually incorporates many snacks – fruit bars, bread sticks and of course actual biscuits. We save these more for special occasions because I think she’s picked up Mummy AND Daddy’s sweet tooth. Organix Fruit Bars and some of her faves.
5. Yogurt and cheese – Miss M LOVES yogurt – although she calls it ‘milk’ :) She’s been on whole milk since 12 months and has it in the morning and before bed but we also give her cheese (‘tees’) and yogurt in the day time too. Generally she has a cheese string with her lunch and a yogurt after her dinner, either a pot or pouch.
Pouches for travelling are awesome – she’s been able to suck them up herself for over a year which is very handy so we can get on with our own food :) Again, they’re fuss free and she rarely spills them and then when she’s finished, we pop the top back on and either bin them or store in the nappy bag until we’re near home. She loves all the Ella’s Kitchen yogurt pouches. They also can be stored at room temperature so are find to keep in your nappy bag. Recently, we’ve given her fruit juice and flavoured coconut water for an occasional treat too and she’s a bag fan already. Crushed UK and Vita Coco recently sent Miss M some samples to taste and they’re going down very well so far!
What do your little ones snack on when you’re travelling? I’d love to hear your ideas for snacks on-the-go too!
Disclosure: thank you to Vita Coco, Crushed, Kiddylicious, Ella’s Kitchen and Organix for sending Miss M some lovely snacks to test out – we’ve added photos and links to some of her favourites above. All opinions expressed above are mine and Miss M’s honest thoughts on these products. Post contains affiliate links.