Baby Led Weaning: Snack Ideas
Dexter has reached that age where he has started to reduce his milk intake and requires a snack of an afternoon to keep him going. I like to offer a mixture of pre-packaged snacks and home made ones depending on where we are and what we are doing. These are some of our favourite baby led weaning snacks, including snacks on the go.
Baby Led Weaning Snacks
Giving yoghurt on a preloaded spoon can be a messy business and really, when it is snack time, you want it to be a quick and easy affair. I found some yoghurt pouches in Morrisons from The Collective which baby can hold and squeeze into his mouth. You can also buy pouches from Amazon and fill them yourself with greek or natural yoghurt and fruit puree if you want to keep it more natural.
These wafers are so popular among the Mums I know. They come in a wide range of flavours and contain no gluten, milk, nuts, egg, artificial colours/flavours or added preservatives. When Dex gets a little tetchy when we are out and about in the pram, one of these wafers usually sates him until we can sit down for some proper food and the best bit is there is no mess!
I love Ryvita crackerbreads, they are perfect for baby led weaning because they are easy to pick up and even easier for baby to chew/gum. I like to spread tahini on them to give an added iron boost, but hummus, peanut butter or avocado works pretty well too.
An egg muffin is a great healthy snack especially if you’ve packed it full of yummy veg. What’s more, they are super filling and should keep baby going until his next feed/meal.
Healthy and popular with baby? Sounds good to me. These blueberry and banana oat bakes from Devon Mama are the perfect snack time treat and super simple to bake too!
Pinwheels are also a great little snack that you can premake and then grab out of the freezer. They are tasty and filling and super healthy if you pack the full of veggies. I love things that I can batch make and I always have an endless supply of pinwheels going in my freezer.
Ella’s Kitchen Melty Puffs
Melty puffs are organic crisp like snacks perfect for babies who need a little on the go snack. They come in a vast range of flavours but Dex’s favourites are the carrot and parsnip ones.
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I have a delicious recipe for peanut butter, banana and oat cookies which are great to eat as a little afternoon snack and healthy too. What’s more these cookies can be frozen so they’re another fantastic on the go snack that can be batch made. To be honest, they don’t often last too long in this house! Especially with my husband around.
Piece of Fruit
Who can forget the traditional piece of fruit. A satsuma, plum, banana or apple is a great afternoon snack. Now he is older, I take the stone out of the plum and give him the two halves to eat. He sucks out the flesh and spits on the skin. Satsumas, I break into segments and bananas I slice. I still like to microwave apples in a little water, so they are tender, but not completely soggy. He is also a huge fan of grapes, which I quarter; blueberries, which I squish and tomatoes which I also quarter.
Organix Rice Cakes
Organix have so many great snacky products but my favourite have to be their rice cakes. I love that I can spread a bit of peanut butter on them or give them as is when we are out and about in the pram.
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Sugar Free Lemon Cake
This recipe yields around eight slices of lemon cake, so it’s a great one to cook and then divide up for a tasty snack over a few days for the whole family. The best bit? This recipe doesn’t contain any added sugar so it’s a delicious treat for baby that you don’t need to feel guilty about!
I love to cut up fingers of cucumber, pepper and carrot to offer Dex as a little snack. They’re great for soothing sore gums when he is teething and let him practise chewing on something a little harder. Can’t get much healthier than a veg stick!
I adore this recipe from My Fussy Eater (who, by the way, has hundreds of delicious recipes on her blog) which uses banana, avocado and apple to create yummy healthy muffins which can be enjoyed by baby, if they havn’t all been snaffled by the husband or toddler first!
I hope this post has given you some inspiration for some baby led weaning snack ideas. What do you offer your baby for a snack? Anything I’ve missed?