Helping to pacify hungry babies and toddlers, ready-to-go baby snacks can be a lifesaver to parents everywhere.
The best baby snacks should be a healthy addition to your child’s diet. To help you not sacrifice nutrition when it comes to snacking - here are some of our favorite tips for picking the smartest baby snack foods.
1. Nutrient dense foods that encourage diet diversity
Nutrition plays a huge role in your child’s development. According to the newest USDA Guidelines, diet diversity is essential for babies and is a key early habit in lifelong, healthy eating.
When your little ones start reaching for something to munch on, the most meaningful baby snacks should include nutrient-dense complementary solids in addition to formula and breastmilk. These snacks help ensure that your child is getting exposure to adequate nutrition (like iron, protein, fiber, and healthy fats) and they also get to experience different flavors, textures, and types of foods.
2. Contains the most common food allergens
In the new guidelines, the USDA also suggests that “it is important to introduce potentially allergenic foods along with other complementary foods” within the first 4-6 months of life. New complementary foods and common food allergens should be introduced to help your little one’s tummy grow accustomed to foods and reduce the risk of your baby developing a food allergy later in life.
The best snacks aren’t just nutritious, but help introduce your baby to commonly allergenic foods like peanuts, egg, cow’s milk, tree nuts, wheat, crustacean shellfish, fish, sesame, and soy.
3. Easy for on-the-go feeding
You’re already spending enough time in the kitchen. The best snacks should also be easy for on-the-go-feeding. No messy cleanups or time-consuming prep work. Just delicious and nutritious snacks that are easy for the whole family.
Plus, easy-to-feed snacks will be a lifesaver for parents of hungry babies, whether at home or bustling out the door.
There’s no need to choose between nutrition and flavor. Here are some of our favorite healthy, delicious, and easy-to-feed baby snacks:
When it comes to introducing allergens into your little one’s diet, once or twice is not enough. Once your child starts trying solids around 4-6 months, diet diversity and food allergens should continue to be a part of your baby’s daily snacking routine as they grow.