Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Convenient Toddler Food

When my youngest got ready for table foods, it was tempting to get him the little jars of chunky toddler food. They didn't seem very cost effective, however, and the selection was pretty sparse, but the convenience would have come in handy many times, especially when traveling.

I discovered that he really liked the chunky canned soups they have at the store. They have so many different varieties with lots of veggies. There are some reduced-sodium varieties, to cut down on the salt.

Now that he wants to feed himself, I just drain off the broth, and the pieces are the perfect size for him to pick up. I keep these on hand for the times when the rest of us are eating something that he doesn't care for, or that I am not sure he can handle yet.

The other cool thing is that they taste great to the rest of us. There is very little waste, because someone is always willing to eat the leftovers.

11 comments:

  1. Oh, thank you! I did this with my first and second babies but totally forgot about it, and my youngest is eating more and more chunky/finger foods every day. I'll be buying soup the next time I go to the store.

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  2. Great idea!! I am always looking for something good and easy to feed my little ones, thanks!

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  3. What a great idea. I knew there had to be a better way of finding him finger food. And this would be so easy. I had looked at soup before, but didn't even think about draining off the broth. Thanks!

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  4. I do this with homemade chunky soup, too. . . just drain off the liquid and Sophi can it eat with a spoon and even a fork now!

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  5. Oh wow, I had never thought of that. My daughter is 14 months and could definitely use that convenience on a regular basis. I will be picking some up tonight at the grocery store. Thanks so much and God bless!
    Anna @ Rusty Cottage

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  6. I love those myself! We'll have to make a lunch of it one day soon.

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  7. Ashley@zehrbabiesJune 25, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    WIsh I had thought of this when my kids were smaller! I did buy cans of the NO SALT ADDED Veg-All and my kids loved to feed themselves that, but meat was always hard for me because I thought the "meat sticks" were gross!

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  8. What a great idea! I never thought of this.

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  9. That's such a great idea! My 9 month old is getting a bigger appetite by the day, and I have been struggling with some healthy things to feed him besides all the "puff" things in the grocery aisle. He may not quite be ready for this, but it won't be long!

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  10. Great idea! I like the idea of draining off the broth to let the child eat the food by themselves!
    Thanks!
    Julie

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  11. great idea - I should so try that when nothing else seems interesting to my little fella! Thanks!

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