You know what makes a great snack for toddlers? Mini sized popsicles! My youngest is about a year and a half, and she spends all day running after her two older sisters trying to do everything they do. It’s pretty cute.
One of the things I’ve been making for the older two are homemade popsicles (you can get some of my favorite recipes on this list here: 41 Recipes for a Sweet and Refreshing Summer). But I quickly realized that the normal sized popsicles are significantly too large for my littlest.
I did some research and ended up buying a baby popsicle mold, and I love it. I love it, because she loves it. Now when the older girls are eating their popsicles, she gets one too. It’s such a healthy snack too!
Here are a couple of quick tips for making toddler popsicle molds.
(Of course, always talk to your pediatrician about any dietary changes)
Buy a properly sized popsicle mold
It cuts down on waste and is made to fit their hand size. Also, be aware that there are mini popsicle molds that may not be safe for young children to use (for example, when they are in the shape of a small ball, it could be a choking hazard). This is the mold I use.
You Can Use Just fruit
If you are still introducing foods one by one, you can simply puree a single fruit with water and use in the mold. (These molds are for 6 months and up). If you have pumped breast milk, you can also use that in combination with the fruit. This is especially helpful if you are just starting to introduce other foods.
Cook the Fruit for Easy Digestibility
Some young children have difficulty digesting raw fruits and vegetables. Add fruit, such as frozen berries, into a small pan with added water, and cook until soft. This can then be blended with desired liquid for the smoothie.
Use the Smoothie Method
What I’ve been doing is making a giant smoothie so that we have leftovers to use in molds. They are usually a combination of coconut milk, kombucha or water, greens, and fruit. I love that I am killing two birds with one stone – I make part of our breakfast and a snack at the same time.
Make it Weston A Price Friendly
Weston A Price believed in feeding children a very nutrient rich diet. One way to do that is including especially nutrient rich proteins and fats. Use Coconut Cream (<< brand I use), or whole fat grass fed dairy, yogurt, kefir. You can even use cream! A nutritionist recently recommended adding cream to a friend’s toddler’s diet as she was underweight. Healthy fats help our kids grow strong and well, and we shouldn’t be afraid of it. Other possible additions include Avocado, greens, lacto-fermented beverages such as kombucha or water kefir.
Those are just a few quick tips for making toddler popsicles. Have you tried any of the above before? I’d love to hear!
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