Looking for quick and easy, nutritious breakfast, lunch, or snack ideas for your baby or toddler? Then you MUST add TOAST to your repertoire! And if you’re tired of the usual toast toppings like peanut butter, jam, and butter, here are some ways to take your toast game to the next level!
What makes toast awesome for babies?
- It’s the perfect baby finger food!
- It’s a fuss-free way to make every bite count when not much may get eaten during the first days or weeks (which is normal!)
- It’s a great vehicle for introducing a variety of flavors and textures
- Makes introducing potential allergens easy. Simply spread a thin layer of peanut butter, tree nut butter, tahini, etc.
What’s the best bread for babies?
Here are the top things to look for:
Look for the lowest option you can find. Why? Their kidneys can’t handle too much. Learn how much sodium your baby can have in a day and some practical tips to help make sure they don’t get too much in their diet.
I actually never realized how much sodium there is in one slice of bread until we started solids. Spend some time reading nutrition labels, which will become second nature to you.
Ezekiel Low sodium sprouted bread which has 0 mg of sodium worked out really well for us. It’s usually found in the freezer section.
Note: Be sure to toast the bread so it’s firm enough and won’t form into a ball in their mouth.
There’s no official recommended amount of fiber for babies. Fiber is great for the gut and overall health, but you don’t want to load up babies on fiber-rich grains as their digestive systems aren’t mature enough to handle them.
Not to mention, their tummies are small! And too much fiber can be too filling, leaving little room for other important nutrients.
So vary up the bread. You don’t want to always offer the whole grain variety.
For toddlers, here are the recommendations.
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Here are some other easy and delicious ways to enjoy a classic peanut butter toast. Remember to introduce possible allergens early and often!
You can substitute with sunflower seed butter if there is a peanut allergy.
A special note about “Exposure“: serve a small amount of the food your child is learning to enjoy on the side. Just serving one piece may seem silly but make no mistake. Its presence on the plate is powerful!
How to Safely Serve Toast
Cut into strips or smaller pieces once their pincer grasp develops. From 12 months on, you can start offering a half to whole slice of bread as a way to encourage them to learn to take bites.
I hope this post inspires you to come up with all kinds of delicious and healthy toast concoctions! Even if there are food combinations that you wouldn’t personally eat, try serving them to your child! You just never know how they will respond!
For instance, I paired peanut butter (my son’s love it food) with broccoli (learning to like it food) and my son devoured it!
You can certainly turn these toasts into sandwiches too!
And if your child decides to only eat the toppings or the bread, you still get to pat yourself on the back for serving a balanced snack/meal! Keep exposing. Keep role modeling. Don’t pressure. Instead, allow the table to be a place of happiness, safety, and one that encourages curiosity.