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I need some ideas for snacks to bring to daycare to replace those it appears they are feeding dd (9 mo.)....<br>
She started a new daycare yesterday, and while they respectfully gave her only the veggies for lunch time, they also fed her cheerios and some ritz cracker things, and claim she gobbled them up.<br>
I'm not keen on the idea of her eating those kind of snacks due to sugar and additives, but want to also make it easy on her and on daycare to supply her snacks like this---any ideas for something to provide that's about the same but HEALTHY?
 

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You could bring some whole wheat crackers, hummus with veggie sticks & pita, 100& juice, apples & peanut butter (if they also nuts).. ummm.. that's all I can think of, hopefully some more mamas can give you some suggestions.
 

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You can get a healthfood store variety of those same things to send with her. They probably need easy snacks that the kids an feed themselves without making a HUGE mess.
 

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Ritz crackers are a complete no no for an under 2 year old - the sodium content is high enough that a couple could be more than they should have in a day!<br><br>
They are your employees, effectively, so tell them that your DD is to eat what you provide or approve and nothing else. Any objections on their part are moot!<br><br>
As others say - veg and fruit pieces are perfectly fine, and are not going to be messy. They don't need the level of supervision that there should be with tiny things like cheerios either. It would be difficult to suggest health-food equivalents, tbh, as those are just as processed as the non-health 'originals'. If they are insisting on crackers then ask them to look at bread sticks, rice cakes, popcorn instead, although with the vegetables and fruit :)
 

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I'd get in big trouble with licensing if I served popcorn. It's a big no-no for under 4's.
 

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I, also, would just go to the store and get healthful varieties of whatever they are giving her. There are plenty of yummy all-natural cheerios out there, and crackers, too!<br><br>
But unlike the PP's, I would NOT give a 9mo any sort of nuts or PB or popcorn!
 

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My favorite toddler snack was always rice cakes! They were great for so many reasons - few allergy concerns, easy for kids with few teeth, could be broken into small pieces or given whole. This would be a wonderful thing to send for the whole class! Do the parents take turns sending snacks, or does the daycare provide everything? If the daycare provides everything, then you will just have to pack a separate snack for your little one each day to ensure she gets what you want. You could bring a bag of rice cakes, some arrowroot crackers or whatever you feed her like that at home, and something else shelf-stable to leave there for the week. That way they can grab it easily each day at snack time.<br><br>
As she gets older, it will be harder for you and her and the daycare to give her separate food because the kids will probably eat "family style" when they're older (at least that's how they do it at our daycare once the kids are about 2.5 or 3). This is something to consider now - if you don't want your child eating processed snacks, you'll really have to make it a habit now for her to be eating differently than her classmates. Then hopefully she'll be used to it by the time she's old enough to want to do what all the other kids are doing.<br><br>
It's hard to deal with in a big day care. Map out a plan now, and be firm with the center's director. Also be ready to look for an alternative day care plan if they are not able or willing to comply. Sometimes a small, in-home day care is going to be more able to work with you on things like this. Good luck!
 

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Ah. Well just one of the differences between the US and the UK there again then :)<br><br>
Can I ask why its a no-no?
 

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Popcorn is a big choking hazard.
 

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thanks for all the ideas, mommas! I found some "real" cheerios without all kinds of sweeteners in them, and sent that up with some canned veges (I know not the most nutritious, but she's not got a lot of teeth yet and they're mushy) She's digging on puffed wheat and puffed rice cereal as well.
 
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