There are lots of things I love about being a mom and then there are things I look forward to never having to do again. Packing lunch for toddlers is not a thing I love.
When they boys started going to daycare in the fall of 2021 I quickly learned how much I hate packing lunches. Trying to make it reasonably healthy but also guess what they’ll actually eat, ugh. Here’s how we’ve made it only semi-painful.
We got LunchBots lunch boxes, a snack size and a small lunch size for each. We use the snack size for their morning snack and small lunch size for lunch. I usually add one additional thing like a pouch, applesauce, or whole fruit (banana or apple). These seem to be enough food for them for the day. Grant is starting a new daycare where he’ll have afternoon snack as well so we need to figure that out.
We always pack lunch after dinner and start with leftovers, especially leftovers they like! We try to get two food groups in the snack and two to three food groups in the lunch. Here are some recent combos.
I know I won’t be packing lunch for toddlers forever, but does it have to be every. single. evening?! I can’t tell you how happy I am Friday nights when I don’t have to pack lunch for the next day. Do you have any lunch-packing tips and tricks? Please share!!
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