Top 5 Fun Summer Treats for Babies and Toddlers!

By Ebony Porter, August 8, 2016, Family

Looking for cool summer treats your baby or toddler can enjoy, but don’t want to give them any of sugary “fro-yo” that seem popular these days? We’ve collected five healthy options that don’t include refined sugars, caffeine, or artificial flavors.

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“What? Just because I’m a baby doesn’t mean I can’t look and be cool, too!

These summer treats are budget-friendly and leave room for parents to get creative. They will introduce your baby or toddler to some new flavors, while providing additional vitamins and nutrients, too.

1) Ice Ice Baby

If you don’t already own those little food feeder baskets with a round handle that fit perfectly into baby’s hands, order some today! They are an amazingly easy and stress-free way to introduce your baby to new flavors without the worry of pureeing something into oblivion to reduce the potential for choking.

A simple piece of ice in the basket eases the pain on baby’s gums from teething, gives her hydration, and when it’s eventually dripped all over the floor, won’t cause Mom to pull her hair out from a sticky trail. When my baby is fussy, I fill one of these baskets up for her, and it cools her down in no time.

2) Frozen Fruits

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“Strawberries!”

Pick up a bag of frozen fruits like frozen mango, wild blueberries, or peaches and put the whole fruit into one of those baskets we just mentioned. The frozen softness is great for those sore teething gums.

Items like berries are recommended for babies 8 months and older due to allergens. If you give your baby blueberries, make sure she is in a high chair with a bib on, and take her out of those favorite clothes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

3) Frozen Yogurt

This is not the kind you find oozing out of big metal machines in a trendy shop. Make your own frozen yogurt blends for your little one by combining organic Greek whole fat yogurt with different fresh or frozen fruits like strawberries, mangoes, peaches, or melons.Either serve immediately with a spoon, or freeze in ice cube trays to enjoy later

When he gets fussy or hungry, pop one out and give to him in a feeding basket. This keeps him cool, while also providing  a steady dose of calcium, good fats, vitamins, and excellent protein.

4) Fruit Salad

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“Mom! Dad! Could you help us with these peaches, please?

If your baby has only experienced one fruit flavor at a time, turn on the flavor wheel and blend more than one fruit together to create a fruit salad. Strawberry and mango, peach and banana, or pineapple and pear are just a few combos we suggest.

  • Blend your fruit combination until smooth in a food processor or blender.
  • Spoon-feed your baby for the initial snack.
  • Freeze the rest into ice cube trays, and serve them to your baby safely in a feeding basket later.

5) Smoothies

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:Yes, we CAN feed ourselves! Just ignore this mess we’re making.

This are a great way to sneak green nutrients and other healthy items like chia seeds into a drink that’s palatable for bigger kids, so why not give your little one the same dose of health and nutrition? Our favorite Smoothie combos include blueberry and avocado or peach and sweet potato. If blending sweet potato, be sure you steam it first!

To make an avocado blueberry smoothie, combine the following:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of whole fat yogurt
  • A few ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup of water

You can also include a handful of flax seed for added omega-3s. Blend the ingredients until super smooth and serve right away. If baby is experimenting with feeding herself, let use that spoon!

Do you have any tried-and-true summer recipes that are fun and cooling for babies and toddlers? Share with us in the comments!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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