What do you give your children to eat at daycare?

Meghan - posted on 04/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 14 month old son and the passed few days he hasn't really been eating his lunch at daycare. I think he may be bored with what I've given himk lately. i wanted to see other people give for lunches to get some ideas. I can't think of anything other than hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fruit cups and pasta pick ups. Any help would be great. Thanks!

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Krista - posted on 04/02/2009

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My little guy thinks variety is the spice of life too & won't eat anything 2 days in a row.  Coming up with different lunch ideas is always a challange.  Tyson makes fully cooked grilled chicken strips that are a nice change up from chicken nuggets.  One of his new favs is pasta salad.  It takes a little prep but keeps in the fridge for a few days & you can take it for your lunch as well.  I put some veggies right in the pasta water to cook for the last 3 minutes or so to soften them up a bit (carrots & broccoli) & then mix it with cut up cheese, tomatoes and italian dressing.  My son is also a big fan of chef boyardee.  Have you thought about hard boiled eggs?  Also the matchstick carrots are nice for them to crunch on as well & don't pose the chocking risk that baby carrots do.  Hope that helps a little!

Rebecca - posted on 04/01/2009

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I have used the gerber graduates little box meals. My 14 month old son loves them. He too got tired of the pasta pick ups. I have also sent the lunchables...now they have mini lunchables which are perfect for their little fingers to pick up. I also send cut up grapes or strawberries, kiwi, blueberries all mixed in a bowl...Brennan loves that. I would just rather he have fresh fruit than canned fruit. Although he gets that too. Try sending mac & cheese (chef boyardee has those in a small portion). Just some ideas. Hope that helps.

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Joanna - posted on 04/09/2009

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my son loves to have a soft cheese sandwidge and a banana and rasins for his lunch at the moment he is 15 months

Krista - posted on 04/02/2009

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My little guy thinks variety is the spice of life too & won't eat anything 2 days in a row.  Coming up with different lunch ideas is always a challange.  Tyson makes fully cooked grilled chicken strips that are a nice change up from chicken nuggets.  One of his new favs is pasta salad.  It takes a little prep but keeps in the fridge for a few days & you can take it for your lunch as well.  I put some veggies right in the pasta water to cook for the last 3 minutes or so to soften them up a bit (carrots & broccoli) & then mix it with cut up cheese, tomatoes and italian dressing.  My son is also a big fan of chef boyardee.  Have you thought about hard boiled eggs?  Also the matchstick carrots are nice for them to crunch on as well & don't pose the chocking risk that baby carrots do.  Hope that helps a little!

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