Packing a successful lunch box for your toddler — one that they’ll actually eat and not immediately deny — can be a lot harder than it sounds. Sure, in theory they should love a carefully prepared peanut butter and jelly sandwich and side of raspberries, but in reality? One day they’re into PB&Js and the next day they don’t even want to look at them, let alone try a bite. If you’re struggling for ideas, these fun toddler lunch box ideas are so adorable and unique that they *should* pique your little one’s interest.
Sometimes, part of getting a toddler to eat isn’t just about what you’re feeding them. You might need to play around with textures and different shapes, like changing up the way a PB&J is cut. I find that with my very particular 2-year-old, I can often get her to eat things she’s unsure of by placing it right next to something I know she loves. She’ll start eating the thing she loves, realizes she’s hungry, and then eats the other food as well.
A toddler lunch box is a great idea for all of these reasons, and you can use them whether your toddler is in daycare, school, or just at home. Start by getting a cute toddler bento box—Bentgo Bento Boxes for kids are a super popular and inexpensive option —and then fill it up.
The below ideas are creative and will make lunch seem exciting, which is exactly what you want. Feel free to copy them completely, or just use them as a source of inspiration. Change up little parts of them (like swapping celery sticks for carrot sticks) depending on what your child likes. A well-balanced lunch box should include a protein, some dairy, fruit, veggies, and a crunchy snack.
Remember, if these lunch ideas don’t work for you the way they are, just use them as a jumping point to come up with your own. We think you’ll find at least one your toddler will love!
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