Mess-free mealtime? Yeah, right.
If you have a toddler, you know just as well as I do that there is no such thing as a mess-free meal. From breakfast to snack to dinner to even a bottle or sippy cup — there is always a little dribble, dribble. Grayson is all about independently feeding himself at 18 months old, which means more mess for me! Sometimes I wonder if he is even actually getting anything in his mouth. As an early self-feeder, it’s pretty much a hot mess. But, I’m slowly working on that fixable issue with mess-free mealtime ideas that, I promise, you’ll love! Plus, you won’t have to change your clothes after lunch. What’s not to love?
Click-through for 10 great mealtime ideas you and your tot will love!
Mess-Free Toddler Mealtime Ideas 1 of 11
Don't be scared! You can wear a white tee while feeding your toddler with these 10 mess-free mealtime ideas.
Smoothie 2 of 11
Play around with your smoothie recipes to make them anyway you want it. It's a great snack for your tot, and if they can handle a straw, you don't have to feed your baby in the bathtub to avoid a mess.
Recipe via Weelicious
Yogurt Pouches 3 of 11
We are obsessed with mess-free pouches from Stonyfield YoBaby Organic Whole Milk Yogurt. With quite a few flavors to choose from, Grayson would eat them all day long, and I'd let him because we don't have to change clothes after he has them! Your little toddler can just slurp it down — it's impossible to spill.
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Cold Grilled Cheese 4 of 11
Sometimes the grilled cheese is just too hot! Make an extra anyway, wrap it up, and put it in the fridge. Say what? Oh yes, this makes it a perfect snack and is great for on-the-go traveling. Cut into friendly bite-size pieces for your toddler. It's a perfect way to hide the veggies too!
Recipe via Spoonful
Chicken and Strawberry Kabobs 5 of 11
Chicken and fruit on a stick is a quick and easy snack that makes mealtime a breeze!
Recipe via Savy Mom
Banana Bites 6 of 11
You had me at chocolate banana. Slice up bananas and strawberries, put them in mini cupcake liners and top if off with chocolate and you've got the perfect bite-sized snack. If you put them on the fridge and let the chocolate set, you can avoid those chocolatey messy fingers.
Recipe via Oh She Glows
Bite-Sized Fruit and Veggies 7 of 11
Anything you can cut up for your toddler or slice up works wonders. Pick it up and in the mouth it goes, no mess at all. Our favorites? Avocado in bite-sized squares and cheese sticks.
See more snack ideas on Disney Baby
Granola 8 of 11
It's all about the topping and crumbling granola over yogurt is a favorite. Just make sure you control the spoon!
Recipe via Coconut Robot
Mini-Pancakes 9 of 11
OK so once you take away the syrup, mini pancakes make the perfect no-mess snack. They are great for every meal too — breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a snack.
Recipe via cupcakeMAG
Toddler Turkey Roll-Ups 10 of 11
You don't need bread for this easy snack! Just roll up turkey around string cheese and it makes the perfect lunchtime snack. It's great for toddlers to be able to feed themselves and not get messy!
Recipe via Foodlets
Yogurt Bites 11 of 11
These yogurt bites in the shape of a heart are healthy and easy to please. Get fancy by dipping fruit in yogurt and freezing them.
Recipe via Be Spangled