Diaper Bag Friendly Snacks To Ward Off Toddler Meltdowns


Apr. 26 2013, Published 2:47 p.m. ET

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If you're a parent you know this scenario all too well: You're waiting in a long line at (insert name of store here) and your cherub-cheeked toddler has had enough of today's lesson in patience. He's going to start screaming in, wait! You remember the emergency snack stash hiding in your diaper bag to help you in this very instance. Next time you need to restock, try one of these!

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• My son has inherited my sweet tooth, and he loves Gerber's new GRADUATES 2+ Dippers Biscuits with Real Fruit & Yogurt Dip. The whole grain spoon-shaped biscuits are easy for little ones to handle. If you have a little veggie lover on your hands (lucky you!), try the Dippers Crackers with Real Fruit & Veggie Dip, like Sweet Potato Apple Pear and Carrot Plum Raisin.

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Stretch Island Fruit Co. Original Fruit Strips are the perfect no muss, no fuss tantrum-reliever. Available in seven yummy flavors like Harvest Grape and Mango Sunrise, each strip contains 1/2 serving of fruit, is 100% natural and contains no additional additiives. They're thin so it's easy to have a few on hand!

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• If your kiddo favors savory or sweet, Annie Chun's Grab 'n Go Roasted Seaweed Snacks are a great, crunchy distraction when the going gets tough. Each box contains five snack packets that you can easily stow in your diaper bag or purse when Junior needs something to munch.

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Trader Joe's Apple Banana Crushers are easy to tote pouches filled with, you guessed it, apple banana sauce. Unscrew the cap and kids can "crush" the pouch to suck up all of the fruity goodness. Also available in Apple Strawberry and Apple Carrot, Crushers come in four-packs. Trust me, you'll want to stock up.

What's your secret weapon snack for appeasing your toddler? Tell me in the comments below or tweet @OKMagazine.


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