Seven Simple Sandwich Ideas For Baby

Posted on Mar 24 2010 - 10:18am by Christine

Once your baby is comfortably feeding himself and can bite and chew, then a simple, healthy sandwich makes just as convenient a lunch-time food for him as it does for you!

The only problem is… you may be stumped for ideas as to just WHAT to put in your baby’s sandwiches! After all, typical deli meats (which are often high in salt and sometimes contain milk ingredients) are not ideal for baby – neither are other kiddie favourites like sugary jams/jellies or peanut butter!

So today, we have seven simple ideas for sandwich fillings for your baby – helping you prepare the perfect quick and easy (yet nutritious) lunch!

NOTES:

Always use whole grain bread to make sandwiches for your baby.

What’s So Bad About White Bread?

You may want to remove the crusts from sandwiches you offer your baby – some infants struggle with the crusts if they have no (or few) teeth. Even WITH teeth, some babies refuse to eat the crusts. Our little man – now 14 months and equipped with a full set of gnashers – eats his sandwiches down to the crusts, then tosses the crusts on the floor… a little habit that exasperates us but pleases our dog no end!

If you want to make your sandwiches look REALLY pretty, seal the edges and remove the crusts all in one go, then try the Crusty’s All-Stars Sandwich Cutters which do it all for you!

The bread you use for your baby’s sandwiches can be either toasted or untoasted, depending on your little one’s preferences or abilities. Either way, it’s a good idea to press firmly on the sandwich with the palm of your hand before cutting it. This will compress it and – hopefully – make it a little less tempting for your baby to pull apart the second you give it to him!

Seven Simple Sandwich Ideas For Baby

  • Banana – what could be easier? Just lightly mash a ripe banana, spread on bread, squash another slice of bread firmly on top and cut into four. Simple, nutritious and yummy!

Sandwich ideas for baby

  • Egg yolk and avocado – packed with nutrients, this creamy and delicious sandwich filling is ready in seconds. Just mash one cooked egg yolk (warm or cooled) with ripe avocado.
  • Canned fish, avocado and yogurt – this is a big favourite in our house and a great source of calcium and essential fatty acids. Use tuna, salmon or sardines (preferably – in the case of salmon and sardines – WITH their bones and skin) and mash thoroughly with ripe avocado and a little unflavoured, whole milk yogurt (here’s how to make your own).
  • Veggies and cream cheese – simply take one of your portions of pureed vegetables (something like butternut squash or carrot has the ideal texture – thinner purees like zucchini tend to be too watery) and blend with cream cheese. Mmm!
  • Chicken salad – combine cooked, finely chopped chicken with finely chopped melon, then add enough natural yogurt to hold the entire mixture together.

 

Please do tell us what sandwich fillings YOUR baby enjoys!

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12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jen Ozga September 10, 2012 at 7:12 am -

    I have been looking for sandwich spread recipes for awhile. Please come up with a few more yummy ideas for us to try. Can’t wait to see what my little man thinks of this one.

  2. Jen Ozga September 10, 2012 at 7:15 am -

    P.S. I steamed eggplant, mashed it with a fork, added a few spices, and mixed it all up with some cream cheese. It was delicious.

  3. Karen Rivera September 10, 2012 at 7:40 am -

    Is this good for 9 months baby?

  4. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 10, 2012 at 7:54 am -

    Thank you Jen – and your creation sounds yummy 🙂 Karen – the ingredients are fine at 9 months, but babies’ readiness for finger foods varies from child to child. This is a very soft, ‘gummable’ sandwich and many babies would be able to manage it from 9 months (they’d made a lovely mess, of course, but that’s all part of the fun!).

  5. Karen Rivera September 10, 2012 at 7:59 am -

    Thank you so much for your response! Have a blessed day!

  6. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 10, 2012 at 8:09 am -

    You too 🙂

  7. Jennifer Gaden September 10, 2012 at 10:09 am -

    Love it! My 9 month old only wants to feed himself, thank you for this idea!

  8. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 10, 2012 at 10:40 am -

    You’re welcome Jennifer Gaden 🙂

  9. Brenda Duncan Cusick September 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm -

    I would love to share this on my avocado blog — can you post the original URL? Thank you so much!! Avocado Diva

  10. Betty Cannon September 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm -

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  11. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm -

    Brenda – it’s here: http://blog.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/seven-simple-sandwich-ideas-for-baby/ (it was hiding under the ‘see more’ link!)

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