15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas
My little one is over a year old. She is enjoying table foods and feeding herself…but she still has not a single tooth.
I wanted to start giving her some fun sandwiches that she could pick up and enjoy (and chew with her old lady gums) without a mess.
All of these recipes are incredibly simple because who wants to use up multiple pots and pans to feed a rug rat?
I also tried to make the prep work basically non existent so you can whip up a sandwich in a moments notice.
Pro Tip: Instead of sitting there slicing and tearing the bread into little pick-up pieces, get out your pizza slicer and BAM! neat little pieces with no effort and in a fraction of the time.
Pro Tip #2: In an attempt to keep your little one from tearing apart their sandwich, get it constructed and smash with your hands or a plate.
This lodges the ingredients into the bread pockets and gets the bread slices to want to stick to their mate.
Even if your toddler rips their sandwich in half, the ingredients should stick to the two slices and can still be enjoyed in separate pieces.
- Banana (& yogurt)
Simple as can be! Smash up a ripe banana and slap some bread on either side.
You can beef up the meal by adding in a bit of yogurt and get some active cultures in their digestive system.
- Avocado & Egg
Mash up some avocado and cook an egg (or just the yolk). Mash together and slather your thick mixture on your bread and voila!
You basically have a healthy “egg salad sandwich” fit for a toddler.
- Turkey & Cheese
An easy classic. I made these for a day care party and they were a hit. No need for condiments.
For added fun, I used regular cookie cutters for the sandwiches for the older kids and smaller cutters for my baby and the other little ones that didn’t quite have the teeth to handle taking bites.
- Strawberry & Nutella
For a sweet treat, smear Nutella and stack some sliced strawberries on top.
To bump up the fun, roll the bread with a rolling pin (or smash with your hands or a plate), smear the Nutella, add the strawberries, roll and wrap in saran wrap, chill in freezer for a few minutes, and cut like sushi.
Not only is it delicious! It looks amazing!
- Avocado & Hummus
Get a healthy kick in their diet by mixing some hummus with avocado for a thick spread with some fun kicks of flavor.
Serve with some fresh or steamed vegetables for a hearty meal. Carrots, zucchini, corn, or tomatoes work well (sounds like a delicious pita wrap!)
- Peanut Butter & Raspberry
Jams, jellies, and marmalades are packed with sugar. Adding some soft, sweet fruit onto peanut butter gives the same taste without all of the extra junk!
- Avocado & Tuna
Get some protein in there by mixing up some sweet, ripe avocado with some tuna fish!
Cream Cheese Sandwiches
- Puree & Cream Cheese
If you’re like me and you managed to make a ton of purees at home and baby moved on to solid foods, you have a ton of left over cubes. I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to get use out of them and this one is perfect!
Heat up some cubes of blueberry or zucchini and mix with cream cheese so it doesn’t seep into the bread.
If you have some tubs or jars of baby food laying around, those work great too!
This can be great for mini cracker sandwich snacks as well.
If baby likes it that much, pour puree straight into a tub of whipped cream cheese so it’s mixed and ready at a moment’s notice.
- Raspberry & Cream Cheese
Mash up 6-8 raspberries in a bowl and add 1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese. Mix into a thick spread. Throw it onto some bread and BOOM! Lunch is done!
- Cream Cheese & Avocado
Mix some fresh avocado up with some cream cheese for beefed up avocado toast and to give baby’s palate something sweet & creamy to go with the green.
- Cream Cheese & Cucumber
Thinly slice some cucumbers (I like to peel them because my little one has no teeth and it gets all the waxy chemicals out of the way). Spread a layer on cream cheese and stack your cucumber. Easy as can be!
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
For easy dipping into soup, cut grilled cheese sandwiches into long, skinny sticks!
- Grilled Cheese
Either make on a pan for toasty bread or in the microwave for warm cheese on soft bread) depending on your baby’s preference or teething situation.
Give them a tomato soup dipping bowl and they’ll be the happiest campers.
- Broccoli Grilled Cheese
Finely chop some broccoli florets or heat up some left over broccoli puree from the freezer, mix in with grated cheese and grill or microwave.
- Spinach Grilled Cheese
Sneak some green into your child’s diet whenever you can! Grab some frozen (or fresh) spinach, cook and puree. Mix in with grated cheese and melt on the bread.
- Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese
If the family is enjoying some meat loaf or burgers for dinner, break up some ground beef and throw some ketchup or mild spices into it and mix with cheese.
Babies without teeth CAN get meat into their diet!
Hope you little one enjoys some fun new recipes!