15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas

Magical Mama Blog 15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas

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.

Magical Mama Blog: 15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas

Recipes

 

  • 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

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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

Magical Mama Blog 15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas

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

Magical Mama Blog: 15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas

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!

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83 Comments

    1. Thank you! I am happy to admit that I’ve stolen bites from her and sometimes have made 2 sandwiches so we can both have a good lunch!

    1. Thank you! I was hoping to create some easy, delicious, and creative lunches for my little one and ended up with quite a bit!
      Thanks for pinning and stopping by!

  1. These sandwich ideas are GENIUS! I also love your “pro tips” at the top! Esp. the pizza cutter. And the smashing – lol – never thought of this; my 5yo STILL eats her sandwiches by peeling apart the different layers and eating each one separately! 🙂

    1. Thank you! Anything to take a few seconds out of your day! I’m sure mine will still be peeling them apart by then!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Wow, I love these ideas. My kids were late bloomers with their teeth too, and there are a lot of great recipes here for that issue. Love your tip on using a pizza slicer to cut sandwiches.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it has been hard to find things she can eat because her diet is advancing quicker than her teeth!
      Pizza slicer saves so much time!

    1. It runs in my family, unfortunately, so I’ve had to get creative to get her fun food that she can chew.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thank you for the ideas! I have some picky eaters in my house, so I am always looking for new foods to try out. I like the idea of trying cream cheese in various combination! I’ll have to give that a go! #wanderingwednesday

    1. Thank you! The cream cheese sandwich with other kinds of ingredients snuck in has become a staple in our house!

    1. Please do! It works wonders to sneak in some healthy stuff! Pizza slicer saves lives!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great post thanks for sharing. I am in a toddler feeding rut at the mo so was in need of some inspiration. I love the pizza slicer idea. I tend to use cookie cutters for sandwiches. I let the toddlers choose their shape and for some reason that seems to make them eat it all (even the left over bits from the shape cutting – go figure) and not pull it apart. #coolmumclub

    1. Mine wasn’t too keen on sandwiches until I started getting creative and putting some sweet stuff in there!

  5. Some lovely ideas there, my little one refuses sandwiches like I am trying to give him something that will kill him but he will eat snow hahahaha #stayclassymama

  6. Brilliant ideas! My youngest didn’t get any teeth until she was almost 16 months old. We were in the same situation and ended up getting a food grinder so she could eat whatever we were. I love how creative you got with the sandwiches. Now I think I’ll go make myself the raspberry and cream cheese sandwich😋.

    #wanderingwednesday

    1. It’s a pain trying to progress their diet when their teeth aren’t there! The raspberry and cream cheese has become a staple in our house!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. They’re delicious! I have no problem stealing off of my toddler’s plate for once!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Sandwiches are a heaven-send at this age you can get away with adding so many nutritious fillings that they wouldn’t touch with a barge poll otherwise. Great list here! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this x

    1. Yes! They are a fabulous meal to make quickly and you can sneak in all kinds of goodies!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. My little boy loves bread and this is perfect for him! I always run out of ideas and resort back to the same thing! Thanks for sharing. #bloggersbest

    1. Fantastic! Mine loves bread too and I was thinking she was tired of the same stuff. I went through the fridge and pantry and was surprised with how many options I found!
      Thanks for stopping by

  9. Some lovely ideas I will definitely be trying some Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  10. This is amazing! Mine literately have tuna, ham or cheese, so this is so helpful to try and make different fillings! Saving for reference! #sharingthebloglove

    1. They’re delicious! Give it a try! My little girls’ eyes lit up when she tried her first one!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. My daughter just turned one and I want her to have more finger foods and this post is absolutely perfect for us! Especially on days out! Thank you so much!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

    1. They’re great finger foods! Not to mention, they’re cheap, quick, and easy! A great way to introduce some new foods or re-introduce something they may not have liked before.

    1. Thank you! I had to make it fun for our little one after she was getting the same things day in and day out because I lost my creativity for a bit. The pizza slicer saves a ton of time!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Popping back! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, please do come back on Tuesday to celebrate our 1st Birthday, we have a surprise in store!

  13. These are great ideas! I’m weaning my now 9 month old and he’s fully embraced the idea of finger foods now and rejected most of the purees, so sandwiches are a winner. I love the sound of the avocado and hummus – I might try that this week! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. That one is delicious! If he can handle the bread, these make for a fabulous and easy snack!
      Thank you for stopping by!

    1. I was stuck in a rut when my little one was finally able to eat bread, but I didn’t want her to get bored with it so I got creative! Hope these recipes help!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  14. Brilliant ideas here! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of brocolli and grilled cheese! I love it as a bake so I bet it’s delicious as a toastie. Thanks for linking up with us x #DreamTeam

    1. You are so welcome! I had a rut where I lacked creativity and I decided to experiment until I had a diverse menu!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Ooh I love some of these ideas! My three year old has literally lived on cheese sandwiches since she could eat them and I keep thinking that I really need to get her to try eating some different fillings! You can’t beat avocado for baby food, it’s so easy and versatile! x #coolmumclub

    1. Thank you! Cheese is delicious, I don’t blame her! Avocado is one of my favorites!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  16. I always need inspiration for lunches with one fussy 3 year old and a toddler so I loved this post with lots of yummy ideas. I will definitely be trying the raspberry and cream cheese one, this sounds fab! Thanks for linking this to #thursdayteam

    1. I hope this proves helpful to you! The raspberry & cream cheese has become a household favorite!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Amazing ideas! SO many I would never have even thought of, raspberry and cream cheese has got me pretty intrigued, will give this one a try and I am sure my one year old would love it. What a great list of ideas, thanks for sharing with #BlogCrush x

    1. Thank you! That raspberry and cream cheese has become a favorite for my one year old! You have to try to keep it interesting for their little developing palates.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  18. These are all amazing ideas, some even have me thinking about my lunch today! And, I have another trick to share! This one I learned from one of our most practical friends on the planet! Scissors work even better and faster than the pizza slicer! Just designate one pair to the kitchen and you’ll see, little bite size =bites never were so easy! #ThatFridayLinky xoxo

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