Do you have a hangry toddler? Here is the solution to avoiding meltdowns due to a hungry toddler.
My toddler has always been a grazer, just like her Mommy. We like to eat little bits… all day long. The most hungry I ever see her though is when we get in the car. I try to keep snacks in my purse when I know we are going to be away from home, but it is hard to remember to replenish my stock when she is always wiping it out.
The times that I don’t have a snack for my toddler are not pleasant for anyone involved and I end up having to buy her things to eat wherever we go. A quick trip anywhere becomes more expensive than planned if I have a hangry girl by my side.
A DIY Hangry Toddler Solution
Ever wonder what an empty diaper wipe container and a hungry toddler have in common? They both have nothing inside. Annabelle and I used one of her empty diaper wipe containers to create a solution for her hangry episodes in the car.
We used items I already had in the house leftover from various projects. Scrapbooking paper, a paint pen, Mod Podge, glitter glue, scissors, and a hot glue gun can transform a boring diaper wipe container into a snack box that’s easy for a toddler to open in the car.
Step 1 (for the adults)
Allow your little one to pick which paper she likes the most. Cut out pieces of scrapbook paper to cover the sides of the container. Use hot glue to secure the paper. The paper does not have to line up on the edges perfectly since this Hangry Box will be tossed all over the car. Allow for it to dry before moving to Step 2.
Step 2 (for the kids)
Decorate your box with glitter glue, paint pens, markers, or stickers. Annabelle wanted me to write her name on the top before she added some doodles and hearts. I helped her secure the hearts to the top of the container with some Mod Podge (which she loved to use a little too much).
Step 3 – Fill the box with snacks!
Since the goodies will stay in the car, choose items that are not going to spoil. Dry cereal, crackers, dried fruit, granola bars, or even some kind of sandwich crackers are yummy ideas. RITZ Peanut Butter or Cheese Filled Sandwich Crackers are individually packaged snacks found at Kroger.
Not only are RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers guaranteed to keep the Hangry away, they’re the ideal on-the-go snack for any day. I found them in the lunchbox aisle with the peanut butter and jelly. Kroger always has great deals on their snacks!
Step 4 – Don’t forget to bring your Hangry Toddler Solution in the car.
Annabelle was quite thrilled to have her own easy-to-open box filled with food in the car. This is going to be something we fill 1-2 times a week and will save us from buying unnecessary snacks whenever we are out and about.
With all that is going on this time of year, I don’t have time for a meltdown from a hungry toddler. Make your own Hangry Toddler Solution Box for the car and don’t forget to include some RITZ Peanut Butter or Cheese Filled Sandwich Crackers.