Reducing Food Waste with Toddlers & Babies

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How To Reduce Your Food Waste

Tips for Feeding Toddlers and Babies

Feeding small children can be super wasteful. Especially if we’re not conscious of the waste we’re creating.

But thankfully, there are lots of easy ways to reduce food waste.

  • Start with a small portion (a size you think they’ll happily eat) and then give them more if they’re still hungry. While doing BLW with my youngest son I often feed him from my plate, and whatever he doesn’t eat gets added back to my plate, for me to eat.

  • If you’re preparing a big batch of something (eg. steamed apples) put them at the front of your fridge where you’ll see them. If you make too much to eat in a few days, you can freeze the rest in small batches or use it to make something else - muffins are great for sweeter foods, and frittatas are good for savoury leftover foods.

  • Buy the big tubs of yoghurt, not the single serve ones. Again, if you’ve got too much yoghurt after 4-5 days, make muffins - which can also be frozen.

  • If you’re cutting crust off toast you can freeze it to make bread crumbs or eat it yourself if you’re feeling hungry.

  • Avoid buying the single use squeezy pouches as much as you can. If you like the pouches but not the waste, you can buy reusable ones.

  • Have a home compost. If you can’t reuse food, you often can compost it.

  • Freeze half eaten bananas and use them for smoothies.

  • Use a wash cloth for clean up, rather than wipes. Wash clothes are also much more effective at cleaning up messy faces and can easily be thrown in the wash.

  • If you’ve got a picky toddler it’s important to still offer them vegetables (or other foods they don’t eat, but that you want them to) so that they get used to seeing them and will hopefully one day eat them, but until they actually try it you’ll end up with lots of uneaten food. I offer my eldest carrot and cucumber sticks fairly often. Sometimes he eats them, but most of the time he doesn’t. His leftovers either get added back to the fridge or I’ll eat them later as a snack.

  • Serve meals family style for older toddlers. They’ll be exposed to all sorts of different foods and will learn about portion sizes. Hopefully only taking as much food as they’ll actually eat.

  • Offer snacks that don’t come wrapped in individual plastic. Fruit is a great, package-free option. You can make sandwiches or portion out yoghurt from a larger tub. Buy sultanas in a 1kg bag, rather than little boxes, and then pop a portion into a small container.

  • Give your toddler a choice between two foods. Letting them choose whether they want an apple or a banana will help increase the likelihood that they’ll actually eat it all.

What are some ways you like to reduce the waste you create when feeding your little ones?