This morning I was cleaning and restocking our toddler fridge and thought it would be fun to take a few pictures of what is in the fridge and how Otto uses it. All three of my children use the fridge but as Otto is the only one that can't reach the main fridge, he uses this fridge the most! Let's take a look.
In our toddler fridge we always have:
- water in a large dispenser
- sliced fruit and/or vegetables
- a few pieces of (whole) fruit in the bottom, usually apples or oranges
- dip - hommus, beetroot hommus or avocado cream
I usually try to keep one or two glasses in the fridge as it's nice and convenient for Otto. I have fallen in love with the OXO pop containers as they are air-tight and are super easy for toddlers to use independently. So I put all of our sliced fruit and other left-overs or cooked foods in small OXO pop containers.
Today in our fridge we have:
- milk/oat milk
- homemade yoghurt (in the small containers in the door)
- whole apples
- thinly sliced carrot, small pieces of cauliflower and beetroot hommus*
- cooked pasta*
- sliced cherry tomatoes, grapes and cashew nuts*
* These are some of Otto's favourite snacks but often we include small pancakes, mini muffins, dinner leftovers, boiled eggs cut into quarters, small pieces of cheese and cucumber and/or chicken pieces.
When we have juice in the toddler fridge I usually only put about two glasses worth into the pitcher. This way Otto is only able to have two glasses of juice maximum.
Snack time! Hommus is a staple and this organic beetroot hommus is fantastic (it's by Riverford). Again this is about portion control. I only put as much hommus into the container as I want Otto to eat. If I put the full container there he would eat it all.
The water dispenser is one of my 'essentials'. Otto can use it easily and it saves me from refilling pitchers or getting him a drink twenty times a day. It's also really clear, this water is for drinking only, he doesn't use this water for any other activities. I only put a couple of inches of water into the dispenser, it lasts a couple of days. Once Otto left the tap on and I was so thankful the dispenser wasn't full.
Yes! Independently getting their own snack and drink is empowering!
A picture of today's snacks. Often these will be morning or afternoon tea. It's also super easy to grab a container if we are headed to a rugby match or late school pick up and Otto needs something to eat. He doesn't always eat it all, sometimes it will last for the next day and other times his brothers will finish it off once they are home from school.
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