Milk Allergy Question ~ Dairy-Free Finger Foods for Toddlers?



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What dairy-free finger foods are safe for toddlers with milk allergies?


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25 comments:

Jessica said...

I did a lot of Cheerios! And Gerber sweet potato and apple cinnamon puffs. But check the ingredients, because they might have changed in the last couple of years. Small bits of fruit, too.

Jessica Petrie said...

I have a 3 year old who is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. We do fruits and veggies, veggie straws, dry cereal, craisins, raisins, animal crackers, graham crackers with or without Wowbutter spread on them. I also have a handful of muffin recipes that are usually a hit.

Cynthia Bennie said...

My grandson loves sweet potato fries, pickels, pepperoni, veggie straws and tons of fruit!

crystalb said...

All of these are free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and pea protein I give to my allergic 2 year old: Plain Quaker Rice cakes (broken up if younger), ritz cracker or saltines, plain Lays chips, all fresh fruit cut up, Dole diced fruit in 100% fruit juice if traveling( check label NOT the ones with cream), several organic cereals, egg free pasta cooked in a little olive oil, vegan cheese cut up (we have to use Vegan Gourmet by Follow Your Heart but son likes it), shaves of Boars Head sandwhich meat from deli (at Publix they use separate equipment for cheese), Van's Frozen Waffles torn in small pieces, cucumber pieces cut up small, steamed baby carrots, avacado, organic puffs(have to check these labels but some Gerber Graduates Puffs are ok)

Tina said...

Try enjoy life food. Its is all dairy, egg, and peanut free. They make a seed an fruit mix similar to a trail mix. And snack bars

Laura C said...

We do oreo's, graham crackers, fruit snacks, cheese tortillas with daiya cheese, wheat thins, pringles, triscuits, beef sticks

Nicole said...

Snyders pretzels, lays potato chips (bbq, salt and vinegar or regular. NOT THE WAVY HICKORY BBQ, those have milk!) tortilla chips, pringles, poptarts (strawberry, rasp, cherry and blueberry) Nature Valley Bars (my kids love the chocolate ones!) Jolly Time healthy pop kettle corn (the 100 calorie one), Oreos, graham crackers (check the ingredients but the Nabisco ones are good for sure, they also love the despicable me minion shaped ones wheat thins, vegetable thins, chicken in a biskit, saltine crackers, also we do the dollar tree honey buns and fig newtons not sure the brand but check the ingredients obviously. I can tell you a ton more, I just wanted to list their faves.... We just try to keep it as normal as possible, I've found we don't have to spend a ton of money to find safe foods.... just have to spend a lot more time reading labels

Wendy said...

Wheat thins, veggie straws, pita chips are good for a crunchy and salty snack. Veggies are always good with either hummus or guacamole. Coconut milk yogurt is also a favorite, especially with fresh fruit like raspberries or blueberries. My son has also started liking Cliff fruit ropes and raisins.

Jennifer said...

My daughter loves the puff corn (hull-less popcorn). Also Oreos on occasion and teddy Grahams. the teddy Grahams come in several flavors

Tammie W said...

Rice crispie treats made with hard coconut oil. Pinterest has many recipes. We bake cakes and donuts. Dessert pizza. It's a hard and yummy life

Tammie said...

Hebrew nationals my son loves

Priya O said...

Snyders gluten free pretzels, Garden Veggie straws (plain only), Annie's bunny Graham's (only certain flavors), Annie's graham crackers, K-Kritters Gluten Free Animal Cookies (vanilla), soy or coconut yogurt, Kind Bars (only certain flavors), Annie's fruit snacks. Of course the obvious fruits and veggies but sometimes you need something easy when you are on the go

Wendy said...

Oh and Earth Balance has some yummy dairy free (vegan) popcorn and cheese puffs.

Irina said...

Trader Joe popcorn with olive oil, Seasnax, fruit strips. I make pizza at home from scratch and just leave out cheese. My family loves it. I put cut up olives, fried mushrooms and ham on it. Most of Back to nature crackers and cookies are good too. We eat hotdogs and chicken nuggets from Applegates.

Mandi said...

We slice up fruits and veggies for snacks a lot of the time

Jessica L said...

There is a brand called organix. You could check out their line for safe foods. Most of the foods are allergen safe.

Jennifer R. said...

super steamed veggies, very bright and soft fruit, eggs if that isn't the food you are concerned about, homemade bread and toast , I don't remember what kind of crackers they were but townhouse or Ritz crackers might be safe., cooked beans.

Casssandra said...

Bc of my little mans issues we avoided almost all premade baby snacks and finger foods. We stuck to whole foods. I would cut up avocado, banana, soft cooked apple slices. Some canned/frozen fruit works well bc it's soft already. Www.wholesomebabyfood.com is an awesome website that I used when I was making his actual baby food. He didn't stick to the mushy stuff long and was just eating whatever we were having smashed slightly and cut I to appropriate sizes.

Adriana said...

We just fed my daughter food that we made. We would keep a seperate pot on the stove to cook her tiny pieces of meat, vegetables, rice, noodles, etc. We gave her crackers and very little prepackaged foods.

Jamie R. said...

Ritz crackers, sweet potato puffs, beans, cheerios.We struggled with this as well! She's 2 now and we still have a hard time. Shes loves fruit and veggies thank goodness!

Gabrielle M said...

I've always heard bad things about Gerber. We've always stuck to Happy Baby pouches with single ingredients. You can check out their puffs, I'm not sure bc we are dairy, egg and nut allergic. They have a helpful allergen chart om their site.

Allison H. said...

We were able to do Gerber puffs but only a few flavors - sweet potato and banana were my son's favorite. He's allergic to milk, egg, and peanuts.

Jessica S. said...

Gail, most rice cereals do contain cows milk. My son used to break out in hives whenever I tried a cereal. Finally the only milk free one I found is by a brand called Hipp Organic. But be still check ingredients as only one of their products are milk free and haven't had issues with cross contamination.

Molly G. said...

Happy Baby brand puffs were safe for my dairy/soy/nut allergic daughter. Plain Cheerios too.

Kristie W. said...

Yes all happy baby puffs are free from dairy/soy/nuts if it's the newer label ones. Check out their website for more info I but them from Amazon by the case. Be careful with other puffs my daughter has had reactions!