Snacks for Toddlers

Say NO to these snacks more often!  Avoid high sugar foods.

pop or soda candy chocolate
Kool Aid/ Tang cakes gum
sports drinks jellies cookies
fruit drinks jams white crackers
Jello water donuts sweet rolls
Pop Tarts chips sugar & honey

Baby's taste buds need a chance to learn to like all flavors.  Too much sugar may cause tooth decay, craving for sweets, or an overweight baby.  The best time to eat foods containing sugar is at mealtime.  Brushing afterward is recommended. 

Foods that may to most harmful when eaten as a snack include dried fruit, like raisins, highly sugared foods, drinks, and refined starches.  Honey, molasses, brown sugar, and corn syrup are just as harmful to teeth as sugar.

Fruit juices should be served to infants in a cup only, not in a bottle.  Nutritious fruit juices contain natural sugar and can also cause cavities.  Water is the best beverage to offer between meals.

Oral bacteria use sweet and starchy foods to make an acid.  The acid is what can cause a cavity by breaking down tooth enamel.

Say YES to these snacks more often!

milk yogurt fruits
vegetables* vegetable dips cheddar cheese
water eggs pretzels
meat cubes melba toast toast strips
pizza pieces sandwiches dried or smoked meats/fish
cottage cheese tofu  

 In order to reduce acid attacks, snacking should be limited to one time between meals.

Eating a small cheddar cheese cube at the end of a meal or snack reduces acid attacks to teeth.

*Make sure all food is cut into very samll pieces to avoid choking.  Children under age two may choke on nuts, seeds, popcorn, or raw vegetables.


Adapted from materials produced by: Washington State Department of Health & Social Services; U.S. Public Health Service/ Indian Health Service; Multnomah County Health Department WIC Program.