Finding the right balance for independent snacking for kids can prove tricky. At three and four, they want to start doing things like pouring the milk for their cereal in the morning, or getting their own snack.
Around here, Violet is right in the middle of that stage. She wants to do everything herself – and we welcome it. Often, there’s a mess – we accept that it’s part of learning to do these tasks herself.
Yogurt is one of the girls’ favourite snacks, and we go through a lot of it. With Violet (3), it usually means the top of the yogurt peeled off, left on the table, with the remnants of whatever is left in the awkward-spoon-choice-of-the-day.
I get it, it’s hard for those small hands to get everything out of the bottom of the yogurt container. There’s usually a trail of yogurt from the table to the chair, to the bathroom where she goes to wash her hands when she’s finished, and they’re inevitably filled with yogurt.
A couple of months ago, we discovered Iogo Nano yogurt pouches. We’ve taken them on road trips with us, keeping them cool in a cooler with the drinks and we’ve used them for those times when Violet wants to get a snack, on her own. They’ve become a regular on our grocery shopping list.
They’re one of my favourite ways to reduce the mess while Violet learns her way around pouring, choosing the right spoon and reducing the mess in the kitchen. The kids can easily squeeze out the last drops of yogurt, there’s no spoon needed and they’re easily portable for on-the-go.
Iogo Nano pouches are practically a parent-hack, because they’re something that’s going to make your life easier. In the fridge, have them readily available at a location small hands can reach, with small bags or container of pre-washed and cut fruits and vegetables, with cubes of cheese for easy, and healthy, snacking.
If you’re looking for Violet’s recommendation, she’s team apple blueberry.