20 Perfect Toddler Lunches That Will Make You Feel Like A Crappy Mom

Anyone who ever said parenthood is not a competition either lives in a bubble, or wishes that they did. Everyone here is a grownup (or a 9-year-old who knows how to work the internetz), so it’s safe to assume that we all know that we are not supposed to compare ourselves as parents, or our craft projects on Pinterest or so-and so’s Facebook life to our own. But having said that, many of us do. Even if we try not do. So in the spirit of mocking The Parent Olympics, let’s all in indulge in some Pinterest-worthy food porn for toddlers.

I’ve made many a toddler lunch in my day. Generally, those lunches tend to look like this:

toddler lunch

(photo: joniedelman)

Not exactly pleasing to the eye, but the kid eats. Mission accomplished. However, the next 20 toddler lunches go well beyond function. They are art. And we can all aspire. Or not and simply order more pizza. YAY!

1. Drumstick perfection


The foil is what really makes this enviable.

(photo:  Biggie*)

2. Rice faces

rice lunch

First of all, I’m amazed that your kid would even eat rice with anything in it.

(photo: tomono♪♪)

3. Creative with cones

cone fishies lunch

Great for those kids who bitch about the ice cream and just want the soggy cone.

(photo: eclectic_chica)

4. Squid sausage


I do this with my sauages all the time. You don’t?

(photo:  Biggie*)

5. Shoes as sandwiches

shoes in sandwhichesEverything a mini prima donna needs, right down to grape diamond rings.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

6. Cheese as stars

Chewbaca lunchPlus Chewbacca and strawberry skewers.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

7. Cucumbers as flowerscute pizza lunchBecause you have so much time for stuff like this.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

8. Puzzle pieces over meat rollspuzzel lunchLeft over from your cocktail hour, of course.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

8. Star Wars, round twoStar Wars Bento Lunch You were only getting started with Chewbacca.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

9. Hiding chickenchick bentoNo, it’s not Easter. It’s just Wednesday.

(photo: bentomom)

10. Pre-rolling your kid’s meat and cheese

bat bento

They make the most perfect little rolls.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

11. The wheels on the bus….

truck bento

…make your kid’s lunch go round.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

12. Critters in the food

partfait bento

Legit question: do you think those critters are edible or just decoration?

(photo: sherimiya ♥)

13. Elmo

cookie monster bento

You knew he would show up sooner or later.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

14. The puzzle pieces are backelephant bento

With more meat and cheese rolls.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)


autistic awareness bento

Kicking it up a notch.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

16.Oscar the Grouch

oscar the grouch bento

Because he matches the green theme you have set for this meal.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

17. Cheese…. suns?

holiday bento

What do you do with the scraps from said cheese suns, I wonder. Give them to the dog?

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

18. Elmo 2.0

elmo bento

Back again.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

19. Sandwich hearts

heart bento

In a pink container! Could appropriately follow that shoes and grape ring number.

(photo: anotherlunch.com)

20. Pig faces

pig lunch

Show off.

(photo:  alitak888)

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