Anyone else feel like their toddler is going to eat them out of their house (and bank account)?! Aiden has been a bottomless pit lately and I feel like I’m often struggling to keep him happy and full, while not filling him up with a bunch of junk (or crackers since he’d eat them all day long). I’ve been on the search for a snack that would leave him feeling fuller, while still providing some nutrition and substance. I’ve finally found the perfect toddler snack:


Gerber Lil’ Beanies! The are a win-win when it comes to being toddler approved and leaving me feeling like I’m giving him something nutritional and tasty to eat.

Gerber Lil’ Beanies are the first toddler approved snack that is made from navy beans! Lil’ Beanies have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and are non-GMO as well. Each serving of Lil’ Beanies has 2 grams of protein (9% of toddlers daily value) and 1 gram of fiber. The protein and fiber content is a sure way to help us go a little bit further between eating and gives him plenty of fuel to power him through his crazy busy, exploring toddler days.

Aiden loves the flavors of Lil’ Beanies and I love how easy they are to transport (just pop in the diaper bag and go) and how mess free they are (besides a few crumbs, it doesn’t leave grease marks or stickiness). I take comfort in the fact that he can eat these snacks without loading him up with sugar or artificial anything. He’d eat the whole can if I let him and was begging me for more of them! We loved both flavors too (mom and dad have been sneaking them when he wasn’t looking).


Since we love Gerber Lil’ Beanies so much, we’ve been using them for our learning activities and I wanted to share with you some of the activities that we do that could help your toddler or preschooler with counting and number recognition. Playing with food keeps toddlers engaged and they don’t even realize they are learning at the same time!


I really like the concept of using play as a learning tool at this age. It makes it fun for everyone and takes the stress off of it being a strictly learning experience. For this activity, I simply folded a paper into four, made 4 quadrants and wrote the numbers in each. We’ve been working on counting and number recognition so Aiden loved laying out the Gerber Lil’ Beanies with the appropriate amount of Lil’ Beanies. It’s simple, easy to do and your kiddo(s) will enjoy counting and eating all their Beanies in the process.



Right now there are great coupon savings on Gerber Lil’ Beanies when you use Ibotta! If you’re not an Ibotta user, sign up now! I’ve saved so much money using Ibotta and I love that it goes right into my PayPal account (I’ve deposited over $200 in their this year alone from Ibotta). The current savings will save you 30-50% on Gerber Lil’ Beanies, so it’s a huge deal! Since they are only $1.49 normally, with the high value Ibotta coupon rebate they are less than $1 per can!  We stocked up with extra during this promotion. Click here to get your coupons!

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-51-32-pmBe sure to visit your local Walmart and pick up some Gerber Lil’ Beanies in the baby food aisle and use the Ibotta app to save even more money!


What kind of learning activities do you do with your kiddos? Do you incorporate food into your play and learning? What flavor Gerber Lil’ Beanies do you want to try?

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