Candies That Are Safe For 2-Year-Olds
Fall is in full swing, which means Halloween is right around the corner. And Christmas is coming right after that. But if you have a toddler, you may be curious about what type of candy is safe for your toddler to eat. Given that 2-year-olds can still be teething, learning about new foods and textures, and practicing their chewing skills, not all candies are safe. Hard or very chewy candies can pose a choking hazard to young children.
Below, we look at some safer options for candy that are suitable for 2-year-olds. Remember, all these candies should still be offered only with adult supervision. Please speak to your doctor for more information.
10 Gummy Bears
In general, soft candies are better for young children than harder ones. They’re easier to chew and swallow, lowering the choking hazard. While all candies should be served to toddlers with adult supervision, try to stick to chewy, soft candies as a rule of thumb if your child is under age 5.
Gummy bears are an excellent option because of how soft and chewy they are. Plus, your toddler will love the bear shapes.
9 Fruit Gummies
For a similar but slightly healthier option, allow your toddler to have fruit gummies. They’re great because they come in pre-packaged quantities and promise to use slightly better ingredients. Your toddler won’t know the difference between these and “real” candy.
8 Soft Chocolate
When they are 2-years-old, it’s okay to allow your toddler to taste chocolate, though you should avoid offering it in large amounts because of caffeine and sugar content. If you do give some to your child, choose a soft chocolate that easily melts in their mouth. You don’t want anything that’s too chewy or hard, given the choking hazard.
7 Peanut Butter Cups
Don’t just stick to traditional chocolate. So long as your toddler has had peanut butter before, it’s okay to look for chocolate options featuring peanut butter, too. Choose something soft, like a Reese’s peanut buttercup. Dark chocolate is often healthier but can be more bitter.
6 Peppermint Patties
If you want to offer your toddler different flavors, try a Peppermint Pattie. Again, you’ll need to limit how much chocolate your 2-year-old ingests. But these come in small quantities, making it easier to monitor. This is a great alternative to candy canes in the holiday, which are too much of a choking hazard for toddlers to enjoy.
5 Swedish Berries
At 2-years-old, your toddler is just becoming acquainted with new flavors. The younger the child, the less likely they are to like sour flavors. So, soft gummies like Fuzzy Peaches and Sour Watermelons may be too intense.
As an alternative, serve your toddler Swedish Berries. They’re sweet and not sour, so even young kids are bound to like it. They come in small servings but cut them up into tinier pieces if your child is more comfortable.
4 Cotton Candy
If you’re at a special event, don’t hesitate to get your toddler cotton candy. This sugary treat is safe for kids of most ages since it dissolves when it comes in contact with saliva. Be sure not to offer your child too much, or else you risk a sugar rush.
3 Fruit Rollup’s
For something with an element of fun, introduce your toddler to Fruit Rollup’s. These may be advertised as a fruit gummy snack, but they’re more candy than anything else. Your toddler will love that it comes in a single, long strand. Make sure to supervise them and break the Rollup into smaller bits that are easy to swallow.
If you find the right type of licorice, it can be okay for a 2-year-old. Don’t serve any unless it’s soft and chewable. Make sure to offer it in bite-sizes to your toddler and supervise them at all times. Experts don’t recommend kids getting more than 4 to 5 grams of licorice per day.
Though this isn’t technically a candy, it’s loaded with enough sugar that it won’t taste any different to your toddler. If they’re craving something sweet, offer this pastry up. Serve it in bite-sized pieces and make sure it’s not toasted to where it’s hard, which can make it difficult for younger children to chew and swallow.
Remember, what types of foods are safe for your child largely depends on their age and skill set. Some kids are more comfortable chewing than others, and only you know your child best.
We recommend checking with your child’s doctor before introducing any new foods (candy or otherwise) into their diet. They’ll be able to tell you the best way to introduce something, and what risks it can pose to your toddler, if any.