The Most Important Parenting Tip…

If you asked me my number one tip for parenting, you’d probably be surprised. Yes, I could tell you things about being gentle on yourself or about being consistent. We could talk about how unpredictable children are, how the moment you think you’ve got parenting sorted, they change and once again you’re on the back foot. How accepting that’s going to happen will save you weeks of torment. Or I could be honest with you and tell you the most important thing I’ve learnt is this…

Always carry snacks.

Insightful isn’t it? But whilst I sit back and wait for the publishing houses to ring with offers of parenting book deals, I’ll elaborate a little. As a parent, snacks are your best friend. Calling them a bribe sounds like such a dirty word for such an innocent ‘persuader’ of good behaviour. Got a bored toddler in the supermarket? Whip out snacks. Off on a long car journey? Whip out snacks. Trying to write a blog post when you should be parenting? Whip out snacks. *Disclaimer: this is definitely not something I’d do*. Best of all, it’s one of the few things that has the ability to stop a tantrum mid-flow. I mean, if a well-aimed snack doesn’t work then you know this is a proper meltdown and it’s time to call in reinforcements.

Organix Gingerbread Cookies

But aren’t snacks a bad thing?

I used to associate snacks with being unhealthy. For me, a snack was a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps. A meal was a full blown affair and a snack was a sweet treat in between. It’s no wonder that I struggled with my weight. But since joining the parenting world, I’ve learnt to re-embrace snacks as part of our daily routine. The truth is, at home, my son is a child that prefers to graze. I get glowing reports of his eating at nursery only to be met with rejection after rejection of meals at home. So for us, a picnic style, snack based lunchbox works wonders, it’s easy to take around in the baby bag with us. Plus it means I can whip out a bit here and there throughout the day – distraction techniques working to my full advantage.

What kind of snacks do we go for?

Our snacks and picnic lunches consist of a variety of items; from sausage rolls to yoghurts, grapes through to crackers. I aim to go for a mix of fruit with a couple of packets of ready-bought things such as items from the Organix ‘Goodies’ range. Whilst I used to try and make homemade oat bars, the reality of being a working parent means it just doesn’t happen. And when you work out the details, it takes a lot for me to rival the ingredients and care that goes into these foods. From soft oaty bars to cheese crackers, each one is made with organic ingredients with no unnecessary bits thrown in. I have to admit, they’re delicious – especially the Carrot Stix corn puffs – we may have ‘shared’ a packet or two of them mid-car ride in our time. What started as a small love for their Raspberry and Blueberry Rice Cakes during weaning has turned into a full blown love affair, marked only by a trail of crumbs and purple tinted lips. Fun fact: Did you know they’ve sold 1.6billion of them?! Oh and don’t get me started on the Gingerbread Men, I can credit them for preventing this morning’s meltdown when someone got out of bed on the wrong side.

Organix Goodies Range Shot

Twenty Five Years In The Making

The thing I like about Organix is that they’re genuinely committed to improving nutrition for children. They’ve worked on major campaigns that have resulted in big changes to how food is labelled and delivered to children, including Jamie’s school dinners campaign. All in all, we think they deserve a pretty big celebration this year as they turn 25 years old and so do they! To help celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Organix to offer a hamper of lovely bits from their range. With products suited for babies, toddlers and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with this wonderful prize! Why not have a go below? Remember, a snack is a parent’s best friend. You’re welcome.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize is a hamper of Organix baby and toddler snacks, there is no monetary exchange available. The prize will be distributed by Organix direct to the winner, Devon Mama cannot be held responsible for lost prizes. All winner decisions are final, the winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be drawn. Contest closes at 12.00am on Monday 7th August. UK Entrants Only.

This post is in collaboration with Organix.


  1. 14th July 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I love goodies snacks for the kids. Some of them are even dairy and soya free so good for Katie as well! Nothing wrong with keeping fueled and or bribing kids! 😂

    • DevonMamaOnline
      15th July 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Oooh that’s interesting to know. I know how hard it can be finding yummy treats when you’ve got allergies and intolerances to deal with. Oh god, gotta love a good bribe – I mean – persuader!

  2. Kim M
    14th July 2017 / 3:05 pm

    My daughter used to love pickled onions and carrot sticks x

  3. 14th July 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Snacks are life savers! We LOVE the Organix range, we always have one of their products on hand in case we have a toddler meltdown.

    • DevonMamaOnline
      15th July 2017 / 1:34 pm

      I found some in my bag the other day when we went to the spa, it’s not even a bag I use that often! Snacks are taking over!

  4. 14th July 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Love this so much. Now the little man has started eating, snacks are definitely our best friend x

    • DevonMamaOnline
      15th July 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Aren’t they just? I find he’s far better at snacking when we’re busy than if I try and feed him quietly at home. I think distraction must work in our favour!

  5. Richard Tyler
    14th July 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Blueberries 🙂

  6. lyn burgess
    15th July 2017 / 12:04 am

    She loves peanut butter on oatcakes

    • DevonMamaOnline
      15th July 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Oooh yummy, I really should give more peanut butter to him!

  7. Heather Hibbert
    15th July 2017 / 12:14 am


  8. Nicola Johns
    15th July 2017 / 8:04 am

    My little boy loves Organix cereal bars: carrot cake and the raspberry & apple are his favourite. He loves bananas too, he would eat 3 bananas a day if I let him!

    • DevonMamaOnline
      15th July 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Great choice – we love the cereal bars as well, I keep finding the carrot cake ones in my husbands lunch bag!

  9. Fiona King
    15th July 2017 / 8:29 am


  10. Karen Barrett
    15th July 2017 / 8:32 am


  11. Susan B
    15th July 2017 / 9:24 am

    She is into fruit pieces at the moment, mainly satsumas and apples.

  12. Suzanne Jackson
    15th July 2017 / 12:06 pm


  13. Katie Skeoch
    15th July 2017 / 9:33 pm

    My boys love cucumber & apple slices

  14. Anthony Harrington
    15th July 2017 / 10:21 pm

    raisins and grapes

  15. Tasha
    16th July 2017 / 8:34 am

    Strawberries or cheese

  16. jo liddement
    16th July 2017 / 3:02 pm

    My son enjoys fruit as a snack especially grapes and bananas

  17. Laura Pritchard
    16th July 2017 / 3:29 pm

    My daughter loves strawberries & my son loves apples

  18. Jodie A Green
    16th July 2017 / 4:00 pm

    my girls love strawberries and grapes

  19. Hali Kinson
    16th July 2017 / 6:59 pm

    My son loves carrots

  20. fiona waterworth
    16th July 2017 / 7:18 pm


  21. Rachel Craig
    17th July 2017 / 12:08 am


  22. Becky Yeomans
    17th July 2017 / 7:00 am

    Not sure yet as my son is only 4 months old and still on milk! I don’t think he will have a problem with food he loves his milk and guzzles it down! Would love to win ready to put away for when all the fun begins! 🙂

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th July 2017 / 8:44 am

      Good luck – when they start on food that’s when the fun REALLY begins!

  23. Sarah Mackay
    17th July 2017 / 7:20 am

    My daughter loves bananas

  24. Katherine Cobley
    17th July 2017 / 11:12 am

    My little boy loves the Organix carrot sticks and sweetcorn rings!

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th July 2017 / 8:43 am

      We love the Carrot Stix too!

  25. Kirsty Ward
    17th July 2017 / 1:22 pm

    My Niece loves Raisins!

  26. Ray Dodds
    17th July 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Pineapple chunks

  27. Lisa Wilkinson
    19th July 2017 / 10:26 am


  28. Jo Carroll
    19th July 2017 / 11:11 am

    My little man loves his Jaffa cakes. x

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th July 2017 / 8:42 am

      Jealous- I love a jaffa cake (or three!!)

  29. Solange
    20th July 2017 / 8:45 am

    Bananas, raisins and carrot sticks.

    22nd July 2017 / 7:52 pm

    She love cheese spread sandwiches.

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th July 2017 / 8:41 am

      I’ve had to give up with cheese spread because it was SO messy! He used to use it like some form of cement!!

  31. Sharon Lou Johnson
    23rd July 2017 / 7:41 am

    my little one loves carrot sticks x

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th July 2017 / 8:41 am

      Great choice!

  32. Jeanette Leighton
    23rd July 2017 / 9:07 pm

    My baby Charlie who has just turned 1 loves organix carrot puff stix my daughter loves their goodie carrot bars

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th July 2017 / 8:41 am

      We love both of those. The carrot bars are so yummy!!

  33. Louisa
    23rd July 2017 / 9:21 pm


  34. Ruth Harwood
    24th July 2017 / 9:58 am

    Cherry tomatoes x

  35. Kim Styles
    25th July 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Bananas are a great favourite

  36. Jules page
    30th July 2017 / 3:04 pm


  37. Heather Cain
    1st August 2017 / 5:52 pm


  38. Natalie Newham
    2nd August 2017 / 12:39 am

    Raisins 🙂

  39. emma walters
    2nd August 2017 / 8:59 pm

    my little girl is cheese obsessed!!!

  40. Edward Guerreiro
    3rd August 2017 / 3:05 am

    It’s a fight between raisins, and pom bears.

  41. Emma Whittaker
    3rd August 2017 / 5:59 pm

    My daughter loves olives 🙂

  42. sarah fielding
    4th August 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Apple slices for sure!

  43. Jo Hutchinson
    5th August 2017 / 12:41 am

    carrot sticks

  44. Simone Griffin
    5th August 2017 / 2:27 pm

    My little one loves blueberries and strawberries x

  45. paula cheadle
    5th August 2017 / 11:19 pm

    granddaughter loves banana’s

  46. Tracy Gladman
    6th August 2017 / 7:58 am

    Rice Cakes

  47. Debs Johnson
    6th August 2017 / 9:51 am

    Raisins and popcorn

  48. olivia Kirby
    6th August 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Probably bananas and biscuits!

  49. Sophie Foulds
    6th August 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I loved cubed cheese as a kid! Still love it now 🙂

  50. Jo Hutchings
    6th August 2017 / 4:14 pm

    He really likes cubed cheese and raisins.

  51. Kim Neville
    6th August 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Mini cheddars and strawberries

    6th August 2017 / 4:58 pm

    At the moment they love apples but it has to be sliced up into pieces.

  53. Hayley Todd
    6th August 2017 / 5:58 pm

    My daughter loves rice cakes, carrot sticks and cucumbers!

  54. Hannah Scudder
    6th August 2017 / 8:30 pm

    My son likes apples.

  55. Katy Malkin
    6th August 2017 / 8:40 pm

    She loves little cubes of violife cheese, strawberries and bananas

  56. Fiona jk42
    6th August 2017 / 9:19 pm

    my granddaughter likes both sweet and savoury snacks but her favourite is chocolate. I buy her little bags of non-dairy chocolate drops and she is only allowed a few drops per day.

  57. Natalie Crossan
    6th August 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Bananas xxx

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