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I have a 6 month old and a 20 month old that are in daycare. A new policy has arised where the facility is no longer allowing food that needs to be warmed up for lunch. Sandwiches and “Lunchables” only. Peanut butter is also not allowed. I am trying to gather information to support my proposal to the agency to revoke the new policy. Tips, approaches, research results or any other valid information would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

This is difficult because there is no evidence that kids require a warm lunch. The main issue here seems to be that it may limit choices somewhat at a time when you are trying to introduce new foods, or if your toddler is a picky eater.  It’s not clear what the day care center allows for infants, since clearly sandwiches and lunchables are not appropriate. You can find some guidelines for feeding infants and toddlers at http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/infant/infant.html which may provide information for you to present to the agency. It also includes a list of possible foods that could be included under this policy. Best of luck.

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