Finger foods for babies

Finger foods are a really important part of the weaning process. We didn’t go down the baby-led weaning route with Jacob. We gave him purees, but with finger foods as well from 6 months. Finger foods are great for teaching babies to feed themselves and getting them used to chewing lumps and as they get older they become much more dexterous and more food actually gets eaten. Although, at 11 months Jacob does still like chucking food on the floor.

Don’t worry about whether your baby has teeth. Jacob was (is) a late teether, so I’ve been surprised by how well he managed finger foods with no teeth at all. Those gums are strong. He now has 2 teeth and manages almost everything.

I found that after a while I was relying on the same old finger foods, so I did a search for suggestions and came up with these. I try to give at least one finger food with each meal.

All the cheese got eaten, all the tomato got chucked on the floor.

Finger foods for babies

Fruits

  • Banana chunks
  • Apple slices
  • Slices of kiwi
  • Slices of mango
  • Strawberries
  • Slices of nectarine, plum or peach
  • Segments of orange
  • Slices of melon
  • Chopped dried prunes or apricots
  • Halved cherries or grapes
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Blueberries

Vegetables

  • Carrot sticks (lightly steamed is easier if they don’t have many teeth)
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Sliced pepper (red, yellow or orange—green doesn’t go down too well!)
  • Steamed courgette sticks
  • Okra
  • Steamed florets of broccoli or cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Cubes of butternut squash
  • Baby sweetcorn (steamed)

Protein

  • Slices of hard-boiled egg
  • Cubes of cheese
  • Thin strips of chicken or other meat
  • Omelette—I make an omelette using whichever veg I have in the fridge and a bit of cheese. Once it is cool I cut it into strips

Carbs

  • Toast fingers
  • Rice cakes—a money-saving tip: buy large unsalted rice cakes and cut into strips. Much cheaper than buying the ones designed for babies (Jacob loves those too, but I save them for when we are out and about. Not every day. Too expensive)
  • Bread sticks (make sure they are unsalted)
  • Pitta bread (can serve with hummus)
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Potato wedges
  • Pieces of pasta

More complex finger foods

What other finger foods do you give your baby? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to take a look at My weaning essentials.

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