Introducing solid foods to babies can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Between the messes and probably a lot of gagging, it’s enough to make any parents nervous. But, while you should carefully watch your baby every time you introduce them to new foods, there are lots of great finger food ideas that will make mealtime nutritious and fun. Let your growing child practice the important art of self-feeding with our best finger foods for your baby.
Cereals are some of the most popular first finger foods. They are not only tasty but also let your baby practice their pincer grasp by picking up one at a time. Also because they also soften quickly when contact with saliva which makes it easy for your child to chew and swallow. So, there is no need to sever it with milk at this stage.
Small pieces of soft bread are another great starter finger food because they are soft. Just make sure you cut off the chewy crust before serving. As your baby grows older (around 9 to 12 months), you can improve that by adding slightly larger pieces or serve it topped with peanut butter and jelly.
Whether you choose to cook scrambled eggs or boiled eggs, remember to always cook it through. On top of that, eggs are also a common allergy-causing food for children. However, the AAP still recommends early exposure to potentially allergenic foods. This is great news, since eggs are ideal early finger food for babies! Also, remember to cut those eggs into small slices and avoid adding salt.
Avocado and other Soft Fruits
This amazing fruit is a rich source of omega-3 and healthy fat, which can help boost your baby’s brain development. However, be aware that avocado can get messy fast because your baby can mash it easily just by touching. But, it’s totally worth it and can result in some hilarious pics for your baby album. On top of that, ripe fruit is naturally soft and sweet, making it perfect for babies. And, if you want to change the menu, there are many options like bananas, mangoes, or watermelons.
When it comes to feeding your baby, you might want to slightly overcook your pasta a bit so it’s nice and soft enough for them. On top of that, there is no need to start with small pasta like orzo because your baby can pick up normal size pasta better. Initially, you should serve your pasta plain. But, as your baby is introduced to more foods you can toss the pasta in a little butter, olive oil, or a bit of tomato sauce.
When it comes to weaning, go vegan in a few meals it’s not a bad idea. Whether it’s cooked or uncooked, tofu is a wonderful plant-based source of protein and perfect finger food. We recommend you to use firm tofu instead of soft or silken tofu, which will likely fall apart in your baby’s hand and frustrate them.
Cooked vegetables are excellent baby finger foods. To get the most nutrients out of your vegetables, you should steam or roast them until soft. And, of course, cut them into small sticks before introducing it to your baby. We suggest every mom to try sweet potato, carrot, or broccoli to start because babies tend to like those more.
If your baby has shown no signs of a dairy allergy, then it’s time to introduce soft sticks of cheese as early as 6 months. Also, you should offer pasteurized cheese during your baby’s early stage because it’s safe and soft but not overly sticky.
While store-bought muffins are often loaded with sugar, there are plenty of healthy muffin recipes out there. You should use whole-wheat flour and the sweetness from applesauce or other fruits instead of sugar. Moreover, you can bake in a mini muffin tin or use a standard-size tin, and, once baked, cut it into half for your baby.
Meatballs and other Types of Proteins
After fruits and vegetables, meat such as diced chicken breast is the next-stage finger foods for your baby. Just make sure they’re thoroughly cooked and cut into smaller pieces. Also, you can turn it into meatballs to shake things up a little bit. On the one hand, fish is another perfect starting food before your baby is one year old. And, you should use low-mercury fish like flounder, cod, or salmon. Most importantly, make sure to check if there are any tiny bones left.
Normally, you can introduce finger foods to your baby when they’re more than 6 month old. And, begin to offer larger pieces that your baby can bite off themselves as they become more confident. Stick with these healthy options, and you’ll start putting your baby on the right path for healthy eating sooner than you think. Which is your baby’s favorite finger food? Let us know in the comments!