Finger Foods

To start the process of teaching your baby to feed themselves, at around 7 months (or earlier if you think your baby is ready) you can give them food they can eat using their hands. You’ll find they’ll try to eat everything with their hands but giving them unpureed food they can take themselves will help with the hand mouth co-ordination plus teaching them how to bite and chew their food (even if there are still no sign of teeth).

It can be very messy but also very useful. Sitting them in their high chair with a piece of pear to munch on will give you some time to prepare supper, load/unload the dishwasher, have a cup of tea. As they grow older you can give them smaller pieces of food to help them practice the pincer grip (picking up things using their thumb and forefingers).

CAUTION: You must never leave your baby alone with food in case they choke.

Here are some finger foods your baby may enjoy:

  • Soft pear, banana or melonChild with banana.
  • Well cooked penne or fusilli pasta
  • Cooked carrot sticks, broccoli, asparagus or green beans
  • Mini rice cakes
  • Baby rusks (check sugar content)
  • Bread/toast soldiers
  • Mild cheese
  • Ripe Avocado
  • Other soft fruit (blueberries, kiwi, peach) if already tried as a puree.

From around 9/10 months

  • Hard boiled egg
  • Grapes (cut in half and peeled)
  • Soft dried fruit such as apricot and apple
  • Raw carrot and cucumber sticks
  • Possibly raisins

Finger foods are an important part of  your baby’s development and they should be confidently feeding themselves some food by the time they are 9 months old.

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