Finger foods can be started from 6 months of age and are often associated with baby led weaning. However, if you’ve started your baby on purees it’s still a good idea to introduce some finger foods. This will help your little one develop the skills needed to self-feed and get used to more lumpy textures.
Joshua, my 7 month old, is being weaned with a mixture of purées and finger foods. However, over the last few weeks he has definitely shown a preference for finger foods! He will often only take 2-3 spoons of purée before he refuses anymore and he won’t easily open his mouth if I try put a small piece of food in it. But if he picks up the same food. . . he’ll happily eat it!
Most babies love feeding themselves, but if your baby doesn’t, you are not alone! Watch out for my blog post next week where I’ll give you some ideas of what you can do if your baby doesn’t enjoy picking up food by themselves.
Here’s our list of finger foods Joshua is currently eating:
- Broccoli, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, potatoes – all steamed
- Potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut and carrots – all roasted, with olive oil, a small amount of pepper and herbs
- Cherry tomatoes and grapes – cut in half, length ways
- Blueberries, I squish these flat before giving them to him, to reduce the risk of choking
- Soft prunes – he was a bit constipated!
- Cheese triangles
- Sandwiches – brown bread with peanut butter, avocado, cheese or hummus
- Eggy bread
- Cheese and vegetable muffins
- Softly cooked pasta
- Fish fingers
- And some shop bought baby crisps
Most of these foods I cut into long sticks or slices about the length of my little finger for him to feed himself. Or I break some of the softer ones into small pieces, about the size of a raspberry for him to pick up. For example, the sandwiches, eggy bread and muffins.
I’ve chosen these finger foods mainly for their convenience. Yes, they are healthy and easy for him to eat but they are also part of our normal family diet. They’re either things I’ve been cooking for the rest of the family or foods I regularly have in my cupboard or fridge. I’ve found this really handy as I will most often just give him a few foods from what the rest of us are eating!
When your baby is 1 years old, they should mainly be eating the same foods as the rest of the family.
So, by giving them finger foods from what the rest of the family are eating – not only is it convenient but you’re starting to get into this pattern of all eating together nice and early!