13 Great Finger Foods for Babies

Posted on Dec 25 2013 - 9:30am by Sangeetha Menon
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finger foods for babiesYou might have seen your baby picking food from the plate when you are eating. Motor skills development is highly boosted when baby starts doing activities on his own. I noticed Anshika picking out eatables from my plate and eating on her own in her 8th month. She picked up a piece and struggled to put it in her mouth . As days passed , she became an expert in it and started having everything on her own :). Today’s post is about the 13 great finger foods for babies.

Your baby might not have any teeth or started teething. But trust me the cuties are blessed with strong gums which help to chew anything they gulp. So the introduction of finger foods helps the transition of feeding to self feeding easier. Let’s see the finger foods which can be introduced from 8th month one by one.

1. Chicken

Wash and clean a boneless chicken piece and pressure cook it well for 2-3 whistles with a little salt and water. Once cooled , shred the chicken/ cut into narrow strips.  Once cooled you can give this to baby . You can also saute the shredded chicken in 1 teaspoon of ghee.

2. Apple

Apple available throughout the year , can be given as it is or steamed. Cut into small pieces and give it to your baby

3. Cucumber

Clean and cut cucumber w/o skin into small bite size pieces. Refrigerate it for 1-2 minutes, take it out and give to your baby . The cooled cucumber pieces will soothe baby’s gums and thereby a great finger food.

4. Sweet Potato Chips

Wash and clean a sweet potato . Cut into thin wedges or long finger shapes the same way you do for finger chips. Fry it in oil and add a pinch of salt to it. I am sure babies would love to nibble on this healthy finger food

5. Carrots

Carrots like cucumber can be given. Steamed carrot pieces can also be given.

6. Cheese

Cut cheese slices or cubes into small pieces . It can be an ideal finger food loved by your baby

7. Banana

Cut golden-yellow banana into small pieces . Let the baby eat it by picking each piece . Though after a little while he might start squeezing it up and creating a mess , I am sure he will learn about the texture of bananas

8. Pears

Steam pears and cut into smaller chunks like apples

9. Mango

Take out the skin of mango and cut into small squares. I am sure your baby would love to make his hands and mouth smeared with mango pulp at the same time relishing it :)

10. Plums

Cut plums into smaller pieces,deseed and give it to your baby. The sour and sweet taste of plums would be liked by most of the babies

11. Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best finger foods for your 8m+ baby. Steam broccoli for 5 minutes and cut into small bite pieces. Once warm give it to your baby. I am sure your baby will make a mess , but it’s so good to see them play with their food and experience that joy.

12. Cooked Green Peas

Cook green peas with water until its cooked . Take in a bowl once cooled and add a pinch of salt.

13. Avocados

Scoop out the flesh of an avocado and cut into small soft pieces.

NOTE 

  • No whole nuts like ground nuts , hazelnuts , almonds etc to be introduced as finger foods in order to  avoid choking
  • Always be near your baby while he / she is having finger foods
  • Please avoid larger chunks of fruits or veggies
  • Don’t allow your baby to stuff everything into his mouth all at once

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Hope you liked this post on finger foods for babies .

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Sangeetha is the owner of Bumps n Baby and a super cool mom of a 2 year old princess. Her life revolves around diapers, laptop and kitchen these days as she is mastering the art of multi-tasking .

17 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ashwini November 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha, Your blog is fantastic and very very relatable and hence helpful. I tried sweet potato wedges for my 1 year 4 month old daughter yesterday. It turned out to be hard. Any suggestions please?

    • Sangeetha Menon November 25, 2014 at 8:08 PM - Reply

      Usually it becomes soft and they complain about not being crispy :) You are lucky ..

      Make sure you fry / bake at a lower temperature than the level used now. Sweet potato fries when made to rest become soft just like any other chips.

  2. Vithya November 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha,

    My pricess is 10month old i am giving idly in the morning and smashed carrot in mid of lunch in lunch i am givng rice with dal and ghee.Evening i am giving raggi malt, and night again i am giving idly to her. But she is not liking much to have. I want to change the menu, I checked your 10moth food chart, please as i am going to an office to prepare all the stuffs, kindly share me the preservative food format of preparing in the morning, I am waiting to your response as well.Thanks

    • Sangeetha Menon November 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM - Reply

      Vithya,

      Change the menus according to your convenience,, She is given idli twice.. try to change it with any porridge if possible.

      There is no format to preserve the food, make sure you tell the daycare lady to take the foods that has milk, coconut or any other things that spoiled with time first.

      For eg: ragi porridge – soup (boil veggies with water and send as it is. Let teh caretaker blend when reqd)- dal khichdi- apple whole makes an excellent food chart till evening which wont be spoiled trust me ..

      You can also read this : http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/25-frequently-asked-questions-food-daughters-daycare-answers/

  3. Chithra October 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM - Reply

    Hiii sangeetha,

    Luv u r blog… Very helpful for all moms …..

    Did u used to put salt in baby food while preparing ? My lo is 8 months old ….

    Thnx
    Keep up the gud work… N keep posting ….

    • Sangeetha Menon October 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM - Reply

      I hadn’t put salt or sugar in baby’s food as its not required. Even my 2 year old is not fond of sugar or salt which I feel is a good thing :)

  4. meena June 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha,
    Nice article. Need one advise from you.
    I have bought cheddar cheese slices for my 9.5 months old daughter. But after looking at its ingredients, I hesitate to give it to her. It has 14% sodium intake.
    I used to give her cottage cheese, and also wanted to try cheese slices. So I bought it.
    Should I give it to her? Also give me food receipes in which I can use cheese slices?

    Thanks.

  5. Anjana Jins January 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM - Reply

    Hi Good Morning!!!!
    I tried carrots and potatoes yesterday and she liked carrots more ;) ;)
    Wintery carrots r so red, attractive and of course, sweet…. maybe that is also one of the reasons she chose them.
    Thanks again!!!!!

  6. Anjana Jins January 10, 2014 at 8:05 AM - Reply

    Thanks again Sangeee,
    I will try doing all these mentioned.
    Keep posting…..

  7. Syed Shaff January 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM - Reply

    Would it be better if add image to each one of the items.

    Because I need to search image on that. :)

    Btw, great post

  8. Sangeetha Menon December 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    Thanks Rodriguez

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