When it was time for our son to start finger food.. I knew it was an opportunity for me to help him with his fine motor skills, encourage and prepare him for self-feeding and subsequently table food.
I knew finger foods was a fantastic gateway to the world of real foods and another perfect chance to continue advancing his taste buds towards unadulterated wholesome foods.
It was an opportunity for me to connect all his senses with his food, helping him experience the different smells, texture, taste etc.. To see the look on his little face when he saw a carrot and watched his expression from trying to hold the little piece to finalllllllllllllllllllllly getting it into his little mouth, then the realization that though it looked like the other orangey food he had before it tasted completely different was always priceless..
I also knew how tinny his tummy was and the fact that he can only take so many bites a day so I made sure every tiny bite was chockfull of nutrients .
The sky is the limit when it comes to what counts for a homemade finger food depending on how messy you want your life to be and if the food is something baby can easily ‘gum’ down to a swallowable texture or dissolve in the mouth without ‘gum chewing’.
Here are a few of our all-time favorites , we gave our son only homemade finger foods.. It was sometimes not the easiest thing on planet earth especially since there are so many convenient pre-package on the go finger foods but I can tell you it was truly worth the extra efforts of cleaning up a messy baby, house and cars 🙂
- Banana slices
- Avocado slices
- Steam broccoli floret
- Cooked peas (I always crushed up peas before giving to son)
- Peeled peach chunks
- Shredded cooked chicken
- Cooked lentils
- Cut up cooked brown rice
- Cooked carrots slices
- Small tofu slices
- Soft chapatti pieces (thanks to Priya)
- Cheese slices (real cheese)
- Flakes of cooked fish ( cod, flounder and salmon)
- Steam cauliflower floret
If you want to raise kids with a healthy eating habit it starts with you proving them with healthful foods..
Note.. make sure you cut all finger foods to manageable sizes and as mentioned earlier they are foods that can be easily ‘gum’ chew by baby or it can easily dissolve in baby’s mouth without ‘gum’ chewing. Give foods that your baby has already eaten in pureed form to avoid unexpected allergic reactions.
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