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Baby Finger Foods
February 21, 2017 • Posted by Jessica Pontoriero

The first encounter with finger foods is an exciting time and learning stage for your baby. They are now able to have a more hands on experience with the food they are eating. But what are some good finger foods for baby and when is it the right time to introduce them into their diet? Let's take a closer look:

Age:
You can start introducing finger foods to your baby around 8 or 9 months. Self-feeding is a huge developmental milestone for baby. Using his/her thumb and forefinger to grab food, your baby can now explore food through sense of touch along with taste, smell, and sight. It is also important to note that babies develop their molars around the age of 12 months, so giving them age appropriate foods is vital. It is also around this time that they can stop drinking from a bottle and start drinking from a cup. Allowing your baby to figure out food on their own (under your supervision, of course!) helps make them more independent.

Food Introduction:
You can simply place a couple of slices of banana or ripe peach in front of your baby and let him/her choose as they wish. Make sure that the food is soft and can be easily swallowed. Remember that you control your baby’s diet completely, so it’s the perfect time to get them used to healthy and nutritious foods. When introducing new food groups and ingredients, it takes an average of five meals for a baby to accept the food so don’t be discouraged at their reaction to new and strong tasting vegetables! Before feeding your baby, you should consider these questions:

  1. Is the food tender enough and can be mashed?
  2. Are the pieces of food too large?
  3. Will the food dissolve easily as they are eating it?

Finger Foods:
Giving your baby the right kind of food is important. Make sure not to give them foods that are sticky such as peanut butter and hard vegetables like uncooked carrots. Also, be wary of foods that can clump together and become a choking hazard, such as white bread and marshmallows. Here are some friendly food options for your baby:

  • Small slices of ripe avocado
  • Small slices of seedless watermelon
  • Soft cooked potatoes and pasta
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Dissolvable whole grain cereal, such as Cheerios

Finger foods are a new and exciting experience for babies. Not only do finger foods enhance their motor skills, but also it allows them more independence. 

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