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Is it time for baby finger food already? My does time fly! I introduced finger foods to my both my daughters around the ages of 8 – 9 months. When babies develop the ability to pick up objects using their thumbs and forefinger (pincer grasp), they are ready for finger foods. However, finger foods should be age appropriate even when your baby seems to be ahead of his milestones.
Because all babies develop at their different rates, the exact age at which your baby should start with finger foods can only be determined by you and or with the help of your pediatrician. But, if a baby can hold an object and lead it to his mouth, he should be good to try out finger foods.
Baby Finger Food Vegetable Ideas
Vegetables make perfect finger food for babies. They are full of nutritious goodness and are easy to prepare. Remember though that even if babies can bite hard with their gums, their vegetables will still need to be soft so that the baby can chew and mash them with their gums with ease. You can introduce foods such as uncooked apple pieces later after the baby has tried the softer finger foods for a good enough time.
One of the best ways that you can prepare vegetables is to steam them. And the faster they are cooked, the better because they retain more nutrients that way. You can also bake or boil your vegetables in as little water as possible.
Note: You should always be around your baby when he or she is eating finger foods as there is always a risk of choking. Babies should sit upright when eating preferably in a high chair. Never leave your baby unattended during mealtimes.
Great Simple Vegetable Ideas
Steamed cauliflower or broccoli
Cut the broccoli or cauliflower into florets and steam until soft.
Steamed Zucchini sticks
Chop zucchini into lengthwise pieces that baby can grasp on and cook until soft.
Steamed Carrot sticks
Peel and chop carrots into baby size pieces that baby can comfortably hold. Steam or boil until soft.
Steam the peas until soft for a fun snack for your baby. Even toddlers love to eat peas while mom or dad is cooking.
Avocado is a yummy, mushy vegetable that does not need any cooking and it’s packed with wholesome goodness. Just peel and cut into small wedges that your baby can easily grasp.
Baby Finger Food Fruit Ideas
An effortless way to get vitamins into that little tummy. Fruits make great finger foods for babies because they are easy to prepare, taste nice and sweet and you can find the ones that do not even need cooking for a quick snack for your baby. These fruits, of course, should be the fruits that your baby has already been introduced to and have not caused any allergic reactions.
Baby Finger Food – Simple Fruit Ideas
Because bananas are soft, they make good baby finger food. Cut a banana into long shapes that are easy for your baby to hold. Do not, however, overdo the banana as bananas are binding and can cause constipation in sensitive babies. Chilled banana is also perfect for soothing the gums of a teething baby.
Perfect finger food as ripe papayas are soft and mashy by nature and packed full of goodness.
Wash, peel and remove the stone from the peach. Cut up into small pieces.
Nice and refreshing. Wash, peel and cut up into thin wedges or small pieces.
Wash, peel and cut the pear into small pieces or lengthwise.
Mangoes are high in fiber and can be helpful for treating constipation in babies. Wash and peel a ripe mango and cut it into lengthwise pieces.
Other Baby Finger Food Ideas
- Brown bread ( hard edges cut off)
- Well cooked pasta
Avoid giving babies foods that are hard and foods that can get stuck in the throat.
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