5 Great Finger Foods for Your Baby

mother and baby

As your child starts to show signs of wanting to feed himself, you need to have some finger food that will entice your baby to eat. Letting children feed themselves helps build self-confidence, and can help set the foundation for healthy eating later in life. Each of these finger foods is nutritional, as well as tasty.

Avocado
A ripe, cut up avocado is a great source of healthy fat for your baby. If you have a child that is underweight, or needs more fat in her diet, avocado can help. A ripe avocado will feel slightly soft when squeezed. Cut the avocado around the middle, lengthwise, and twist both sides to split it apart. To remove the pit, hold the avocado in your hand with the skin side facing your palm. Take a sharp knife and whack the seed. Twist the knife and the seed will come out. Using a large spoon, scoop out the avocado fruit and cut into small cubes. Avocados brown easily, so consider running a lime along the knife blade and spoon to prevent excess browning.

Grapes
When grapes are whole, they present a choking hazard to young children. To safely serve your child grapes, cut each grape into quarters.

{ MORE: Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches }

Elbow Macaroni
For a good source of whole grains, boil some whole grain macaroni and drain well. Serve the cooled macaroni to your child. For an extra zest, sprinkle grated cheese over the pasta.

ADVERTISEMENT

What do you think?

5 Great Finger Foods for Your Baby

Tell us what you think!

15 comments

  1. MarcoMichael says:

    How can I stop my baby to put his finger in his mouth ?

    • Megan Klay says:

      It’s a pretty natural thing for babies to do and there’s not much of a need to stop it. Try to wash his hands pretty frequently to help prevent germs and you should be good to go!

  2. Nichole says:

    My baby tries to eat everything but ain’t real good at gumming stuff just swallows it

  3. LIZ says:

    i try to eat very healthy during my pregnancy and now im trying to introduce healthy style of life to my baby

  4. mommy nhoj says:

    She loves to eat. I guess she’s not picky at this point.

  5. Excited to try these food with my son!

  6. cant wait. and very informative

  7. airbear8282 says:

    my 7 1/2 month old son loves baked potatoes and steamed carrots! I honestly didn’t even think to give him avocado… it’s now on his list of foods to explore! nice article.

  8. EbyMom says:

    Good article and am warming up to try them out for my baby when the right time comes.

  9. Heatherly says:

    That’s cute! Do you mean "shakes," or do you have a reptile farm? 🙂

  10. Heatherly says:

    i agree with everything except the pasta. A baby’s digestive system might not tolerate wheat for a while. You may want to try a gluten-free pasta.
    I have seen parents give their babies french fries at McDonald’s and also fried cheese sticks. They can choke easily on the cheese.
    Avocados are great!

  11. Amy says:

    Very good article

  12. Anastacia113 says:

    My son loves grapes and my baby girl steamed veggies.

  13. Janice says:

    Helpful article.

  14. Janice says:

    We introduce foods and when old enough to eat them with out help, we use them for snakes. With spoon feeding as a staple.

Advertisement
[x]
×

EverydayFamily.com Week-by-Week Newsletter

Receive weekly updates on your pregnancy or new baby’s development as well as Free Stuff, Special Offers, Product Samples, Coupons, Checklists and Tools you can use today, and more from EverydayFamily! Plus all new members are entered to win FREE diapers for a year! Receive weekly updates on your pregnancy or new baby’s development as well as Free Stuff, Special Offers, Product Samples, Coupons, Checklists and Tools you can use today, and more from EverydayFamily! Plus all new members are entered to win FREE diapers for a year!

Due Date or Baby's Birth Date


By clicking the "Join Now" button you are agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy.

Send this to a friend