Baby’s Favorite Finger Foods

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It’s hard to believe that my third child, Ryker, will be a year in just a few more months. This first year has certainly flown by! As a third child, he has met most of his milestones far earlier than my first two. He is also my biggest baby of the three. My first son struggled with weight gain and had a difficult time transitioning to solid foods. My second son was on the small side, too, yet he started eating table food at 6 months. We did a combination of baby food and solid food when he was learning how to eat. With my third child, we skipped baby food altogether and followed the principles of baby-led weaning.  

It has been exciting and amazing to watch Ryker learn how to eat table food while feeding himself at the same time.  Through trial and error, I learned what foods worked well and what foods weren't received as well. Here are my favorite first finger foods:

Vegetables

  • One of Ryker’s first finger foods was steamed broccoli. Broccoli is great because it has a handle, and the tops easily fall off the stems. When preparing the broccoli, be sure to steam it long enough so it’s soft. You can season it with a little bit of basil, oregano, or other spices before you steam it to give it a bit more flavor, although babies at this age typically will eat it without seasoning, too. 
  • Sweet potato fries: Sweet potatoes are full of essential vitamins and minerals that all babies need. Plus they are super easy to make. To prepare, peel the potatoes and then cut them up into strips large enough for small hands to grab. Sprinkle with a small amount of olive oil and bake for thirty minutes at 450 degrees. 
  • Carrots (steamed and cut into small pieces), peas, spaghetti squash, zucchini, and summer squash are all great options, too.  

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Fruits

Bananas, seedless watermelon, and blueberries are all great first fruits. The first few times I gave Ryker bananas, he had a difficult time holding onto it to bring it to his mouth. With a little practice, he was gobbling them down in no time. 

Meats

When I first started solid food with Ryker, I avoided meat because I wasn’t completely sure he could handle them without choking. Around 7 1/2 months, he was reaching for everything, so I gave him some shredded chicken. He absolutely loved it and devoured it immediately. Other favorite first meats included shredded pork and ground beef. 

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Snacks

All moms will agree that we spend most of our days in the kitchen preparing snacks and meals and then cleaning up the mess. I find that the easiest way to get stuff done in the kitchen is to put Ryker in his high chair and give him a snack.   When he was first learning how to finger feed himself, my favorite snacks were veggie sticks, Pirate's Booty, Baby Mum Mums, Annie’s, and toasted waffles.

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If you have a history of food allergies in your family, please consult with your physician prior to giving your baby any high-allergy foods such as wheat or nut products. 

For more information on baby-led weaning, don’t miss the article Baby-Led Weaning: How and Why You Should Try It

For more finger-food tips, check out the article 5 Great Finger Foods for Your Baby

What questions do you have about transitioning your baby to solid foods?

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Baby’s Favorite Finger Foods

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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4 comments

  1. bmattler92 says:

    he will eat small pieces of whatever I am eating and if i dont give him some or provide him with something of his then I am not eating cause he is climbing int my laptop and trying to take it away from me. oh the joys of having a baby who is learning to feed himself.

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    My daughter loves Bananas! She calls it “Nana” 🙂

  3. pumpkin says:

    haha baby is actually snacking on a mum mum as i type this
    he hates bananas, but he LOVES toast… plain… dry toast :p
    last night though he might have gotten a new favorite- these holiday noodles my MIL makes (which i cant blame him, those things are ah-maz-ing!)

  4. Haley says:

    When I was little, I wanted to be a vegitarian so freaking bad! But, It was just too hard to wean myself off of something that I was so used to eating. So, I’m not going to want to feed my baby meat until it can actually decided whether eating animals is wrong, or okay. Is that crazy?

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