What are Some Types of Finger Foods for Babies?

Margo Upson
Margo Upson

Starting finger foods is a big milestone in a baby’s first year. After two or three months of pureed baby food, most babies are eager to try the food that their parents are eating. Sometime between seven and eight months is the recommended time to start finger foods for babies. There are several starter foods that are just right for these first foods.

Babies can eat ripe cantaloupe.
Babies can eat ripe cantaloupe.

Some baby-food producers make special finger foods for babies. These include teether biscuits and cereal-like puffs. These finger foods melt in the mouth, making it less likely an infant will choke on them. The puffs come in multiple flavors, and are manufactured by a few different companies. Another great finger food idea is toasted oats cereal. They are perfect for infants working on their pincher grasp, and dissolve fairly easily. Rice cakes and toast are other good options, as they are easy to chew and little hands can easily hold them.

Many babies like spinach.
Many babies like spinach.

Babies love anything sweet. Fruits are an excellent choice for finger foods for babies. Soft fruits, like bananas and peaches, are great options. Grapes and hard fruit should be avoided at this point, along with anything citrus. Apples can be skinned and cooked on the stove in a bit of butter until they are soft. Soft-cooked vegetables, such as peas, carrots, and beans, are other options. Spinach is also easy for a baby to eat. Babies love picking it up and feeling the texture before they eat it. Some babies also like pieces of ripe avocados, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melons.

Sliced peaches are a good food for babies.
Sliced peaches are a good food for babies.

As children near ten months old, they can start experimenting with even more finger foods. This is a great time to introduce cheese cubes and cooked pasta. Spaghetti is a very popular finger food for babies. Cooked rice, mixed with diced vegetables, gives babies a bit of variety. Bits of chicken, turkey, or meats can also be introduced at this time. Grapes, peeled and quartered, make a great snack. Green beans are another fun idea. Wheat or cheese crackers are great finger foods for babies.

Babies may enjoy very small pieces of avocado.
Babies may enjoy very small pieces of avocado.

There are many choices when choosing finger foods for babies. Many makers of infants’ food also make great starter finger foods. There are also a lot of home-made options. Babies enjoy anything that is soft and easy to grab. Babies sometimes need to be introduced to a food several times before they enjoy it. Introducing health eating habits young may not only lead to a lifetime of smart food choices, but also an interest in trying new foods.

Bananas are good finger foods for babies.
Bananas are good finger foods for babies.
Grapes that are peeled and quartered may be served to babies when they are 10 months old.
Grapes that are peeled and quartered may be served to babies when they are 10 months old.
Toasted oats cereal is a good finger food for babies.
Toasted oats cereal is a good finger food for babies.
Ripe honeydew melon is considered a good food for babies of a certain age.
Ripe honeydew melon is considered a good food for babies of a certain age.
Margo Upson
Margo Upson

Margo has a varied academic background, which has involved everything from psychology and culinary arts to criminal justice and education. These wide-ranging interests make her an ideal wiseGEEK writer, as she always enjoys becoming an expert on new and unfamiliar topics.

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summing

When my baby was first starting on finger foods I gave her small amounts of cooked couscous. I know this sounds a little unorthodox but it worked great. My baby seemed to love it, it was cheap and easy to make and I never had to worry about her choking. It was also easy to clean up.

chivebasil

I would really like to introduce some solid finger foods into my babies diet but I am really worried about choking hazards. So far my baby has had a lot of trouble keeping things out of its mouth. I'm just terrified that if I start her on solid foods she is going to choke over and over again even if I watch her.

I know this is irrational but maybe somebody out there has had a similar experience? What did you end up feeding your baby and how big were the pieces? Thanks to any other frazzled mothers out there.

whiteplane

My friend has a ten month old baby boy that has recently started eating cheerios. My mom always tells me stories about me loving cheerios when I was a kid. So at least two little boys have enjoyed them. I have to think there must be something here.

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