Baby Finger foods

What foods are suitable for babies to have as finger food?



8.5 months ago I had my little girl who has been the greatest blessing. I have been lucky to be able to have time off with her and I  am currently only working part time.  Being a dietitian has definitely made the whole process easier especially when it came to weaning my child. Each child is different and responds differently but I have tried to introduce as much variety as possible into my daughters diet from early on.  The first 1000 days of a child life ( including the nine months  in utero) are the most crucial in developing healthy eating habits and establishing good nutrition.


I am now at the stage where I am trying to include finger foods and so her evening meal every night is only finger foods ( this is a really messy affair that tests my somewhat A type personality)

Moms often find it hard to come up with different finger food ideas but actually as long as the foods are cooked really well, there aren't too many foods that a child cant have.

Here are some ideas for you that I use for my 9 month old who still has no teeth:

Starchy foods:

Toast with avo, cream cheese, brovil or hummus French toast Pasta  e.g macaroni or spagetti

Meat

Strips of cooked chicken or fish

Small cooked meatballs

Non salted biltong strips

Fish cakes

Fruit and Veg

Pieces of ripe fruit: kiwi , mango, banana or even watermelon ( no pips) Cooked apple or pear pieces  , even grated apple Pieces of cooked vegetables: carrot, cauliflower, broccoli

Pieces of cooked starchy veg: butternut and  sweet potato

Seedless grapes, cut in half

Dried fruit strips e.g mango

Dairy:

Cream cheese:  e.g laughing cow or kiri cheese squares Grated cheese


Eggs

Boiled eggs

Egg muffins: I make mine using  egg yolk, some of her milk, carrot, mushroom and coriander

Fats:

Slices of avocado

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Durban

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info@clarkedietitian.co.za

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