Fantastic Finger Foods for Babies

Here are a few nutritious foods to help your little person on the road to culinary independence.

By Jennifer Steil

When you’ve spent months nursing, preparing bottles, or spooning puree into a hungry mouth, it’s pretty exciting when your child begins to feed herself. Here are a few foods to help your little person on the road to culinary independence.

Banana slices
It’s the rare baby who will turn up her nose at bananas. Cut a circular slice into quarters, to make sure your baby doesn’t choke. Standing these pieces on end can make them easier for a baby to grip.

Tofu cubes
Soft, packed with protein, and relatively easy to handle, tofu is a favorite in our household.

Homemade, wholegrain pancakes
Try making buckwheat pancakes or using another whole grain. Mix in fruit puree, yogurt, flaxseed oil, and tahini for extra nutrition.

Peeled pieces of plum, peach, or mango
These soft fruits are a sweet treat, rich with vitamins and fiber.

Soft, cooked pieces of pasta
Whole-grain pastas are best for your child. Try whole-wheat, buckwheat, spelt, or quinoa.

Avocado slices
Soft avocado is easy to swallow and full of healthy fats and fiber.

Steamed veggies
Steam up a batch of thinly sliced carrots, broccoli, and potatoes, and cut them into tiny pieces.

Oat Os
Cheerios is a popular first finger food. But healthfood store versions have less sugar and more fiber.

Cheese
While there are babies who will eagerly gum mature cheddar, you’re safer with mild cheese like mozzarella, string cheese, or Babybels.

Small pieces of wholegrain breads, tortillas, or muffins
Give your baby one small piece at a time, or she may try to stuff them all in at once.

Sources: Parenting.com, Babycenter.com

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