Why do you offer Finger Foods for Babies between 6 and 12 months ?

by Yara Gholmie, RD

Give your child control- Finger foods are small portions of food that your baby can pick up and eat easily. Eating finger foods comforts your child who will learn how to bite and chew, use fingers and hands to feed him/herself. Eating finger foods helps getting used to different food textures.

When your child is comfortable eating infant cereal and soft, lumpy, mashed foods from a spoon, then he/she may be ready to try finger foods.

What are finger foods?

      Soft Fruit Pieces (e.g. mango, melon, banana, soft ripe pear, peach)

      Cooked vegetable sticks (e.g. carrot sticks, zucchini sticks, potato)

      Cooked vegetables pieces

      Cooked pasta pieces

      Crusts of bread or toast

      Cheese cubes

      Soft roasted vegetables sticks (e.g. potato, pepper, carrot)

Babies can enjoy soft finger foods before they have teeth, they use their gums.
Be patient and let them make a mess, you will avoid having to deal with a fussy eater later on!

This baby has great parents.. and I hope it will make you want to try that when yours is weaning.

Based on handout from Dietitians of Canada