35 Easy Finger Foods Perfect For Weaning Babies

Starting your baby on finger foods and allowing them to self-feed is an exciting milestone for many whether you are following baby-led weaning or the traditional weaning method of pureeing foods.  

However, for a small number of parents, the idea of giving finger foods can be rather daunting but know that your baby will instinctively know what to do. They will make a huge mess as they explore new tastes and textures but I promise you, it is totally worth it. 

Lots of babies gag when offered solid food at first and it is completely normal. It can be scary to watch but remember choking is different from gagging. Everyone (including adults) has what's called a 'gag reflex' and it is the bodies way of preventing something small from blocking the airways. 

When introducing finger foods to a baby, it is important to offer a wide variety of health and nutritious foods that are easy to hold, that can be squashed between your index finger and thumb and you should always give your baby full control of their food. Never force or put finger foods in your babies mouth.

35 Easy Finger Foods Perfect For Weaning Babies
They will make a huge mess as they explore new tastes and textures but I promise you, it is totally worth it. 

So, if you and your baby are ready, invest in a sturdy high chair with a footrest, buy a wipe-clean long-sleeved bib and let them sink their gums into these tried and tested finger foods perfect for weaning babies from six months old:

Soft cooked florets of broccoli or cauliflower

Strips of freshly cooked meat such as beef, lamb or chicken

Avocado on toast fingers

Sticks of firm cheese such as cheddar

Roasted sweet potato fingers

Well cooked green beans or sugar snap peas

Scrambled egg

Well cooked asparagus

Pitta bread with smooth peanut butter

Well cooked noodles

Breadsticks with cheese spread or hummus

Potato croquettes

Soft pieces of ripe fruit cut into strips such as mango, melon, peach, kiwi, papaya and nectarine

Unsalted rice cakes

Well cooked pasta such as fusilli with or without a sauce

French toast

Baked or pan-fried white fish or salmon

Banana pancakes

Pineapple cut into a ring

Soft cooked sweetcorn served on the cob

Soft cooked slices of butternut squash or sweet potato

Crackers with apple or pear puree

Chilled cucumber batons

Chopped hard-boiled egg 

Rice - boil first, allow to cool slightly and roll into a ball

Frozen yoghurt bark 

Cooked salmon gently flaked with a fork

Potato waffles

Finger sandwiches with a filling of your choice

Baked apple or pears cut into fingers

Banana (leave some peel on as a handle)

Peppers served raw in long 2-3 inch strips

Gently steamed peas

Chopped strawberries, raspberries, blueberries with natural yoghurt

Cherry tomatoes or grapes quartered

Whole or chopped nuts should never be given to children under the age of five due to the risk of choking. Other foods to avoid include honey under the age of one, salt, sugar, whole grapes, popcorn and raw shellfish.

Kellie Kearney

Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of five kids aged newborn right up to nine. She loves coffee, cloth nappies, travel and sharing her every day true to life family moments on Instagram.

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