If you want to practice Baby Led Weaning with your little one, you already read everything you need to know to start, but you are not sure how to start (In the practical way), this is for you!
There are some tips and easy guidelines of finger foods for babies! You can also look for finger foods recipes babies here. This list is primarily focused on what my little one has eaten and enjoyed. There will certainly be hundreds of other finger food for baby ideas out there, but this is a pretty decent list to get you started (over 90 ideas)
The easiest way to supply your child with a wide variety of nutrients is to have a diverse diet. Having a diverse diet would also encourage your child to explore various tastes and textures.
Please cut the to the size that your kid and you feel happy with and have experience with.
Finger Foods Appetizers For Babies No Cookind Needed And Easy Prep
Quick, healthy food, no cooking needed!
- Vegetables: Most vegetables need some preparation because they are too difficult to offer raw to your baby, and can even become a choking threat.
- Cucumber sticks: Served frozen and sliced into fingers (great for teething) or diced. Fruit – Most fruits are perfect for your little one and does not require cooking. Be sure the fruit is ripe because unripe fruits (like nectarines, pears, etc.) are hard and can be a choking hazard.
- Avocado: Mash and slice, crumble or cut into pieces.
- Banana: Thin slices can be slick and difficult to manage. Break into big chunks or put some peel on like a “handle.”
- Berries (blueberries, raspberries , strawberries, blackberries, etc.): All fantastic finger foods, squish / half blueberries, if they are big. Some pediatriciansnd parent recommend you to introduce this fruits when your baby is around 12 months old. Nevertheless, you can read more about it here.
- Cherry Tomatoes: Cut in half or in quarters.
- Grapes: Cut the grapes in half lengthways or cut into quarters.
- Kiwi: Diced, cut to your fingers
- Mango: Diced or Cut into Fingers
- Melon (all varieties): Remove seeds and dice or cut into fingers.
- Oranges / Clementines / Mandarins: Remove every seed and slice into small parts.
- Papaya / Paw Paw: Ripe, dice or cut into fingers.
- Pineapple: Dice or cut into rings (the ring makes a great handle!)
- Pears: Ripe, dice or cut into fingers.
- Stone Fruits (apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, etc.): Ripe, stone extracted and diced or cut into strips.
- Cheddar Cheese: Cut or diced. iq(Be careful of the amount you offer since the quantity of sodium on it is high)
- Tinned Beans: Clean well, eliminate as much salt as possible, squish or slice lengthways.
- Tinned Tuna, Flaked (Check the package nutritional information for sodium levels and other added ingredients)
Finger Foods Appetizers For Babies That Requires Basic Cooking And Easy Prep
Quick, healthy food, basic cooking needed!
This segment is a list of one food ingredient that requires some quick cooking before serving. You can try different cooking methods, experiment cooking with different fats (olive oil / butter) and herbs / spices.
- Vegetables: Most vegetables are perfect for babies if they are prepared and presented in a safe manner.
- Asparagus: Steam / Roast and cut into bite-sized pieces. My little one love this, it is great to see your kid actutally enjoy greenes.
- Beetroot: Roast or steam and cut into pieces into appropriate size. (Warning: It can be really messy!)
- Broad Beans: Boil and remove the skin;
- Brocolli: Cook, Fire, Bake. Serve in small pieces or in flowers.
- Carrot: Boils, Steam, Roast. Cut the fries or the dice
- Cauliflower: Simmer, Cook, Bake. Serve in small pieces or in flowers.
- Capsicum (Bell Pepper): Roast in strips and serve in strips or cut into small pieces.
- Egg Plant (Aubergine) : Chunks of roast or sauté.
- Green Beans: Steam / Saute and cut into small pieces or strips.
- Mushrooms: Saute and serve in small pieces or strips.
- Parsnip: Roast and serve in strips / bite pieces.
- Peas: Fire, Simmer, Sautee.
- Potato: Steam, Boil, Roast. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Pumpkin: Steam, Boil, Roast. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Squash: Steam, Boil, Roast. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Sweetcorn: Cook, Fire, Barbecue. Serve on the cob in small sections (see picture above) or in individual kernels.
- Sweet Potato: Boil, Steam, Roast. Serve as fries, wedges or small bite pieces.
- Turnip: Simmer, Cook, Bake. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Zucchini (Courgette): Steam / Sautee / Roast. Cut the pieces into fingers / bite sizes.
- Fruit: Most fruit is safe to serve raw but hard fruits need to be soften. Take care speacilly of the following:
- Apple: Fried or sautéed until tender. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Pears: Baked or sauteed like above apple recipe. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Plantain: Roasted or toasted. Cut into pieces of the appropriate size
- Other examples requiring basic cooking include
- Chicken: All cuts, baked / pan-fried / poached, shredded or diced in small pieces. Thigh meat is less dry and my kids liked it more when they were younger.
- Couscous: Boil the ball, clump and squish.
- Eggs: scrambled, hard-boiled, omelette. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Fish: (white fish, salmon) Baked / pan-fried / microwave, etc., flaked, careful to check and remove bones.
- Ground Meat: (beef, chicken , pork, lamb or turkey) Sauté until fully cooked, add herbs and spices for extra flavour.
- Israel Couscous: Boil and serve. Bigger than a normal couscous, my kids love it!
- Lentil: Boil, rinse and drink.
- Pasta: Boil, cook and serve plainly or with a sauce.
- Prawns / Shrimp: Peeled and deveined and cooked to the full. Cut into bits of the correct scale.
- Rice: Boil, allow to cool a little, then clump and roll into balls.
- Toast: Cut the toes or finely chopped. Including a variety of low salt / sugar spreads (hummus, carrot hummus peanut butter, mashed avocado, etc.)
- Quinoa: Boil. I find quinoa harder to clump into balls, but adding some grated cheese can make it better to stick together.
Wrapping Up: Baby Led Weaning And Finger Foods
There are so many snacks and finger food available on the market for babies and toddlers. I’ve always avoid purchased them, because I’ve never seen a need to.
Often look at the back of the box, the list of ingredients. Marketers are smart enough to persuade us that everything is safe when it isn’t.
Fresh ripe fruit is perfect for all occasions , and many of the above ingredients can be frozen and are easy enough even to be taken out with you.
Disclaimer: This material is for general purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not meant to supplement direct treatment and guidance provided to you by a health practitioner. I’m not a health professional, and I don’t know about your child needs. Every kid is different. You should always discuss any concerns or questions about the health and well-being of your child, including Baby-Led Weaning and Starting Solids, with a health care professional. Please refer to my full disclaimer for more details.