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Finger foods are a fun way to encourage co-ordination and develop the skills necessary to bite, chew and self-feed. Finger foods need to be easy to pick up and hold and free from pips, stones or bones.

Once baby can pick things up with reasonable hand to eye coordination the fun can begin! Let them experiment with soft finger foods like banana or peach that can be ‘gummed’ to a suitable consistency. The more your baby experiments with finger foods the quicker she will become proficient at feeding herself.

Choking hazards

Just because your baby has teeth doesn’t mean that she knows how to chew. Sometimes babies can bite off a piece of food, try to swallow it whole and choke on it, so never leave your child alone while eating. Some may store food in their mouth a la hamsters so always check that they have swallowed everything before leaving the room.

Annabel’s top finger food ideas

Melt in the Mouth

Banana
Pear
Blueberries
Mango
Peach
Strawberries
Avocado
Steamed soft carrot, sweet potato or parsnip sticks
Steamed broccoli florets or cauliflower florets

Bite and Dissolve

Mini Sandwiches with soft fillings
Fingers of Toast
Cooked pasta shapes
Soft ready to eat dried apricots
Ripe melon
Halved peeled grapes
Hardboiled egg cut into quarters
Cooked pasta shapes
Miniature Rice Cakes

Bite and Chew

Cucumber Sticks
Oven baked potato or sweet potato wedges
Small pieces of fish or fish goujons
Small pieces of chicken
Mini Meatballs made of minced beef, chicken or lamb
Sticks of cheese or mini cheese
Raw carrot
Sticks of sweet pepper
Sugar Snap peas
Slices of Apple
Dried apple rings

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