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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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