Finger foods for baby

Finger foods are bite-size, easy-to-eat pieces of food that your baby can pick up and eat by themselves. It’s messy, but fun for your baby and also helps them develop their fine motor skills and coordination.

Before starting

  1. Your baby probably doesn’t have many teeth, so start with foods that will dissolve easily in their mouth. Tip Test it and if it dissolves on your tongue, it’s fine for baby.
  2. Always cut food into small pieces and make sure meats and veggies are well-cooked.

Finger foods to try

  1. Pasta. Well-cooked so it’s nice and soft. Cut it into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Vegetables. To get the most nutrients out of your vegetables, steam them until soft. Try sweet potato, carrot, broccoli and cauliflower ‘trees’.
  3. Chicken or other soft meat, cut into tiny pieces. Make sure it’s cooked through.
  4. Soft fruit. Very ripe fruit is naturally soft, making them some of the best finger foods for babies. Try ripe banana, peach and seedless watermelon.
  5. Bread. Lightly toasted and cut into small pieces. Spread with vegetable puree for extra vitamins.

 Avoid these

Never leave your baby alone while they’re eating and avoid these foods to help prevent choking:

  • pieces of raw vegetables or hard fruits
  • whole grapes
  • raisins and other dried fruit
  • peanuts, nuts and seeds
  • untoasted bread, especially white bread that sticks together and can form a large lump in their mouth
  • chunks of cheese or meat
  • sweets like jelly beans, chewing gum, popcorn, marshmallows and pretzels
  • chips or biscuits – these contain a lot of fat and have almost no nutritional value


Read more: 6 ways to tell if your baby is ready for solids

Read more: Introducing solids

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