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Baby & Infant Nutrition – Week 3 (Finger Foods)

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We have covered over the past two weeks when to introduce solids to baby and what foods to try, including weaning baby from 8/9 months.

Baby has been through this exciting food journey, exploring mashed and pureed options and will now be eating a variety of solid foods.   In this blog, we are going to cover what type of finger foods you can try with baby.  This can be for meal times and snacks throughout the day, if you are out and about with baby, you might struggle to prepare meals, therefore having some finger foods on hand, could be the saviour when you have popped out.  You can also take baby on a family picnic with some of these great food tips! 

Some experts say that food should not be seen as a routine part of the day but instead used as a resource for learning and having fun.  This can lead to your baby trying new foods in a more natural way.  Baby is aware of smell and touch from around 4-6 months onwards to it’s important that the environment you provide promotes sensory learning, introducing different textures, colours and flavours.

Finger foods are fun for baby to try, this gives them independence to feed themselves, and also helps develop fine motor skills and coordination, so despite the mess, this is all very positive for baby as part of their development. 

What are finger foods?  These are bite-sized easy to eat pieces of food and you can start to try baby with these around the weaning stage at 8/9 months.  Starting with some soft foods, which are easy for baby to pick up and grasp hold of, which we cover below.  Make it fun and try interesting shapes.

Finger foods to try with baby include;

  • Small pieces of banana, mango, cucumber, melon (no seeds), ripe pear, peaches or kiwi fruits
  • Pasta cut into small pieces
  • Raisins or prunes
  • Dried cereal or rice cakes
  • Bread sticks or toast fingers
  • Cheese cubes
  • Well-cooked vegetables – carrot sticks, peas, or small sweet potato pieces
  • Well-cooked broccoli or cauliflower trees or baby corn
  • Soft meats, such as meatballs or chicken pieces

Our top tips for this week include;

  • Try baby with different vegetables and fruits that are packed with vitamins and fibre
  • Establish good eating patterns
  • Try baby with different textures and flavours
  • Let baby explore the foods in front of them and let them make a mess, it’s all part of their development, allowing them to touch and feel the different food types
  • Ensure baby receives a balanced diet

Thanks for reading our blog, and please feel free to share your own experiences with us, what did your baby like or not like?  We would love to hear from you. 

Remember to check back with us next week where we will cover top tips for fussy eaters and how to make meal times fun for toddlers.

Sources:

  • Baby Centre
  • Health Scotland
  • British Nutrition Foundation


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