Baby Meals -- Without the Mess
Four Not-So-Messy Finger FoodsThere are other foods that may not be completely mess-free, but they are not that messy. They include:
- Sliced bananas (as long as your little one isn't interested in squishing it through his fingers)
- Cut-up apples
- Quartered grapes
- Pasta noodles with a tiny amount of sauce.
Reminders When Expanding the MenuMaking the transition to solid foods can be tedious. There are a couple of things you can do to make this transition smoother (and healthier) for you and your baby:
- Each meal should have your baby's standard foods in addition to finger foods. This will help keep the meal well balanced.
- Continue to give your baby enough formula or breast milk. This should continue until their first birthday.
- Don't abandon the three-day rule. With each new food that you introduce, remember to offer your baby that same food for three days in a row before starting another new food. After each new food is introduced, watch your baby for any unusual reactions. If any occur, stop feeding your baby that new food and talk with his healthcare provider.
- Don't offer mixed-ingredient foods or meals with multiple new foods until you are sure that your infant is not allergic to any of the individual ingredients or items (see Food Allergies in Children).