Finger Foods for Babies
There are many different choices of fruits that work well for finger foods. This includes:
- Grapes (that have been quartered and the seeds removed).
Fruits are highly nutritious, with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Some can also be quite good at clearing up a little infant constipation (such as apples, peaches, and pears).
Vegetables are another highly nutritious and great choice for finger foods. Some examples of good vegetable finger foods include:
- Green beans
You should peel vegetables that need peeling. Also, cook them so that they are easier to eat, and cut them into bite-size pieces.
When starting with cheeses, make sure to choose ones that have used pasteurized milk. This means avoiding cheeses like Brie and blue cheese.
Some good choices of soft cheese finger foods include:
- Cheddar cheese
- Monterey jack
- Cottage cheese
- Shredded cheese.
Finger Food to Avoid
Foods that can cause choking are best to avoid until the age of four. Some examples include:
- Tree nuts
- Hot dogs
- White bread
- Hard cheeses
- Cherry tomatoes
- Raw baby carrots
- Round candies.
Most people love the taste of sweets and other high-calorie foods. So do babies. Hold off on giving babies cookies, cake, other sweets, and foods that have little nutrient value (such as potato chips).
Remember that research has shown that eating habits established during the first two years of life carry through into adulthood, so establishing good eating habits from the start is critical.