After months of milk, food can sound scary. Whether you decide to try purees first or mushy foods, you should always do whatever you feel comfortable with. Eventually all babies will eat food with greater consistency allowing your child to learn how to chew—a very important skill.
Which foods are best for a new eater? I remember buying my baby bullet and organic produce ready to tackle solid food with my first daughter. I cried in the kitchen as I prepared fruit after vegetable after fruit that she refused to eat. What I hadn’t realized, she was simply ready for finger foods! I was willing to try anything to get my hungry baby to eat, and that’s when someone recommended chicken. Oh boy were they right! I placed a few small pieces in front of her and she gobbled them right up! What a relief.
When that moment comes to you, here are my 10 favorite finger foods for your baby.
Bananas or Avocados rolled in Cheerios. Simply cut bananas or avocados into fingernail sized pieces. Place a handful of cheerios in a paper towel and crush until powdered. Lastly, roll bananas or avocados in crushed cheerios. This gives a less slippery texture to the fruit so your little one will have more luck picking them up all by themselves.
Apples and Sweet Potatoes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and slice apples and sweet potatoes into 1” chunks and place on baking dish. Drizzle with coconut oil and cook about 30-45 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool and dice into fingernail sized bites. Keep in fridge or freezer.
Chicken. Boil or Bake chicken then cut into fingernail sized pieces. Chicken has been a favorite to both of my girls. It is an easy meat to gum.
Carrots and Broccoli. Boil water and cook carrots or broccoli until soft. Allow to cool and cut into fingernail sized pieces. Warning: Broccoli can be a mess! Allowing your child to embrace the mess will be fun as long as you don’t mind wiping down your child and the floor.
Cheese. Cut into fingernail sized pieces. Cheese is another favorite in our home! Before they could talk they would sign, “More, more, more!”
Corn and Peas. Some find their children do fine with the skin of corn and peas. I noticed my girls had a harder time with the skin on peas then they did corn. If you wish, you can squeeze the skin off of either of these vegetables before putting them on your baby’s food tray.
Most importantly, have fun with it! Feeding your baby will be a challenge at times, but remember, they are first timers to this new skill. Experiment with the foods and textures you give your child, and don’t be afraid to take too many pictures or videos. You’ll love laughing at them later.