Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Introducing Finger Foods

Much to my surprise, my seven month old daughter started feeding herself a couple days ago. About a month ago, my pediatrician recommended giving her Gerber Puffs so that she could begin learning to feed herself (with thumb and pincher finger). She has now mastered the concept! I have been doing some research and found some great information on starting finger foods that I thought I would share with you.

You can start your child on finger foods when they master the thumb-finger grasp (anywhere between 7-10 months) and when they begin to show interest in grabbing food off your plate.

Best Finger Foods:
  • Cut up pieces of bananas or pears
  • Baked apple cubes
  • Melon cubes
  • Pieces of avocado
  • Pieces of baked sweet potato
  • Peas
  • Cut-up green beans
  • Cooked, diced carrots
  • Bite sized pieces of cheese
  • Cereal such as Cheerios
  • Cooked pasta
  • Lightly toasted pieces of toast or bagels

Tips and Hints:

  • Check with your doctor before feeding your child any new foods
  • As with baby food, introduce finger foods one at a time
  • Give your child a few pieces of food at a time
  • Let your child "play" with the food, this is part of the learning process
  • ALWAYS supervise your child while they are eating!!!!

Here are some helpful links:

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