Easy Baby Finger Foods

Easy Baby Finger Foods

My little is in between stages right now.  He’s moved on past purees but isn’t quite to the point where we’re feeding him what we are eating.  As you know, I am a busy mom of three kids so on top of the great fine motor skills he’s developing, it is so helpful when he can feed himself!

I have to admit, I’ve run short on inspiration now and then to mix up his meals and keep giving him a variety of nutritious foods.

Easy baby finger foods

Here is a list of super fast and easy baby finger food ideas for your inspiration…

  1. Cooked Pasta
  2. Cubed Colby Cheese
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Bananas
  5. String Cheese
  6. Red Grapes (be sure to cut them in quarters!)
  7. Rice
  8. Cubed Chicken Breast
  9. Cooked Veggie Pasta
  10. Strawberries
  11. Shredded Chicken
  12. Apples, peeled and cut
  13. Green Grapes (be sure to cut in quarters!)
  14. Blueberries
  15. Corn off the Cob
  16. Peaches, peeled and sliced
  17. Mangos

Easy Baby Finger Foods Picnic

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I usually serve them to him in this divided plate.  It has a suction cup for a bottom so I can stick it to his tray so it doesn’t go flying!  It has a removable lip on it to assist them as they are learning to scoop things up.

Eating Easy Baby Finger Foods
I know there are a ton more options but sometimes you just need to look at a picture or list for inspiration, right?  I love the progression of babies learning to eat new foods.  What foods are on your baby’s menu right now?

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Adventures in Self Feeding

Adventures in Self Feeding

 

My son just turned 9 months old and we have always made homemade food for all three of our kids.  He started eating solids when he was 6 months old and it would be an understatement to say that he loves food!  He has gobbled up everything we have fed him so far.  This includes: carrots, broccoli, apples, pears, celery root, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, beets just to name a few.

Ready to Feed Himself?

So now that he’s had a few months practice eating, I found Num Num Dips online and after reading the rave reviews thought I’d give them a shot.  They come in a set of two spoons or “dips” as they call them and are grooved to pick up purees and other soft foods.

At $10 for 2 spoons if I’m being honest with myself it is way more than is reasonable to spend on a spoon.  Unless you’re my husband – the chef – he has spent more on spoons that I even care to know! However, they promote self-feeding and I am all about letting my kids try things for themselves whenever it makes sense.

The Test

So, of course, my son was already in bed when the spoons arrived so I had to wait until the next day.  I couldn’t wait to see what he would do.  At dinner time the next day I warmed him up some apples, sweet potato and spinach with chicken, dipped the spoon in and tried to hand it to him.  He was not interested.  I had to put it in his mouth and then he grabbed it for himself.  When he wanted more he just dropped the spoon on his tray.  I loaded it up again for him and put it back in his mouth.  Feeding one didn’t go as well as I would have hoped because he got tired and lost interest.  It was messy for sure!


The second time we tried it, he figured out the dipping part but then didn’t take it out of the bowl.  As they say…the third time was the charm.  He is still far from being able to manage the entire process on his own.  However, he did figure out the dipping, bringing to his mouth and then putting back in the bowl at different times during this meal.  It will take some time before he’ll get the entire process consistently and it was a HUGE mess but it was great!  I think normally I’d hate to get so messy but it’s all in the name of learning, right?

So what’s the verdict?

I was a little surprised at how little the spoons were when I first received the package.  However, that makes them good for little hands.  They seem very sturdy and did fine when I sterilized them with the bottles.  Although the blue spoon did start to turn a green color after the first use.  I’m not worried about it and expect that it’s just the natural process of the material.  I love the concept of encouraging my baby to start to self-feed. These spoons do a great job of helping with the task.  At $10 for 2 spoons, it is pretty pricy.  So I will buy one set but this certainly won’t be something that I stock up on.  I am a fan and overall am very happy with my purchase.


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