Since Mia is approaching 12 months we are in full swing of self – feeding. Through our weaning journey I noticed that finger food is a great way to encourage your little one to explore and enjoy solids. From six months onwards, I started to give Mia food to hold and (attempt to) eat. At this stage, her fine motor skills were immature, so I needed to offer her large chunks of food that she can grab in her fist. Then, at around eight to 10 months, when she developed a pincer grip, and was able to pick up food between thumb and forefinger, meaning she was able to eat more independently.
If your baby is currently on pureed or mashed food, you’ll probably want to introduce finger food gradually, perhaps at snack time or alongside her main meal. I tried things like chopped banana or berries, steamed veg, or squares of toast. As Mia becomes more dexterous, I’ve gradually moved over to offering finger foods at most meals, so that by her first birthday, she is adept (hopefully) at feeding herself. Remember to supervise your child at all times when she’s eating, in case of choking.
Allowing babies to feed themselves during weaning helps them to pay attention to their appetites and develop control over food. In this post I put together list of baby finger food 10 to 12 months considering all main food categories. Hope you will find list useful, my aim is to encourage you and inspire you to offer more varieties to your baby healthy diet. List could be longer but I picked food that I’m offering to my baby most often.
Baby Finger Food 10 to 12 Months – Vegetable:
- Broccoli, Carrots, Peas, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, French Beans, Potato, Sweet Potato, Pepper and Cucumber.
Baby Finger Food 10 to 12 Months – Fruit:
- Pear, Apple, Pineapple, Apricot, Mango, Grapes, Strawberries, Melon, Watermelon and Banana.
Baby Finger Food 10 to 12 Months – Protein:
- Turkey meatballs, Cheese, Chicken breast, Salmon, Humus (on toast), Beef Lean Steak, Egg, Yogurt, Tuna (canned), Butter Beans and Prawns.
Baby Finger Food 10 to 12 Months – Carbohydrates
- Baby Biscuits, Dried Fruit, Potato, Baby Rice Cakes, Bread, Pasta, Orzo and Crumpet.
Please do share your favorite baby finger food? I would love to know?