Finger food for baby without teeth

125 first foods for babies with no teeth

by Jo

Can you imagine eating food without any teeth? Just with your gums alone? I surely find it hard to picture, but we were once like our little ones. Toothless, like a 100 year old grandma. Luckily, there are first foods for babies with no teeth. And I found 125 of them for you to read about.




The original article was written back in 2018. This is a 2021 updated version.

Since then, I have re-written and updated this post to reflect the changes I have gone through when it came to my own beliefs/thoughts and how I word things when talking about feeding kids. As such, the remains of the original article can be seen in the comments section. Word of caution, it’s not something that makes too much sense anymore and some parts I am not very proud of. I even considered deleting the comments altogether, but that doesn’t seem just right either. Either way, I hope this article helps you, even a bit. 

Yes, the Pinterest pins show blueberries and they are a choking hazard, but do read the entire post. I have tried to give suggestions for each type of food so as to make them safe even for little ones.

If I missed anything, give me a shout.


But how can babies even chew without teeth?


Well, the truth is, they don’t need teeth to chew.


Chewing involves movements of the jaw, tongue and cheek. Teeth are used later on to break up more complex fibres.


This is technically done with the teeth that are more at the back of the mouth, called molars. The first molars show up somewhere between 13 and 19 months old, as you can see from the graph below.



So if we were to wait that long before we gave our little ones any food that can be easily munched on with the gums, then we would seriously endanger his or her capabilities of dealing with food (not to mention the fact that after around 8 months, the gag reflex moves further down the tongue and babies might experience a higher risk of choking if they are not accustomed to table foods yet).


Furthermore, babies are already experienced in munching away, because they would have spent a lot of time already with their fingers in their mouth, biting toys and other objects.


So encourage them to explore these with their lips, tongue and jaw, at the same time being careful of any pieces that might come off and increase the risk of choking.


So, assuming little one doesn’t have any teeth yet, what can I give him?


See the list below. 


But before anything else, make sure baby meets the three signs he or she is ready to begin in the first place. I cannot stress this enough, guys, and it will save you lots of trouble down the road.


There was a time when the recommendations said to start solids at 4 months+ and I’m not sure that all the baby food manufacturers have come up-to-date with the current official advice regarding infant feeding. Always watch the signs in your baby and judge whether he or she is ready. This usually happens at around 6 months, give or take.


Here you go, some ideas of first foods for babies with no teeth. I also added some notes and suggestions of serving for some of them. This is regardless of the method you use, baby led weaning or traditional. At some point, you’ll have to start giving them table foods.


And because I’m a fan of food groups, I have split them accordingly, for easier reference.


Note: please be aware of choking hazards. I find this article sums up pretty well what are the foods you need to pay extra attention to. As your little one develops his ability to chew, you need to be careful, teeth or no teeth. 


Fruits and veggies


As a general rule, go for the ripest you can get, in the beginning, as these are usually softer for babies just starting out.

  1. Avocado. Serve as is, sliced into wedges, or served on toast, mashed, with an egg on top. You can also try a guacamole recipe, which is basically adding some tomato, red onion, a bit of pepper and some lemon juice to a mashed avocado. For an easier grip, you can toss it through some breadcrumbs or ground nuts.
  2. Banana. Serve as is, sliced or mashed. Here is a tip on how to offer it if baby is at the beginning, doing baby led weaning and has tiny hands. Also, here’s my recipe of baby’s chocolate you can make with banana and avocado.
  3. Apricot. Pick a softer variety, the riper, the better. Cut into wedges or mash.
  4. Tomato. Try serving them as such or on top of a pizza toast (just a slice of toast, with some mozzarella and tomatoes and baked for 10 minutes in the oven). My youngest sometimes enjoys it cut wedge-style.
  5. Peach. Extra ripe are usually softer.
  6. Mango. Go for the ripe ones.
  7. Strawberry. Remove the hull (the leafy and usually white part on top) before giving it to baby. Halved would be best. The bigger ones even cut into 4 pieces.
  8. Watermelon. Melts in the mouth. Remove the seeds and only give the red parts to baby.
  9. Pear. Peel it and if it’s too hard, you can bake it in the oven for a while, with cinnamon on top.
  10. Apple. Peel and cook it in the oven, like the pear, or shred it on a grater (I used to do this in the beginning when Emma was small; the finer side of the grater also turns the apple into applesauce).
  11. Muskmelon.
  12. Honeydew melon.
  13. Carrot. Steam, boil or bake in the oven to make it soft. Don’t offer raw to babies just starting out.
  14. Cauliflower. Steam, boil or bake in the oven with some seasoning on top.
  15. Broccoli.  Here are 10 basic techniques for cooking broccoli from scratch, explained in-depth. Plus, you’re getting a free cheatsheet with the 3 ingredients that make broccoli taste good.
  16. Potato. Boil, bake or even steam until very soft.
  17. Sweet potato. Cook in the same way as a normal potato.
  18. Pumpkin. Bake in the oven until soft.
  19. Zucchini. Baked or boiled until it’s soft. Also grated works really well, incorporated in baked batters.
  20. Beetroot. Steam or boil. Be careful, though, as it contains a high amount of nitrates and it is not ok for baby to have in big quantities or too often. If you offer a varied menu, it shouldn’t be a problem.
  21. Grape. Cut them in quarters lengthways. Use this if you’re short on time.
  22. Satsumas or easy peelers. Cut in half for safety.
  23. Clementines.
  24. Raisins. If you leave them to hydrate in water for 1 hour or so they should give up their sweetness. They are a choking hazard as per the link I shared above, so pay extra attention. Better incorporate them in baked foods.
  25. Blueberry. Smash/squish them for safety or cut them in half.
  26. Blackberry. I would halve these in the beginning, as there are some quite big.
  27. Cucumber. I would only offer the middle part in the beginning, as it’s softer and easier to manage for babies just starting out.
  28. Peas. Great for improving that pincer grasp.
  29. Sweetcorn.
  30. Baked beans. Great source of iron.
  31. Plum.
  32. Kiwi.
  33. Dried apricots. Great source of iron, like any dried fruit, really. A bit on the sweet side, so be mindful of that.
  34. Cherries. Cut in half or quarters.
  35. Sour cherries. Serve the same as cherries.
  36. Pineapple.
  37. Orange. Cut the pieces in half or more.
  38. Raspberries.
  39. Olives. Beware of how salty they are. If left in water, they will lose their saltiness.
  40. Papaya.
  41. Dried cranberries. Same as raisins, so better incorporate them in a batter/dough.
  42. Parsnips. Boil, steam or bake in the oven with some seasoning on top. You can remove the center which is usually harder.
  43. Butternut squash. Bake or steam.
  44. Bell pepper. Bake or boil.
  45. Green beans. Boil or steam.
  46. Chickpeas. Best boiled or turned into hummus or falafel.
  47. Onion. Boiled or baked.
  48. Turnips. Boiled until soft. You can make a veggie broth by boiling most of the hard veggies.
  49. Cabbage. Boiled or baked.
  50. Mushrooms. Make a sauce for pasta or bake them in the oven.
  51. Lentils. Turn them into soup or stews.
  52. Eggplant. Baked in the oven is your best bet.
  53. Asparagus. Can be a bit hard, but baby can munch away if properly cooked, like in the oven or steamed.
  54. Edamame. Never cooked them, but I guess either boiled or steamed.
  55. Kaki fruit.
  56. Lychee. Just make sure to peel the outer shell.
  57. Grapefruit. Cut each slice in three smaller pieces or more, depending on size.
  58. Pomelo. Cut each slice in multiple pieces.
  59. Lemon. My youngest loves his lemons cut into wedges and he just sucks at the pulp.
  60. Figs
  61. Passion fruit
  62. Yam. It’s a root vegetable and can be cooked in a similar way to a sweet potato.
  63. Brussel sprouts. Boiled, steamed or baked with seasoning.
  64. Nectarine. Go for riper ones and cut into wedges.
  65. Ugli fruit.
  66. Plantains. They look like bananas, but you have to cook them. They come from Jamaica, I believe.


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  1. Salmon. I usually bake it in the oven, wrapped loosely in baking paper or foil, for around 20 minutes.
  2. Cod. Cook the same way as salmon.
  3. Haddock.
  4. Mince meat. You can cook some meatballs.
  5. Steak. Serve in shredded strips, like the chicken.
  6. Chicken. Serve in shredded strips for babies to suck on and munch away later on.
  7. Tuna. I am guilty of buying cans of it, but if you can bake it from scratch, that’s even better. Squeeze a bit of lemon to give it some flavour.
  8. Crab. If your little one is not allergic to seafood, you can give it a go.
  9. Prawns/shrimp. Great finger food.
  10. Homemade sausages.


  1. Bread. To prevent it from sticking to the roof of the mouth, toast it. Or make some french toast.
  2. Rice. Great in rice puddings.
  3. Porridge
  4. Porridge fingers
  5. Millet. Boiled in milk or turned into a pudding (see my recipe here)
  6. Quinoa. Boiled and eaten as a side or added to porridge, for example.
  7. Amaranth. Same as quinoa.
  8. Buckwheat. Same as the above.
  9. Semolina pudding.
  10. Spaghetti
  11. Pasta. Macaroni, penne, fussili or bowtie shapes work well for beginners.
  12. Noodles
  13. Homemade pizza
  14. Polenta
  15. Cous-cous
  16. Naan bread
  17. Pitta bread
  18. Tortillas
  19. Rice cakes. Go for the lowest salt option.
  20. Shreddies. Simple, no flavor, no added salt or sugar, just 100% wholegrain. Serve in milk.
  21. Focaccia
  22. Chapatti fingers (an Indian flat bread)



Eggs (in the UK, those that have a lion stamped on the shell are salmonella-free, therefore the yolk can be left runny when cooked – otherwise please cook the yolk completely)
  1. Boiled eggs
  2. Poached eggs (only in the UK)
  3. Fried eggs (just don’t use oil and fry in a non-stick pan)
  4. Scrambled eggs
  5. Omlette
  6. My baked omlette




  1. Yoghurt
  2. Cheddar cheese. Just watch out for salt and the amount present. Grated is best at the beginning.
  3. Mozarella. Choose the lowest salt option.
  4. Sana. It’s an Eastern European type of dairy, similar to yogurt, but slightly drinkable.
  5. Kefir. Similar to sana. You can find them in the European section in the supermarket.
  6. Curd cheese. I have a recipe for it here. It’s a no-salt version of cheese, perfect for babies.
  7. Cottage cheese. Just make sure the salt levels are okay.
  1. Tofu. Just watch out for the salt content.
  2. Homemade muffins (try this carrot muffins recipe)
  3. Homemade pinwheels
  4. Homemade banana bread
  5. Homemade biscuits (easiest recipe: 100 g flour, 100 g butter and 100 g of homemade curd cheese or ricotta cheese; everything mixed and baked in the oven)
  6. Pancakes
  7. Waffles. Here’s a basic recipe to follow, which is infinitely customizable. A bit of waffle theory never hurt.
  8. Fritters. I have a recipe here, very adaptable to what you have in your pantry.
  9. Homemade nuggets
  10. Any homemade cake-like consistency, as long as there is no sugar, maple syrup, honey (if baby is under 1 year old), whole nuts, this baked oatmeal cake.
  11. Homemade popsicles or anything that’s made out of fruit and yogurt and frozen.
  12. Peanut butter. It is best to spread it on toast or on slices of banana. Just make sure it’s 100% nuts. 
  13. Almond butter. Same as peanut butter.
  14. My apple pudding


126. 2 ingredient cookies. The easiest snack ever. Pair it with some dairy and you’re good to go.

127. 3 ingredient pancakes. The fluffiest and easiest pancake recipe out there. Make sure to read my notes on timing and flipping and why those are the key elements for the fluffiness.

128. Spiced biscuits. I think these are great for when little ones are teething.

129. Easy scones. With only 3 ingredients at the base, these are soft and fluffy. Don’t overmix the batter though.

130. A kid friendly brownie with a secret nutritious ingredient. 


You are probably thinking: is there anything she hasn’t mentioned?


In fact, I haven’t mentioned the leafy vegetables, like spinach, lettuce, salad etc because babies might have a hard time tearing them apart so as not to stick to the roof of their mouths.


I also didn’t mention pomegranate, because of its high choking risk.


What comes next?

Knowing what to feed your kids might be a little easier now that you have this list, but actually getting them to eat or at least try any food is another story entirely.

This is why I have put together a 7-part blog series about how to get your little one to eat any food. It is based on more than 3 years of feeding little tummies, observing and taking mental notes about everything I did and everything they did at mealtimes.

I think you’ll find it useful and worth reading. You can save it on Pinterest for later reading or share with someone you know.


Ioana x


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50 Delicious Foods for 1 year old with few teeth

When your baby’s first little tooth erupts, it gives rise to mixed emotions. On one hand, there’s joy, because your little one is growing and on the other hand, there’s horror, if you’re still breastfeeding! For most babies, the first tooth makes an appearance anywhere from four months onward and some babies are even born with teeth. On the other end of the spectrum, you may have a late bloomer, whose first tooth takes its own sweet time, maybe even till he’s a year old! Here are 50 foods for 1 year old with few teeth.

50 foods for 1 year old with few teeth

Fruit Finger foods for babies without teeth

Vegetable Finger Foods for Babies without teeth

Breakfast Recipes for Babies without Teeth

Lunch/Dinner Recipes for Babies without Teeth

Snack Finger Food Recipes for Babies without Teeth

Dessert recipes for Babies without Teeth

Tips for feeding babies without teeth/foods for 1 year old with few teeth

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you give finger foods to baby with no teeth?

What can my baby eat with 2 teeth?

What can I feed my 1 year old with no teeth?

What should 1 year old be eating?

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But you’re obviously not going to wait till his first birthday to start solids! Since the recommended age for starting to wean is 6 months, many babies don’t depend upon their teeth to eat. Besides, the first teeth that appear are usually the front teeth, which aren’t used for chewing anyway. (Their gums are enough for that, which your poor nipples probably know by now!)

For most babies till the age of 8 months, the puree and porridge phase goes by smoothly. But many Moms worry about their child’s diet after this phase, when they start thinking about introducing lumpier textures in their baby’s diet. Now you don’t need to worry if your baby still doesn’t have any teeth yet – we assure you, he’s not going to starve! Keep breastfeeding him for as long as you want, and as for foods, we’ve drawn up a list of 50 foods for babies without teeth , even if he’s still waiting for that first tooth!

50 foods for 1 year old with few teeth

Fruit Finger foods for babies without teeth

Most fruits can be fed directly, as long as they’re ripe. For starters, avoid the peel and ensure there are no seeds. For harder fruits, you can stew them for a few minutes to make them soft. These are finger foods for 6 month old baby with no teeth

1. Bananas – Can be fed as it is, just ensure that it is ripe enough

2. Avocado – Go for perfectly ripe avocados, or it’ll be too hard for baby

3. Peach – Feed ripe peaches directly

4. Mango – Go for ripe ones, but avoid the extremely squishy ones

5. Strawberries – Hull before offering to baby

6. Watermelon – Remove the seeds and ensure only the red parts are given

7. Pear – Peel and give baby; if it seems to hard, stew it for some time

8. Apple – Peel before giving baby; if the apple is too crunchy, stew it first

9. Muskmelon – Can be given directly, if it is ripe and soft enough

Vegetable Finger Foods for Babies without teeth

Vegetables are hard for babies without teeth to eat directly, so will require some steaming or boiling. Cook till just soft and not any more, or else they’ll turn into mush and won’t be the texture you’re looking for. These are good for finger foods for 7 month old baby with 2 teeth.

10. Carrot – steam or boil to make it soft, but don’t overcook

11. Cauliflower – Roast or steam; take care to prevent burning

12. Broccoli – Roast or steam lightly; it’ll crumble if overcooked

13. Potato – Boil or steam well till soft

14. Pumpkin – Cook for a short while till the cubes are just soft

15. Zucchini – Steam or cook lightly till soft

16. Beetroot – Steam or boil till quite soft

Breakfast Recipes for Babies without Teeth

Many of these breakfast ideas can be made for the whole family or older kids as well. Choose from Indian and other cuisines so your baby gets used to sweet and savory breakfasts. You can add fruit on the side as well. These are good foods for toddlers with few teeth

17. Eggless Apple Whole Wheat Pancake – You can skip the salt if you like

18. Banana Toast – You can also try almond milk

19. Waffles – You can use coconut milk or almond milk to make these

20. Vegetable Idli – You can start with only grated carrot and add more vegetables later on

21. Blueberry Oat Muffins – Substitute the milk with almond milk or baby formula

22. Scrambled Eggs – You can use coconut milk instead, and skip the salt

23. Oat Cereal – You can add pureed fruit for more bulk

24. Baby Omelette – You can skip the milk or add formula

25. Steamed Dosa – Serve this with chutney powder for babies

26. Banana Pancakes – Make your own pancake batter and use

Lunch/Dinner Recipes for Babies without Teeth

Meals like lunch and dinner seem to be the biggest challenge for Moms of babies with no teeth, but there are many options. Adjust the salt content when you cook for baby – try adding spices instead to flavor the food. You can add all these foods in your 1 year old baby food menu

27. Flavored Paneer  – Make sure the paneer is soft and not rubbery

28. Chicken Carrot Meatballs – You can also try plain chicken meatballs

29. Butternut Squash Risotto – You can use any short grained rice

30. Sweet Potato and Lentil Croquettes – Opt for cheese with less salt

31.  Butternut Mac and Cheese – Skip the salt and curry, you can also replace the thyme with fresh herbs

32. Mini Aloo Paratha – Skip the salt; later you can try adding peas to the filling

33. Carrot Khichdi – You can also try this with beetroot

34. Bolognese Pasta – You can use chicken mince

35. Ghee Rice – Use homemade ghee for better results

36. Chicken Nuggets – You can use turkey or chicken here, be sure that you’re using boneless pieces

These are a few of best delicious foods for 1 year old with few teeth.

Snack Finger Food Recipes for Babies without Teeth

If you’re trying to get baby to eat on a schedule, you can offer her these snacks when she gets hungry in between. Try to balance it like this: if she hasn’t had any veggies all day, try with a veggie snack.These are perfect finger foods for 1 year old

37. Soft Cheese

38. Sweet Potato Fries – Serve with homemade tomato sauce

39. Cauliflower Nuggets – Skip the salt; substitute breadcrumbs with powdered baby cereal

40. Spinach Fritters – Skip the chillies and chilly powder

41. Baked Avocado Fries – Substitute bread crumbs with powdered baby cereal

42. Pumpkin Sooji Fingers – Serve with homemade tomato sauce

43. Banana Oatmeal Fingers – You can also add a little of our Dry Fruit Powder

44. Broccoli Cheese Nuggets – Substitute bread crumbs with powdered baby cereal and use cheese with less salt

Dessert recipes for Babies without Teeth

While you don’t need to make a sweet dish a daily affair, once in a while even baby deserves a treat! Making them less sweet will prevent a sweet tooth later, whenever the teeth come in! These are perfect finger foods for 9 month old with no teeth

45. Carrot Cake – Skip the soda, and use almond or coconut milk

46. Samai Payasam – You can add a small amount of the dry fruit powder for taste

47. Fruit Yogurt – Avoid yogurt that is too sour

48. Frozen Applesauce Treats – Get the applesauce recipe here

49. Egg Pudding – Substitute the milk with coconut milk or almond milk

50. Wheat Halwa – Try not to make it too runny to give baby a chance to chew

Tips for feeding babies without teeth/foods for 1 year old with few teeth

1. Check the age recommendation on each recipe before feeding your baby.

2. Make sure you follow the 3 day rule with all new foods to be aware of any allergy.

3. Always be in the room with your baby when he’s eating.

4. With a new food, introduce small amounts at a time.

5. In case of any doubt, consult a doctor.

Most babies will find a way to gnaw on their food, chew on it at the back of their mouths and swallow. They generally have a natural gagging reflex to prevent choking, so they’ll spit out food that’s may be dangerous – don’t force it back down. With some trial and error, you’ll soon find that your baby is able to enjoy most foods – you’ll know when you see that loving toothless grin!

Hope this huge list of foods for 1 year old with few teeth was helpful for you, please let us know your queries in comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you give finger foods to baby with no teeth?

Yes, we can give finger foods to baby with no teeth. As baby's gums are very strong, they can easily chew on soft finger foods with ease. In this article we have listed 50 foods for babies without teeth

What can my baby eat with 2 teeth?

Here are the list of foods that your baby can eat with 2 teeth - soft fruits, soft steamed vegetables, pancakes, soft dosas, mac and cheese, khichdi etc. we have compiled a interesting list of 50 foods for babies with few teeth

What can I feed my 1 year old with no teeth?

Here are the list of foods that you can give your 1 year old baby with no teeth - soft fruits, soft steamed vegetables, pancakes, soft dosas, mac and cheese, khichdi etc. we have compiled a interesting list of 50 foods for 1 year old baby with no teeth.

What should 1 year old be eating?

A 1 year old baby can eat all the foods that the family eats with less spice and salt

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Finger food - Encyclopedia Baby food

Viktoria Levchuk©

Finger food is baby food prepared in the form of pieces of boiled soft food so that the child can independently take it and transfer it to the mouth, chew it or swallow it without anyone help and any problems.

Finger food is a fun way to encourage the development of motor coordination and skills needed for biting, chewing and self-feeding. Food in pieces should be easy to grasp by children's fingers and long-term storage, and should not contain bones or seeds.

As soon as the child begins to take food with his fingers and put them into his mouth with reasonable hand-eye coordination, then the fun begins! Let your child experiment with soft snacks such as a banana or peach that can be “hand-mashed” to the right consistency. The more a child experiments with finger food, the faster he will masterfully feed himself.

Finger food helps keep a child's food interest. As soon as he begins to feed himself on his own, then new taste horizons open up for him. What child refuses to try to bring the product to his mouth on his own, even if he didn’t really like it before.

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Mothers often wonder at what age they should give finger food to their babies.

Honestly, even for me it's a difficult question. It's just that sometime between eight and nine months, the baby began to eat small pieces of food. The change in the consistency of food by age is very well described in the WHO recommendation, so it should be guided by.

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However, you should not do it blindly and try to feed the baby in pieces at a certain age, perhaps he will not be ready yet. Children are all different, some want food in pieces, almost from the beginning of complementary foods, others are not ready for lumpy food for up to a year or more. Therefore, any decision on finger food is made based on the child and his readiness. An excellent preparation for finger food is a nibbler, which will prepare the child for lumpy food.

The child has no teeth

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A child's gums are incredibly strong, as is the tongue, so the number of teeth is not an indicator of whether to give finger food or not. If the decision has been made to start complementary foods and the baby is doing well with mashed foods, then you can safely start giving small pieces of soft food when the baby is ready for it. At this stage, it is important to let the child try to eat food of a different consistency, more complex, in order to train the maxillofacial apparatus. Thus, the child gradually prepares for the full chewing of food with the help of the entire jaw, teeth and tongue.

How to know if finger food is safe for a child

A good rule of thumb to help prevent choking is to avoid anything hard (e.g. raw carrots), round (e.g. whole grapes), sticky (e.g. , spoon of nut butter) or too much gummies (such as gummies). At first, the child is given pieces of food in the form of sticks, which can be easily clamped in the child's chick, later, when the child begins to control the finger grip better, you can move on to cubes. At first, finger food should be soft, boiled and melt in your mouth. As a child learns to manage with such products, it is possible to complicate the task and switch to fresh soft foods, etc.

Foods that are easy to squeeze between fingers are good for older children and for younger children. Around 16-18 months, many babies are ready for more complex textures. During this period, cutting food into pea-sized pieces is also a good idea - many babies tend to put large pieces of food in their mouths, so small cubes are used to avoid choking. We always adjust the sizes of products according to the age and eating experience of our own child.

Usually the first finger food is biscuits or baby biscuits, which are very soft and dissolve easily in the mouth. The baby first sucks it, procrastinates, and learns to roll pieces of food in the mouth with the help of the tongue. A little later, when the teeth appear, you can give the product a little harder, for example, a soft apple, some parents play it safe and give a baked apple without a peel. Later, as new foods, vegetables and fruits are introduced into complementary foods, they are offered in the form of finger food, such as boiled broccoli or cauliflower. In general, the child can be offered almost all products in the form of finger food, which is introduced into baby food.

Should the product be peeled or not?

We give an apple to a child without a peel.

The first finger foods in the form of vegetables and fruits are given without skins. Yes, the skin of many fruits and vegetables contains valuable nutrients. It is often recommended to leave the skin on in order to take full advantage of the nutrients contained in the product. But removing the top layer from fruits and vegetables helps reduce the amount of pesticides that may be in the product. Peeling fruits and vegetables helps avoid choking hazards due to the rough texture of the skins. The peel also usually sticks to the palate in the child's mouth, thereby hindering him, and can be there for a long time, and when the child swallows, the probability of choking in the absence of an adult nearby is higher. Getting rid of the skin at the beginning of complementary foods also helps prevent disorders

Banana is convenient to eat with a small hand

digestion. And we also take into account that there are some vegetables and fruits, such as pumpkin and avocado, which need to be peeled, because their peel is really inedible. It is not worth getting rid of the product from the peel for a long time, only at first. Usually the first couple of months of complementary foods and exposure to finger food. Then the product with the peel is given to the child in the presence of an adult, after which it is advisable to check the baby's mouth to see if he swallowed everything. Forcibly open your mouth should not be, play the game "Show your tongue or where are your teeth." By the age of 1.5, the child copes well with the peel of fruits and vegetables, if it is too rough, then it easily spits it out.


The presence or absence of teeth does not mean that a child can chew. Sometimes children can bite off a piece of food, try to swallow it whole and choke, so we never leave the child alone while eating. Some children can store food in their mouths like hamsters, so we always check to make sure the child has swallowed everything before leaving the kitchen. You can read the article on suffocation here.

Our finger food

At first I gave biscuits to my first child, later I switched to a fresh apple, mostly fresh fruits, he sucked and procrastinated them more than he ate. Later, food appeared in the form of a toy, i.e. we crumbled it, crushed it, and sometimes something got into our mouths. However, since breast milk is always given at the end of complementary foods, I was not too worried about whether the baby was full or not.

With the second child, finger food was a gradual transition from the nibbler. We used it for about a month, then I ventured to give the first pieces of food. But to be honest, the child himself tried the first pieces of food, namely, he stole an apple and took a bite. The first experience of finger food is always scary, because at first the child often coughs and spits out food, he is learning, so it is important to be with the child, if something goes wrong, then the parent will be able to provide first aid. I remind you that the child is suffocating quietly, not a single sound. If he coughs, clears his throat, then everything is within the normal range, you need to help get rid of the food that interferes. Rules for helping with choking know before introducing finger food into complementary foods. It is imperative to look and study, and then give a new consistency of complementary foods.

Of course, at first, only one type of finger food is placed in front of the baby, later a plate is bought, divided into three to five sections, which is filled with finger food. The baby is already given a choice of what to eat, so you can easily determine the taste preferences in nutrition.

Finger food quick hacks

  • The first finger food should be well kneaded between the gums.
  • Food in pieces should be age appropriate - do not offer 8 months old baby whole eggs .
  • If the child cannot raise his head and sit up without help, do not offer him finger food.
  • The child should always sit in an upright position, not walk, especially at the first meeting, when he is offered baby food in the form of pieces, to avoid suffocation.
  • NEVER leave your child unattended when serving finger food.

Examples of finger food

The first finger food is a biscuit or a baked apple. Those. food that does not need to be chewed, it melts easily in the mouth without additional help from the child. You can start with foods that have been well received by the child in a pureed form on a spoon, serving them in convenient cubes or pieces - the size of a pea for harder items, the size of a stick or wedge for softer foods.

Examples of finger food are:

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  • pieces of soft bread or crackers
  • Soft cheese, Chedder or Mozarella
  • Banana
  • Ripe pear without peel
  • Ripe soft green apple without a peel, the first time you can give boiled
  • Boiled cabbage
  • . carrots
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Boiled green peas
  • Boiled pumpkin
  • Boiled fish
  • Boiled meat in the form of meatballs
  • Pasta
  • Quail eggs, etc.

*All products must be familiar to the child or introduced into complementary foods.

Finger Foods to Avoid

When it comes to feeding your baby with food pieces, the biggest problem is preventing choking. So we do not allow him to eat anything without the presence of parents or any adult nearby. And we exclude any food that can get stuck in the child's airways:

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  • Popcorn,
  • Nuts, peanuts,
  • raisins and other dried fruits,
  • raw vegetables (e.g. carrots),
  • grapes,
  • Cherries without bones, hard fruit and vegetables with a peel of
  • Zhevaliy Confinctions
  • popcorn, pretzels, corn chips and other snack foods
  • marshmallows, etc.

Most doctors do not recommend these foods until the child can eat them safely - around 4 years (although it depends on the child, closer to 3 or 5 years).

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90,000 finger food after a year - Encyclopedia Children's nutrition 9000

finger food after a year? What it happens to be, and I wrote the finger food rule in previous articles. Today I would like to discuss finger food after a year, how it changes and how it looks. I just noticed yesterday that I have a large number of photos of finger food. I take photos almost every day since at least one meal consists of finger food. I decided to write an article and show our example.

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After one year of age, finger food becomes very diverse, including almost all products that are included in baby food. If the first months of acquaintance with lumpy food, it is mostly boiled, we do not give anything raw to the child in order to avoid choking. Then after a year you can give boiled, semi-cooked and raw foods, which is very convenient, well expands the diet of baby food.

Sometimes, when laziness runs faster than thought, it is easier to collect fruits and vegetables from the refrigerator, cut them into small pieces and give them to the baby than to feed from a jar. A good second breakfast or afternoon snack, even as a snack is great. You can also organize breakfast, which consists of cheese / eggs, bread, boiled meat, apple / banana - a great snack, of course, without porridge (grain lovers - without slippers), but once a week you can take a break for yourself, and the child will nibble well such food, enjoy and train fine motor skills. The main thing is to watch and sit next to the baby so as not to choke.

A big plus for is that cooking does not require a lot of dishes and kitchen utensils, usually a knife, a cutting board and a baby plate are required.

Another plus for finger food. If the products are semi-solid, not very soft, then you will hardly have to wash the child and the place where he eats will remain almost clean.

+ the child trains fine motor skills, the parent does almost nothing, and the child learns.

See how many pluses there are, just from the fact that mom put the right finger food on the table for the baby.

Finger food is inexpensive and easy to find in any refrigerator.

And I would like to draw your attention to the fact that after a year, lumpy food is taken not only at the table, but also on the street, on the move, etc. The child can already move around the apartment with a piece of an apple or pear, playing and snacking. The main thing here is to keep an eye on the baby, they love to make nests, and fruit nests rot or dry well. In short, it's nice to find another cache of a child, and even more fun to pull it out of your mouth when a child has found it.

For long trips, finger food is an excellent solution, it is easy to transport, nothing will overflow, long-term storage without refrigeration is possible. A small advertisement for finger food.

Our finger foods

At the moment we love finger food. We like to eat cheese, eggs, fish/meat cutlets, bread, different fruits, vegetables on our own. The child takes the product in his hands and stuffs everything into his mouth, then chews. Not always, it turns out, to eat all the food, sometimes he loses it, then I find it either on the floor or in a high chair. Therefore, portions of finger food are quite large, but about half gets into the mouth. Partly we play, although we try to stop such behavior, but the child is only a year old, which can be discussed.

Soups can also be eaten like finger food, it's just that we are friends with a spoon, but it's still bad, liquid broth pours out of a spoon. Therefore, we like to catch hard boiled foods from the soup and eat them. Sometimes he scoops up the product with a spoon, then takes it from the spoon, puts a piece into his mouth with his hand, and only then chews it.

I so often hover over my plate just by watching my son eat. It's so cute and messy and amazing every time. He tries, sometimes he freaks out, and then the spoon flies to the floor, and his hand climbs into the plate. Every time he comes up with a new way to eat food. Only recently they weaned him from putting his foot on the table, put his foot down, sits on his own, hands in a plate and eats, in general, in my adult opinion, it’s quite uncomfortable, but he sits and eats.

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For some reason, many mothers think that they need to come up with finger food, try to cook original recipes, etc. But it's not.

The child has switched to a common table or partially switched, which means you can give adult products. Ordinary cutlets are perfectly chewed by the number of teeth that the child now has in his mouth, he chews something with his teeth, something with his gums. Cottage cheese casserole, cut into small pieces, an excellent snack.

All fruits and vegetables included in complementary foods can be given as finger food. Just be careful with vegetables, since most of them are still boiled. But the child is already able to digest food 2 days old if it was stored in the refrigerator. Therefore, we cook several types of vegetables at a time and divide them into several meals. If you don’t want to give a pure product, then we make sauces, for example, cheese sauce for broccoli, it’s delicious, the kids like it.

Meat and fish, simply boiled. If you divide raw meat or fish into small pieces, then they will cook for no more than 15-30 minutes. But since the child already eats chicken, beef, when we cook soups or borscht for the whole family, we put aside a piece of meat / fish for the next meal of the child. I don’t know about you, but since I’m on parental leave, I cook every 2 days, so I can feed my family with fresh meals. Of course, it is better to cook the meat each time new, or store it in the broth for a day so that it does not dry out. Then I don’t like meat to taste, but this is my personal opinion.

There are many examples of finger food, see photo. Even in the group in contact Baby food (Encyclopedia) under the tag #creative breakfast, you can see examples of finger food. Click on the photo and see it in a larger size.

Chicken and carrot cutlet, broccoli and cauliflower Bananas and apples with sugar-free yoghurt Apples baked in the oven. Chicken fillet, cucumber, broccoli, apple, Borodinsky black bread, children's cottage cheese as a sauce Broccoli, carrots and boiled fish fillet — Navazhka Pasta and broccoli Prunes Broccoli and cauliflower Chicken and carrot cutlet, pasta, cucumber

About finger food sauces

I know how much I want to help my child diversify his taste preferences, but it's too early. The kid is still chaotically waving his arms and using them poorly. Although you probably noticed how carefully he takes a spoon or a mug to perform simple actions, but at the same time he strives to drop or turn them over. That's why it's not the time for finger food sauces. Just because the child can turn it over, but most likely it will get dirty from head to toe, which mom will have to clean up. You can put a spoonful of sauce and show the baby how to dip a piece of food in it, but you will have to carefully monitor the actions of the child, otherwise there will be more cleaning.

What is now suitable for sauces. If the child is familiar with dairy products, then yogurt, cottage cheese with yogurt (so that it is liquid), cheese sauce without spices, and, probably, that's all.

You can also offer any vegetable/fruit puree for sauce that your child is familiar with.

Food hacks for easy finger food

Banana is easy to eat with a small hand

In the article Fifteenth Week of Weaning - Turkey and Garlic Stew, I wrote how to cut a banana so that it is convenient for a child to eat. In an article about bananas in baby food, she wrote how to quickly and easily make a fruit convenient for finger food. Now I will not repeat myself, I just attach a photo.

I also pay attention, if a child eats from a common table, then we make a dish under the child's hand. Those. if a cutlet, then a small size, three or four cutlets can be made for the youngest member of the family. It’s just that it’s inconvenient to hold a large chunk in your hand, and now the main thing is a manual grip so that the child can hold the food in his fist and bite off. Therefore, food can be made in the form of a rectangle, like fish sticks.

Pear, it is convenient to take with a small hand, the child eats everything without a peel.

With the same consideration, we prepare children's cookies, cut bread pita bread or bread, cottage cheese casseroles and muffins. The child is comfortable with either a thin long stick, or medium squares. We tear the meat into fibers or cut into small cubes. You should not grind food too much, it is difficult to take it with children's fingers, otherwise you will see a picture of how the baby is trying to take food from the table with his mouth.

An apple corer is very useful. With it, you can make a long round tube without a peel. It is convenient for the child to hold, the peel does not interfere with biting the delicious middle. Suitable for large apples, pears, cucumbers, i.e. medium hard products. Fresh carrots are a very hard product, so for now only a grater. In short, fresh vegetables and fruits of increased hardness (carrots, white cabbage, etc.), which need to be carefully chewed by a child after a year, should be given fresh after a fine grater until the set of teeth expands.

Dividing a banana into three parts with a finger. If the pear has a core, then cut it out. An apple without a core. Next to it is a fruit peeler. We give an apple to a child without a peel.

Basically, if you have any doubts about giving your child fresh or boiled finger food, then boil it, it will be safer. The main thing here is the confidence in the child that he will be able to bite off, chew, swallow without choking, and then digest it and get rid of the unnecessary without pieces of undigested food. If these physiological processes in a child are going well, then you are confident in your child and you can give him fresh finger food.

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Disclaimer No. 2 : However, the above does not cancel visiting a pediatrician. Before you start complementary foods, you need to get his professional opinion on the best way to introduce new foods for your baby. I also draw your attention to the fact that you need to look at the original date of the published articles, because some of the "best practices" may have changed. Always check with your child's pediatrician about complementary foods and their health.

Disclaimer #3: Keep in mind that every family is unique, every situation is also completely unique.

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