Top 15 Healthy Finger Foods for Babies

15 Healthy Easy Finger Food Snacks

Finger Foods In Your Kitchen!

If you need to find a snack or meal option for your little one that she can eat with her fingers, look in your refrigerator, cupboards or the counter top fruit bowl!  There are so many options for finger food snacks for your little ones that all you have to do is look around your kitchen.

Healthy Fruits & Veggies & Pasta Finger Food Snacking For Babies and Toddlers:

  • Avocado: dices or slices
  • Apples: soft cooked dices or chunks
  • Sweet Potatoes: bakes sweet potato chunks and sices
  • Cheese: cheese is a great finer food – no soft cheeses until baby is over the age of 12 months however.
  • Peas: cooked peas in a bowl make for great snacking, drizzle some applesauce over them for extra tastiness.
  • Pears:  pears are soft when ripe and should not need to be cooked but baked pears are super delicious.
  • Peaches: peaches are soft when ripe and should not need to be cooked but like pears, peaches are amazingly delicious when baked.
  • Eggs: boiled eggs are great finger food snacks; use an egg slicer (this is my favorite one, buy it on Amazon or in kitchen stores) to create dices that will help baby exercise hand-eye-mouth coordination and that developing pincer grasp.
  • Shredded Meats: cooked chicken or ground beef can be suitable finger foods and snacks for babies and toddlers.
  • Bananas: soft, ripe bananas are the ultimate finger food snack when diced or smooshed.
  • Cottage Cheese: curds and whey but no spiders please, cottage cheese is another perfect finger food snack for babies.
  • Broccoli: soft steamed broccoli makes great snacking especially when dipped in pear sauce.
  • Butternut Squash: soft baked butternut squash is another great finger food snack idea.
  • Carrots: steamed or soft baked carrot coins or dices is a healthy and colorful snack choice and perfect for little fingers.
  • Macaroni: boil up some macaroni and cut into bite-sized managable pieces; serve with pasta sauce or pureed sweet potatoes for extra fun (yes, extra mess too ?).
  • Beets: steamed beets are the ultimate in fun finger food snacking.  Let baby have fun with the color and puree a bit for painting.

 

Use the foods that your baby is currently enjoying as finger foods and snacks. These finger food choices will help make the transition to chunkier foods and table foods easier.  You won’t have to puree the foods, just cut, dice, smoosh or mash them instead.

??Fruits and veggies may be soft cooked and mashed if needed.  Be sure to thoroughly cook all meats before shredding or cutting the meats up for finger food.

Does your baby have any special finger food favorites?