The following foods are recommended by Rapley & Murkett (109-112) as easy first finger foods for babies (6+ months).
- Steamed (or lightly boiled) or roasted whole vegetables, such as green beans, baby corn, and sugar-snap peas
- Steamed (or lightly boiled) or roasted florets of cauliflower and broccoli
- Steamed, roasted or stir-fried vegetable sticks, such as carrot, potato, egg plant, sweet potato, parsnip, pumpkin, and zucchini
- Raw sticks of cucumber (tip: keep some of these ready prepared in the fridge for babies who are teething—the coolness is soothing for their gums)
- Thick slices of avocado with the skin on (not too ripe or it will be very squishy; the skin makes it easier to grasp)
- Chicken (as a strip of meat or on a leg bone)—warm (i.e., freshly cooked) or cold
- Thin strips of beef, lamb or pork—warm (i.e., freshly cooked) or cold
- Fruit, such as pear, apple, banana, peach, nectarine, mango—either whole or as sticks (make sure it’s ripe enough)
- Sticks of firm cheese, such as cheddar or Gloucester
- Rice cakes or toast “fingers”—on their own or with a homemade spread, such as hummus and tomato, or cottage cheese
- Homemade meatballs, mini burgers, lamb or chicken nuggets, fish cakes or fish fingers, falafel, lentil patties, rice balls, etc.
- Pasta or rice
The following foods should be avoided.
- High choking risk foods like whole nuts (which should be avoided until your child is at least 3 years old)
- Added salt or sugar
- Additives and artificial preservatives and sweeteners
- Unhealthy and processed foods like chips, popcorn, foods with processed sugar, breakfast cereals, gum and hard candy
- Raw honey (due to the risk of botulism) - before one year of age
- Raw bran and bran products
- No more than two servings a week of tuna, as it is high in mercury
- Stimulants like chocolate or sugar
- Coffee, tea and cola drinks
- Sweetened drinks and undiluted fruit juices
- Animal milk (not for children under a year)
Rapley, Gill, and Murkett, Tracey. Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods and Helping Your Baby Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater. The Experiment, New York: 2008, 2010.
Thank you so much for reading my All About BLW series! I hope this information has been helpful, interesting and exciting for you. You can refer back to it at any point in the future as a resource guide. Best wishes on your BLW journey! You'll all have a great time. :) Please contact me anytime with questions or comments. I am happy to help you in any way!
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