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Finger Foods for Babies

Breads, Cereals and Grains

  • Cooked whole wheat pasta (small shells or twists)
  • Dry, unsweetened cereal without nuts
  • Whole grain toast, waffle, or French toast strips
  • Crisp crackers and Graham crackers
  • Soft cooked brown rice, pressed into a small ball
  • Bagels (stale ones are great for teething)
  • Tender, homemade, whole grain mini-muffins

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Soft, ripe or cooked fruit wedges: kiwi, pear, apple, banana, peach, nectarine, mango, papaya (be sure to peel)
  • Membrane-peeled oranges or tangerines for older babies
  • Dried fruit soaked or cooked until soft
  • Fork-mashed, cooked green peas
  • Vegetable strips (1' x 3") cooked until soft: sweet potato, broccoli, potato, parsnip, zucchini, asparagus tips, carrot
  • Ripe avocado slices

Dairy and Protein Foods

  • Grated mild cheese (Edam, Monterey Jack or Cheddar)
  • Cottage or ricotta cheese in small lumps
  • Soft-cooked, fork-smashed dry beans
  • Chopped, hard-cooked egg (yolk only for under age one)
  • Small slices of firm tofu
  • Mini meat or chicken balls, or small slices of meat loaf
  • Cottage cheese and pear puree finger sandwiches
  • Peanut butter thinned with mashed banana
  • Flaked fish or Healthy fish sticks
  • Cooked Garden Burgers cut into slices

Fats, Oils and Sweets

  • For needed fat: buttered bread, peanut butter crackers.
  • Avoid candy and other empty-calorie foods.

    CHOKING HAZARDS: hard candy, chips, olives, popcorn, hot dogs, hard vegetable pieces, grapes, raisins, cherries and nuts.
    Potentially dangerous foods should be sliced small.