The best finger foods for first-timers combine healthiness and hold-ability with as little choking risk as possible. Here are some great ideas to get you (and your little one) started on solids.Introducing solids
is an exciting time of exploration, wonder and, inevitably, rejection. When it comes to finger foods for babies, it’s important to present options that are tempting, simple and packed with the vitamins and nutrients they need.
Babies will become interested in finger foods anywhere between the ages of six and 12 months, but this will also be determined by their fine motor skills (ability to pick up little objects and manipulate them in their fingers) and general inquisitiveness around food.
As with each new developmental stage you face as a parent, remember that every child is going to be different. Some like lumpy food, some don't. Some will try to grab the food from your plate, others will be more interested in watching the cat.
You're about to introduce your kiddo to a whole new world of taste sensations, so don’t be afraid to offer them unusual, stronger-tasting foods to encourage an adventurous approach – it’s amazing how many bubs love olives, sushi and pickles!
Try to control the urge to ‘treat’ them with the sweet snacks that you love just to see their reaction – ask yourself, ‘Does a six-month-old baby really need to try chocolate cake or chips?
The most important thing is to encourage exploration and fun, and don't worry if they get good and messy with it as this is a sure sign they are having the full sensory experience of texture, taste and smell – plus it makes for great photos!