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Baby Finger food - Giving your baby finger food

From around eight months onwards is a good time to introduce finger foods. It’s a great way to give your little one more independence at meal times, make food interesting and to help develop their hand eye coordination skills.

Baby Finger food - Giving your baby finger food

Your baby might not have all his or her teeth yet, but it's also a good way to get them chewing - even with just gums! Stick close by though. You’ll want to supervise them to make sure they don’t choke on anything.


Good finger foods to start with:

  • Slices of soft, ripe fruit like banana, mango or nectarine (without skin or seeds)
  • Cooked, cooled vege sticks, like carrots or beans or small cucumber sticks
  • Rusks

Once they get the hang of it try:


  • Soft toast or bread fingers (this slices or ‘soldiers’)
  • Small portions of cheese
  • Cooked pasta
  • Soft cooked chicken slices

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