Eating finger foods can give your baby more independence at meal times. It’ll also help them to develop hand-eye co-ordination skills.
Cut the pieces of food into finger sizes to make it easier for your toddler to pick up and hold. It also reduces the risk of choking. Remember that your toddler must always be supervised and sitting in an upright position to reduce the risk of choking.
- Sliced cooked egg – the white and yolk should both be firm and well cooked
- Soft cooked pieces of veges. Try sweet potato, green beans, cauliflower or broccoli
- Slices of soft, ripe fruit like banana, mango or nectarine (without skin or seeds)
- Small, well cooked pieces of meat – you can cut slices off the family roast
- Cooked pasta and noodles
- Small slices of cheese
- Crackers, rusks or plain biscuits
- Toast or bread fingers in thin slices or ‘soldiers’