finger foods for 1 yr olds

Jackie - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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can i get some suggestions on easy non messy finger foods as my son refuses to eat unless he does it he is 1?

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Liezl - posted on 05/22/2013

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My son is 15 months old and is has really started putting up a fight when we want to feed him; he wants to do it himself (which is a lot of fun when he uses the spoon himself...) We give him a lot of the food we eat, especially at dinner, but here are some of the foods he loves and it's easy to mix it up.

- Any fresh fruit (avocado, ripe pear, mango, strawberries, peeled and cut grapes and cherry tomatoes, banana, orange wedges, lemon slices -yup, he loves the sour taste- and so on). Harder fruit like apples are either steamed a bit or grated to make it easy to chew and lower the choking risk.
- Any cooked veggies (peas, carrots, squash, sweet potato, potato, bell peppers -high vitamin C- and so on).
- Rice cakes with cream cheese are his favorite
- Whole wheat toast fingers with peanut butter (no allergies in the family, and we tested a small bit at first, he LOVES it)
- Spaghetti or other noodles with creamy/cheesy/tomato-based sauce (he loves slurping up the spaghetti)
- French toast with cinnamon (he doesn't yet like boiled/scrambled egg, so I have to sneak it into his diet)
- Cheerios
- Yoghurt
- Salmon (not flakes; he likes holding a piece and biting chunks out of it)
- Muffins made with e.g. pumpkin puree (I usually sneak some spinach in as well). You can make a big batch and freeze it (wrap each muffin individually to keep them moist when they're thawed)
- I love the idea of falafels with Hummus, but he hasn't quite taken to it yet. We'll keep trying.

He's not eating a lot of meat yet, he tends to roll it around in his mouth and then just spits it out, so we try to make sure that he gets his fat and protein in other ways. Step-by-step.

Don't try too many new foods at once; it tends to make kids unsure of what they want. Keep to your kid's diet and introduce one new thing at a time. If he doesn't like it at first, try again later. It doesn't necessarily mean that he will never like it; he just needs to get used to it. Good luck!

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Liezl - posted on 05/22/2013

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This is one of the best things as it's a super-food. Did you know that a human can survive if he only eats avocado or sweet potato and nothing else his whole life? Just imagine how healthy these must be then!

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Avocados!  I couldn't believe it when my son kept reaching for them.  I cut them up into small pieces and he loved to pick them up and mash it in his mouth.  Now he is almost 2 and it's about the only vegetable I can still get him to eat. 






I have a friend who would carry avacados in her purse for her daughter at this age.  It would crack us up to go out to eat with them!!!  She would pull and avacado out, slice it up, and her daughter would go to town!

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Kidney Beans are a great food for young one's, they are so healthy....My daughter is 4 now and still begs for them :)

Alicia - posted on 04/10/2009

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My youngest son is the same way. As far as not messy foods - good luck! Just about everything is messy in some way, but I have found the following things at least easy to clean up after:
- Gerber (or Nutrigrain) breakfast bars
- Gerber Yogurt melts (if he can handle milk products) they look like meringue drops, but are yogurt and fruit and are good for snacking
- Gerber pasta pickups (drain liquid after heating)
- Gerber meat sticks
- Gerber pasta wheel pickups (just drain the liquid in with the veggies and wheels)
- Really any soft fruit or veggie (cooked) can be finger food

I love the Gerber and Beech Nut lines of toddler food. You can usually find any of the items at Walmart or the grocery store. You can also try giving him a plastic toddler fork or spoon and just let him go for it. That can be messy but it really helps them learn! Hope this helps.

Katie - posted on 04/10/2009

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My daughter is 11 months and the same way! Has completely boycotted any baby food in a jar. She LOVES (and can feed herself) cheese doodles, cooked carrots, peas, green beans, cut up bologna (lunch meat) and cheese, cheerios, graham crackers, gerber puffs, scrambled eggs, bite size pancakes, the gerber jarred meat sticks, and pizza!

Gabrielle - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter's favorite is green beans, warm or cold. Cheerios, Gerber snacks, goldfish, Ritz, Cheez-it's, bananas...we did edamame, but we took them apart for her first. Chunks of skinless apple and pear. Broccoli, bread, pancakes...basically I agree with what all the other moms said. Especially about giving your child finger foods to manage on their own while you sneak in spoonfuls of other foods.

Lakita - posted on 04/09/2009

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CHEERIOS. Is a great snack. Buy the box or cereal instead of the over pieced puffs in the baby aisle.Same thing just in a different container.My daughter likes bananas, I cut them into small pieces and she say "Yum". Also steamed carrots, or veggies that are soft. Wholefood has these things called Mum Mums they are healthy and really good for babies

Elizabeth - posted on 03/10/2009

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When my daughter went through that, I made sure she had those Gerber snacks on her tray while I fed her "real" food with utensils.  As long as she had something to do herself, she was okay with the occassional help from me.  I also brought 2 spoons to eat rather than just one.  She'd grab one to finish off while I used the other one to get more food.  Then she'd take THAT one to finish off while I'd take back the other one and do it again.  It takes some patience, but it lets them explore their independence.  Oh, and chicken strips and nuggets are good.  :)

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there are some mini hotdog things in a jar that gerber makes you can cut them up really small and he can eat them. cut up cooked carrots and or green beans, any type of fruit (apples should be cooked for chewing) They make fruit puffs which my son loved, peas... Good luck

Michelle - posted on 03/09/2009

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Avocados!  I couldn't believe it when my son kept reaching for them.  I cut them up into small pieces and he loved to pick them up and mash it in his mouth.  Now he is almost 2 and it's about the only vegetable I can still get him to eat. 

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2009

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Buy precooked, frozen meatballs, warm them up, and then cut them into fourths. It is ground meat so it mushes in their mouths really easily.Chicken noodle soup-put the broth in the sippy cup and the noodes and chicken on their tray. Pork and beans are a good finger food too.  My kids love anything frozen-peas, fish sticks, etc.

Esther - posted on 03/07/2009

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My son is the same way. Dinner time is very difficult for me to stomach now because food flies everywhere. Dr Praeger's has a line of kids foods that are tolerable to let them eat by themselves and are still healthy. They have spinach patties, sweet potato patties, tiny fish sticks and broccoli patties (and a few more items that I haven't tried yet. See: http://www.drpraegers.com/products/categ...). You stick them in the oven (from the freezer) cut them up into smaller cubes and let them have at it. Also, plain green beans or carrots work for my son.

Jenn - posted on 03/07/2009

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We use fish sticks, I make my own chicken fingers I cut chicken breast into small strips then roll in milk then in rice krispies & cook in a pan w/pan spray like pam, those pre peeled baby carrots cooked til just done the served either warm or cool. Chunks of apple, oranges, pancakes without the syrup I put mashed fruits in them, they are very little mess. Fried egg, french toast, I usually use raison bread for it, no syrup again, very good. Plain pasta cooked til very soft, no sauce, cooked brocolli & cauliflower soft yet firm enough to grab. I keep cheerios & gold fishes for snacks only as they are not nutrious enough. My son was like yours the second we introduced solids it was he does it or forget about it he just wont eat. Hope this helps

Jessica - posted on 03/07/2009

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My son liked the Gerber Puffs...they have a variety of flavors (he also ate the off brand without a fuss).  You could also cheerios and possibly even goldfish.  I forget what all I gave my son at 12 months (and it was only 6 months ago! :) ).  You might even be able to try Ritz crackers, and/or the Lance sandwich crackers...once again though, I forget when I started giving them to my son, but it has been eating these things for awhile.  Hope this helps :)

Denise - posted on 03/07/2009

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Gerber makes a really good assortment of snacks,like dried fruit that actually melts in their mouths and prevents choking, any kind of frozen vegeteable like corn, peas, edamame, all of these are great! lunch meats and cheese slices,(cut up). Good luck

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