Finger Food Ideas and Suggestions

Anna - posted on 09/25/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son's nearing 9 months, and it's high time he started to learn to feed himself and eat solid-er foods (in my humble opinion). I'm having a hard time finding acceptable finger foods, however. I tried things like cheerios and pastas, but they seemed too hard for him to gum and chew and he ended up gagging on them and puking. Any suggestions or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Amanda - posted on 09/30/2010

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try graduates puffs and yogurts by gerber thats what i started my daughter on and shes now 9 months and has 4and a half teeth and she eats everything now, anything we have she wants and trys to , good luck

Shawna - posted on 09/29/2010

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i started both my kids on vienna sausage, nutrigrain fruit bars and canned manderine oranges, if u cut them into bite sized pieces they are solid enough to pick up but soft enough to chew and swallow if he doesnt have many teeth :)

Angela - posted on 09/29/2010

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My 9mn old daughter loves green beans, engish peas, carrots, boiled potatoes, french fries, brocoli anything soft. the a b c raviolies and gerber has puffs and yogurt melts that she loves to.

Bec - posted on 09/28/2010

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I've just recently tried my twins on finger foods again as they were the same and seemed to power chuck the smallest lump up. It was suggested to me to start with grated carrot, cheese and cucumber. They loved it. Now they have wholemeal bread, cruskits, cereal, all vegies/fruit steamed and cut into sticks or cubes, Cheese sticks, bikkies. I find if they are in control they tend to not gag as much. Just put a couple of items on the high chair and experiment. Feeding small bits of your own lunch if you get the opportunity. Oh and mum to mum rice crackers are still their favourite. Hope this helps.

Kacia - posted on 09/28/2010

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I steam all kinds of veggies and cut up soft fruits (like strawberries and pears). The steamed veggies are great because they're soft for him to chew and swallow. Plus if needed, I can just mash them up with a fork and feed him myself. The soft fruits are nice because they're juicy.

Penny - posted on 09/28/2010

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erm i am tryin to think what i gave my children .try bread sticks as the child sucks on them they normaly go to mush,french frys are quite good ,buttered toast with no crust,chopped up pasta with bol sourse,yogurts are great,mash potatoes,meat balls my kids loved them ,any sandwhichs but crusts cut off,boiled egg,etc hope this helps

Kristi - posted on 09/28/2010

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My son is now 9 and a half months, and he really only enjoys eating when he feeds himself. He loves grilled cheese, cheese, eggs, and any fruit. When he gets his meals, that are not solid enough for him to pick up, I just give him an extra spoon to help. This makes dinner time easier!!!

Corissa - posted on 09/28/2010

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I fed my daughter fruit puffs(they dissolve pretty quickly in the mouth), canned vegetables(carrots, green beans), diced peaches things like that

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At that age my son loved:

-egg noodles with a splash of italian dressing (diced)

-canned no salt added green beans (diced)

-canned no salt added sweet peas

-gerber biter biscuits

-gerber puffs all flavors

-spaghettios

-tangerines (diced)

-bananas (diced)

-avacado (diced)

My son ate just about anything we did... just remember to cook his food longer if needed so it's more tender and you can never dice it too small while he is getting the hang of it.

Ashley - posted on 09/27/2010

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shredded cheese, vienna sausages (cut up), anything steamed, yogurt, soft toast, eggs and puffs

Jennifer - posted on 09/27/2010

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My son is doing that same thing when i tried to give him 3rd foods or even finger foods he would gag and throw up and he is 8 months i stopped giveing it to him i am going to try next month and see how he dose.

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2010

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My little man loved peas, mac and cheese, bananas, and peeled grapes! He also loves graham crackers and if you know they dont have peanut allergies...with peanut butter on it too! =)

Katie - posted on 09/27/2010

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Does he have teeth? For a while I would let my daughter feed herself yogurt. If you don't mind a mess and throwing him in the tub afterwards I would suggest it. I was surprised at how well my daughter did (she was around 18 months or so when I did this though). She really watched how I fed her the yogurt and when it came time to let her do it she didn't do too bad. My daughter also really loves cantalope and grapes. I would cut the grapes in half though so she wouldn't choke on them or anything. You could scramble some eggs up. They aren't really finger food but they're easy to grab and not really messy.

Callie - posted on 09/27/2010

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When I started my daughter on fingerfoods at 7 months she really liked avocados and bananas. I also fed her just about any ripe fruit (peach, pear, plum, mango, cantalope) and steamed veggies (variety of squash, carrots, sweet/white potatoes, broccoli, green beans). I know she really didn't like meat pureed or fingerfoods so I used to and still do give her tofu frequently to make up for it. I also give her all kinds of different crackers as well.

Rachael - posted on 09/26/2010

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my son loves gerber arrowroot cookies and yogurt bites. You need to be watchful with the cookies though. They desolve well but can become a problem if baby bites off too big of a piece.

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2010

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My daughter just turned nine months. She has no problem chewing, but she doesn't like to pick up sticky or wet items like bananas, plum, kiwi, etc.

Brianna - posted on 09/26/2010

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well if hes just starting try popcorn twist (they melt in the mouth), gerber puffs, baby cookies, very cooked very small veggies, pieces of cheese slices.

Heather - posted on 09/26/2010

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I believe what Donna is talking about are the Graduates. They make the puffs, and biter biscuits, and cookies, too. My daughter has been eating them since 6 months. The cookies and biscuits since she was 9 months. Also, try mum-mums. Any chopped fruit, vienna sausages, little bites of bread. I usually put some of my dinner on her tray and let her play with it. What manages to get in her mouth, she loves, and she has a blast playing with it. Try mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, pancakes, soft french fries, green beans, cheese, chocolate chips... I am just now noticing that some of the things I have mentioned have already been added lol. That's all I have for now.

Maddison - posted on 09/26/2010

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toast, avacodo, any ripe fruit i cut into "finger" easy to pick up and they bite pieces off instead of trying to fit the whole pieces in there mouth like peaches, necterines, pear, kiwi, mango, plums. Cheese, french toast, pancakes, grilled cheese, chick peas, peas, carrots, califlower all steamed or boiled at first makes them a little softer, scrambled egg yolk.

Julie - posted on 09/26/2010

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My son loves fresh fruit ( i peel and cut it up in to small pieces), steamed veggies, homemade sweet potato fries, pasta( cook it a bit longer to make it softer and then cut it into smaller pieces), the geber puffs and yogurt melts were a big hit with him and they melt in his mouth so you dont have to worry about choking. Toast is a good one. I give Zac whole wheat toast with homemade strawberry jam and he loves it.

Careen - posted on 09/26/2010

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Ammm.....my 9 mnth old loves fresh fruits like banana, mango, peaches, anything soft really. Also, what I've found he likes too when he gets fed up of banana :P If you cut up an apple into finger size slices, put a small drop of water in a pan and bring it to the boil.....then add the apples until they go soft (but not 2 soft) and then just let them cool. If you drop them into a bowl of cold water straight away they tend to keep their shape aswell. :D Hope that is a help?
Oh! And make sure that you don't give him too much fresh fruit too! :| I made that mistake when I first gave my boy mango....I gave him the whole thing in slices and he had diorrhea for days!! It runs straight through babies so it's best just to give small amaounts. And if you think he has had too much and it's giving him a bad stomach.....Keep him off fresh fruit for a few days and give him dry foods instead.

Donna - posted on 09/25/2010

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what about thoes puffs that melt in the babys mouth. They r put out br gerber, I remember I used to geed my baby these hexagon chews its a cerial they r like chex. they grt soggy really easy too

Ricky - posted on 09/25/2010

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well cooked veggies (carrots, potatoes, yams, squashes, corn kernals, peas,), you can also try cooking the pasta longer. canned fruit (if you can buy them packed in water than do that, if not rinse them off before serving). Bananas. You can also buy mum mums rice crisps, those pretty much melt in the mouth.

Courtney - posted on 09/25/2010

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Mac an Cheese was my sons fav. when he was little along with french toast soggy.. hopw that helps

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peach fruit cups, cheesestrings, arrowroot cookies, corn, peas, also try cooking the pasta softer and cutting it up a little smaller

Kylie - posted on 09/25/2010

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hi try some toast or wine bis, banana, tinned fruit, rice etc etc stuff that only has we bits come off when he sucks on it and is rather soft but it is norm for them to gag a lil as they learn hope this helps good luck

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