Ideas for finger food, please

Elfrieda - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




I need ideas for finger food to feed my son. He likes grated cheese, cut-up pears, baked butternut squash cut into squares, Cheerios, peas, little pieces of meat, and baked beans cut in half. Since winter is coming, the fruit situation is not as plentiful as it was. Fruit is pretty much what he was eating until now, so could you give me ideas for other things? I'm always afraid that when I boil carrots, they're still not soft enough. What do you give your baby that it can eat on its own?


Candice - posted on 11/29/2010




I found boiling carrots was hopeless. BUT boiling/steaming them first , then baking is great. My son hangs on to them and loves them and they just mush up. My son will eat cottage cheese sandwiches )loves these!), sultanas (only the real squishy ones, not the harder ones), pieces of fruit cut up, tomato slices (that he loves and has no reaction too), toast, plain biscuits with cheese on them, or cream cheese spread, cheesymite sticks (made by heinz), chunks of boiled pumpkin or baked pumpkin, cheese sticks,.

Jo - posted on 11/21/2010




you have been giving him good finger foods :) other suggestions could be: cut-up cucumber, grated carrot (or boiled carrots cut into little pieces), cottage cheese, small pieces of toast (my son's fave ;), egg.... with the carrots, i either grate them raw, or then i boil them till they're soft (takes quite sometime) and cut them into small pieces.

Sandra - posted on 11/21/2010




I've actually had the same problem myself. Here's some of the things I've been trying (or will be trying soon): firm tofu (cold or warm--we like baking it with a few yummy spices), banana, avocado, sweet potato, asparagus, broccoli/cauliflower, scrambled eggs (we do just yolks since he's under a year), spiral whole wheat pasta (i've found that this is the shape he can pick up best), loooooots of cheese, quinoa, and pretty much any fruit we can! For some of the more slippery stuff (like the banana & avocado) I dust it with wheat germ to make it easier to pick up. (and a little less mess for mom to clean) I've chosen to keep my son on a completely natural, organic and meat-free diet, so I've added some things most mom's do not (quinoa). Although little chunks of chicken, turkey, or other meat are always an option. I'd suggest boiling a chicken/turkey breast and shredding it for him. Boiling usually leaves a softer meat. As he takes to it more, you can even add some spices to the water. Maybe some mild curry or italian herbs... I've found spices are a great way to add flavor and spark a little ones interest in anything! We do pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice, apples with cinnamon, tofu with turmeric or mild curry. Just remember that spices need to follow the "4 day rule" too. And, obviously, no salt in the water. There are always winter fruits too!!!!! I'm not sure where you live, but where I am, we have persimmons & kiwi. Kiwi is great for finger food, and persimmons go really well with both pear and apple.

Hope some of this helps!!!!


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Jessie - posted on 12/05/2010




i give my son everything he can hold in his hand ( everything thats good for babys)

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My b/g twins eat scrambled eggs with melted shredded cheese on them. Frozen mixed veggies, greenbean/corn/pea/carrot combo, the amount I feed them is just enough for them to split 3 min in micro cut the gbs in half and mush the peas the rest is perfect size and all come out soft enough to chew. Sliced banana quartering each slice. Annie's shells n' cheese after they cool the shells absorb the cheese sauce making it easier for them to pick up. With winter coming buy frozen fruit and thaw as needed.

Mal - posted on 11/30/2010




my daughter eats absolutely everything.!!!! she loves her food and at 11 months she can eat all of them, hard or soft. She loves sandwiches tho, as im an aussie she loves vegemite and it also helps with her teeth.. but sandwiches are an quick easy and filling option!!

Jackie - posted on 11/22/2010




gerber makes lil crunchies. they come in vegetables, tomato and mild cheddar. or you can try mum mums teething rice husks. good luck

Elfrieda - posted on 11/22/2010




Thanks, everyone. I'll try those suggestions. I like the idea of coating the slimy things with wheat germ to make them easier to pick up, and grating the carrots will ease my mind about choking. (to answer Sandra, I live in southern Ontario, Canada. We have all kinds of yummy things that grow between May and October, but in the grocery store during winter and early spring we see the apples that have been stored since the fall, citrus from Florida, and cardboard-tasting fruit from California and South America.)

Tameka - posted on 11/22/2010




I give my daughter everything!! Well, not quite. She doesn't get eggs, honey, nuts, high sugar (ice cream and cakes etc), high fat (fast food, deep fried etc) or high salt foods (chips, canned soups etc). I hardly ever give my daughter food that requires a fork/spoon as she would rather feed herself. Try peas, corn, cauli, broc, carrot (takes approx 6 mins in microwave or 25 mins on stove), pumpkin, beans, and sweet potato. I give all these to my daughter in chunks that she can easily hold in her hand but large enough for her not to put the whole thing in her mouth and choke. Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you :D :D

Amy - posted on 11/21/2010




I have gave my son banana, unseasoned meats, all kinds of veggies ( a can of unsalted veg-all he liked the varity of veggies all at once) with the carrots i cook them all day in a crock pot with a stew they seem to be soft enough that way. He also likes pancakes (no butter or syrup) ripped in pieces the same with waffles. small shell noodles, white rice.

try cooking some apples to get them soft enough of course with out the sugar. or even canned fruits in the natural juices. everything I feed my son is really bland no seasoning or extra sugars. we dont want him hooked on sugar this soon and the dr said its best for him to eat some stuff we eat but without all the spices. hope that gave you some more ideas.

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