Finger food suggestions required

Wendy - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi, my twin girls Jessica and Olivia just turned 1 on the 2nd Oct. I am looking for some more finger food suggestions. At the moment they get toast, bread, fruit i.e. peach & pear and banana and the occasional omelette and chessy pizza. Any other ideas? Thx xx

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Teresa - posted on 10/06/2009

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My little girl likes Cheerio's. You can also cut up grapes and or other fruit that you might think they may like. Crystal love to eat Grapefruit.

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Katie - posted on 10/31/2009

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If you have a crockpot you can cook chicken in there until it's falling to pieces and that makes really good finger food, you can do this with veggies too. My crockpot has been my best friend with my 1y/o.
Hard boiled eggs chopped up are good.
Frozen bananas and blueberries are great especially while they're teething.
Crumbled cheese or hamburger.
If they're picking at food or ripping paper you could give them 1/2 or 1/4 of a muffin and let them tear, rip, and chew to their heart's delight.

Molly - posted on 10/26/2009

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my daughter like pancakes a whole lot. I have made strawberry ricotta pancakes and blueberry pancakes with butter on top and they are her favorite and they are SO easy for me :) I make a batch and freeze them so they are ready to heat up in the morning.

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those little clementine tangerines are awesome, i can throw them in my diaper bag and peel when ready and she'll eat the whole thing, one slice at a time. sometimes she has trouble and i'll cut em (or bite em) in half

Tela - posted on 10/23/2009

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THanks for all the great suggestions, I am going to start trying some of these!!

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Lots of great ideas here. One thing we do is make quesadillas with various stuffing. It's a great way to use leftovers and my son loves to eat them when I cut them into strips for him. Some combos he loves: cream cheese/brocolli/chicken; cheddar/ham, tomato/mozza etc. This is also a good way to get some veggies in since you can chop them super tiny and they don't even notice.

Victoria - posted on 10/16/2009

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she loves pasta and graduate has finger pasta they are stuffed bite size ravioli and they have like 7 diff kinds. They are stuffed with veg and meats and cheese she loves them. They are in a broth that you drain after you warm them up so they can just pick them up and eat!!

Victoria - posted on 10/16/2009

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my daughter eats anything you hand her LOL.. But I like to get those graduate snacks they are great for finger foods!

Kimberly - posted on 10/16/2009

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also you can cut an apple into what looks like fries.. make them kind of thin though.

Kimberly - posted on 10/16/2009

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Try regular canned carrots in water they are healthy and soft, also try solf sweet peas also healthy... My daughter will be one on holloween and I feed her any thing I eat.. Try noodles also, cut them up into 1inch pieces and sit them in a high chair!

Melissa - posted on 10/16/2009

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gerber graduate meals are my savior, also they make the little chicken/turkey sticks some of them have vegetables in them. Also he loves any fruit really and cheese. My son will eat anything. He also likes sweet potato fries. I bake them so they're not greasy.

Jilena - posted on 10/16/2009

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My Micaela just turned 1 on the14th and I sometimes feel like I don't give her anything. She really does eat a variety but I'll have to try these addded suggestions.
We feed Micaela some of what you've already heard and lots of beans. My husband is Hispanic so he's been feeding her beans by 5m. She also eats potato, I cook like I'm going to make mashed but don't mash them. A fav. She'll eat pastas I'll make her most any pasta and either put butter on it or very little Alfredo sauce. She's used to flavor since she's been eating off her daddy's plate. :) now one of her favorites is boild chikeb and ground beef, chicken best, especially when I season it with a taco or enchelada sauce.
She really eats what were eating but if it's like nachos I give her crackers instead of chips but all the other stuff on a plate, unheated/melted cheese. She loves avacados, and cooked carrots. I keep baby carrots ready to go when I need them and boil them while I'm cooking dinner. Than while her part of the meal is cooling she has the perfect sized hand food that quickly becomes mush. (yes I give it to her without cutting them since they are the baby size, she likes them better that way and I like the lack of major mess.) hope that helps. Good luck.

Kristina - posted on 10/13/2009

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I have also been trying new things for my daughter. one of our favorites is frozen baby lima beans boiled for 20 minutes. She also likes tofu cut into cubes with crushed cereal (kix or cherios) sprinkled on top.

Lisa - posted on 10/13/2009

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Hey Wendy,

I've just been trying to do the same thing, come up with healthy easy to hold snacks for my daughter who just turned 1 last Sunday. (At least I think its snacks you are looking for from your post.) At 1 year old they should really be able to eat most things so a low salt version of what your having for dinner yourself should be fine.

I haven't tried my girl with all of these yet as I've just come up with the list in the last week but I plan to! I have tried her with most. She's getting very independent since she started walking and only wants to feed herself so I think I will be relying a lot on these in the coming weeks.

Snacks....

*Lightly toasted bread or bagels (spread with vegetable puree for extra vitamins) *Small chunks of banana or other very ripe peeled and pitted fruit, like mango, plum, pear, peach, cantaloupe, or seedless watermelon
*Small chunks of cheese
*Chopped hard-boiled egg
*Cut-up raisins, softened dried apricots, or stewed prunes
*Small pieces of well-cooked vegetables, like carrots, peas, zucchini, potato, or sweet potato
*Small well-cooked broccoli or cauliflower "trees"
*Pieces of cooked chicken or other soft meat
*Rice cakes or crackers broken into small pieces
*Puffed Rice or Cheerios
*Wraps
*Fingers of Cheese on Toast
*Cooked Pasta sprinkled with Parmesean Cheese
*Tofu Cubes
*Overcooked Rice (Over cooked so that it can be shaped into rice balls)

Hope that helps :D

Melissa - posted on 10/07/2009

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scrambled eggs, grapes - quartered and skinned, turkey meatballs, chicken nuggets, fish, black beans, veggies - steam in a bag is nice and quick, yams, potato pancakes, waffles - with fruit preserves or sunflower seed butter, cheerios.

Christine - posted on 10/07/2009

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Hi Wendy, my almost 1-year-old enjoys steamed carrot cut into stick shapes; cucumber cut into stick shapes; basically any vegetable you can cut into a stick shape and roast or steam. Baked beans are good because they can pick them up one by one (which he does). Macaroni is also good! It can just be plain ie. cooked but without sauce or mixed with baby peas. Have you also tried rice cakes? I'm not sure where you are located but you can generally buy small rice cakes for babies. You can either offer them plain or spread with a soft cheese ie. ricotta or cream cheese or a spread (if they like peanut butter or jam). Dried apple rings are also good! They take a little getting used to but go very soft when sucked on for a while (also helpful for sore gums). Blueberries and raspberries are good finger fruits as they're small and easy to pick up. My son tends to suck the juice out of the blueberry and then spit the skin back out (very curious but when I tried the skin it was very bitter so I'm not surprised). Grissini or small table bread sticks are also good and come in a variety of plain, sesame or flavoured. My son only eats the plain ones (the others tend to have a bit of salt added). Water crackers (thick and thin) are also good and baby corns steamed. Hope that has given you a few ideas.

Christine - posted on 10/06/2009

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Our Vivi likes everything! I'm a little paranoid at times about what to give her, but she hasn't met much she doesn't like. Her likes: well cooked pasta, yogurt, graham crackers, no salt green beans, melon, avocado, chopped carrots and sweet potatoes- cooked well and cubed, thick mashed potatoes, baked chicken, roast, meatloaf-small quantities, spaghetti, lasagna, shredded cheese...The list goes on and on. She's able to eat almost everything we eat now. How fast time goes :) Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 10/05/2009

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My son is going to be one tomorrow and he really likes chicken. I grill it or give him the occasional baked chicken nuggets. He also likes the Gerber dried fruit, pancakes, waffles (i don't use syrup on them though), and we just learned he LOVES beans..

Stephanie - posted on 10/05/2009

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you can cook veggies until they are soft like carrots and let them feed themselves. lunchables brand has a smaller bit size lunchable that should be a good size for them. sesame sticks, kids love crackers....i'll let you know if i think of more.

Bshaw15 - posted on 10/04/2009

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My son loves to eat Kraft 'Crumbles' Cheese, alot better than sliced cheese or cutting up cubes and it is easier for him to pick up than the shredded cheese. He also loves when I cut up small squares of pancake with butter and sugarfree syrup. He also eats diced ham, cut up chicken nuggets and all the gerber graduates finger foods. He's a pretty picky eater so getting him to eat this stuff is pretty amazing. Oscar Meyer makes a lunchables with small cut up pieces of meat, cheese and crackers that makes a nice little lunch for little fingers.

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