Need some good finger food ideas

Heather - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is starting to eat finger foods now...and I've started him on the gerber cereals, and graduates yogurt melts. But I need some homemade ideas. The gerber cereals, and such, aren't cheap...and since my son is just learning...most of it ends up on the floor...a nice treat for the dogs! lol Any suggestions? Thanks! :)

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Tessa - posted on 08/19/2009

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A lot of the packaged baby foods are expensive, over hyped, and have many ingredients I wasn't comfortable with. We just gave our son fresh finger foods that were easy for him to pick up and easy to mush between his gums. Examples:

- baked sweet potatoe spears
- cooked peas
- cooked (until very very soft) broccoli florets
- yogurt pops (made from whole milk yogurt and home made fruit puree)
- toast with cream cheese
- bread with hummus
- frozen whole wheat bagels (they love to gum these! especially when teething)
- shredded cheeses
- pasta (like macaroni) with sauce (puree some carrots and include in the sauce to sneak in some good veggies!
- grapes (cut up into eighths, then quarters as they get older)
- ripe peach slices, skinned
- ripe pear slices, skinned
- baked apple spears (skinned) -- you can put cinnamon on these too
- chicken bites (ground and pureed chicken, whole wheat bread crumbs, thyme and grated apples cooked in a touch of olive oil -- so good!)
- home made zucchini bread
- frozen bananas (another great thing to gum)
- mango pieces

I usually bought everything fresh. It's cheaper and healthier. And if my son decided he wouldn't eat it, my husband and I would eat it!

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September - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Tessa:

A lot of the packaged baby foods are expensive, over hyped, and have many ingredients I wasn't comfortable with. We just gave our son fresh finger foods that were easy for him to pick up and easy to mush between his gums. Examples:

- baked sweet potatoe spears
- cooked peas
- cooked (until very very soft) broccoli florets
- yogurt pops (made from whole milk yogurt and home made fruit puree)
- toast with cream cheese
- bread with hummus
- frozen whole wheat bagels (they love to gum these! especially when teething)
- shredded cheeses
- pasta (like macaroni) with sauce (puree some carrots and include in the sauce to sneak in some good veggies!
- grapes (cut up into eighths, then quarters as they get older)
- ripe peach slices, skinned
- ripe pear slices, skinned
- baked apple spears (skinned) -- you can put cinnamon on these too
- chicken bites (ground and pureed chicken, whole wheat bread crumbs, thyme and grated apples cooked in a touch of olive oil -- so good!)
- home made zucchini bread
- frozen bananas (another great thing to gum)
- mango pieces

I usually bought everything fresh. It's cheaper and healthier. And if my son decided he wouldn't eat it, my husband and I would eat it!


I just wanted to let you know that you've given me some good ideas too! I like you have always made all of our sons food including his snake foods. What a great list you provided! So of which I've never tried. Thanks!

September - posted on 08/19/2009

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My 9 moths old son loves...lightly toasted bagels, cubed cheese, cheddar bunnies (organic cheese nips), steamed veggies of all kinds, cubed apples, mango, peaches, pears, gosh I could go on and on...I've made all of my sons food from the time that he was able to eat. I have more ideas if you're interested such as meals for lunches and dinners :) Good luck and enjoy!

Heather - posted on 08/19/2009

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I give my son cooked egg noodles without sauce, frozen veggies (boiled until soft), banana cubes, sliced cheese, boiled and shredded chicken.

Jael - posted on 08/19/2009

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cooked veggies, fruit, shredded cheese, anythings as long as you cook it to make it soft. shreded chicken.

Krista - posted on 08/19/2009

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When my son was just starting out, I'd buy the mini cans of peaches and fruit and what not. I'd put them on his tray and let him go to town. It's hard at first because they're slippery. You could also make your own banana chips. Cheerios are great and cost efficient. You could try small pieces of muffins and different flavoured bread. Well, cooked, tender pasta in cheese sauce is good as well. Hmmm...It really depends on how old your child is for more options.

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