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How to Pick Finger Foods for Your Baby

Eating with your hands is not only fun but also helps with hand-eye coordination. Introduce these foods once your baby can sit independently.


  • Step 1: Choose bite-sized dry cereal Choose dry cereal or toast that will melt in your baby's mouth.
  • Step 2: Slice cooked vegetables Slice cooked vegetables, such as carrots, beans, and sweet potatoes.
  • Step 3: Introduce them to shredded meats Introduce them to well-cooked and shredded beef and chicken.
  • Step 4: Cut soft fruits Cut soft fruits, like bananas, melons, and pears, into bite-sized pieces.
  • TIP: Remove any seeds from the fruit.
  • Step 5: Give them pasta Give your baby cooked, cooled macaroni or other bite-sized pasta.
  • Step 6: Stay away from choking hazards Stay away from foods that are choking hazards, such as nuts, popcorn, and hard candy.
  • TIP: Avoid shellfish, honey, and whole eggs for babies under the age of one.
  • Step 7: Serve pretzels and rice cakes Serve pretzels and rice cakes for a treat. Introduce a new food every day for four days to make sure they are not allergic to these foods.
  • FACT: In 2007, 55 percent of American children aged 3 to 4 were enrolled in school.

You Will Need

  • Dry cereal
  • Toast
  • Sliced vegetables
  • cooked
  • Well-cooked
  • shredded beef
  • Well-cooked
  • shredded chicken
  • Soft fruits
  • seeds removed
  • Noodles
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes

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