Grazing on finger foods and other snacks helps keep your baby’s energy levels topped up, so what are the best choices for your increasingly active tot?
As your baby gets older, she’ll need regular snacks alongside her meals, especially as they’re likely to be replacing her mid-morning and mid-afternoon milk feeds. As she still has a tiny stomach, small meals with snacks in between will suit her better than three big meals a day, and grazing throughout the day will keep her energy levels constant. By now she’ll be ready for finger foods and new flavours, making it easier to give her nutritious snacks.
Snacking will hone your baby’s fine motor skills. As well as giving finger foods, you can also try letting her feed herself with a spoon – but expect it to be messy at first!
Giving your baby snacks can also teach her the importance of saying please and thank you. She’ll be too young to form the words, but by repeating them yourself when you pass her a snack, she’ll learn that it’s expected and it’ll pave the way for when she can say the words herself.
You can be more adventurous with the healthy snacks you give your baby at this age, but it’s still important to make sure they’re age-appropriate – so no crisps or sweets yet!
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