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26 finger food recipes for babies

Encourage your little one to feed himself with these tasty finger food recipes

Finger foods are a great way to encourage your little one to explore and enjoy solids, whether you're trying baby-led weaning or attempting to move your baby on from purees. From six months onwards, you can start to give him food to hold and (attempt to) eat. At this stage, his fine motor skills will be immature, so you'll need to offer him large chunks of food that he can grab in his fist. Then, at around eight to 10 months, he'll develop a pincer grip, and be able to pick up food between thumb and forefinger, meaning he can eat more independently.

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If your baby is currently on pureed or mashed food, you'll probably want to introduce finger food gradually, perhaps at snack time or alongside his main meal. Try things like mini rice cakes, chopped banana or berries, steamed veg, or squares of toast. As he becomes more dexterous, you can gradually move over to offering finger foods at most meals, so that by his first birthday, he's adept at feeding himself. Remember to supervise your child at all times when he's eating, in case of choking.

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