26 finger food recipes for babies

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

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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.

Here is the list of the best finger foods for babies from 7 months old:

Finger food recipes for 7-9 month old babies

Steamed vegetables with cucumber dip

Baby sandwiches with chopped salad

Roasted veggie kebabs

Baked sweet potato chunks

Salmon fishcakes with steamed broccoli

Potato, carrot and courgette rosti

Cheese straws

Oven-roasted veggie sticks

Mini pancakes with summer berry yoghurt

Banana with eggy bread soldiers

Cheesy sweetcorn fritters

Homemade haddock fish fingers (pictured)

Finger food recipes for 10-12 month old babies

Sweet potato pancakes

Homemade chicken dippers and tomato sauce

Carrot and courgette muffins

Spanish omelette (tortilla)

Homemade breadsticks and hummous

Mini cheese and tomato quiches

Vegetarian sausages

Homemade chicken nuggets

Oatcakes with vegetable dip

Baby dhal with pitta

Spinach and cheese omelette

Fruit medley with cottage cheese

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Potato, spinach and cheddar frittata

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