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Some where around 7-9 months old your little one will begin to show an interest in feeding himself.  You may notice that he grabs for the spoon more often when you are trying to feed him or will start grabbing for food of your plate.  It is around this time that your child is beginning to work on her pincer grip, using her thumb and forefinger to pick up objects.  Finger foods are a great way to help her work on this new milestone and begin to teach her how to feed herself.

When you think your child is ready for finger foods you can begin by giving her a few small pieces of finger food on her high chair tray.  At first you may find that she tries to rack the object into her hand and bring it to her mouth.  However, slowly you will see her start trying to pick them up using her thumb and forefinger.

Some foods that make great “first” finger foods include:

  • O-shaped cereal or the puffs made by the baby food manufacturers.
  • Small pieces of lightly toasted bread.
  • Well-cooked pasta cut into small pieces.
  • Small pieces of well-cooked vegetables such as carrots, peas or potatoes.
  • Small pieces of rice cakes or crackers.
  • Chunks of bananas.
  • Pieces of slightly cooked apples or pears.
  • Pieces of soft peach.

Really anything that is considered OK for a baby to eat and is cut up into small enough pieces will make great finger foods.  My daughters absolute favorite is the puffs made by Gerber, as well as pieces of peach or other fruits.  Experiment to see what your child likes and dislikes.  Remember to never leave your child unattended while they are eating finger foods due to the possible choke hazards.

If you have questions about what your child is ready for and what kinds of food are OK for your child to eat, talk to your pediatrician.

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