The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding for as long as possible. As babies grow at different paces, health professionals should advise the mother on the appropriate time when her baby should start receiving complementary foods.
8 Best Weaning Finger Foods
Your child-led weaning adventure continues with the introduction of finger foods, a whole new dimension to your child’s eating experiences. They can, and should, be fun, healthy and offer a tasty variety as your child explores the possibilities.
Finger foods are a “new dimension” that also help improve your child’s motor skills. Now, this may prove a bit daunting to the child at first, and frustration could be the result. But don’t give up; the skills required to grasp and move from plate or cup to mouth will develop naturally.
There are so many choices! To start you off, here are 8 finger food ideas you can try that are delicious, nutritious and definitely not boring.
Let’s start with a classic that’s easy to eat and great to travel with. Just slice into pennies or chunks and you’re good to go.
A tropical fruit that’s very tasty but a bit tricky. Minimize the slipperiness by keeping the skin on, then watch the enjoyment blossom.
Thin Meat Strips
For your 1st-time try, begin with a softer protein like fish, chicken or turkey. Then as chewing skills improve you can move up to lean lamb or beef. Grill these to add more tasty flavour.
Eggs are a great source of protein and Vitamin A, and in the form of an omelette, an elevation from the more expected hard-boiled form. Introduce one egg yolk first, then try the yolk and white together. Whisk, fry in a bit of vegetable oil, cool and cut into thin strips.
Sweet Baby Corn Cobs
Just steam them whole until tender and cool. These are ideal shapes for grabbing, and fun to munch on.
One slice of toasted bread, sliced into thirds. Quick, easy and great for “gumming”, and if your little one is teething, this finger food treat offers a bit of relief.
Steamed Broccoli Florets
Broccoli florets are another fun shape to pick up and hold on to. It’s like a little tree waiting to be enjoyed, yet rich in Vitamin C.
Firm Mild Cheese
Try an Edam or Gouda, sliced into sticks. These enjoyable treats are packed with calcium for the development of strong bones and teeth.