There is nothing more disconcerting than trying to figure out what to prepare for your child as the weaning phase takes over. This is a very common problem for most young mothers who are experiencing this the first time round. They tend to ask around, and look up ideas for baby food online, in the hope of learning this new task which will need to be carried out on a daily basis from now on.
However, there is no need to panic! There is no need to prepare a banquet for your little one. Baby-led weaning is a great way to feed your baby.
There are actually many simple recipes and lots of finger food items ideal for your child. Let us go over some of the best finger foods you could try preparing for your little one! Most are really simple and quick, as you will realize, and you will soon become a great chef for your baby!
- Cook vegetables such as carrots, potato, and zucchini well and cut them in small pieces.
- Cauliflower and broccoli can look like small trees, and they are very nutritious. Make sure to cook them well so that they are very tender.
- Cooked peas.
- Cooked pasta that is small.
- Cooked lentils.
- Cheese cubes or slices.
- Hard boiled eggs chopped up in small pieces.
- Cooked chicken or turkey cut in very tiny pieces.
- Small tofu cubes.
- Stewed prunes mashed up.
- Lightly toasted bread cut in small pieces and dipped in a vegetable puree.
- Any fruit that can be peeled and pitted, such as melons, pears, peaches and mango, cut in small pieces.
- Pieces of banana or mashed banana.
You should start introducing finger foods to your child when he or she is about 8 months old. As you may have realized, any easy to eat foods, which are small and easy to grab by your little one, qualify as finger foods. Bear in mind that finger food is equal to some messy hands! So be on the alert to wipe up afterwards. But remember that it is actually fun for your little one to grab the bite sized food items, and it is also a way to help him/her learnt he fine motor skill of reaching out and clasping an item, and then coordinating it into his/her mouth.
Be creative and come up with some finger foods for your baby yourself as you start to understand what he/she seems to like. Just make sure you use healthy ingredients, and you are good to go!