Once your child is able to sit up mostly unsupported and can bring toys to their mouth, it is generally a safe time to start your little one on finger foods. Most parents introduce their little one to solids at 6 months of age, starting off with purees. However, some parents choose to skip this spoon-feeding phase and allow their child to grasp soft foods and feed themselves.
Whenever your little one is ready, there are a wide variety of foods that they can enjoy. Repeated exposure to a flavor can help reduce picky eating later on, so don’t shy away from offering a food that your little one initially rejected — they might come around to it! Always try to include a wide range of naturally sweet, savory and bitter flavors, and really awaken their taste buds to different flavors. Here are some favorite first finger foods to serve your baby…
Sliced banana makes a great first finger food for babies just starting to experiment with solids. Many pediatric sources recommend cooking fruit until baby is 8 months old, however bananas are an exception. Whereas most foods being introduced to babies requires cooking until it is soft enough to mush easily in baby’s mouth, bananas are already the perfect texture! Especially when ripe! Always remember to cut your baby’s food into tiny pieces so it will not present a choking hazard.
Nutritiously speaking, bananas are also great because they are full of potassium and magnesium, and are rich in pectin — a soluble dietary fiber that naturally detoxifies and is great for digestion. However, make sure you don’t feed your little one too much, because the high fiber content may cause them to become constipated.