Something weird is happening at our house. Our baby is eating solids and she actually likes all kinds of foods! I’m so thrilled and I’ve been trying to think outside the box and give her more variety in the “finger foods” department. This is our ticket. Our time. We must introduce her to finger foods in all their variety before little miss toddler starts brainwashing her with her silly ideas.
The race has begun. Who can influence her most over the next several months? Toddler vs. Parents.
Do you feel like you’re on a reality T.V. show yet??? Well, just in case your life sounds similar…here is a list of ideas I have brainstormed (These are also my favorite). I would love to hear any added ideas!
101 Finger Foods for the Little Offspring
***Disclaimer: (don’t you love how everything has to have disclaimers in today’s world)? I AM NOT A PEDIATRICIAN. Please consult your pediatrician for individual recommendations and concerns. This post is for informational purposes only. In no way do I intend to give you personal dietary recommendations for your child. I also have no way of predicting the age or amount of teeth for each of your children. Please cut up finger foods according to the age and development of your child. Also, there are going to be things on here that you might never feed your children, this list is meant to be general and apply to households in the masses 🙂 I try to avoid processed foods, but occasionally they have been real lifesavers.
*ON A SIDE NOTE…I have a somewhat funny story when it comes to toddlers and eating. My toddler was 18 months when I had my second daughter. When I was at the hospital about to give birth (close to 15 minutes before the actual birth in fact), my little sister called us crying. She said that our toddler had choked and that she had to do the Heimlich. Not exactly the kind of news I wanted to hear as I’m pushing out child #2. So please…make sure you know how to do the heimlich…you never know when you will have to do it (and make sure babysitters know it too)! And if you’re interested in our 2nd daughter’s birth, read my tips for labor and delivery.
- cooked asparagus tips
- cut up green beans (My kids are picky, but for some reason they really like the Libby’s That come in a little container and are seasoned with sea salt. They eat them like crackers and don’t even ask for them to be heated up.)
- steamed broccoli (cut up)
- steamed cauliflower (cut up)
- steamed carrots (cut up)
- Cucumbers (cubed)
- Avocado (cut up)
- Potato (baked & cubed)
- Crispy Chews
- Sweet Potato (Roasted and Cubed)
- Squash (cut up and roasted or baked)
- Zucchini (steamed and cut up)
- Grape Tomato (cut in halves or fourths)
- Earth’s Best Happy Snax
- Cut up strawberries
- Raspberries (cut as needed)
- Sliced Bananas
- Cut up Crepes with fruit, peanut butter and applesauce
- Kiwi (cut up)
- Mango (cubed or sliced)
- Cut up Fruit Popsicles
- Applesauce (for dipping things in)
- Almond Butter (for spreading on cut up toast or veggies)
- Organic Fruit Snacks (we also really like these ones)
- Raisins (if they are soft)
- Chicken and Noodles (If you’re having Chicken Noodle soup for dinner, cut it up for baby)
- Cut up Cuties
- Freeze Dried Fruit and Veggies
- Sliced Apples & Peanut Butter
- Cut up String cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Yogurt Bites (freeze bite size yogurt dots)
- Little Yums
- Olives (diced)
- Rinsed Black Beans
- Rinsed Kidney Beans
- Rinsed Pinto Beans (as well as other beans. Cut up as necessary).
- graham crackers
- Whole Grain Pancakes (cut up. We like to add unsweetened applesauce for dipping).
- Muffins broken up
- Corn Bread
- Cooked pieces of fish
- Hummus (on crackers or veggies)
- Sandwich bites
- Oyster Crackers
- Cut up Pasta
- Quesadilla (cut up. Did Cafe Rio instantly pop into anyone’s head??)
- Teething Wafers
- Whole grain crackers
- Mac & Cheese
- Goldfish (We like Annie’s Organic bunnies even more!)
- Cubed Turkey
- Cubed Chicken
- Chicken Strips or Nuggets (cut up)
- Cubed Ham
- Scrambled eggs
- German Pancakes
- Boiled Egg (cut up)
- Organic Puffs
- Fish sticks
- Cut up Fruit Leather
- Baby Foods in a Pouch
- Grapes (cut up)
*Annie’s also recently came out with a “Bernie’s Farm” line of crackers and animal cookies and they are colored with fruit and veggie juices. made with organic wheat, and No artificial flavors, synthetic colors or synthetic preservatives. We tried them this week and my kids like those too! Right now in my current stage of life, it’s too hard to go organic for everything, but when possible..I try to do so with my kids snacks. The more I read about the junk that’s in a lot of things these days, the more I want to turn to the companies that are doing things right!
What finger foods would you add to the list?
You might also enjoy my post on making Homemade Baby Food