Wednesday, February 8, 2017

40 Baby Finger Food Ideas for Busy Moms


Since my little made the transition from strictly milk to solid foods, I have been making my own baby food. Not only is it easy, but it is a huge cost saver! If you've walked down the baby food aisle recently, you know that you could buy baby food or your can save for your child's college fund. So skip the pre-made baby food and round up your own easy food for baby.
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40 Finger Food Ideas

Once your baby has mastered purees and you've been given the green light by your pediatrician (always check with your pediatrician before trying a new food), try serving baby these finger foods. Also, keep in mind these items may need to be cut into smaller pieces before given to baby.
  1. Bananas: My little absolutely LOVES bananas. We joke that he is a little monkey. I give him a hunk of banana at a time and he is completely content while he devours this fruit.
  2. Apples: So far I've stuck with red apples, but feel free to give green a-go when your little is ready for a more sour flavor. Peal and slice before serving. 
  3. Grapes: Slice these up before serving.
  4. Pears: Again, like an apple, peal and slice before serving.
  5. Peaches: Peaches are currently not in season, but you can even buy canned fruit to serve your little. They sell these in organic as well and you can choose if you want them in concentrate or real fruit juice. 
  6. Yogurt Melts: Check out this link to get the how-to on these tasty little bites. The basic idea is to freeze small bites of yogurt. My little loves these because they're easy to pick up when frozen, but quickly melt in his mouth. You can make these in all sorts of flavors. So far I've made Vanilla, Strawberry Banana, Blueberry, and Peach.
  7. Edamame: Edamame is a good source of protein and fiber with low levels of fat or sugar. Be careful at what age you serve this size item, because it can still be a choking hazard. 
  8. Black Beans: Same is true with black beans as edamame. These little guys are a great source of fiber and protein, so when you're little one is ready, toss these into the mix. Buy them by the can, rinse, and serve!
  9. Gerber Graduates Lil' Crunchies: I call these baby cheetos. They dissolve quickly and are a good choice when first introducing finger foods.
  10. Gerber Graduates Puffs: These too are great when first introducing finger foods. The biggest issue is that baby needs to have enough dexterity to actually pick up these little guys on his or her own. Puffs come in a wide variety of flavors and again dissolve quickly in baby's mouth.
  11. Shredded Turkey: My little first tried turkey on Thanksgiving. Be careful of the size of each piece, but turkey is another healthy protein option.
  12. Shredded Chicken: I have been using chicken in my baby purees for a while now. It's very versatile and can be mixed with a lot of things, however, you can also give baby shredded chicken as a finger food. The easiest route is probably to boil the chicken, shred, and add some Italian seasonings. If you haven't already tried this trick, the best way to shred chicken is to take it hot and put it into your KitchenAid Mixer and mix for about a minute. The chicken easily shreds just like magic!
  13. Deli Meat: This one may be a little more personal, based on your feelings towards deli meat (with nitrates and all). I'm OK with it as long as it's not in large quantities. Smoked Turkey is my go-to if I am giving my little a bit.
  14. Scrambled Eggs: I prefer to give these to my little when I'm already making some for my husband and I. My son was not a fan when I first gave him a taste, but now he seems to really enjoy eggs.
  15. Sweet Potato Wedges: I cheat and buy these in the produce section already cooked and cut from Trader Joe's. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, check out the post 25 Trader Joe's Products We Love. If you don't have one near you, bake or boil your sweet potato, allow for it to cool, remove the skin, and slice into wedges for baby!
  16. Toast: Toast a piece of bread and serve to baby, it doesn't get much easier than that.
  17. Crackers: We joke that our son LOVES carbs. Crackers are no exception!
  18. Goldfish: I forgot how much even I love Goldfish. This cheddar cracker is salty and absolutely delicious.
  19. Cheerios: Once your little has mastered the art of Puffs, give Cheerios a-go. These are a staple in our house. I now have Cheerios stashed in the car, in my purse, and the diaper bag. You never know when hunger might strike, and your little might want some Cheerios!
  20. Graham Crackers: These are a sweeter alternative to crackers, but I have been known to give these to my little as a treat. Yum, yum!
  21. Cauliflower: I would never have thought my little guy would enjoy cauliflower as much as he does, but he loves to eat this veggie. I once gave him some pizza and some cauliflower at the same time and he held one in each hand and alternated between the two. Clearly he hasn't been around long enough to realize just how much better pizza is than cauliflower!...Until he figures it out, cauliflower it is!
  22. Green Beans: The secret to easy veggie prep for babies is to buy the steam-able bags in the frozen section. I steam the veggie in the bag and then separate it into small baggies to take for lunch or have for dinner the next few days. These veggies are soft and perfect for baby. Store the leftovers in the fridge and serve cold or re-heat when serving to baby (just be sure they aren't too hot).
  23. Carrots: Same goes for carrots as it did for green beans. I like to buy the crinkle circular cut carrots in the freezer section. My little one really likes these and will eat them hot or cold.
  24. Mandarin Oranges: These are a sweeter alternative, but you can buy these in a can. I cut them in half for my little before serving. Again, I store the leftovers in baggies to have over the next few days.
  25. Zucchini: You can purchase a whole zucchini, slice is up in to small wedges and steam until soft. 
  26. Yellow Squash: Just like the zucchini, cut up into smaller pieces and steam until soft.
  27. Biscuits: Holy cow batman! My son LOVES biscuits. When I fix biscuits for my husband and I, I'll make one and give him half. My son is a huge fan of carbs. Warning: biscuits can be a little messy because they crumble!
  28. Waffles: Lego my Eggo?! I've been known to toast a freezer waffle for my son and give it to him. Again, carbs! 
  29. Pancakes: This was a new one we tried out yesterday, and it was a big hit with my son. We had breakfast for dinner so I let him have a pancake and SUCCESS!
  30. Applesauce: If you're into DIY for your baby food, try out making your own Applesauce Fruit Fusions! Essentially, it is applesauce blended with another fruit. {Click the link for the tutorial.} I then purchased some Squooshi Reusable Pouches and filled them with Mango Applesauce, Blueberry Applesauce, and Pineapple Applesauce.
  31. Rice Crackers: These come in a variety of flavors. I purchased the White Cheddar and my son will gnaw on these for ages. It takes him a while to actually get it soft enough to have a bite, but he seems to enjoy the process.
  32. Pizza: As I mentioned before, my little of course loves pizza! When we have pizza for dinner I give him a little. I usually pick off the toppings for him before serving.
  33. Baby Mum Mum Rice Rusks: These are in the baby section and while they are not super cheap, they are great for life on-the-go. I like to buy the Vegetable Rice Rusks that are made with Kale, Carrot, Spinach, and Cabbage. My son really likes these because they are the perfect size for his hands!
  34. Black Eyed Peas: You can purchase these in a can, the dry food section, or in the freezer section. They are a great source of protein, iron, and folate. Just make sure to cook them until soft before serving to baby.
  35. Broccoli: Another great green for baby! Purchase fresh in the produce section or frozen and steam until soft.
  36. Avocado: Avocado was actually the first baby food I made for my son. Find the recipe {here}. Avocado is great as a finger food because all you have to do is slice and serve! 
  37. Butternut Squash: Bake until soft and dice into smaller pieces for baby. Butternut squash was by far one of my favorite purees. It is great for mixing with chicken and it made so much food for such a cheap price. We still love this food as a finger food, as well!
  38. Rice: When you make this for yourself, give a little to baby for him or her to try!
  39. Ground Beef: I'm a little bit picky about the quality of my ground beef for baby. I prefer to buy the leaner chuck. Brown the beef in a skillet and it's ready to serve!
  40. String Cheese: My son loves this stuff! I buy the low fat Mozzarella and give him thin strings at a time.  

Feeding baby doesn't have to be hard! Try out these 40 ideas or give your little things off your plate. What other finger foods do you love serving baby?


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3 comments:

  1. This is a great strating list. Baby led weaning (going straight to finger foods and skipping spoon feeding) was one of the best parenting choices I've made!

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  2. You included all of my favorites! Or rather my daughter's favorites! I loved exposing her to different flavors and textures. Then, you get mixing and matching and you have all kinds of combinations! This list is perfect!

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  3. This is a fantastic list. All my kids loved puffs and goldfish. Blueberries are a big hit with all my kids too. Definitely need to check out making my own yogurt melts. The store-bought ones are just so easy and portable!

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