Older babies who are just starting solids may prefer chunkier finger foods, instead of mashed or moistened food. The baby who starts solids at 6 months or older doesn’t need pureed or liquefied foods. You may want to just start with finger foods, and let her mostly feed herself.
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How chunky can the food be? If your baby is not gagging & choking on the food, then the texture (table foods, etc.) is fine. Watch carefully the first few times your baby tries a new food to make sure she can handle it without gagging or choking. Always supervise your child when she is eating finger foods.
Suggestions for finger foods:
- cubed soft foods
- grated or scraped apple, pear, carrots
- small pieces of ripe banana or avocado
- sliced kiwi
- cooked carrots/peas/green beans
- cubed cooked yams, sweet or white potatoes
- unsweetened dry breakfast cereals (cheerios, etc.)
- slivers or finely chopped pieces of meat that has been softened with broth or warm water
- cubes, strings, or small pieces of cheese
- cooked pasta in shapes and colors sprinkled with some parmesan cheese
- whole-grain bread strips
- pieces of toast or crackers
- dry waffles baby can carry around
- frozen blueberries, peas, or corn right out of the package (great for relieving teething pain, but not appropriate for most babies under a year due to the choking hazard. See below warning.)
Warning: Steer clear of finger foods (including nuts and dried fruits) that may be choking hazards. Also, highly allergenic foods may not be suitable for babies who have a family history of allergies.