Once the baby is born, breastmilk is their only friend but with time around 7 months, when they start sitting, finger foods get introduced. This is the most thrilling and nail-biting time. The time when the maximum mess is created with all types of probable reactions and possible choking threats, a challenging time for the parents indeed. Yet caution should be exercised in choosing, finding out different and interesting ways to introduce finger foods that make the meal time a fun-filled and a nutritious one as well. This is the time that allows the child to practice eating independently gradually.
These are foods that are almost the size of a bite, easy to eat, small pieces that the baby can eat independently without being fed. This activity is quite fun-filling for the baby and also a significant move toward the baby’s independence. This is a great step to even enhance his motor skills.
There is no set time for the babies as all are different, yet between 8 and 9 months of age, the baby starts giving indications that she’s ready to start off with finger foods either by snatching your food and sometimes taking the cutlery from you. The best time, however, is when they start sitting on their own. Even though guidance is still required yet this is the first step and should be made as interesting as it can be.
As time progresses, the baby keeps learning to achieve, yet with each achievement there comes some sort of happiness as well as frustration. While offering finger foods to the baby, it is important to notice that they have a pincher grasp, which means that the baby can pick up small or bite-size objects between the thumb and the forefinger. If the baby does not have a pincher grasp and is unable to pick up food when offered, he can become frustrated and this could develop a negative correlation between the foods and eat independently.
There are numerous finger foods available in the market and some of the best ones for the baby to start are listed as under:
While offering there are certain points that should be considered before choosing the Baby Finger Foods and these are listed as under:
Many parents are worried to find out if the food given to the baby is enough for them. The finger foods are also not given much to the child initially and due to not too developed motor skills, half of the pieces keep getting dropped. Thus, it is always better to let the child decide when they are full. They will keep eating until they like and are hungry. Once full they will automatically leave the same.
It is thus best to let them enjoy and eat at their own pace and not rush to finish the same as they are still learning. It is advisable to offer a healthy and balanced diet for the baby so that the nutritious foods are being served in the right amount. Finger food alone cannot satiate the hunger so other items should be such that they are filling for the baby.
There are many foods that can be easily cut and offered to cute which are good and healthy as well and they are as under:
There are certain foods that require basic cooking before being served. These can be cooked in different oils as well with or without the use of herbs and spices.
Even though the babies should be made to get used to all types of food, yet given below are some of the foods that do not qualify as finger foods for babies due to choking hazards or digestion issues. They are:
Thus it can be said that the suitable finger foods are ones that are easy for the baby to hold, eat and digest without any difficulty. Self-feeding is crucial for finger foods yet the parents need to be vigilant and assure that the baby east safely and does not get into any trouble. After all, the biggest happiness for the parent is to see a baby trying their first finger foods independently but with ease and enjoying it so that there exists a positive correlation between the foods, baby and feeding.