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Basically, small, bite sized pieces or tiny chunks of food qualify as baby’s finger foods. Once the babies show signs of interest in your plate and try to grab or snatch a bite or a spoon, most likely at the age of 8 months or so, the baby is ready for finger foods on his own.
The baby at first may just be able to hold the food and play with it, but he will learn to use the first finger and the thumb and be able to pick and transfer the food to his mouth. This is a fine motor skill called the princer grasp, and though this food play can get messy, it is important in the sense that babies learn to know food – the aroma, taste, texture and also learn to eat by themselves.
Types of Finger Foods:
Small pieces of ripe bananas, pears, peaches, mangoes or avocadoes.
Look for interesting baby foods here!
Foods to Avoid:
Resist your temptation to feed your baby the following foods:
For beginners, just keep 5-6 pieces of food on an unbreakable plate and let the little one finish this. If he still looks hungry, give him some more. Essentially, if you do this activity in a chair, babies get the idea and connection of a chair and a food, thus making up one of the best habits at a very early age.
Needless to mention, all baby food must be cooked and served in clean utensils, and hygienic conditions. Wash your hands before and after feeding the baby, and keep the nails to the minimum.
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