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14 Brilliant Finger Foods For Baby Led Weaning

If you’re going down the baby led weaning route, the key is picking foods that are finger friendly. Julie Clark, a nutritionist and author of Baby Led Weaning Step By Step (£10.99) suggests the best finger foods for your little one.

Mango slices

14 best foods for baby led weaning

Rich in vitamin A, mangos keep your baby’s eyes healthy. Leave the skin on as it will make it less slippy and easier for your baby to hold.

Banana chunks

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningThis classic baby led weaning (BLW) food can be chopped into pennies or chunks for your baby to eat. It’s a great on-the-go food.

Steamed broccoli florets

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningThe texture of broccoli is great for babies and their tree-like shape is ideal for your baby to pick up and hold. What’s more, broccoli is rich in vitamin C, which your body needs to absorb iron.

Sticks of firm mild cheese

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaning

Mini Edam cheeses are great – simply slice into sticks. Cheese provides an excellent source of calcium, which your baby needs for strong bones and teeth.

Thin strips of meat 

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningChicken or turkey is a good place to start. As your baby gets better at chewing, you can move onto pieces of lean lamb or beef. Meat is a great source of protein, which will help your baby’s growth and development.

Steamed carrot sticks 

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningChop a carrot into batons or pennies and steam. It contains vitamin A, which is great for your baby’s skin and eyes.

Mashed potato loaded onto a spoon

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningWhile it’s fine to let your baby scoop up mashed potato with his hands, you can also put a lump on a spoon and give it to him. He may put it in his mouth, he may flick it at the walls – it’s all part of the weaning process.

Steamed baby sweetcorn

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningThe perfect length for finger food, there’s no need for chopping or slicing this baby sweetcorn. Simply steam and serve to your little one.

Unsalted rice cakes

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningEither use mini rice cakes and top with houmous or cream cheese, or larger ones and then break into small pieces. The houmous stops them from being too dry. Plain rice cakes are an ideal snack when you’re out and about.

Toast fingers

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningYes, your baby will probably gum at it until it’s a soggy mess, but he will enjoy the texture of toast fingers – it’s great for teething babies – and it’s a quick and easy weaning food.

Hard boiled egg

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningMake sure the egg yolk is completely solid and then slice into quarters. The white and yolk will probably come apart, but your baby can pick at both pieces. Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamin A.

Omelette strips

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningLike boiled eggs, omelettes are a great source of protein. Whisk up an egg, fry in a little vegetable oil, then cut it into 3cm long pieces using a knife or scissors.

Thick fromage frais loaded onto a spoon

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningMake sure you use a set yogurt (otherwise it could get quite messy) load a spoon up with it for your baby to feed himself with.

Cucumber batons

14 brilliant finger foods for baby-led weaningSlices of cool cucumber are great for soothing your baby’s gums if he’s teething, as well as being an easy BLW food.

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