If you're starting baby-led weaning, then it's ideal to have plenty of finger food ideas in your arsenal that are healthy and yummy.
In this article:
What are the best finger foods for weaning?
What safety guidelines do I need to know?
When can your baby start eating finger foods?
Julie Clark, a nutritionist and author of Baby Led Weaning Step By Step reveals her top finger food ideas for weaning.
Here's a list of all the best baby led weaning starter foods that your baby will love...
2) Banana chunks
This 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.
5) Thin strips of meat
Chicken 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
Avoid giving your baby any foods that could be choking hazards - such as grapes or nuts.
Also, remember never to leave your baby alone when they are feeding.
Once your baby has learnt to use a pincer grip (where they will hold the food between their fingers and thumb) you can introduce berries and raisins or peas.
Remember that for your baby, food is fun, so they are likely to spend a lot of time playing with their food before they eat it. Don't worry, this is normal.
Use food that is easy to pick up like some of the options above.
Try and offer your baby a variety of different foods but don't overwhelm them.
Before you start baby-led weaning, it's important to understand the NHS advice when it comes to weaning your six-month-old baby with solid food.
Wait until your baby is ready - before you start baby-led weaning your baby should be able to stay in a seated position and hold their head steadily.
They should be able to look at food and hold it themselves and be able to swallow the food.
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