If you introduce solids at around 6 months your baby will be developmentally ready for finger foods. It is recommended that babies are offered a variety of soft finger foods to start with, so he can have some fun feeding himself. Move onto different textures of finger foods as he gets more confident. Finger foods allow your baby to learn and play with her food, she can get messy, she can rub it in her hair and her face, sniff it, spit it out. It’s okay, it’s all part of her experience of learning about food.
From 6 months offer soft finger foods. These can be things like:
Rarely babies will have an adverse reaction to a food. Reactions can include a rash, lip swelling, vomiting or your baby being unable to breathe.
If your baby is doing well with soft finger foods you can progress on to finger foods of different textures, shapes, and sizes.
These can be things like:
You might be concerned your baby will choke on finger foods and you won’t know what to do. It’s unlikely but it’s important that you know emergency first aid procedures.
The gag reflex of babies is very far forward in their mouth. So, babies will often cough, they’ll split things up, but it doesn’t mean they’re choking. Gagging is their way of preventing themselves from choking. The gag reflex is more developed by 6 months, meaning babies of this age are more developmentally ready to manage food.
However, the gag reflex isn’t perfect and babies can still choke on food. So, to be on the safe side cut up high choking hazard food, such as spherical foods (cherry tomatoes, grapes, blueberries). To do this, you chop them in half or quarters.
Avoid whole nuts, until your child is five years old as they are a high choking risk. Finely chopped nuts or nut butter can be safely given.