Exploring finger foods can work towards improving your little one’s sensory development, encouraging co-ordination and developing the skills necessary to bite, chew and self-feed. It also helps your baby get used to different food textures – how they look, smell, taste and feel in their hands and mouths.
At some point between the 6- and 9-month mark, your baby may start displaying signs of wanting to try food themselves. If they are reaching for their food while being fed, grabbing their objects using the ‘pincer grasp’ or reacting with interest while you are eating, they may be ready for finger foods. If you are unsure whether your little one is ready to eat independently, speak to a health professional or midwife.
We’ve put together 5 finger food recipes to make mealtime, while allowing your child to practice independent self-feeding.