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How and when should I offer finger foods?

Liven up your little one's food adventure by introducing finger foods at around 9 months. Even if your baby has no teeth yet, you can encourage chewing by offering some interesting bites. Try giving your little one finger foods like Heinz Biscotti, Farley's Mini Rusks, cooked carrots or peeled and sliced fruit, such as banana and pear. Then, when your baby is ready, you can move on to more challenging textures like pieces of cooked chicken breast or flakes of fish (though ensure you remove all bones).

Here are some other finger foods your baby may like to try:

  • Toast
  • Bread soldiers
  • Pitta bread and chapatti
  • Rice cakes

Slices of soft, ripe, peeled fruit, including:

  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Melon

Cooked vegetable pieces, including:

  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Courgette
  • Cubes of cheese
  • Cooked pasta shapes