100+ Baby Led Weaning and Finger Food Recipes
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Firstly, lets get all the names out of the way: Baby Led Weaning (BLW). Finger Foods. Family Foods. How we fed kids in ‘our day’. Non-spoon fed meals. Insert other new and possibly confusing name [here]. Stuff that is picked up by cute chubby hands belonging to a baby or toddler and smushed, chucked or eaten, or preferably both. Makes sense? Great.
Are you about to wean your baby and thinking of trying out the Baby Led Weaning approach to feeding your baby with finger foods right from the start? Or, has your baby started to refuse the spoon and you are scrambling for some hearty meals your baby can feed themselves? Or perhaps you are just after some new finger food ideas to allow play and experimentation on your baby’s tasting plate? Whatever the reason, finger food recipe ideas are often top of parents search lists, and we think that’s fab.
We love seeing parents on the hunt for healthy homemade finger foods. The importance of finger food is well documented, so whether you introduce it right from the start or it was a natural progression for your baby, there is a finger food recipe for you.
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OK cool. Here they are.
First food ideas
- Steamed/boiled large slices or chunks of pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower
- Raw slices or chunks of peeled banana, avocado, ripe stone fruit
- Cooked rice
- Cooked pasta
- Toast fingers (opt for wholegrain, wholemeal no preservatives and additive free bread – don’t be afraid to ask your baker)
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Boiled or scrambled eggs
- Cooked legumes
- Steamed fish
If you choose to start BLW by incorporating your family meals, good on you – what a simple and easy way to create one meal for the whole family. You will love our 1 Meal 3 Ways section. Sorry, sidetracked. I was going to say be mindful of your child’s age, homemade food is best with no added salt, sugar, additives or preservatives. Sore bought products such as pasta sauces may have too much salt for a young baby – read here about the dangers of salt for young children. Leave any adult or older children ingredients until after you have removed a portion for your baby.
Soft finger food recipes
Ideal for ‘gumming’ these are a fun addition to your family food experimenting.
Sweet finger food recipes
Savoury finger food recipes
Note: the current Infant Feeding Guidelines recommend foods with a high risk of choking such as whole nuts, seeds, raw carrot, celery sticks and chunks of apple should be avoided for the first 3 years as their size and/or consistency increases the risk of choking. It is also advisable to always supervise your children while they are eating to prevent choking.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for general use only. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to replace the personalised care and advice given to you by your health professional team. You as the reader/parent/caregiver must always discuss any concerns or questions about the health and well being of your baby or toddler including BLW and starting solids with a healthcare professional. Please refer to our full disclaimer for more info.
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