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6 First Finger Foods You May Not Have Thought Of

Little Bean enjoying his canned green beans

I’m entering the land of finger foods and am constantly looking for nutritious options that allow Little Bean to experiment, while providing a variety of tastes and textures. Bananas and soft ripe fruit cut into squares are fabulous, but we are moving beyond the sweet stage.

Here are a few things that have been working for us. Please share you ideas in the comments. I’d love to hear what works for you! regardless how many options I have, I feel like I’m always offering him the same things over and over again.


  • Canned Carrots 1 of 6
    Canned Carrots
    You can, of course, steam your own carrots but sometimes, ok, MOST of the time I don't have the time. Out of the can they are soft and perfect for little ones learning to eat. Just watch the sodium levels. Rinse the carrots or try to find sodium-free brands. Side Note: That is NOT LIttle Bean but his older brother in 2005)
  • Canned Green Beans 2 of 6
    Canned Green Beans
    Like the carrots, green beans out of the can are soft enough for toothless chewing. Again, watch the sodium. Side Note: That IS Little Bean. ;)
  • Plain Omelet Cut into Squares 3 of 6
    Plain Omelet Cut into Squares
    I've always been told to wait until 12 months to introduce eggs but a newer 2008 study says waiting does not prevent allergies. Dr. Greer states, " If you have exclusively breastfed for 4 months and your child is not at risk for allergy, you can introduce any food at 6 or 8 months…"
  • Butternut Squash Fries 4 of 6
    Butternut Squash Fries
    Roasted squash is soft and easily mashed by baby gums. Click here for my recipe on GreenLiteBites.
  • Cooked Beans 5 of 6
    Cooked Beans
    Kidney, Pinto, Lima, Northern, they are all soft and perfect for new chewers. Image Source
  • Snap Pea Crisps 6 of 6
    Snap Pea Crisps
    With a similar texture to the those corn-based toddler snacks these are a great option for baby. They almost immediately soften in saliva and baby can hold a long stick verses picking up a small chunk. Image Source

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