Favorite Finger Foods for ToddlersEmily McClements
I’ve talked before about how we started our son eating solid foods using baby led solids, or baby led weaning, when he was about nine months old. As he entered into toddler-hood and started to get more of his nutrition from solid foods, we found some favorite first foods and finger foods to feed him.
Both of my kids love fruit of all kinds, and cut-up soft fruits make perfect finger foods for little ones. I loved that my son was a summer baby and turned one in June so that he could explore and enjoy all of the fresh, local, and in-season summer fruit.
2. Yogurt and Applesauce
Yogurt is a great first food for toddlers because it provides healthy protein, probiotics, and is easier for little tummies to digest than cow’s milk. Although you may be tempted to feed your little one yogurt or applesauce with a spoon, give them the spoon and let them practice. It might be a little messy, but it’s important for them to begin learning to use utensils.
3. Avocado Slices
Slices of ripe avocado were one of my son’s favorite foods. They are soft and easy for a young toddler to eat, while providing lots of healthy fats and protein. You can also mash up avacado with a little plain yogurt to make a yummy dip for veggies, crackers or whole wheat toast.
4. Hard-boiled or Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are also a super healthy finger food for toddlers, and it’s easy for them to eat pieces of hard-boiled or scrambled eggs. Don’t be afraid to add a dash of natural sea salt, both for flavor (even toddlers don’t like bland food) and for the trace minerals it provides.
5. Cheese Cubes or Slices
Cheese was the one food that both of my kids would always eat, even if they were going through a little bit of a picky stage. Again, don’t think you have to limit yourself to mild cheeses, my kids love strong tasting cheeses like sharp cheddar and provolone. Also, you can save money by purchasing chunk cheese and cutting it into cubes, slices, or sticks yourself.
What are your favorite finger foods for toddlers?
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