Looking for finger foods for baby with no teeth? We have the list you need. Use this list of finger foods once your baby hits 6 months, be able to sit up unassisted, have lost the tongue thrust reflex, able to grasp and hold onto foods and has an interest in foods. No, your baby does not have to teeth to eat.
So, if your baby does not have any teeth by 6 months, no worries.
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Steamed/bakes potatoes
- Steamed green beans
- Peas (steamed, thawed frozen peas)
- Steamed broccoli
- Plantains (boiled)
- Steamed cauliflower
- Bell pepper
- Baked butternut squash
- Steamed carrots
- Roasted eggplant
- Cucumbers (grated or sticks)
- Asparagus (roasted and chopped)
- Mushrooms (chopped)
- Parsnips (sautéed)
- Radish (sautéed)
- Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- Apples (grated for safety)
- Grapes (quartered)
- Eggs (scrambled or boiled)
- Spaghetti with sauce (elbow macaroni or thin spaghetti)
- Baked Beans
- Ground beef
- Canned tuna
- Shredded chicken
- Baby puffs
First Foods to Avoid
- Avoid high mercury fish such as swordfish & king mackerel. Or if the fit is difficult to remove the bones.
- Honey should never be given to a baby under 12 months. Honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores which can lead to botulism.
- Avoid processed foods as much as possible. They usually contain sodium levels too high for babies and can be high in sugar.
- Popcorn, either unpopped and half-popped kernels can get caught in your baby’s throat and cause choking.
- Avoid nuts as they can also be a choking hazard for your baby.
How to Start Finger Foods
To start serving finger foods, the easiest thing is to do is to put a little of whatever you made right onto their tray and let them dig in.
Add Some Flavor
For veggies, you can eat raw and they are great (making sure their are soft enough for baby to chew). Some ways to soften veggies is to steam or boil them. But also you can cook them with healthy fats and complimentary spices to make them taste more delicious.
Choking is a valid concern when you are feeding your baby. You should always be with your baby when you are feeding them. Make sure you are cutting your baby’s food appropriately.
If your baby is choking and food partially blocking your baby’s airway they will start to cough to clear it. If your baby’s airway is fully blocked and they are truly choking they will be silent because no air can get past the blockage.
You can read more about baby choking and keep your baby safe.
Your baby will gag at times. The difference, is that gagging is the where the baby is actively trying to get the food out.
Can I Overfeed My Baby?
Just as seen your baby turn away from the bottle or breast when they were full the same concept with food. When your baby is hungry, they will eat. When your baby is full, then they stop. So, When your baby keeps eating more, they are still hungry. You cannot overfeed your baby if you are paying attention to their cues.
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