Any bite-size portion of food which your little one can pick up and eat by himself is usually referred as finger food.
Eating finger food is not only fun for your baby, but it is also considered an early step towards the independence of your baby to develop his motor skills.
When is it right to introduce finger foods?
When a child reaches nine months of age, you can start teaching her to feed herself.
Initially your baby may just rake food up with her hands to bring it into her mouth, but with perseverance she will eventually learn the right way to do it.
At first, it may seem like play for your little one to hold food in her hands. Rather than rushing to clean her hands with a washcloth, let your baby enjoy the feel of food in her hands.
What kind of finger food should be given?
Initially, try to scatter a few pieces of fruits or vegetables in a plate for your baby to choose from. You can add more if she finishes the pieces in her plate.
Well-cooked pasta spirals, chopped hard-boiled egg, chopped raisins, well-cooked broccoli or cauliflower trees are all healthy finger foods for your little baby.
Your baby will also enjoy very small chunks of cheese, rice cakes broken into pieces, pea-size pieces of well-cooked chicken and other meats.